When we heard Jingle All The Way 2 was slotted for a pre-Christmas release, the kids were excited. It wasn’t too long ago that we watched Jingle All The Way, so we hoped the sequel would be as much fun.
Closer to the release date, the team over at Fox Home Entertainment asked if we would be interested to host a Jingle All the Way 2 viewing party. And naturally, we jumped at the invitation.
Hosting a Jingle All The Way 2 viewing party
Prior to screening the movie at our viewing party, I made sure I watched it privately to make sure it was appropriate for our older kids to watch.
Two desperate dads compete in a no-holds-barred battle to be the best father and make this the best Christmas ever! Fun-loving, laid-back dad Larry (Larry The Cable Guy – Cars and Cars 2 ) is having a bear of a time finding the perfect Christmas gift for his eight-year-old daughter, Noel. The season’s hottest toy, The Harrison Bear, is all sold out, and Noel’s new stepfather wants to keep it that way – so he can be the one to make her holiday wish come true. When Larry learns all Noel wants for Christmas is the bear, he’ll stop at nothing to make his little girl happy and get her the toy of her dreams.
Overall the movie is a heart-warming one, focusing on the importance of family. And yes, there are portions of slap-stick humor thrown in that make it entertaining for the younger audience .
Before the movie started, we handed out the Santa hats for the kids (the Moms preferred to opt out of wearing hats except this Mom!) and the kids sat around the kitchen table and floor cutting out gingerbread cookies with our Christmas shaped cookie cutters, while the Moms chatted. (I made sure the dough was made the night before to save time. )
While the cookies baked, our guests were invited to make themselves comfortable in our living room to watch our featured movie for the evening.
(It couldn’t feel more festive…wearing Santa hats, sitting in front of a beautifully lit Christmas tree, smelling the aroma of gingerbread cookies being baked fresh in the oven, watching a Christmas movie!)
and had the kids survey the snacks table so that they knew where to go for the munchies during the movie.
The Fox Home Entertainment team sent our guests some fun goodies that we added into their take-home bags: color your own ornament sets, hot chocolate mugs, Jingle All The Way 2 star shaped cookie cutters, mustache straws and movie inspired activity sheets.
While the Moms ooh-ed and aah-ed about the neat Jingle All The Way 2 hot chocolate mug and spoon sets, the kids were most thrilled with their mustache straws and the Candy Peppermint hot chocolate!
The kids also loved our Pinterest inspired Santa hat fruit treats and the Moms took home the recipe for my Banana Gingerbread Crumb Cake.
This is an easy to make, Christmas-sy tasting cake that will be great to serve at your upcoming holiday parties.
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup molasses
- 3 ripe bananas mashed
- 1/2 cup butter-unsalted-at room temperature
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp cold butter
- 1.4 tsp cinnamon powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Also prepare a greased 9 inch square cake pan.
In a bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon powder, ginger powder, cloves powder)
In a stand mixer, cream together the sugar and butter till fluffy.
Add to this the egg and mix well.
Add the molasses and bananas. Combine well.
Now slowly add the dry mixture to the wet and mix till the batter is consistently mixed. (If you find the batter is too dry, add 1/4-1/2 cup of hot water.)
Pour the prepared batter into your cake pan.
Ina separate bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients to prepare the crumb mixture.
Ensure the mixture looks like crumbled nuggets. Spread the same over the batter.
Bake for 40-45 minutes or till a toothpick when inserted in the cake, comes out clean.
We ended the evening outdoors. (That’s the benefit of living in our corner of Texas. The weather is still pleasant enough to go outdoors and have some sidewalk chalk fun!)
The party was a fun way to get the kids excited for the weeks of Christmas festivities ahead. Though the movie does not make mention of Christ being the Reason for this Season, we made it a point to remind our guests of the same. And to make sure family was at the heart of any activities planned for the month.