It’s here. October 2014. The month we’ve been waiting on for 499 days! The sole purpose of the DMNs is prepping for our Disney trip and it’s finally here!!!! Well, almost finally here. It’s tangible; I can smell it in the air, like the warm smell of vanilla piped down Main Street USA. After all, what’s better than the sights, sounds and smells from Main Street?! The view at the end my friends. Cinderella’s Castle, that magical site that takes your breath away and makes dreams come true; the symbol of the most magical place on earth.
Of course, now you know what movie had to be October, Cinderella! Not only was it perfect symbolically to wrap our DMNs before the trip, but it was perfect for October since I knew I was going to be using pumpkins for the décor. September 2013 when I was creating the DMN Master List I tried to schedule things seasonally and this was kismet. But enough about why it’s Cinderella, “We can’t waste time.” as the Fairy Godmother would say, so let’s get on with the details.
If you frequent the blog then you know that I usually start with the menu for the DMN and then the décor and theme come around that. I knew I would use pumpkins in the décor and I wanted to use them in the menu with it being fall, but I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to push the pumpkin in the meal. I love a good pumpkin dish, not as much as my mother-in-law, she’s obsessed she loves pumpkin, but I can appreciate a sweet or savory dish. But if I used it throughout the meal (i.e. soup, side dishes, dessert) it might be a bit much and it would again be a “royal feast” which is what I try to avoid doing for every princess DMN. I think DMN: Tangled turned out perfect with the Mexican themed menu so I wanted a fun spin here too. The only meal they actually even mention in the movie is when Cinderella is bringing Lady Tremaine and the step-sisters their breakfast. I decided to take that and run with it and do a brunch theme. Brunch is so versatile where you can do it as fancy or informal as you like and it always works. As long as you have booze. Without it it’s just a sad, late breakfast, but I’ll get to the Bibbidi-bobbidi-blue (see what I did there) later.
Brunch was a great option because I could still do the tablescape as fancy as I had envisioned in my head, with golds with a touch of blue, and it would work without having to do the aforementioned feast. This DMN I’d had the place-setting in my head for weeks before I was able to start planning DMN: Cinderella. Besides the menu, I try not to jump ahead to the next DMN before we’ve done the others so I’m not wishing for one in the future and can’t enjoy the present. Finally October was here and I could get to crafting. I knew I wanted to use my Dollar Tree gold chargers and gold rimmed plates from DMN: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. (The chargers and rimmed plates were seasonal from last year so when you see things like that be sure to snatch them up since you won’t find them in stores long and can’t order them online year-round.*) The clock is such a symbol in the movie from it chiming during “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes” at the beginning to, of course, the stroke of midnight where the spell is broken. I wanted a nod to that and a way to add to the place-setting so I used my Cricut to cut roman numerals out of gold vinyl and stuck them on the plate making it into a clock. I wanted to make sure and set the place-setting apart from the Christmas DMN and make sure Cinderella came through, I think this worked well. I love using vinyl because it’s not permanent and you can use it in so many ways, plus it’s relatively inexpensive. The whole sheet costs $1.99 for a 12×24 and I used maybe a sixth of it for the plates so it was worth it to me. I used about a sheet and a half for this DMN. Plus they are always sending email coupons so I never actually pay full price when I order, so it was even less.
Every Thanksgiving I decorate with white and gold so I usually buy white baby pumpkins and I thought I would buy them for DMN and use them again in my Thanksgiving décor. I wanted to tie in the gold with the pumpkins and dress them up so I took gold paint from Hobby Lobby and dipped them at an angle to add some character to the plate. It emphasized the pumpkin theme plus it gave a center to the “clock” where I didn’t have to make hands.
Since Cinderella’s “signature color”, as Shelby from Steel Magnolias would say, is blue. I didn’t want to lose that and I didn’t want the gold and white to seem too stark. To bring it to the tablescape I used the Dollar Tree baby blue napkins under the Dollar Tree gold cutlery and used my old napkin mod-podge trick for the wine and champagne glasses. To do that I just brush mod-podge on to the bottom of the glass, take the napkin and stick it on the bottom, cut the excess napkin off and once it dries, mod-podge over it to make sure it sticks. Once that dries they’ll stay on there until you submerge it in warm water for about 30 seconds and then it’ll slide right off. I love doing this for many of my DMNs because it really adds the pop of color to the table and also takes plain Dollar Tree glasses and dresses them up as you need. These particular wine glasses were smaller because they were the seasonal glasses to match the above mentioned plates.
Along with adding the blue to the bottom of the glasses I also cut out some blue vinyl and added it to the glasses to bring some additional blue color and more elements from Cinderella. For the wine glasses I did a glass slipper and for the champagne glasses I did a magic wand since they were so narrow. For the centerpiece I just took a mercury glass pumpkin on hand and set it in the center to keep it simple since the place settings were so busy. I also wanted to give nods to the mice and how they helped with Cinderella’s original dress for the ball. I took used spools of thread from a friend who sews and spray painted them with gold spray paint. Then I took them and some gold buttons and sprinkled them around the table and it really completed the look. It was fun but elegant at the same time.
For the sideboard I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the wall. DMN: Tangled and DMN: Mulan had started with the sideboard but with Cinderella it was the reverse. I knew what I wanted on the actual sideboard but the wall behind it was a quandary. When I was thinking about the tablescape and DMN: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, I remembered using the picture frame from Jacs’ first birthday with a picture from B&BTEC as the backdrop. For Cinderella I didn’t have time to get a picture remade and I also don’t like to use the same exact décor for DMNs. I decided to use the picture frame and do a quote with vinyl this time. I was just going to use a poster board as a mat/backdrop but then I found a light blue canvas board for $4.49 at Hobby Lobby that was literally the perfect size for the frame. I took that and one of my favorite lines from A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes and cut it out of gold vinyl and cut some filigree to round out the design. I also cut out slippers to cover the nail holes from my picture that usually hangs there.
