Article and Photos by George Gensler
At the recent BlogHer ’12 Conference in New York City, Walt Disney Studios previewed The Odd Life of Timothy Green for journalists and BlogHer attendees. After the film, we were invited to a reception at Yotel (a charming retro-modern hotel on 10th Avenue at 42nd Street) where we were treated to cocktails, mocktails and desserts inspired by “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and the new Tinker Bell release Secret of the Wings. A full review of the film screening is coming shortly, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share our experience with the reception.
Did you ever wonder what would be the most appropriate cocktail to serve for a Disney movie? Well, for “Timothy Green,” it’s already figured out. Introducing, The Odd Life of Timothy Green Cocktail: The Green Socktail – rum, melon liquor, sake, pineapple juice, orange, and a cherry.
Of course Tinker Bell would never condone alcohol, right? Therefore the “Secret of the Wings” inspired drink was non-alcoholic. The Secret of the Wings Mocktail: Periwinkle Mint Lemonade – sugar, lemon juice, seltzer, mint leaves, and blueberries.
The Periwinkle name derives from the newest Disney Fairy, a winter fairy voiced in the new film by Lucy Hale.
Desserts for the evening included Cindy Green’s Chocolate Chip Cookies,
Pixie Dusted Churros,
and Green Family Garden Carrot Cake.
I tried everything! I drank a mocktail and wish I had crushed the mint leaf (seemingly the only source of mint) to get more mint flavor. I stole a sip of my friend’s cocktail and it was delicious!! If I hadn’t had a run scheduled for the next morning, I’d have indulged in more of the cocktail. I skipped the carrot cake (served in a Chinese soup spoon), but enjoyed the green-dusted cookies and the out-of-this-world churros – especially when the fairy-winged waitress took a shine to us and started making a bee-line for us with warm churros. I must have eaten my weight in them!
In addition to the fun drinks, fun desserts, and great company, we were treated to beautiful views of the city and, on our way out, received a goody bag that included Secret of the Wings fairy wings and The Odd Life of Timothy Green green socks, a pair of pencils, and a notebook with plantable covers (front and back can be planted in soil for a mini wildflower garden).
Thank you to Walt Disney Studios for inviting us to the press screening and reception. Keep watching the blog for the review of “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” preview screener – complete with the “Secret of the Wings” sneak peek. For more family movie news, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.
Bio: George Gensler is a copyrights specialist during the week and a runner on the weekends. She lives in New York City now, but has lived in five countries on three continents. She grew up traveling the world, but her official residence was in Southern California and every visit home included a trip to Disneyland. She has also visited every Disney Park around the world and sailed on board two Disney cruises. She threw in a visit to the Disney Family museum in San Francisco for good measure, and has had the Premier Disney Park Pass since its inception.