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Princess Belle Birthday Party: “The dining room proudly presents…”

Our Beauty and the Beast Inspired Lunch!

This photo was taken from http://blogs.disney.com/
Photo courtesy of http://blogs.disney.com/


Today I’m continuing the recap of my daughter’s Princess Belle inspired birthday party by sharing the party’s food menu.

The menu was inspired by the animated film, “Beauty and the Beast”.  The story line of the film took place in the fall and winter seasons so Lumiere, with his enchanted friends, offered Belle quite a hearty meal. Our party took place outside in the middle of the summer month of June, so I chose to serve a lighter menu but still tried to stay true to the film and the Be Our Guest Restaurant menu at Walt Disney World.

Here’s what our guest’s were treated to at the birthday party!


  • Mini Crescent Dogs (shown on Lumiere’s platter)
  • French Onion Dip Meatballs
  • Mini Spinach and Bacon Quiche
  • Brie Cheese with crackers

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  • Croissants
  • Bagels
  • French Rolls
  • Sandwich Rolls
  • Deli Meat Platter with Turkey, Roast Beef, Ham, various cheeses and condiments
  • Pommes Frites (French Fries)

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The drinks offered at the party where that of the average party- water, milk, white grape juice and a variety of sodas.  In addition, I made this pretty pink punch.


I used  this recipe for the punch called, Pink Cloud Punch.  I did tweak it and used raspberry lemonade- SUPER yummy!

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Talk about saving the best for last!  If you know me, then you know that, similar to a three-year old, this is my favorite part of any meal. Who doesn’t love sugar?  The color theme for the party was pink (a nod to the red rose) and yellow (a reference to Belle’s dress).  I decided to keep with that theme when choosing and making items for the dessert table.  In addition I looked to the Be Our Guest restaurant menu for dessert ideas.

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  • Lemon cupcakes
  • Pink chocolate covered creme puffs
  • Rose sugar cookies
  • Princess Belle cherry and vanilla birthday cake (Didn’t Wegman’s bakery department do a wonderful job placing Belle in a pretty rose garden?)

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 “Try the Grey Stuff!  It’s delicious!  Don’t believe me?  Ask the dishes!”

It really is delicious!  Wondering what’s in the Grey Stuff?  All things good! There’s vanilla pudding, whipped cream, Oreos…sound good?  It’s super easy to make too!  Here’s where I found the recipe.


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  • Cupcakes with pink and yellow iced rosettes on top.  How can we leave out the chocolate lovers?
  • Yellow candy covered chocolates

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Is your belly full now?  I hope you enjoyed the menu!  If you’re still hungry, check out the menu for the Be Our Guest Restaurant at Walt Disney World.  I’m certain you’ll be wishing they offered delivery!


Up next on the blog, this Sunday stop by to see the Princess Belle inspired party decor and activities!  Have a great weekend everyone!



Princess Belle Birthday Celebration ~ $5 Chalkboard Wreath Tutorial

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“Be Our Guest” at my daughter’s Princess Belle themed birthday party!

My daughter’s Princess Belle themed birthday party was this past Saturday.  I’m thrilled to say she had a wonderful time AND it didn’t rain!  Talk about a success!  I can’t wait to share the details of her special day with you.  Over the next week, you can look forward to posts where I’ll share the Beauty and Beast themed food, desserts, decor, activities and party favors.  Of course I have to throw in a tutorial post or two, so today I’ll begin the party by sharing with you a quick tutorial on the welcome sign that our guests saw as they arrived.

Chalkboard signage has been hot for the last few years and I’ve been looking for just the right opportunity to make one.  Since Be Our Guest is an iconic phrase sang in the film, “Beauty and the Beast”, I felt that Be Our Guest worked as a perfect greeting message for our arriving guests.  I decided to marry the partnership of a welcome sign with the phrase by utilizing a chalk board inside of a wreath.  However, I wanted to complete it inexpensively and quickly.  I gathered the following dollar store and craft store items and went to work.

Be Our Guest signage supplies

 The key to this project is the black foam-core board that the items are laying on in the photo above.

