This Beauty and the Beast Feast post is courtesy of our contributor Chantelle of Dolled Up Design…Beauty and the Beast has to be my all time favorite Disney animated film. I love the story, the characters and, of course, the music. I was very excited that the live action version was coming out this year, and even more excited when I saw one of the local high school’s had chosen it as their annual production. We went to their version of The Little Mermaid last year and it was spectacular, so I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance to see their version of Beauty and the Beast on stage.
Beauty and the Beast Feast:
I wanted to plan something special to eat for dinner that evening, but I really wasn’t intending to put together something this elaborate. I went out to buy a few of the groceries needed for the dinner and inspiration struck as I looked up my dessert recipe on my Beauty and the Beast Pinterest board. After a quick stop at the Dollar store and $12 spent, I had the yellow plastic tablecloth, plates, napkins and decoration items I knew I needed to throw together a fun themed Beauty and the Beast Feast for our family.
Lucky for me, I already had quite a few of the items I needed to set the scene gathering dust in my party supply closet. The cardboard books have been used now in a few of my parties, and the black foamcore candlesticks are from a Harry Potter themed shower I threw several years ago. A Belle Pez dispenser was a surprise for my daughter at her place setting and I drew inspiration from Belle’s dress to hang my crepe paper streamer decoration behind the table.
The centerpiece HAD to be the rose. My actual rose was a large silk flower found at the Dollar store and placed on an easy DIY stand I created from a round white platter stacked on a chunky candle holder I already owned. The actual “glass” dome portion was an inexpensive plastic plant frost protector greenhouse dome I found in the gardening section of the Dollar Store.
To make things seem a bit fancier for the kids, I also grabbed some plastic champagne cups to drink their strawberry lemonade out of. To dress these up, I folded and rolled some red napkins and added a green leaf (stolen from the centerpiece flower) to look like a rose in each cup.
When it came to the meal, I kept things pretty simple with a chicken cordon bleu casserole, green beans with carrots and croissants (Pilsbury crescents). We didn’t have much time between when my husband got home from work and when we needed to be out the door, so I chose kid friendly foods that were easy to prepare and I knew the kids would enjoy.
For dessert, the obvious choice was to make up a batch of “the grey stuff” from a mixture of instant pudding, milk, crushed Oreos and whipped topping. I piped it onto store bought shortbread cookies and finished it off with a pretty mix of grey and black for my sprinkle loving kids.
We all really enjoyed our evening out at the theater. The play was amazing and my daughter was excited for the chance to meet Belle. I can’t wait to see what next year’s production is so I can come up with another fun themed family dinner!
We’d like to send a big THANK YOU to Chantelle for sharing this fun idea with us! Her parties & crafts are always easy to recreate and kids love them! Be sure to follow her on Facebook to stay updated on all her fabulous ideas.