A delightful movie menu
WARNING: This article contains movie spoilers!
Welcome to The Rose Table: Captain Marvel! In the 2019 film, Captain Marvel slowly remembers who she is and where she came from when she crash lands on earth and ends up on an adventure with one of the best MCU characters, Nick Fury. During the film, which is partially a space romp (hence the alien menu you’re about to see!) and partially set in the US in the 1990s, one of the great Marvel mysteries is revealed: why Nick Fury wears an eyepatch. In the end, there’s a fantastic montage about picking yourself up no matter how many times you get knocked down.
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The appetizer and main dish are two of my craziest dishes yet. It’s time to go HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER on The Rose Table. Here’s how I hosted my Captain Marvel dinner party, recipes and all!
“I’ve been fighting with one hand tied behind my back. What happens when I’m finally set free?” – Carol Danvers
Captain Marvel is far trickier than most of my Disney Dinners ambiance-wise because it’s set in the US in the 90’s (and partly on another planet) rather than say, a Cave of Wonders. I decided to go with the Blockbuster angle with VHS tapes in my china cabinet and a Captain Marvel poster hung front and center. I wrote Captain Marvel’s catchphrase “HIGHER FURTHER FASTER” on my dining room chalkboard.
“I have nothing to prove to you.” – Carol Danvers
I love the colors in this table. I used a maroon tablecloth and gold runner to be reminiscent of Captain Marvel’s fierce outfit. In between two floral arrangements, I had a group of five candles burning (three pillar candles, two votives) to be homage to Captain Marvel coming into her own and lighting up on fire at the end of the movie.
I styled the side table with a fighter jet, dog tags, a blue candle to represent the Kree and their signature blue blood, and a green floral arrangement to represent the Skrull, the green aliens whom the Kree want to destroy.
In addition to the green floral arrangement on the side table, I arranged red and gold roses with red alstroemeria and red carnations for two Captain Marvel arrangements.
The Place Setting
This is where it gets crazy. For the first time ever, I did not set my table with plates. I opted instead to serve the first course in Marvel lunch boxes. Why? Captain Marvel uses a retro lunchbox to trick Jude Law’s character and save the day. I thought it was such a cool moment in the film because she uses her wits rather than her strength. I wanted to celebrate that with a totally rogue dinner party move. Who says grown ups can’t eat out of a lunchbox?
After the first course, I washed the lunch boxes and sent them home with my guests as party favors. You wouldn’t necessarily think a bunch of grown women would be psyched to have comic book lunch boxes, but they absolutely were!
I upped the glam factor by using my gold flatware, again as a nod to Captain Marvel’s costume, and grey napkins, a nod to her plane since Carol Danvers was a pilot before becoming Captain Marvel.
“I’m kind of done with you telling me what I can’t do.” – Carol Danvers
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In an unexpected move, I wore a maroon jumpsuit. Can you believe it? My dear friend Candy couldn’t believe it – she’d never seen me in pants before! My friend Jason gets credit for this. He said, “You can’t wear a dress for Captain Marvel. Wear a jumpsuit!” I felt quite fierce in it too. I paired it with black heels and gold jewelry. My girlfriends were quite color-coordinated too!
“Higher, further, faster, baby.” – Carol Danvers
I served The Mar-Vell: cranberry juice, vodka, Grand Marnier, and bitters, with a lemon slice on top. This drink tastes innocent but packs a punch. Cranberry and orange are such a nice flavor combination. This drink would be great served poolside all summer! Get the recipe here.
This is definitely my most whimsical menu yet.
My favorite part of the movie is when the cat is revealed to be a “flerken” and saves Nick Fury by shooting octopus tentacles out of its mouth and gobbling up a whole bunch of bad guys. I knew i had to serve baby octopus to pay homage to that wonderful comedic moment and I happen to be quite comfortable cooking octopus. My avid readers know how often I eat Greek food and this is a very Greek dish. Get the recipe here.
This salad takes less than five minutes to prepare. Sauté baby octopus in butter, olive oil, garlic, and parsley for just 1-2 minutes and serve with lemony greens. That’s it! It’s impressive, tender, and particularly whimsical when served in comic book lunch boxes.
Kree Blood Pasta
The fact that Captain Marvel has Kree blood is a big deal, so I tinted the most incredible alfredo sauce blue and served it with toast cut in half, not diagonally, because Nick Fury can’t eat toast cut that way. Seriously, this is the greatest alfredo sauce of all time. Give it a try! Get the recipe here.
“You know you’re glowing, right?” – Nick Fury
Captain Marvel Sundae
I served blondie sundaes since Captain Marvel is a badass blonde superhero. I topped blondies with strawberry ice cream, sliced strawberries, Captain Marvel-colored sprinkles, and gold candles because I wanted the dessert to glow just like Carol does. Get the recipe here.
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