Along with the clock theme on the plates I also knew from the start that I wanted to do use the pumpkin coach. I took a white pumpkin and cut out gold vinyl for the carriage door and windows. I also found four tassels at Hobby Lobby for $2.49 and used them as the drapes. For the wheels I used baby orange pumpkins and spray painted them gold. I could have used white ones but they’re twice the price as orange ones and I thought the gold would be a better contrast. Originally I thought about making that the centerpiece for the table but it worked much better on the sideboard and didn’t crowd the table. To round out the sideboard décor I used gold Dollar Tree frames and cut out gold vinyl and placed it on patterned paper to go in the frames. I used the clock from my kitchen to bring height and mirror the clock theme from the tablescape and some gold sconces on the other side for height balance. I also used the gold spools and buttons like on the table to bring a little whimsy. For the kitchen island I usually decorate it but with the brunch buffet I didn’t have room and simply used one of the frames from the sideboard to have some décor on the island.
Followers of DollarStoreDisney.com will know that along with a themed menu and décor, we also dress themed and have a themed cocktail. This DMN was, of course, no different. I love using Pinterest for recipes and party and event ideas, but I also love it for Disneybound. If you’ve never searched it and you’re a Disney fan then you need to check it out. A lot of them are done using designer clothes or they choose the perfect outfit to put together, but it’s a great way to get ideas and take things you already have in your closet and use. At least that’s what we do. I have absolutely no blue in my closet but that was ok because Jacs is usually the princess/lead character so I took a cream romper on hand and used gold accessories and was the pumpkin coach, I actually came up with that on my own, I must be perusing those Disneybound boards too much. It was fun since I got to “carry” Cinderella. Donna was the shimmering castle, Courtnei was, of course, Fairy Godmother (We actually call her Jacs’ Fairy Godmother.) and Ivy was hipster Cinderella. The guys were so cute, Jeff and Jeff Sr. aka Senior ended up both coming as Gus and Uncle Chris was Prince Charming. Maybe we should have called one Gus and one Octavian.
This month’s cocktail was super fun and the color ended up being just perfect. Originally when I decided brunch I knew I wanted to do mimosas and screwdrivers but I hated not doing a signature cocktail. I’ve kind of grown fond of getting to show you guys my crazy cocktail/theme brain. I saw this blue hypnotic liquor at the liquor store and knew I had to use it for Cinderella. Then the name hit me instantly The Bibbidi-bobbidi-blue! BAM! Just like Mother Gothel’s black heart margarita. I know, I’m weird but in a fun, magical Disney way, right? Don’t answer that.
I will say that the Bibbidi-bobbidi-blue is magical because Chris, who usually doesn’t drink, actually drank it. I guess he was Prince Charming after all, so he couldn’t not like Cinderella’s signature cocktail.
While the adults enjoy the signature cocktail, I always have crafts or activities for Jacs to do. I found a Cinderella key chain and Cinderella in her wedding dress at Dollar Tree, and a few months ago Hobby Lobby had this ceramic slipper (not perfect but “it’ll do pig”) on clearance for $0.70, so I got it to go with her Cinderella crafts. I painted it with mod-podge as glue and let her sprinkle clear glitter on it and make it a glass slipper. She loved it and even though there was glitter everywhere when she was done, it was worth it.
We didn’t have an appetizer since it was a brunch buffet so as soon as the Bibbidi-bobbidi-blues and crafts were finished, everyone filled their plates and gathered around the table to eat. For the menu I wanted traditional brunch foods and nods to the movie but I also wanted things to be filling since it was dinner when we were eating and not actually morning or mid-day. I also wanted things to be some store bought dishes that could just be heated as well as some cold items for ease and then homemade eats to round things out and make everyone feel special. The menu consisted of mini quiches, mini bagels, smoked cocktail sausages, smoked salmon with capers, herbed goat cheese and dilled goat cheese, a cheese tray with white cheddar, Havarti and pumpkin goat cheeses, watermelon and grape “magic wands”, white(blue) chocolate magic pretzel wands with edible pearls, strawberries, white chocolate raspberries and cream drop scones with pumpkin butter.
Even though there were a lot of options the food really melded well together, I love buffet style foods because you can try a little of everything and then get more of what you like on the next trip. That’s less calories that way, right? Again, don’t answer that. The cream drop scones were delicious and came together in 5 minutes in my Ninja with the dough blade. They literally took longer to cook than prep. The crock-pot pumpkin butter was delicious and super-easy and Jacs loved helping make it and since it was crock-pot she could dump the ingredients in and think she made it. Plus it made the whole house smell like fall. The wands were fun for her to make, even if she probably got a sugar high from sneaking licks from the chocolate, girl is a chocoholic if I’ve ever seen one.
My two favorite parts of the evening were when we set down to watch the movie. As the opening credits started, Courtnei, Ivy and I were talking about how we always loved the old intros with the musical opening credits. Then Jeff pipes up and says “Really, it always made me go ‘Great, it’s prolly gonna be boring.’”; perfect example of the difference between girls and boys, folks. The BEST part of the night was when Cinderella started singing A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes and Jacs joined in singing with her, made my heart melt. Can’t wait for her to see Disney in person, I think she will probably be the only one with a dry eye in the group, though I’m sure she’ll have a twinkle.
As I write this it is 12 hours till we are in the air heading to Disney. I want to thank you guys for joining me and sharing the memories that we’ve made this past year. I can’t wait to share the ones from our Disney trip and more DMNs to come! Stay tuned next month when we ask you “If you had the chance to change your fate, would you?” with DMN: Brave.
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