Beauty and the Beast Party Ideas -Themed Dinner and Movie Night: beef ragu, baguette, and the grey stuff along with a root beer at Gaston’s Tavern.
When I decided to do a series of Disney Princess themed dinner and movie nights this summer, I knew right away that I wanted to include Beauty and the Beast. Perhaps because Belle is a smart book worm, or because the newer live action movie is so beautiful, or maybe because, in this case, the princess saves the prince? This evening is full of amazing Beauty and the Beast party ideas that you will love. This party feels a little more grown up and sophisticated, probably because I was influenced by the live action version to use some beautiful vintage inspired pieces for the decor. You could find most of what I used at the thrift store, so it should be easy to recreate something similar at your house, with a little pre-planning and shopping.
Beauty and the Beast Party Decor
Let’s start with the decor. May years ago, my friend Heather created a beautiful Beauty and the Beast party for her daughter Allie, and let me share it on the blog. You can find the gorgeous Beauty and the Beast party decor and food ideas here, and the really fun and creative Beauty and the Beast themed games and activities here.
Heather did a gorgeous tablescape for the party that really inspired me. She made a book page runner, in honour of Belle’s love of reading that I recreated for our Beauty and the Beast movie night. I picked up some old and really inexpensive books at the thrift store. Next I ripped out pages and used my glue gun to attach them together to create the table runner.
Lumiere and Cogsworth
I thought it would be fun to include a clock to symbolize Cogsworth, and a gold candlestick to represent Lumiere. I had an old clock that was perfect, but if you didn’t you could look at a thrift store for something similar. Remember it doesn’t need to be exact, which mine isn’t.. It’s just to give the suggestion. The candlestick I used was also from the thrift store. It was originally wood, but we liked the shape, and spray painted it gold. Brass candlestick holders would work well too.
I used a glass cloche I already had to create our magical rose for the table. It was really simple to put together. I used a piece of clear fishing line, and tied a fresh rose at the base, Next I used clear tape to attach the fishing line to the top of the cloche so the rose would hang. Lastly, I used some battery powered mini lights in the cloche as well, to create a magical look. Just remember, if you’re using a real rose like I did, not to put it together too early, as the rose will eventually wilt with no water source.
I used the rest of the roses, and a few rose petals that I tore off, on the table. I also decorated with some stacks of vintage books that I had.
Beauty and the Beast Party Printables
We also created some beautiful custom printables for the Beauty and the Beast movie night. Starting out with this gorgeous movie ticket. Print these off on your home computer or office supply store, and use them as an invitation for your kids, and friends.
We also included a beautiful poster with this printable set that says “tale as old as time”.
There’s also food labels to go with our themed dinner menu, and beautiful cupcake picks that we used in our grey stuff dessert.
You can purchase the Beauty and the Beast printables for this party here. Just download and print on your home computer, or at an office supply store, and enjoy.
We also included a little tribute to our favourite bad guy, Gaston. We created a special little area for Gaston’s Tavern. Inspired by the song lyrics, we were sure to use lots of antlers “… I use antlers in all of my decorating…” and included a faux deer head on the wall.
We created a printable Gaston’s Tavern sign, that we added to the wall too. And based on the line “Belle what do you say we walk over to the tavern and look at my trophies?” I added some fun vintage trophies that I’ve found at antique stores to the table too.
I thought it would be fun to have some root beer at the tavern. The glass beer steins are from the dollar store. I used my Cricut to add the logo to each glass. You can access my free Gaston’s Tavern logo cutting file for your Cricut machine here. In hindsight, I should have used white coloured permanent vinyl, rather than black, so it would show up better with the root beer. If you don’t have a Cricut machine, you can create something similar by printing out some small logos on paper, and using glue to attach them the mugs for the night. The glued paper will wash off easily with some hot soapy water later. I’ve included the small logos in the printable package too.
Beauty and the Beast Themed Food
Some Disney Princess movie don’t have much food mentioned and in them, and it’s a little challenging to come up with a theme menu, but not this one. The famous Be Our Guest songs is full of ideas of what to serve for dinner.
We went with beef ragu, baguette, and the grey stuff. This beef ragu is a favourite of ours and I’ve been meaning to share the recipe for awhile. It’s a braised beef sauce made with red wine, and it’s rich and delicious. We served ours with pasta, it’s also delicious with mashed potatoes. Find the recipe for our Braised Beef Ragu here.
The grey stuff comes from the line in the song “try the grey stuff it’s delicious, don’t believe us ask the dishes”. It’s easy to make and so good, your kids will love it. Find our easy recipe for The Grey Stuff here. We paired ours with shortbread cookies -find the vanilla shortbread cookie recipe here.
This movie night was so beautiful and so delicious. The food is really amazing for this movie night. It would also be a great date night -a little red wine sipping as you watch the romantic live action version with someone special.
With all these fun Beauty and the Beast party ideas for a fun themed dinner and movie night, life really is a party!