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Do you remember when I talked about how I was planning to make the most of our tax refund? Well, let’s revisit that. By purchasing a Samsung Galaxy 5 On5 (at a retail price of $119) with Walmart Family Mobile for my business; we have so much more left over. (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 Walmart Family Mobile or your local Walmart for current pricing.) And because Walmart Family Mobile bills you later, I just had to pay for:
- My new Samsung Galaxy 5 On5 (on rollback for $69)
- A SIM Kit (for $19.88)
Then I just pay for my Walmart Family Mobile Plus plan, which includes: Unlimited* Talk, Text, & Data which *includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE then 2G and a free movie credit on VUDU every month ($7 value). (*Includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G)
Having this affordable plan really means that we can plan for a few more fun things, like a family movie night. After all, we have that generous data plan and a free movie credit to use. Plus, I can stream that movie to our regular TV.
How cool is that? It’s like having our own theater experience in the comfort of our own home.
As we try to do more things with the family, and budget for it as much as possible, we knew that we wanted to use part of the tax return for a fun family movie night.
The hardest part was picking out movies to watch as we’re accommodating for two adults, one teenager, one tween, and a three year old. So instead of each of us picking out a favorite movie, we went with a theme. And with New York’s recent string of dreary and cold weather, we decided to take it a little tropical.
Ultimately, we went with a luau theme. We picked out a few movies that were set in Hawaii and then I went to work looking for Hawaiian recipes so we could plan out our menu.
We ended up serving:
- Virgin (and non) Pina Colada smoothies
- Baked sweet potato
- Spamburger sliders
- Coconut macaroons
And while we were making food, I found a Hawaiian music playlist to stream on YouTube. And let me tell you, that really helps to set the mood. We found everything that we needed at our local Walmart.
I also looked up some Hawaiian vocabulary words.
Now, I will preface this: SPAM is an acquired taste. Though if your kiddos like hot dogs, they’ll more than likely eat SPAM. We had a few naysayers (myself and Squeaker) but overall I think this went over well.
- 1 slice SPAM
- 4 King's Hawaiian Savory Butter Rolls
- 1 slice American cheese
- Cut one slice of SPAM into four pieces and cook over medium heat until lightly browned on both sides. Divide the cheese into four pieces as well
- Cut one roll in half and on bottom half of roll place place either the SPAM or cheese (your choice) then on top of that place the cheese or SPAM on top of that (depending on what your bottom piece is)
- Top with other half of roll and top with ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, or relish
And while she wasn’t the biggest fan, Squeaker did help me make the Spamburger sliders:
I think we ended up with a nice little spread and we learned some new vocabulary in the process.
If you’re thinking of hosting your own luau themed party, here are the printables that we used:
And here it is in action (with a homemade “palm” tree)
And here it is at the party with a map of the Hawaiian islands (cut off, sorry!)
Your set includes:
- Hawaiian vocabulary sheet
- Blank menu printable (with the word Aloha or Luau at the bottom)
- Blank invitation
With my thanks to Pretty Grafik for the adorable Luau themed graphics!
Have you ever hosted a luau or Hawaiian themed movie night? How did it go and what did you serve?