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A Lady and the Tramp-Themed Dinner Date

August 1, 2022

I decided to surprise my parents with a Lady and the Tramp-themed dinner date for their anniversary. It was a magical evening that I know they’ll cherish forever.

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Lady and the Tramp-Themed Dinner Date

My sister and I used to surprise our parents with these grand date nights that we’d put together in our home. The house would be transformed into a Bed n’ Breakfast, a movie theater, and even a fancy restaurant with a table set just for two. Those special moments with my family inspired me to start my own stationery business and pursue my passion for creating beautiful things. And now, years later, I decided to surprise my parents with a Lady and the Tramp-themed dinner date for their anniversary. It was a magical evening that I know they’ll cherish forever.

A Romantic Evening with Lady and the Tramp

Setting the Stage for Romance

Picture this: A cozy candlelit dinner with your loved one, where you’re both transported to the enchanting world of Lady and the Tramp. The ambiance of a quaint Italian restaurant, with checkered tablecloths and traditional music playing softly in the background, sets the perfect scene for a romantic evening that you’ll cherish forever. Don’t you think?

But that’s not all – you’ll also get to savor the culinary delights of a Lady and the Tramp-inspired date night, starting with a shared plate of spaghetti and meatballs. The classic dish symbolizes the iconic scene from the movie where Lady and Tramp share a sweet moment, creating a connection that transcends words. See the recipes below and indulge in the mouth-watering taste of Italy.

Embrace the Romance and Create Your Own Fairytale

As you and your significant other enjoy the scrumptious meal, take a moment to gaze into each other’s eyes and embrace the romance of the evening. Let the magic of the movie inspire heartfelt conversations and create memories that will last a lifetime.

After dinner, why not take a stroll through a nearby park or along a charming street, hand in hand with your partner? Let the simplicity of the moment mirror the timeless love story of Lady and the Tramp, where affection and companionship reign supreme. You might even get to feed each other gelato, just like Lady and the Tramp did in the movie!

The Perfect Finishing Touch

And as your Lady and the Tramp-themed dinner date comes to a close, consider watching the classic movie together or revisiting your favorite scenes. Relive the moments of love and connection portrayed on screen, and let them inspire your relationship to flourish and grow.

A Lady and the Tramp-themed dinner date offers a unique and whimsical way to celebrate love and romance with your partner. By immersing yourselves in the magic of the movie and creating your own fairytale evening, you can deepen your bond and create cherished memories together. So why not plan an enchanting date night inspired by this timeless tale of love?

Recipes for a Lady and the Tramp-Themed Dinner Date

Spaghetti and Meatballs – Adapted from

Makes 18-24 meatballs

  • 1 lb beef
  • 1 lb pork 
  • 1/2 cup Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated fine
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley or 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 lb spaghetti noodles, prepared as directed on the box

Gently combine all meatball ingredients in a large bowl, except for the oil. Try not to overwork the meat. You want tender meatballs. Roll the meat into 1 to 1 1/2-inch sized balls and set them aside. Prepare 2-3 meatballs for each person. Freeze any unused meatballs (see directions below).

Preheat the instant pot with olive oil.  Give each meatball a final roll and add them to the pot. In batches, brown the meatballs for a few minutes on each side. Remove and set aside.

Note: meatballs are not fully cooked.

TO FREEZE MEATBALLS: Place the uncooked meatballs onto a baking sheet and flash freeze for 30 minutes. This will prevent them from sticking together. Store them in a freezer bag or airtight container in the freezer for 3-4 months. When you’re ready defrost them before browning, then continue with the next steps in the recipe.

Instant Pot Italian Arrabbiata Sauce

6 servings, 3/4 cup per

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 14.5 cans Diced or Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to the desired level of spice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (each) salt & black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (for dried basil, 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Drizzle the olive oil into the instant pot. Set to Saute for 15 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined, then place the lid on the instant pot.

Set to Pressure Cook for 30 minutes. Then quick release. Use a dish towel to cover the spout as it releases steam. Remove the lid and stir the sauce.

Add the browned meatballs. Place the lid on the instant pot and set to pressure cook for 30 minutes.

Spaghetti Noodles: Follow the directions on the package. Drain and return to the pot. Drizzle with olive oil and toss the noodles (2 oz. dry noodles per serving).

Romano Cheese and Herb Bread

8 Servings per loaf – Adapted from

  • 1 large loaf of French or Italian bread
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese or Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a small mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the butter, garlic, Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese. Slice the French bread in half horizontally. Spread each cut side liberally with the garlic butter mixture. Lay each half cut side up on a large rimmed baking sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Then broil on high for 2-3 minutes, until the outside edges of the bread are toasty and the top is starting to brown. Let cool for a minute, then cut into 1-inch slices. Serve immediately.

Plate noodles, top with sauce and meatballs. Add 1-2 slices of bread. Garnish with fresh basil and grated parmesan or Romano cheese.

Lady and the Tramp from the Disney movie

Featured Movie: Lady and the Tramp

Set up outside with a movie projector, large sheet or screen, lawn chairs, blankets, and pillows. Stream the movie on Disney+ or go old school with a DVD player. Then stock your concession stand with buttered popcorn, movie candy, and bottled or canned drinks. When we would go to the movies as a family we always mixed the popcorn with candy. Their candy of choice was Reese’s pieces, mixed in and sprinkled on top. At home, we like to sprinkle brewer yeast on our buttered popcorn.

For dessert, try this spiked root beer float recipe. Makes two floats: 4 scoops vanilla ice cream, 4 ounces rum, 12 ounces root beer, and freshly ground nutmeg, to taste. Add a scoop of ice cream to each pint glass and sprinkle with a bit of nutmeg. Then add 2 oz. rum and 6 oz. root beer. Top with another scoop of ice cream and sprinkle with additional nutmeg. Enjoy!

Adapted from

Lady and the Tramp Dinner Date with Recipes
Dine in Style with a Lady and the Tramp-themed date night

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