Be Our Guest: 8 Meals Inspired by Classic Disney Books

For children, there really isn’t anything better than a good movie and delicious food. So, why not combine the two? Delight your young one with some fun, Disney-inspired meals based on classic Disney books and films like The Beauty and the Beast and contemporary favorites such as Ratatouille. Below are eight meals to try next time you and yours break bread together.

Be Our Guest: 8 Meals Inspired by Classic Disney Tales

By Early Moments


  • 1. Lady and the Tramp: Spaghetti Smooch

    By Maria Tallarico

    Table for two, hold the cutlery. A Lady and the Tramp–inspired pasta dinner is a sweet and simple way to pay homage to one of the most classic dinner scenes in all of movie history. Checkered tablecloth, breadsticks, and a candle—along with a family-style plate of spaghetti and meatballs—will bring this humble and adorable scene to life in any dining room.

  • 2. Alice in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole

    By Maria Tallarico

    An Alice in Wonderland tea party can be great fun, as it’s sophisticated with a touch of zany on the side. Originality takes priority over perfection in this situation—think mismatched cups, plates, decks of cards, and a clock to add some wonder to the decor. As for food, try scones, mini cucumber sandwiches, and PB&J pinwheels.

  • 3. Ratatouille: Mini Master Chef

    By Maria Tallarico

    A rat in the kitchen? Perhaps this is only acceptable the realm of all things Disney. A Ratatouille-inspired dinner party means anything goes so let your inner chef run wild. The classic French dish ratatouille is of course a wonderful place to start (and finish) and we love this recipe from the doyenne of French cuisine, Julia Child.

  • 4. Winnie the Pooh: Oh Honey, Honey

    By Maria Tallarico

    Pooh Bear and his friends are constantly on the search for liquid gold and who can blame them? Natural, delicious honey can be incorporated into any meal, whether an appetizer or dessert as a topping, dip or main event. For a kid-friendly snack, try Pooh-approved honey-roasted carrots or honey-garlic chicken wings. Warning: do not stick your head in the jar, no matter how delicious it is.

  • 5. Lilo & Stitch: Living Room Luau

    By Maria Tallarico

    Take a bit of Lilo’s spunk and Hawaiian spirit and turn it into an island-themed dinner party. Hawaii has a diverse food landscape—pineapples, pork, SPAM (yes, the kind in a can), rice, and coconut shrimp all make the menu. (Or you can cheat and order a pineapple pizza—our lips are sealed.)

  • 6. A Bug’s Life: All Bugged Out

    By Maria Tallarico

    What’s a picnic without a few crawling friends? Pack a wicker basket with favorites like cheese and crackers, sandwiches, and other crumb-producing snacks, and set up a rainy-day, living-room picnic and enjoy A Bug’s Life.

  • 7. The Little Mermaid: Under the Sea

    By Maria Tallarico

    Lobster is a definite no-no for this party, but there are other sea-inspired ideas that would be fit for Ariel and her pals. Try dried seaweed (a preschool snack that is exploding in popularity) and squash spaghetti. Mermaid soup, which is veggie soup with shredded carrots, chopped celery, and pasta shells, is also a creative food homage to this classic underwater story.

  • 8. Beauty and the Beast: A Disney Feast

    By Maria Tallarico

    “Be Our Guest” is one of the most iconic dinner scenes of all time. Who can forget the crooning candelabra and the bubbling teapots? Belle has all the options that one would expect from a luxury castle-cum-prison, like soup du jour, hors d’oeuvres, beef ragout, cheese soufflé, pie and pudding en flambé, bread, pork, veal, dessert, and tea. Don’t forget fine dining staples like plenty of candles, cloth napkins, and polished flatware.

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