Hello November! With November arriving, we are feeling the excitement of the Holidays fast approaching… starting with Thanksgiving! Being Thankful and Grateful is important throughout the year, but Thanksgiving gives us the time to come together and celebrate what we are thankful for! We thought about all the Princess Characters in our library, and the one that we thought fit with our November Vibe: Thankful the most, was Classic Belle! Classic Belle sacrificed her freedom to save her father and was thankful that the Beast didn’t keep her locked in the dungeon. During “Be our Guest” the enchanted objects served her a marvelous feast – similar to one we may have on Thanksgiving. She was also thankful for all the Beast gave her while in his care and she grew to love him. We are excited to feature this Classic Beauty in our November Vibe: Thankful Post!
November Vibe: Thankful
If you’re planning a November Themed party, we recommend a “Be our Guest!” inspired party from Beauty and the Beast! We love Pinterest and wanted to share with you some Pin-spiration for your next “Be our Guest!” inspired party! We even found this pin with the full “Be our Guest!” list of recipes! How about this adorable “Be our Guest!” Dinner Party! Or have you considered a “Be our Guest” inspired Breakfast Soiree? Don’t forget, our Classic Belle would love to entertain you at any of your “Be our Guest” inspired parties! In fact, she would be truly thankful!
You’re probably gearing up for your annual Thanksgiving feasts. On our list of recipes, we have our turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato hash, green bean casserole, butternut squash soup, apple bacon salad, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, cranberry sauce, and more! What was on the menu of the first Thanksgiving feast that happened in November of 1621? Records show that the Colony governor sent men on a “fowling” mission. Turkey was a common fowl in the region, but it is not known if turkey was in fact the fowl that was eaten on that first Thanksgiving. What is known, is that fish and shellfish made up the majority of the first Thanksgiving meal, which is uncommon in modern time. What was absent at the time was potatoes – it wasn’t popular among the colonists and they did not bring any potatoes on the Mayflower. Also in November 1621, the colonists celebrated their first autumn harvest. They most likely ate the newly grown fruits and vegetables from that first harvest which likely included onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, carrots and perhaps peas. Corn may have also been served but in the form of a porridge. Fruits consumed may have included blueberries, plums, grapes, gooseberries, raspberries and cranberries. What about pumpkin pie? While the colonists and Wampanoag tribe ate pumpkins and squash- they didn’t have butter or wheat to make the pie crust.
Obviously all of the food we eat today at Thanksgiving, is much different than what Belle ate at the Beast’s Castle when the enchanted objects served her the great feast…that’s because it all took place in France! If Belle were to celebrate a Thanksgiving meal (which would also be unlikely since France is not a country that celebrates a Thanksgiving). She would eat beef ragout, cheese soufflé, pie and pudding en flambé as the song mentions! She’d also probably enjoy duck or pork over a turkey, she may even have a Foie Gras. Snails, sardines, olives, mushrooms, chestnuts, and beans might be popular side dishes. She would probably use a mustard or a simple oil and vinegar as sauce. For dessert, she’d probably enjoy truffles, pâtes de fruit, nougats or even bonbons.
You can witness for yourself what a French Thanksgiving may look like by joining Dancing Princess Parties for Belle’s Enchanted Tea Party. We hope you’ll “Be our Guest” for this enchanting and magical Tea Party which we host each year in November!
Beauty and the Beast Dance Party at Home!
At Dancing Princess Parties we focus on the Dancing. Our Princesses can’t resist moving their feet when they hear a familiar tune. Classic Belle loves to twirl to is “Tale as Old as Time” while performing her favorite dance move…the princess twirl. She invites you to be her guest at your next party! We’ve also put together a Spotify Playlist complete with the many versions of Beauty and the Beast music from the original film, the Broadway Musical and the newest live action movie soundtrack. We’ve also added some of our favorite Thanksgiving songs we use in our Dance Exploration classes.
Belle’s Enchanted Tea Party
Classic Belle is the host of this Tea Party celebrating Thankfulness! Be her guest as she takes you on an enchanted adventure. Belle begins her adventure by reading her story. She loves reading and can’t wait to share her story with you. Next Belle will teach you a dance to the song “Be Our Guest!” After dancing, Belle will take you on a step by step guide on how to make your own Magic Mirror! After craft time, Belle hosts an enchanted tea party full of French delicacies such as quiches, croissants, chocolate truffle, petite fours, and madeleines. Prior to guests departing Belle poses for a photo that guests can cherish as a keepsake.
We hope you will join us for Belle’s Enchanted Tea Party – Space is Limited.
