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Little Women Menu Ideas

Christmas Breakfast Table

Are you planning a Little Women-themed meal to celebrate the upcoming Greta Gerwig movie? (Or maybe for your approximately 28th rewatch of the 1994 classic? #ChristianBaleLaurie4Life) Here are some possible bills of fare, taken straight from the novel! We also have some suggestions for recreating the sentiment behind the scenes.

If you need authentic recipes for the items below, check out our Little Women Cookbook, available now!

BREAKFASTS

Christmas Breakfast from the Engel-Kinder
Chapter 2: “A Merry Christmas”
Beth Getting Butter
Buckwheat Cakes
Muffins with Cream
Bread
Gruel
Tea
Share this breakfast with a friend or neighbor.

Meg’s Breakfast Tray for Mother
Chapter 11: “Experiments”
Omelet
Biscuit
Tea
Do you know a mom who’s a Little Women fan? Can you imagine anything cuter than taking her up the same breakfast that Meg made Marmee (but hopefully better executed)?

MIDDAY MEALS

Jo’s Standing Joke of a Dinner
Chapter 11: “Experiments”
Corned Beef
Boiled Potatoes
Asparagus
Lobster Salad with Dressing
Bread & Butter
Olives
Blanc-Mange
Strawberries & Cream
To better understand Jo’s struggles with this meal, try prepping it with only a copy of The Young Housekeeper’s Friend (the only cookbook specifically mentioned in Little Women), with no help from an experienced cook or the Internet!

Amy’s Little Artistic Fête
Chapter 26: “Artistic Attempts”
Painting China
Roast Chicken
Cold Tongue
Sandwiches
Fruit
Cake
Ice Cream
French Chocolate
Coffee
After luncheon, grab some sketchbooks and have a drawing party with your fanciest friends.

TEAS & PARTIES

Christmas Supper from Mr. Laurence
Chapter 2: “A Merry Christmas”
Pink & White Ice Cream
Cake
Fruit
French Bonbons
Treat someone with luxurious refreshments when you see them do a good deed.

Meg & John’s Plentiful Wedding Lunch
Chapter 25: “The First Wedding”
Meg's Wedding
Cake
Fruit
Water
Lemonade
Coffee
Celebrate the love of your life … with cake. Lots of cake. But no alcohol, because the Marches were temperance people.

Happy Surprise Tea
Chapter 43: “Surprises”
Gingerbread
Biscuits
Tarts
Tea
Surprise a friend with a tea party!

Apple-Picking Holiday Tea
Chapter 47: “Harvest Time”
Pie
Cookies
Apple Turnovers
Milk
Tea
Spend a day outside with your family, with plenty of snacks for an al fresco tea.

DINNERS

The Marches’ “Merrycle” Christmas Dinner
Chapter 22: “Pleasant Meadows”
Christmas Pudding
Roast Turkey with Gravy
Stuffing
Jelly
Plum-Pudding
Enjoy a reunion with loved ones you haven’t seen in way too long.

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