How to Bring Honor to Your Family with a Tea-Centered Watch Party with Mulan.
August 27, 2020
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In Disney’s Mulan, a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. In this elevated re-imagining of Disney’s beloved tale, Mulan will take audiences on the inspiring and epic hero’s journey of a fearless young warrior determined to prove her strength, honor her family and country and embrace her true self.
Mulan’s story has been told and retold since at least the 6th Century, and like most legends has changed over time – but never deviates from the importance of honor, family and tradition. On September 4th, the opportunity to experience this epic story of bravery from the comfort of your own home is the perfect occasion to orchestrate an immersive viewing experience for your family.
If you have family that is unable to make it to your party in-person, arrange for everyone to take part through a virtual watch party! No matter how you celebrate this epic story, get inspired with these watch party ideas:
Get Steeped in Tradition
Tea is one of the world’s oldest beverages and is as legendary as Mulan herself. Considered one of the seven necessities of Chinese life, tea plays an important role at any gathering. We would be remiss if we did not suggest enjoying tea as part of your watch party!
Green tea is the most widely enjoyed tea in China, so any of The Republic of Tea’s green teas will help honor the more than 5000-year history of the drink
- Warrior Green Tea is as flavorful as it is festive and was developed especially for Disney’s Mulan. This fresh green tea is livened up with flavors of ripe strawberries and a touch of vanilla. – with delicious flavors that anyone new to tea will enjoy!
- When in doubt, the Green Tea Assortment features our most sought-after and healthful green tea flavors and allows you to choose from delicious a variety of Superfruit green teas, as well as more traditional unflavored and honey ginseng tea!
Whichever teas you choose to accompany your night, consider sitting around a low table and enjoying the tea hot or iced in a mindful way while discussing what you are most excited about for the film – and what you think living in ancient China would have been like.
Remember: In Chinese society, it is the youngest person present who serves the tea – a great way to get the whole family involved, and a perfect opportunity to enjoy Warrior Green Tea iced!
Share a Meal
Take “dinner and a movie” to the next level by pairing your tea experience with delicious, traditional Chinese foods!
Dishes like jiaozi (dumplings), Bao or Baozi (steamed buns), noodles and others have been around for thousands of years – just like tea – and many can be made easily with ingredients you likely already have.
Searches for “Chinese dumplings” or “Chinese steamed buns” should give you plenty of options when looking for recipes. No matter what you ultimately decide, you will be sure to find something exciting to enjoy – and remember these foods pair perfectly with tea!
You can also tea leaves in a delicious Stir-Fried Tea Leaf Salad, or prepare some Matcha Umami Snack Mix for movie time! Making your own Chinese dishes also gives you the opportunity to spend some time in the kitchen with the family working together. Try making dumplings or steamed buns and creating an assembly line for each step of the recipe to get everyone involved in making a delicious, authentic Chinese meal perfect for serving family-style – have fun with it!
Set the Stage
While nothing can replace the experience of going to the movie theater, streaming Mulan on Disney+ allows you to have the movie theater experience like never before – a theatrical release from the comfort of your own home. Even better, everyone with Disney+ and Premier Access can plan to start the movie at the exact same time to experience it all together even if you are unable to be in the same place!
If you have a projector, now is the time to set it up on the biggest wall you can find, but whatever screen you’ll be watching on, get comfortable in your favorite couch or movie chair. You may even want to consider grabbing every cushion or pillow in your home to make it feel like the seats at the movie theater.
Oh, and do not forget the snacks! If you are feeling particularly adventurous, many movie theaters in China serve dried salted plums, sunflower seeds, dried shredded squid, prunes and coconut juice at their concession stands. Kettle corn is also much more popular than buttered popcorn.
Before starting the movie, search Disney+ for some movie trailers while everyone finds the perfect spot and gets settled. Then when everyone is ready, it is lights, camera, action! Movie night may look different these days but by building an immersive experience around Disney’s Mulan, the fun and time spent with family remains!
Be sure to keep an eye out for how tea is featured in the film as you enjoy!