November 16, 2014

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Make it a Family Movie Night with How To Train Your Dragon 2 #DragonInsiders #HTTYD2 #DragonMovieNight @FHEInsiders

Soaring past the $500 million mark at the global box office, DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is not only one of the best reviewed films of the year, but also 2014’s highest grossing animated film to-date and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation’s critically acclaimed HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD November 11.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the next chapter to the Academy Award® nominated film released in 2010, is “sensational…an instant animated classic,” proclaims Access Hollywood. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A” CinemaScore® and certified 92% fresh on Variety’s Peter Debruge declares the film is “Braver than ‘Brave,’ more fun than ‘Frozen’…Dragon delivers.” It’s a must-own title for the whole family!

The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature hours of bonus materials that explore the world of dragons and more. Furthermore, the Blu-ray™ and Digital HD contain four exclusive featurettes, deleted scenes and a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film, shot and created by the film’s writer and director Dean DeBlois.

We love hosting  family nights at our house, especially now that the time has changed and it is darker and cooler out.  We have the neighborhood kids over now too, this way they are all warm and safe inside! We hosted a  How To Train Your Dragon family movie night this weekend to celebrate the release.   We made  it a truly themed party with decorations, activities, and recipes all HTTYD2 themed.

Food ideas:
Dragon Feed:  Swedish Fish and Gummy Sharks
Dragon Claws:  Buggles
Gobber Peg Legs:  Pretzel sticks
Dragon Flames: Flaming Hot Cheetos or Regular Cheetos
Dragon Fireballs:  Atomic Fireballs or Cheeto Balls
Dragon Nuggets:  Dinosaur chicken nuggets look a lot like dragons
Dragon Scales:  Doritos
Viking Brew:  Rootbeer
Catapult Ballistics:  Meatballs 

Here are some fun activities:

Shields:  Under a paper plate, let the kids decorate with markers and  stickers.  Attach a  construction paper ring to the opposite side to hold it!

Adopt a Dragon:  The mini battle dragons are $1.99 each at most stores (I lucked out, last week Meijer had Buy 1 Get 1 50% off of all dragon merchandise).  I bought one of every HTTYD2 dragon, even the Bewilder Beast and placed them in a bowl.  Each child went home with their own dragon!

Viking Hat:  Click this link to take you to a PDF for how to make your own viking hat!

Masks - Have a make your own mask center!  Just click to enlarge:

Click for Dragon Stationary and a Hiccup cut-out!

Sheep Toss:  Pick up some stuffed sheep and buckets.   Line the buckets up like the Bozo Circus game.  Have the kids try to toss the sheep into each bucket.

Dragon Races:  Instead of stick horses, make stick dragons and have the kids race around the yard.

Gobber Race:   Three legged race

Themed products also always add to the party.  Pick up some stickers, tattoos, paper plates, napkins, cups and more to really get the theme going!

So what are some of your ideas for a How to Train Your Dragon 2 Movie Party?

We absolutely loved this movie.  It is hard to compare it to the original, each is great in its own aspect.  It was great seeing the characters age, mature and still be friends. The introduction of Hiccup's mother and how they lovingly welcomed her back into their lives warmed my heart.  Tears ensued later with the death of a pivotal character.  New characters, new dragons and new battles filled this movie, but in the end good won and Toothless showed his leadership!

Disclosure: I am a Fox Home Entertainment Insider.  I will receive a copy of the movie and party supplies .  No other compensation was received


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