I found the black foam-core board at our local Dollar Tree store!  Black foam core looks exactly like a chalk board and chalk presents well on it too. I chose to use foam-core because it was a simple solution to get the project done quickly.  It’s important to know that you can’t put any amount of water on foam-core and expect it to wipe completely clean without destroying the surface.  I used a dry tissue to wipe off some minor mistakes, but it didn’t return to the crisp clean state that I started out with.  Lesson to be learned:  Make sure you know what you’re going to write before you start!

Be Our Guest wreath supplies Here’s an overview of how I completed the wreath.

The frame, purchased from Michael’s craft store as a double set for around $2 (with a coupon) was painted yellow and allowed it to dry.  While drying I hot glued on the dollar store pink rose buds on to the Target store grapevine wreath (found in their dollar bins) and measured the opening in my frame.  I cut a piece of the foam core just a few centimeters larger than the opening and hot glued it to the back of the painted wooden frame.  That’s it!

 Next the lettering!

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Writing on black foam core was incredibly easy and the chalk that I used made the writing very clean.  You can use an average piece of chalk, but I decided to purchase the Allary set that is pictured above. The set was a bit pricey at $8.99 (Amazon), so my $5 calculation for the wreath price does not include the chalk.  However,  I absolutely love the set and can’t wait to use the other colors!

Here’s the finished piece as it greeted guests on Saturday.

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I hope you’ll be MY Guest this week as I share more Beauty and the Beast themed details of my daughter’s special day.

Up next, the dining room proudly presents- you’re dinner…or in our case lunch!


Belle Party Cupcakes

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Did you know that one cupcake with a rosette style swirl on top costs $3 at the grocery store?

Some hard-core party planning is going on in my house this week.  My daughter Victoria will be 3 years old on June 12th and she’s been requesting a Princess Belle (Beauty and the Beast) birthday party since January.  Yes, for six months she’s been telling the world that she’s going to have a Belle party.  I have to give her props.  The girl knows what she wants.  So here we are less than two weeks away from the big Belle party day and I’m ashamed to say I’m running around trying to put together a Belle party.

First on the list of things to do is to purchase or make the cake and cupcakes.   Traditionally, I use a small vanilla cake for her birthday photo and song and also chocolate cupcakes themed to compliment the cake.  It makes handing out cake much easier when you can have a helper pass out the cupcakes while you’re slicing the cake.  This year when searching for a Belle-inspired cake and cupcakes in our local grocery store, I came across a pretty cupcake with a single rose on top. It was absolutely beautiful.  However, each rose cupcake was $3.00!  I don’t know about you, but $72 for 24 cupcakes is a bit out of my price range for a birthday party.  I left the store on a mission to try my hand a making a rose cupcake for my little princess.

After a few Google searches, I stumbled upon the blog, Simply Sweets by honeybee http://www.simplysweetsbyhoneybee.com/. OH MY GOODNESS, I instantly fell in love with Melissa’s blog.  She’s so incredibly talented and her tutorials are fantastic.  Within one of her posts she shared three flower-making tutorials to use on cupcakes, a Rose Swirl, Rosettes, and a Frilly Flower.  She made it seem so easy to make her beautiful cupcakes that I thought I’d give it a try.

Here’s my attempt at the Rose Swirl.


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I used store-bought icing, so the consistently is different. In addition, I didn’t have the same tips that Melissa used for these projects, but I tried the concepts anyway.  I’m going to work on them a bit more during the next week, look for the tips she used and try my hand at making icing…

These are the tips that I used.

I tried an open star Wilton 1M and a closed star Wilton 2D when I made the Rose Swirl and I used an Ateco 16 open star for the Rosettes pictured below.

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 Here’s my attempt at the Rosettes style cupcake.


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If you’ve ever wanted to make a beautiful rose cupcake for your little Belle, stop by Simply Sweets by honeybee!  She’ll teach you in matter of minutes!  I’m sure glad that I did.  Below it the link to take you directly to her post that includes the video tutorial.


Now back to the Belle party planning I go!  Have a great day!