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Last week I was picking up Orville Redenbacher’s® popcorn and Dr Pepper® and saw both were promoting the new Wonder Woman movie in theaters June 2.
Kroger is joining in the fun and offering a limited time digital coupon where you can Save $2.00 on Orville Redenbacher’s® Popcorn and Dr Pepper® Soda when you buy ONE (1) Orville Redenbacher® Popcorn, any variety (6pk) and ONE (1) Dr Pepper® Soda any variety (.5L 6 pk) Expires 5/21/2017 Limited Time Offer; while supplies last.
I’m always amused by the places inspiration finds me. This time inspiration hit me pushing a buggy at Kroger and I decided a moms movie night was a must. I fully believe in adding a little extraordinary to otherwise ordinary events so I needed a good theme and realized incorporating a touch of Wonder Woman into this moms’ night would be perfect. After all, is anyone more of a Wonder Woman than a mom?
Hey Mom! You’re a Wonder Woman
No, you may not have super human strength and indestructible bracelets, swords, and shields but Moms! We are responsible for the lives of our little people! We keep them fed and healthy; find their missing socks and brush their tangled hair. We snuggle our babies after bad dreams and hug our big kids when their feelings are hurt. We aren’t simply keeping tiny humans alive, we are shaping and molding them to be good people. To be our future. We are the glue holding it all together- the peacemaker, party planner, chef, chauffeur, counselor, and cheerleader. I know it doesn’t feel like it some days, but this is our super power! Yet when I sit with other moms and get transparent, loneliness is the recurrent theme.
The first time I had another mom tell me she, too, felt lonely in motherhood I was so thankful for the affirmation that I was not alone (or a terrible mother)! It seemed so selfish to say out loud that changing diapers and feeding babies was not enough for me. In truth, even if I had continued to teach I don’t know that I would have felt fulfilled. Suddenly things like chatting on the phone or a girls night out were a rare luxury instead of a given. My life was commandeered by a cute little blue eyed baby (and then another one… and one more after that). Now I live in this odd stage of life where MY time is not mine! Where I am never alone, never unneeded, but still the loneliness creeps in and surprises me.
I need community more than ever! I need nights out with my husband and other couples to remember who we were before kids, playdates with other families to reassure myself their kids are just as weird as mine, and movie nights with fellow moms to decompress.
It takes a little effort and a lot of schedule juggling to work it all out but I am always so excited when I shoot a text out to my mom friends asking for a Moms Movie Night and the responses are “YES!”, “I’m there!” and “Can’t wait!” then I cross my fingers and hope my husband is on board, too.
How to Throw a Wonder Woman Inspired Party
Before I left Kroger I grabbed some red and blue sprinkles and a package of white chocolate along with my Orville Redenbacher’s® Movie popcorn to make Wonder Woman inspired Party Popcorn and Dr Pepper to wash it all down for my moms’ movie night.
It’s no secret that I love a good party so, of course, I took the Wonder Woman theme and ran with it to create a simple, fun party spread. I kept the colors on theme, using the red and gold from Wonder Woman’s outfit. I also kept coming back to using stars inspired by Wonder Woman’s head band and belt so I found simple gold stars and stuck 2 together with toothpicks in-between to create simple sandwich toppers.
Red sparkly wrapping paper made a perfect, inexpensive table runner to contrast with the gold accents and add a pop of color! Our tabletop is dark brown so I folded a white tablecloth in half to create contrast between the red wrapping and the table.
The main dish at this get-together was Party Popcorn brightened with red and blue sprinkles inspired by Wonder Woman. Finally, to add some drama, the Party Popcorn was served in these fun, gold glittered goblets.
Party Popcorn Inspired by Wonder Woman
Party Popcorn is one of those crazy simple, 3-ingredient recipes I cannot resist! In fact, I refuse to make Party Popcorn unless I am having friends over or taking a snack to someone else because I will eat the E.N.T.I.R.E. bowl.
Start by popping your Orville Redenbacher’s® popcorn.
Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and pick out the unpopped kernels (especially if young kids will be eating your Party Popcorn).
The next step is melting your white chocolate in the microwave. I use about a teaspoon of olive oil to keep the melted chocolate smooth and easy to work with.
Pour half of the melted white chocolate over your Orville Redenbacher’s® popcorn and stir. Add sprinkles.
Pour the remaining white chocolate over your popcorn and stir.
Add more sprinkles. (Who can ever have enough sprinkles?)
Allow white chocolate to harden. Then break it apart, and eat it up!
Remember to grab your Kroger digital coupon.
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