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Its a Sharknado kind of Night when #Dataandamovie Happen

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We are a family of movie buffs but all of us are not always on the same page when it comes to what we love. Kent and the boys are quite particular about what they love but as for myself well I am a grade B disaster movie gal. You can imagine when Sharknado hit the airwaves I was instantly hooked but getting the kids to sit and watch it with me, that took a bit of ingenious planning on my part. (inspiration can strike in the strangest of places).
I have been trying to convince Kent to get rid of his ten year old flip phone for years and finally last weekend while out shopping I picked up a Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime for $129.00(on rollback from $149.00) and the Starter Pack,Special bonus -The Starter Kits are cheaper than before and now on rollback for just 19.88 The offer lasts until July 7th . The set up was simple and at the same time I was also able to set us up with the Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan featuring unlimited talk,text & data, which includes up to 10GB of 4 GB LTE. A big surprise was it includes a free new release movie on  VUDU every month ($7 value) per line for $49.88.
Inspiration, remember I mentioned that already, Kent gets a new phone and I got a movie and guess what was available? Yes, Sharknado so I went to work planning a little Shark Party, I figured I could bribe my family with awesome treats. Coincidentally, they were handing out Swedish Fish samples, so I figured the stars were aligning to help me out.
If you are interested you can visit the Walmart Family Mobile Social Hub to find out when a Walmart Family Mobile in-store rep will be available to assist you plus the reps will have Swedish Fish samples on site.
concession bar for Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie
A fun Shark inspired Concession Stand is an awesome bribe to watch a fun movie right? Lucky for me the Swedish Fish were also on rollback in the family size bag (new packaging in case you didn’t recognize the fish, New Look, Same Fish) $4.48 (vs the $4.98), so those were thrown in the cart with some Sour Patch Kids, gum, snacks and hello, yes a new phone. Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie
I may have gone slightly overboard but the kids are use to that now. For me fun inspiration pops up everywhere, so after gathering some props from around the house, maybe surfing Pinterest for an hour or two (she jokes because who ever limits their time on Pinterest to an hour, and with 10GB I may have spent a LOT of time surfing).
I figured Swedish Fish and Sharknado screamed shark chum, so taking a cue from the movies I tossed the chum (Swedish Fish) everywhere including in the water and the cupcakes. I threw together galvanized pails of chum and Life Preservers because they seemed so appropriate. Buckets of “Fish and Chips” and Popcorn pails of “shark victims” A.K.A. Sour Patch Kids. and lets not forget Ocean Water.concession bar for Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie concession bar for Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie
concession bar for Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie
concession bar for Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie
concession bar for Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie
concession bar for Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie
concession bar for Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie
concession bar for Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie

Guess what, it worked, Family Movie Night was awesome and I loved the movie and the boys made fun of the cheesiness the whole time but because of the sweet treats they still had a fun time. concession bar for Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie

The Ocean Water is Punch and Sparkling Water for the underage and some secret ingredients for the not so underage (recipe in a much later post) but the cupcakes are great for all ages.

For my cupcakes I used a recipe I found years ago on the internet with a small modification to make it shark chum

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    Shark Chum Cupcakes

    Creating a fun chocolate cupcake using Swedish Fish as Garnish

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Servings: 24
    • 1/4 c unsweetened cocoa
    • 48 swedish fish Minimum)
    • 3/4 c flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 3/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 c granulated sugar
    • 1/2 c lightly packed brown sugar
    • 1/3 c vegetable oil
    • 2 tsp mexican vanilla I am very particular about my vanilla but you can use your preferred
    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a 24-cup muffin pan with mini cupcake liners.

    2. Whisk the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Set aside

    3.  In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla together until completely smooth.

    4.  Pour half of the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Then half of the buttermilk. Gently whisk – about 5-6 stirs. Repeat with the remaining wet ingredients and buttermilk. The batter will be a little thin.

    5. Place a Fish in each Pour/spoon/scoop the batter into the liners – fill only halfway to avoid spilling over the sides. Bake in batches for 18-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
    6. Frost and add another Swedish Fish as Garnish

shark chum cupcakes for Movie night with swedish fish #fishandflicks #dataandamovie
 For another fun addition I made mini burlap and candy Life Preservers
life preserver napkins

Use Paper or cloth napkins, simply roll your utensils in a blue napkin and tie together with burlap string.  Using a white circle candy, tie it with the burlap on to the napkin.  Such a simple little craft/DIY that adds a special touch to your table.

creating fun napkins for movie night
Next month I am trying to convince them we should watch the next movie in the Trilogy but I think they want to pick instead, maybe I will watch something, like the second one selfishly by myself on the big TV.….Movie night was a great success and extra bonus for us, we now also have a phone that the kids can use when they are touring in the States with the Band (because when I say kids you all remembered I was referring to 22 and 24 year olds right?)
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/3nukn or your local Walmart for current pricing.