Dinner and a movie: Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’

Dinner and a movie 'Mary Poppins'
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It’s been over 60 years since this Disney classic was released, but it still feels timeless: a magical governess changes the lives of everyone at the dreary Banks household, in a story that is filled with inspiration, whimsy and song (along with some cartoon penguins).

Appealing to kids and adults alike, Mary Poppins might just be the perfect movie to arrange a viewing party around.


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Personally, we think that the most suiting celebration would be a fancy tea party — heavy on both savory and sweet appetizers, drinks for kids and adults, and, naturally, plenty of playfulness.

Dress the part

While the movie was released in 1964, the story itself takes place in 1910 London (hence the big, long skirts and the chimney sweeps). You can don some period clothing to up the fun, opting for a Poppins look or maybe a suited banker.

Dinner and a movie 'Mary Poppins'
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If you can’t quite pull together a whole outfit, consider just finding a fancy old-timey hat to pair with a cane or umbrella.

Dinner and a movie 'Mary Poppins'
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You can always go the extra mile by rustling up a carpet bag and filling it with all sorts of goodies.

Dinner and a movie 'Mary Poppins'
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Get your Mary Poppins on

Before you can have a spoonful of, well, anything, you have to get the movie ready:

MOVIE: Disney’s Mary Poppins (Don’t have it? Get it at Amazon or see more options)
RUNNING TIME: 2 hour, 19 minutes
YEAR OF RELEASE: 1964
RATING: G
STARRING: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson


Dinner and a movie: Your Mary Poppins menu

And now, for our feature presentation…


Appetizer: A parade of avocado egg salad tea sandwiches

Prepare a tasty spread of Recipe Girl’s finger sandwiches to start things off, and you’re bound to earn praise from your fam. Not only is egg salad essentially universally loved, but serving it in tea sandwich form simply feels oh-so-Poppins-like.

Dinner and a movie 'Mary Poppins' avocado egg salad tea sandwiches
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Appetizer: Eggs Benedict English muffins

Gone off his crumpet, that’s what he’s done! You can’t have a proper English tea party without some crumpets. They also happen to be one of Mary Poppins’s favorite foods, according to the original books.

English muffins come pretty darn close to crumpets, and these by Real Housemoms are topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce, to boot.

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Bonus? They’ll fill everyone’s bellies at a party that doesn’t have a main entréee.

Dinner and a movie 'Mary Poppins' Eggs Benedict English muffin
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Dessert: Lemon cakes

Mary Poppins’s other favorite food is lemon cakes — and we’re not mad about it, not one bit. This recipe for lemon bars from I Am Baker is easier than making individualized cakes, and they are also more vibrant.

And need we mention that lemon cakes are the perfect embodiment of how a spoonful of sugar can make something bitter delightfully sweet?

Dinner and a movie 'Mary Poppins' lemon bars
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Beverage: Tea with a spoonful of sugar

Every tea party needs tea! You can use absolutely any kind, but you can’t go wrong with Sugar & Soul’s classic homemade sweet tea. You can always choose a caffeine-free variety so that kids can enjoy it, too.

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Be sure to serve it in fancy teacups (you can find them, and tea saucers, for surprisingly cheap at secondhand stores) and alongside a big, fat sugar bowl filled with you-know-what.

Dinner and a movie 'Mary Poppins' vodka sweet tea
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