For this article, I am going to step away from the parks and vacations and show you how to bring the magic of Disney into your own home. My youngest daughter just had her 5th birthday and in our house Beauty and the Beastis all the craze. So she had requested to have a Beauty and the Beast themed party and I HAPPILY obliged! It is one of my favorite Disney movies, both the 1991 version (wow I feel old) and the 2017 version so I was so excited to bring the magic of the movies into our home.
For me, the invitation is the opening act. It sets the tone for the whole experience so I always go all out. It took me a very long time to cut out the ovals and to glue all the glitter on but I think it was well worth the effort.
Next is planning the menu. Food is a big deal when it comes to our parties and I had a BLAST planning the menu! We had our menu separated to the Provincial Life table and the Castle Life table. On the Provincial life table we had Maurice’s Garden Salad, Philippe’s Snacks which was our veggie tray, Gaston’s Barge Sized Deviled Eggs, and Same Old French Toast Casserole. The Castle Life table was filled with goodies like Soup de Jour ~ French Onion Soup, Hot Hor D’oeuvres, Cheese Fondue,Mrs. Pott’s Fruit salad, and of course The Gray Stuff! Which was absolutely DELICIOUS!! I will certainly be making that on a regular basis. I will include my recipe at the end of the article because something this good needs to be shared.
The star of the food was the cake. The only request my daughter had for her cake was that it had to have Belle and Beast on top dancing and everyone else around watching them. When I heard her request, my jaw was on the floor. How was I going to make THAT work? Thankfully I found the figurines that I knew she would play with long after the party, made it a tiered cake, and just like that I was able to give her what she was hoping for. I also made some rose cupcakes to make sure we had enough dessert for everyone.
With the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack playing in the background, the themed food, and us all dressed for the part, my daughter’s Beauty and the Beast themed birthday party was a huge success!
The Gray Stuff
1 package (3.4 ounces) Instant Vanilla Pudding
1.5 cups of Whole or 2% Milk
14 Oreos (regular, not double stuffed)
12 ounces Whipped Topping (in the tub, not the can)
Edible Pearl Sprinkles for decoration (optional)
~Mix the box of vanilla pudding mix and the milk in a large bowl and whisk. Set in the refrigerator to chill for about 8 minutes.
~While the pudding is in the refrigerator, place the Oreos in a food processor and blend until they are all very fine crumbs. Remove any large chunks.
~Take the pudding from the refrigerator and mix in the crushed Oreos. Fold in the whipped topping a bit at a time. Keep adding the whipped topping until the Oreo speckles disappear and it becomes a very smooth gray looking cream. When it has the appearance you are looking for, place in the refrigerator for at least one hour before serving
~Serve and Enjoy! This gray stuff is truly delicious!