Sunday, October 2, 2011

Celebrating Rapunzel’s Coronation

mainattraction_110927_230 Today is the day that Rapunzel becomes an “official” Disney princess (even though we all knew she was royalty already, right?!) Rapunzel becomes Disney’s 10th princess – joining ranks with Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, Snow White, and Tiana.

“Each Disney Princess imparts a unique message that inspires young girls to tap into unlimited imagination and follow their dreams. And Rapunzel is no different – even though she has no idea she's actually a princess for most of her story!”

Here’s a bit about the ceremony, from the Disney website:

Pulling out all the stops for a coronation party of this proportion is no small task. All nine current Disney Princesses will be in attendance to honor Rapunzel – along with celebrities, real royal family members from throughout Europe, little princesses-to-be, and perhaps Flynn Rider himself (AKA Eugene) – so the event's setting has to be perfectly regal. But where?

With its proclivity for everything pomp and circumstance, London, UK, seemed like the natural choice for this first-ever event. Disney selected Kensington Palace for its spectacle, beauty, and majesty – it's been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century! The Walt Disney Company will host the festivities in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity that helps people understand how monarchs and other royals have helped shape society – in some of the world's most exquisite palaces.

Along with the welcoming ceremony, there will be a procession through Hyde Park as well as party activities. Fans in the London area are invited to attend the procession for free (no ticket necessary), and Americans can participate in something a bit closer to home.

We are celebrating the coronation with a blog hop, made up of some of our favorite Disney bloggers and friends!  We’ve decided to host a “royal tea” in honor of Rapunzel, with each of us focusing on a different princess. 

We have chosen Belle (from Beauty & the Beast fame).  We all love Belle.  She’s so beautiful, yet so sweet, gentle, and caring.  She loves books and storytelling!  And she could teach us all a lesson about looking past the outward appearance, to the heart.

crafts 021 Gracie and I started of our tea party celebration by putting together this 3D castle playset ===>

We found it on the Disney princesses website (on the page dedicated to Belle).  Just click on the button that says “Printables”.  Then download the castle playset .pdf.  Cutting it out was an adventure in and of itself!

Last weekend, we attended a wedding and were able to bring home one of the lovely table centerpieces from the reception.  Surprisingly, it looks almost as beautiful today as it did last week; and made a gorgeous centerpiece for our princess tea party. 

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For lunch, we brought out our “fancy dinnerware” (otherwise known as Princess House Fantasia).  We prepared sandwiches on croissants.  We wanted to prepare some French-inspired treats, since Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale with French origins.  (Disney World guests may have had opportunity to meet Belle and the Beast at the French Pavilion in World Showcase at Epcot).

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After eating lunch, we watched Beauty and the Beast!

This morning, Ashley and I mixed up some dough for Pumpkin Beignets.  We had to let the dough rise for almost 2 hours.  Ours didn’t seem to rise; but we decided to try making the beignets anyway and see what happened.  The results were not only delicious to look at, but quite delicious to eat as well.

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The recipe made 24 beignets – much more than our family could eat ourselves – so we called up a friend and offered to share! We wish YOU could have been here to enjoy these special treats with us.  We’ll definitely make them again sometime – but we’ll make sure we have plans for guests.

Now, we’re going to complete our celebration by watching Tangled.

Thanks for stopping by our “tea party”.  Here’s a new song that we’ve been enjoying. It’s a part of the new cd “Disney Princess: Fairy Tale Songs”.


I hope you enjoyed visiting our tea party today!

We’ve got several more party hostesses that you can celebrate with -
please stop by, visit their tea parties, and say “hi”.

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Tricia from Return to Disney said...

Those beignets look wonderful!

Debs said...

What a beautiful princess party! Your beignets look delicious! I'm so glad you included the recipe. They're a perfect fall/princess Belle dish to try and make. Yummm...

Delightfully Disney said...

Such a fun party thank you for joining in!! I love your french inspired food, looks soo good!

Heather Lynn said...

That food looks wonderful. We love Belle too, but Rapunzel I believe has stolen my heart and is my fav.

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Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Looks delicious! Belle is my favorite princess, but Rapunzel is certainly a close second. We are going to be attempting make beignets this week, but I hadn't thought to make them pumpkin flavored! Yum!

@MaryD73 said...

Love the entire affair. From the flowers to the food. Yum! And I agree, I like the more spunkier princesses like Belle and Rapunzel.

Christina said...

Ooohh, YUM! I can't wait to make those pumpkin beignets! And I'm with a lot of the ladies on here... Belle and Rapunzel are my top 2 princesses.

Jodi Whisenhunt / Magical Mouse Schoolhouse said...

MMMM, I love pumpkin! Wish I were your neighbor :) What a great tea party & welcome to Rapunzel!

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