Can you believe it’s been a whole year since I posted a Disney Dinner? The pandemic sure threw a wrench in my dinner party lifestyle but I thought we could all use some Disney magic so it is with great pleasure that I give you Disney Dinners: Peter Pan.
“You can fly! We can fly!
Come on, everybody, here we go!
Off to Never Land!”
Peter Pan is my mom’s favorite movie and I’ve been in a quarantine pod with my parents this past year so it was only fitting that I do this Disney dinner with my mama, who is basically THE fan favorite guest here on The Rose Table. I thought this would be such a lovely time to do Peter Pan too because the lyrics to You Can Fly are words we could all stand to hear right about now.
“To the stars beyond the blue
There’s a Never Land waiting for you
Where all your happy dreams come true
Every dream that you dream will come trueWhen there’s a smile in your heart
There’s no better time to start”
I absolutely adored the ambiance of this Disney Dinner because the room twinkled with Disney magic and smelled amazing from the lilies and hyacinths – just like I would imagine Neverland to smell! I hung fishing net around the dining room since Captain Hook’s pirate ship The Jolly Roger is such a big part of the film. I hung a hook from my chandelier and wrote “You Can Fly” on the chalkboard. It honestly was quite hard picking a quote for the chalkboard this time because Peter Pan has so many good ones!
I styled my side table with white orchids (very Mermaid Lagoon, I thought!), a green clock to represent the crocodile that plagues Captain Hook (the villain of the villain!), pirate coins for Smee and the rest of Hook’s shipmates, and a gorgeous hand drawn map of Neverland that I found on Etsy. It’s now proudly displayed as art!
“Michael, the buried treasure. Where is it?”
Most notably for the ambiance, I hung my twinkle light curtain from my dining room window but this time I didn’t have the lights twinkle. Instead I had them on a steady glow to showcase the sweet star lights I hung above them, a nod of course to Peter’s line, “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning!” when he’s describing where Neverland is. The lights also pay homage to the beloved Peter Pan ride at Disneyland, during which you fly over London and see all of the twinkling lights.
“Think of the happiest things
It’s the same as having wings”
I knew I wanted a red and green color scheme for Peter Pan since that’s his outfit colors but I didn’t want it to look Christmas-y. I think this dreamy green leaf tablecloth did the trick! The centerpiece is a low feather candleholder, something I’ve never used before at a Disney Dinner, two medium floral arrangements, and two small floral arrangements in bud vases.
Fun fact: I did not buy this tablecloth or the feather candle holder for this dinner party. Instead, I set this candleholder on the center of my new tablecloth a month or so ago and thought, “That kind of looks like Peter Pan. I SHOULD DO A PETER PAN DINNER!”
I’m really proud of my Peter Pan flowers. I used white lilies as a nod to Tiger Lily, white roses, green carnations and green pompoms, the best smelling white hyacinths, and yellow British daffodils. I wanted yellow in the florals to visually represent our girl Tinkerbell.
The Place Settings
I set the table with round green placemats. The outdoor-friendly placemats felt very appropriate for The Lost Boys. I’ve actually never owned round placemats before and I love them! I also totally lucked out that I was able to find placemats with multiple shades of green, just like Peter’s outfit. I used red water glasses to represent Peter’s feather. I tied white napkins with rustic twine – again, very Lost Boys – and tucked a little sword and red feather into each napkin.
“Oh, I should like very much to cross swords with some real buccaneers.”
Since Peter Pan is my mom’s favorite and since she’s the eternal teenager, she Disneybounded as Peter himself with a fabulous green dress, nude espadrilles, and a red feather in her hair. Could she be any cuter?!
“Why, Peter, a mother’s someone who loves and cares for you and tells you stories.”
I Disneybounded as Wendy Darling, which made me incredibly happy since my horse’s name is Wendy Darling! For my Wendy Darling look, I wore a swishy blue midi dress (I could not stop twirling), blue bow slide sandals, and my curls tied with a blue ribbon.
“But mother, I don’t want to grow up.”
Dare I say it? This might just be my favorite Disney Dinners cocktail – a loaded statement, I know! I wanted a glittery yellow cocktail to celebrate our favorite sassy fairy. The Tinkerbell has lemonade, pineapple juice, Fancy Sprinkles Prism Powder (edible glitter) for sparkle, champagne, and a dash of bitters. I’m honestly still giggling over that last ingredient. SO Tinkerbell. Get the recipe here.
“All it takes is faith and trust… oh!
And something I forgot
Yep! Just a little bit of pixie dust”
This is definitely one of my most whimsical menus to dates. It’s right up there with Haunted Mansion and Maleficent! But that suits the fantastical setting of Neverland, don’t you think? This also happens to be a very easy dinner party menu.
Second Star to the Right Crostini
These are so easy to make! Named after the location of Neverland, I simply slathered pimento cheese and my homemade pesto on star toasts. I chose pesto because it’s green, Peter’s color, and I chose pimento cheese for the Neverland star because (1) it’s popular in Britain and (2) it’s a bright color and Neverland shines bright. Get the recipe here.
“There it is, Wendy, second star to the right
And straight on ’til morning”
Zucchini Boat Pirate Ships
Our main course celebrates the one and only Captain Hook – one of the greatest villains of all time – and his ship, the Jolly Roger. When I tested this recipe, I could not stop smiling. I know I’m a grown woman but you’re never too old for a whimsical dinner! After all, our theme is Never Grow Up! Whether you’re making this for kids or Disney-loving adults, this recipe is sure to be a hit. Plus, it’s easy, inexpensive, and really tasty. Get the recipe here.
Peter Pan Hats
This honestly turned out ten times cuter than it looked in my head. Peter’s hat is iconic and I thought this would be the perfect way to end our evening in Neverland. I baked green sugar cookies and piped a delicious no-bake cheesecake on top. I wasn’t sure if the white chocolate feathers would turn out but they did! I assembled the dessert in the morning – including the feathers – and they were in perfect condition for the party. In fact, the leftovers were still perfect two days later. Of all of my Disney Dinners desserts, this felt the most like a treat you would get inside a Disney park. It’s truly magical! Get the recipe here.
“Oh, but, mother, it was a such a wonderful adventure!”
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