When I learned that Disney’s Christopher Robin was coming to the Box, I immediately thought, “What to do, what to do, what to do?” The movie stars Ewan McGregor and is all about the little boy who used to pal around with Winnie the Pooh — only now he’s all grown up and has lost his sense of wonder and joy. Until his old friends pop up again to help remind him what’s important in life.
I knew something special had to be in order to celebrate everyone’s favorite silly old bear. Then I thought, why not help people bring the Hundred Acre Wood into their own home for family movie night?
Before you say “Oh, bother,” here’s how you can easily make it happen.
Look the part – Make sure everyone wears a red shirt in honor of Pooh’s signature look. (But it’s OK to let it cover your belly! In fact, please make sure it covers your belly.) And of course everyone must get one of Pooh’s iconic red balloons. On that note, have as many red balloons around your viewing area as possible!
Play some tunes – Before the movie begins, you can put a Pooh-approved mix on in the background. From Kenny Loggins’ “Welcome to Pooh Corner” album, to the “Winnie the Pooh… Winnie the Pooh… tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff” theme song, to tracks from the soundtrack (or past Pooh movie soundtracks), you’ll have lots to help put your family and guests in the right frame of mind.
Forest-ize– If you are going to bring the Hundred Acre Wood into your home, then you need to make it look like you’re in a beautiful forest. Or, if you live somewhere where it’s still warm outside, you could decorate a small area of your yard. But either way you’ll want to do as much as you can to mimic the feel of Pooh’s beloved home. Right now there are a ton of fall decorations out at dollar and discount stores, and colorful leaves are easy to cut out of construction paper. And actually there’s usually also inexpensive Pooh decorations you can pick up from a party store if you want to go that route. If you see or can make little bee and butterfly decorations, those would be perfect, too.
I’d recommend yellow for the overarching color (think HONEY) — for a plastic tablecloth, napkins, paper plates and cups — plus small bunches of sunflowers and gerbera daisies in vases.
If you have picnic blankets and baskets, lay those out as well. And obviously if your kids have any Pooh-related stuffed animals (Tigger, Owl, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo or others), those little guys need to make an appearance. Any and all Pooh books should be placed prominently around as centerpieces.
Snacks – Give everyone their own “Hunny Pot” to use for treats. You could use either yellow or red plastic cups and write HUNNY on them with a marker.
Speaking of honey, be sure to set a few honey pots and honey bears around, if only for decoration.
You could have sliced veggies from Rabbit’s garden and a little bundt cake with frosting on top for a beehive. Rotini pasta makes for great Tigger tails! And of course pretzel sticks would clearly be from Eeyore’s house.
And finally, make sure you invite some of your closest pals. Because as Pooh reminds us, “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.”
Now all that’s left to do is pop in Christopher Robin and enjoy! As Tigger would say, “TTFN… ta-ta for now!”