For my 5th birthday, my mother took me to see Disney’s first Beauty and the Beast. She made a tea party for me and a few of my friends, and had decorated my cake with little character figurines from the film. I remember it like it was yesterday! When I realized my own little beauty, who LOVES the original film, would be turning five when the new flick hit theaters, I knew I wanted to take her to the movies and put together a Beauty and the Beast party of my own.
First of all, we loved the new film! We both sang the well known songs (so did everyone else!), and we loved the music and scenes that were added. All around, I think they did a wonderful job recreating the beloved fairytale, while staying true to the original score.
Our daughter has been asking for a “fancy” tea party for a long time, so I wanted to do it in the style of the new film. I adore the Rococo decor in the film. It reminds me of many of the palaces we’ve been visiting here in Berlin, Germany (particularly the Gold Room in Charlottenburg Palace). A lot of powder blue with deep gold molding. I wanted to incorporate that into her cake. I also wanted to make it reminiscent of the one my mother put together for me all those years ago, so I embellished the cake with figurines from the new film.
We thought it would be clever to make an “enchanted rose” like the one in the film. We used fishing wire to gently tape a faux rose into a glass dome, and placed a few fallen petals on the bottom. The kids thought it was just fascinating! It was very sweet to see their reactions. What was going to happen to this rose? I made “Enchanted Perfume” (AKA roll-on bottles of coconut oil and kid-safe essential oils which I had pre-approved by parents) for guests to take home.
For our tea party, I requested that parents let me know in advance who would be able to enjoy a proper tea with real teacups, and who would prefer to patron Gaston’s Tavern outside for a rowdier time. This worked out perfectly. I put out my childhood tea set for the children, and offered them a fruity herbal tea, while adults were offered Rosé and afternoon tea out of one of my favorite tea sets I found at an antique market here in Berlin. Each place setting also included a “fancy” water glass (cheap stemmed wine glass), by request of the birthday girl.
I served some savory tea sandwiches, some fruit, strawberry “roses”, chocolates, teacakes slightly larger than petit fours, and some ginger cookies I decorated to match the cake.
For our outdoor tavern, I printed a photo of Gaston, since he likes photos of himself in his pub. I ran out of time to put some sort of antlers up, but how fun would that be? I served root beer floats in some fun tavern mugs we got here in Germany, as well as assorted pretzels with spreads, cheeses, muscle-man chocolates, and deer shaped ginger cookies. The rowdy tavern crowd was happy and enjoyed bouncing on the bouncy castle while the focussed group did our craft activity inside.
For our craft activity, we made “stained glass” window clings. A couple days before the party, I precut the window cling paper, stenciled a rose on it and added lines to replicate the stained glass in the film. I had the children wear smocks, and gave them each a paper plate as a palette and put a small amount of each color window cling paper on it for them to brush on as they choose. This was so much fun, I’ll definitely do another window cling craft at future parties!
It was such a lovely party and our daughter enjoyed every enchanted moment!
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Window Cling Paint – I used a German brand, but it isn’t accessible in the U.S. for a reasonable price, so this is a comparative option and I love ALEX brand art products.
Fancy Cookie Cutters
Belle and Beast Figurine Set
Castle Friends Figurine Set
Gold Food Paint
Sticks for Strawberry Roses
Muscle Man Chocolate Mold
Rose Chocolate Mold
Enchanted Perfume Bottles