Family Time Calendar: Get Relaxed - iVillage

There's something enduringly appealing about the Disney classic Mary Poppins, in part because it's a family film the entire family can generally bear to watch together. Tonight, kick back and see if you can still sing all the words to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and make an exception to the no-eating-in-front-of-the-TV rule with a "high tea" supper.

What you'll need:

  • A copy of Mary Poppins on DVD or video
  • Finger sandwiches (see suggestions below)
  • Iced herbal tea or milk
  • Finger-friendly fruit -- grapes, melon cubes, apple slices
  • Individual "fancy" cakes, such as small fruit tarts or petit fours, bought from a store
  • Tablecloth
  • Paper plates

Finger sandwich fillers: Use thin white, whole wheat or pumpernickel bread. Make sandwiches using:

  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Cream cheese and thinly sliced green olives
  • Butter and thinly sliced cucumber or tomatoes
  • Cream cheese and orange marmalade

Once sandwiches are assembled (don't overstuff!), trim crusts from bread and cut into small rectangles or triangles.

What you'll do:

Dinner's easy, and will come off as such an event that everyone -- even you -- will forget it's "just" sandwiches. Make the sandwiches in the morning before you leave (cover well in plastic wrap) or in the half hour before the movie. Before settling down with the DVD, spread the tablecloth on the floor and set out sandwiches and fruit on serving plates in the center. Allow everyone to help themselves, and turn on the video. Make sure you sing along!

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