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How to Throw a “Beauty and the Beast” Party

make your birthday girl feel like a princess

When it came time to plan her daughter Elyana’s fourth birthday party, Dayna Tolley took a cue from the movie playing on repeat in their home: Beauty and the Beast.

Guests at a Beauty and the Beast party

And since Tolley is a party planner—in addition to her full-time role as a dispatcher with the Plano Police Department—you can be certain that no detail was missed.

It started with the invitations. “They were shaped like the mirror in the story,” explains Tolley. “I had them cut out. They weren’t box invitations.”

Another unconventional aspect to this party: The children got their party favors as soon as they arrived, and for good reason. “We provided golden yellow Belle skirts and hair bows for the girls and blue shirts with Beast on them for the boys,” Tolley says—attire that perfectly matched the decor.

Table centerpieces featured the mystical rose in glass domes and Belle’s beloved books. The decor also included toy characters from the movie: Chip, Lumiere, Cogsworth … the gang was all there.

The celebration turned out to be a mix of something old (books from their storage shed), something new (the plush dolls and rose centerpieces), something borrowed (a “magic mirror” from the florist) and something blue—the jacket worn by the Beast himself. He was, of course, joined by Belle. “The kids were so excited that they screamed,” recalls Tolley of the moment the characters arrived.

Beauty and the Beast decorations

While the actress playing Belle came from a party service, the Beast was played by Elyana’s dad. “He was a good sport,” smiles Tolley. “It was a full-face costume that got pretty warm.”

After the bounce house (where Tolley notes that Elyana spent 95% of the party), balloon art and face painting, they cut into the cake. Tolley gave her trusted baker the theme and the color palette, and she came up with a stunning fondant creation topped with the story’s title characters.

For Tolley, the best part of the bash was that she could actually enjoy it. “I hired my go-to assistant to come to the party,” she says. “At client events, I’m handling logistics. But my assistant kept everything running smoothly.” An enchanted day, you might say.


Bounce House
Bounce ‘N’ More // bouncenmore.com

Princess Actress
Happily Ever Parties // happilyeverparties.com/n-texas

Face Painting and Balloon Twisting
Today’s Balloons // todaysballoons.com

Cake
Sweet Somethings by Ashleigh // sweetsomethingsbyashleigh.com

Tulle Skirts
The Hair Bow Company // thehairbowcompany.com

Party Planning
Party On! Events // partyonevents-tx.com

Photos courtesy of Brandi McComb Photography.