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Dancing Princess Parties is excited to introduce our Fairy Tale Friday Featured Princess Post! This week is focused on Classic Belle! Our Classic Belle recently had a face lift! She now has a beautiful new upgraded dress and she cannot wait to Be a Guest at your next party! But before Belle stole our heart’s in Disney’s 1991 animated film, she graced the pages of story books…like the ones she loves to read.
Beauty and the Beast Before Disney
The original french fairy tale known as La Belle (the beauty) et la Bête (and the beast) was written in 1740 Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Her version was very long, so it was shortened and re-written in 1756 by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.
In the original plot Beauty’s father (as she was called) was a widower merchant who had six children, three boys and three girls. His daughters are very beautiful, especially the youngest, Beauty, is the loveliest, kindest and most pure of heart. Her sisters, however, are wicked, selfish, vain, and spoiled.
Beauty’s father was very rich, and they spent most of their life in a mansion. One day, however, he loses his wealth unexpectedly when a storm at sea sinks his fleet of ships; forcing him and his family to move and work on a farm.
Beauty’s father learns that one of his ships survived the storm and he is eager to regain some of his trade. As he leaves on his mission he inquires of his children what gifts he should bring home. His sons ask for weaponry and horses to hunt with, and his oldest daughters ask for the richest and finest clothing and jewels. Beauty asks simply for a rose, since they do not grow where they live.
Beauty’s father heads off to the ship only to discover that the ship’s cargo has been seized in exchange for his debts. He realizes that he is without any wealth and will not be able to fulfill the wishes of his children.
Distraught, Beauty’s father becomes lost during a storm while on his way home. He stumbles across a large palace and seeks shelter. He finds a lavish interior complete with a dining room and a lavish dinner set out. He eats and decides to spend the night. The next morning, feeling refreshed, he begins his journey home when he discovers a beautiful rose garden. He decides to pick that largest and prettiest rose fit for Beauty. As soon as he picks the rose he is suddenly face to face with a hideous “Beast”. The beast tells him the rose is his most precious possession. How dare he pick it after the Beast’s hospitality. The only punishment is death.
Beauty’s father explains why he picked the rose and begs the beast to be allowed to give the gift to his daughter. Upon hearing this, the beast agrees to let Beauty’s father go in exchange for one of his daughters in his place. Unwillingly Beauty’s father agrees with this bargain. The Beast also gives Beauty’s father the gifts for the rest of his sons and daughters and sends him on his way.
When he returns home, he informs his children of the deal with the Beast. After much debate, Beauty agrees to go to the castle. The Beast welcomes her and informs her that she is now mistress of the castle, and he is her servant. He provides Beauty with the finest gifts, food and hospitality. Beauty and the Beast build a friendship which results in the Beast asking her to marry him every night, but every night she refuses as she only sees him as a friend. Each night after refusing the Beast’s proposal Beauty dreams of a handsome prince who asks her why she will not marry the Beast. She is convinced the Beast has the Prince as a prisoner. She searches the castle for the Prince but cannot find him.
Beauty begins to grow homesick after several months in the castle. She asks Beast if she can go home to visit her family. He allows Beauty to leave on the condition that she returns exactly a week later. The Beast gives Beauty an enchanted mirror and ring. The mirror allows her to see what is going on back at the Beast’s castle, and the ring allows her to return to the castle in an instant when turned three times around her finger.
Beauty returns home. Her older sisters become jealous to see her well fed and wearing extravagant dresses. Beauty offers to share with her sisters, but everything they touch turns into rags. As soon as Beauty takes the gifts back they are restored. That is because the Beast intended them for Beauty alone. The sisters are so jealous, they decide to trick Beauty into staying longer than the week that she promised the Beast. They hoped he would be so angry that he would eat her when she returned. Beauty agreed to stay. But soon, she begins to feel very guilty about breaking her promise. She uses the mirror to see the Beast. She is shocked and dismayed to discover the Beast, nearly dead, from a broken heart. She leaves immediately to return back to the castle.
Beauty finds the Beast and begins sobbing. She is sorry she broke her promise. She lets the Beast know how much she loves him. When her tears touch him, he suddenly transforms into the Prince that Beauty had dreamed about. Beauty asks how this is possible. The Princess explains about a fairy that had visited him long ago. He refused to give her shelter from the rain and as a curse for his heart. The fairy turned him into a Beast until he could find true love, and only then would the spell be broken. The Prince and Beauty are married and they live happily ever after together.
There you have it! The Disney favorite stuck very close to the original story, but added some magical, amusing and enchanted characters along the way. There were no singing Tea Pots or Tale as Old as Times in the original, but we can certainly understand why this Fairy Tale has touched the hearts of so many. Check back soon when for our Beauty and the Beast Onstage Blog where we will take behind the scenes of the live action entertainment of Ballet and Broadway!