Bonjour, Kansas City! We here at iFamilyKC are so excited for the upcoming Disney live action version of Beauty & the Beast. It’s set to hit theaters on March 17th, and our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, has some great ideas to add a little extra magic to your viewing experience. Take a look…
5 Creative Ways to Add Magic to Your Beauty & the Beast Viewing
Hear that collective squeal??? It’s Disney fans across the country getting excited about the nearing release of The Beauty and the Beast. Eeeeh! Disney films have been receiving top-notch, live action make-overs and I am loving it. As a mom of two girls, and heck, just someone who grew up on Disney movies, I can’t wait for the new Beauty and The Beast. It stars Emma Watson and comes out in just a couple weeks. It has been 2 years since the live-action Cinderella was released, and when it did, I decided to make a special day of it. Our ‘Cinderella Day’ was such a hit that I had many mom friends copy the plan with their own kids. Now’s our chance to do it again!
When Cinderella came out, I bought the tickets ahead of time and started the day with a fancy brunch at the Majestic downtown. Afterwards, we went home for a wardrobe change. My kids love to dress up in their fancy clothes and almost always have a dress on. Me, not so much. My tiny fashionistas like to often tell me that I should wear heels and skirts more often. So, I let them play fairy godmother and pick out my outfit for the day. An old cocktail dress and my most sparkly shoes were what they picked out for me.
Once we were all dressed for a ball, we headed out for blow outs (in addition to fashion deficiencies- I am also terrible at hair). This was the first time the girls went to a salon and they were apprehensive. Afterwards though, they loved their fancy up do’s. We then met a friend for manicures and pedicures, followed by the movie.
Sure, we got some looks rolling into that theater, and I wasn’t super comfortable in my outfit. But we had a fantastic day and we never do anything so extravagant. It was certainly a memorable day for us all. I had a couple friends who loved the idea, but didn’t want to spend the money. They did hair and manicures at home and the moms didn’t participate.
Cinderella obviously called for a make-over, but Beauty and the Beast is a bit more flexible. Here are my top 5 ways to bring a little extra magic to your Beauty and the Beast viewing.
#1 French food
This time our itinerary includes going to Aixois. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Kansas City, so although it is usually more or a date spot, I had to add it. If you’d rather skip a restaurant, you can make crepes for breakfast or a snack. Bon Appe ́tit!
You can visit the library, or read a book at home together. We are stopping by Rainy Day Books, our favorite ‘village’ bookstore.
While we won’t be doing the whole makeover shebang this time, I did pick up some Disney Collection by Jamberry nail wraps. The Beauty and the Beast ones are too cute and the products and 8 free (meaning they don’t contain Formaldehyde and other toxins many nail polishes do).
#4 Save a Beast
Why not take this movie as an opportunity to feel like storybook heroines? You too can save a ‘beast’ by adopting a new friend at a local shelter, like KC Pet Project or Wayside Waifs.
#5 Invent Something
Help your kiddos brainstorm something new! If you have time to work on it, fantastic, but this could even just help entertain you all while you wait for the movie to begin.
I’m a big fan of adding a touch of magic where I can and I will certainly be looking forward to March 17th.
From iFamily to Yours,