Belle was always my favourite Disney princess – the songs! the kooky furniture sidekicks! the library!! – and I am beyond excited for the new live action movie version.
To celebrate, we will be hosting a small Beauty and The Beast dinner party in a couple of weeks so stay tuned for some yummy recipes and decoration ideas. But to get the bookshop-ladders rolling here is a guide to making our table centrepiece – a lovely enchanted rose.
You all know the story – the young prince opens the door on a stormy night to see a beggar woman outside. She asks for shelter in exchange for an enchanted rose. When he sneers at the offer she reveals herself to be a beautiful enchantress and curses the prince, turning him into a hideous beast.
The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his twenty-first year. If he could learn to love another, and earn their love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broke. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time.”
By the way – the next scene says that it takes place ten years later. Did that enchantress curse an eleven year old boy because he didn’t let a stranger into his house?! Bit harsh.
This is what you will need to create your very own enchanted rose centrepiece. Everything was sourced from $2 stores.
- Plastic rose
- Glass cloche
- Small cake board
- Marble contact (optional)
Firstly, cut the rose to size. My rose had a couple of blooms on the one stem. I picked my favourite and cut it’s stem to fit the cloche. But don’t throw away the extra blooms! You’ll use them later.
Cover the cake board in marble contact.
Pierce a hole in the centre of the board (very carefully!!) with the scissors, just large enough for the end of the rose to stand in.
Now get glueing! Be very careful with this stage – a) because superglue is kind of a one off deal once it’s there it’s sticking there, b) because you need to hold the rose very still for a few minutes while the glue is drying, and c) because it is super annoying to get super glue on your fingers. I did, and I feel like clawing my fingers off. Anyway…
Put some glue into the hole, then put the rose in, and seal it up around the edges. Then sit tight while the glue dries.
Now peel a few petals from the left over blooms. You may need to trim the ends as the fabric will fray a little in the process.
Glue two or three petals around the base of your floating rose. I used one to try and cover a little of the glue at the base.
Pop on the cloche, and you’re done! Now you have your very own Enchanted Rose with which to dazzle your friends at a Beauty and The Beast dinner party. Or curse a young child. Whatever floats your boat.
I can’t wait for our Beauty and the Beast feast!! Come back soon, we’ll be posting some recipes and more decoration ideas over the next week or so.