If you're looking for a fun and memorable movie night idea, why not pay homage to the classic baseball film, "A League of Their Own"? This heartwarming and inspiring movie takes us back to the 1940s, showcasing the incredible women who played professional baseball during World War II. To make your movie night even more special, I've prepared a list of themed snacks that will transport you straight to the ball field. From Rockford Peach hand pies to mini hot dog sliders, baseball cookies, and baseball pretzel bites, I've covered all your bases for an unforgettable movie night. Let's dive into these tasty ideas and make your movie night a home run!
If you have followed my Family Movie Night Series you know I started hosting movie nights with themed snacks to spend more family time together with my oldest daughter who was approaching high school graduation. Sadly, she has already graduated, and left for college 8 hours away from home! She returned home this weekend for fall break!
We are huge Braves baseball fans in our house and the Atlanta Braves are currently in the MLB playoffs. I knew the timing was perfect and planned a double header event! We would watch the Braves baseball game, followed by a family movie night at home! Of course, we had to watch a baseball movie, but which one, was the important question?
Baseball, often referred to as America's favorite pastime, has inspired many movies over the years. I ran through the list of my favorites!
First up was Field of Dreams! Field of Dreams is a heartfelt and timeless tale about following your dreams and the importance of second chances. It's one of my all-time favorite baseball movies, but I was afraid it wouldn't hold my 8-year-old daughter's attention!
I quickly ruled out Bull Durham due to the R rating, although it's another favorite baseball movie of mine. I needed to start thinking about more kid-friendly baseball movies!
How could I forget Sand Lot and Angels in the Outfield? They were both movies I loved as a kid! They were released in back-to-back years during my childhood and both excellent family films I haven't seen in quite some time! I was debating between the two of those when one final baseball movie crossed my mind! We definitely will have to watch both "Angels in the Outfield" and "Sand Lot" soon! Hopefully, the Atlanta Braves make a World Series run and we can have some more double-feature nights soon!
I ultimately decided to watch "A League of Their Own" both to share the story of some fierce women in history with my girls and because the movie features the Rockford Peaches. Georgia is the Peach State, and since we were doing a double feature with the Atlanta Braves game, I figured a peach-themed snack would work for both events!
A League of Their Own Snack Lineup:
What better way to enjoy this heartwarming film than with a well-rounded menu of snacks inspired by the movie?
Baseball Royal Icing Cookies
The simple shape and design of a baseball made it an obvious choice for some Royal Icing cookies!
My favorite cutout cookie recipe is this Sugar Cookie Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction. I made a batch of cookie dough and cut circles out of the dough using a 3.2-inch circle cutter. I love this 12-piece Round Cookie Cutter Set from Amazon! I can always find the circle size I need with it!
I made a batch of Royal Icing with this recipe from Preppy Kitchen. Since the bulk of the cookies are white I separated the batch into a small amount of white outline consistency, a small amount of outline consistency that I dyed Red for the stitching on the baseball, and then the rest was white flood consistency.
Once the cookies were cooled, I decorated them to look like baseballs with the royal icing. I made the cookies first so the royal icing would have time to dry and harden!
Mini Hot Dog Sliders
Hot dogs and baseball go hand in hand, and these Mini Hot Dog Sliders are a perfect addition to your movie night menu. They're easy to make and can be customized with your favorite toppings. Here's what you'll need:
- Mini hot dog buns (I couldn't find these at my grocery store, so I made my own with this Hot Dog Slider Recipe from Celebration Generation)
- Cocktail wieners or small sausages
- Toppings like ketchup, mustard, relish, chili and cheese
I made the slider buns early in the day, and warmed the cocktail wieners in a cast iron skillet right before we were ready to eat! We topped ours with ketchup, mustard, chili, and cheese, but you can use any hot dog toppings you would like!
Peach Hand Pies
The Rockford Peaches are the stars of the movie, and what better way to honor them than with some delicious Rockford Peach Hand Pies? These sweet, hand-held treats are perfect for enjoying while watching the film.
I used Butter Be Ready's Peach Hand Pie Recipe to make these delicious peach treats that were fitting for both the film and the Atlanta Braves game before! My favorite 12 piece Round Cookie Cutter Set came in handy again, and I used it to cut 3.5-inch circles for the hand pies!
I love that these were hand-held which was perfect for watching a movie in a dark room! My husband, a Georgia native and lover of all things peach, gave them a rave review!
White Chocolate Baseball Pretzel Bites
No movie night is complete without some sweet and salty snacks. These White Chocolate Baseball Pretzel Bites are the perfect combination. They are not only delicious but also look like tiny baseballs. These were super fast and easy to make!
Here's what you'll need:
Pretzel Snaps (small square pretzels)
White Candy Melts or White Chocolate Melting Wafers
These are very simple to make, place the pretzel snaps on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat, and add a white chocolate melting wafer on top of each pretzel. Bake in a 275-degree oven for 8-10 minutes. You want the chocolate to be melted but still hold its round shape.
After removing them from the oven, allow them to cool to room temperature on the counter, and then place them in the freezer for 5 minutes to harden further. You can then use a Red Edible Food Coloring Pen to draw the stitches on the baseballs. My Red Pen was running low on ink so they ended up a bit lighter than I would have liked! I need to order a fresh set while I am thinking about it!
These little pretzel bites were the perfect mix of sweet and salty, easy to make, and were eaten quickly by the kids!
Hosting a movie night with an "A League of Their Own" theme is a fantastic way to celebrate the empowering and heartwarming story of the Rockford Peaches. With these delicious snacks, you'll create a memorable evening that combines the magic of cinema with the flavors of the baseball field (minus the dirt). So, step up to the plate and enjoy your own movie night with these delightful treats – it's a guaranteed home run!
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