Here's the display I set up in the living room. It was so much fun to arrange my dolls and to use my vintage Belle sheet for one of the tablecloths. One of the ladies joked, "Hannah, I don't think you have enough Beauty and the Beast dolls." ;)
This table featured mostly my Mattel Beauty and the Beast dolls.
This table had my Disney Store dolls, with a couple of Mattel and Hasbro thrown in in the background. Oh, and my new Funko Pop Beast and Belle in the front. :)
You might notice a brand new set of dolls among the rest...
Yep, I decided it would be a good idea to have a doll set from the new movie for the meeting. That way I could discuss Hasbro's takeover of Disney dolls and the new live action movie. It was a sacrifice to add more to my collection, but I guess I'm just all heart. ;)
I purposely waited to get this set until the Disney Store announced their doll releases, just in case they released a Prince doll. Sadly, as you all probably know, they didn't, but at least Hasbro released one. And while Belle doesn't look much like Emma Watson to me, the Prince could definitely pass for Dan Stevens. I'm a bit bummed by the lack of articulation on the Prince and his white, plastic legs. However, since I'm not planning on deboxing them, it's not as big of a deal for me. I'm wondering how easy it would be to rebody him if I ended up with another set in the future...
Beautiful Belle, as portrayed by Emma, on the back of the box. (I LOVE this dress!!)
But now, back to the meeting. ;)
I had a lot of fun decorating the table for my guests. Funko Cogsworth and Lumiere took center stage with my very own "enchanted rose."
I found these adorable little "glass" domes, which are actually plastic, at Michael's, and filled them with dessert erasers I found in Target's Valentine's Day section.
Not only did they make cute decorations, but they were perfect party favors to send home with all of the guests.
I found this lighted glass dome at Tuesday Morning. All I had to do was add a fake rose and some fake rose petals, and I had a perfect enchanted rose display.
My mom prepared all of the food and refreshments. We set up this little drink area near the table. (Sorry, I didn't get any pictures of the food.)
And see, I even got my house clean in time! ;)
I had to share a couple of photos of my group:
I wish I could fully express how dear each and every one of these ladies has become to me. They've become my extended family, like a huge group of grandmas and great aunts...and friends. I'm so thankful to have them in my life.
Even though they collect antique dolls, they're always very supportive of my more modern collections. I consider myself their link to the modern happenings of the doll world, and they are my educators on dolls of the past. It's beneficial for both sides, I think.
P.S. My favorite part of the above picture is my mom peeking through the kitchen opening. Can you see her? :)
At the end of the meeting, I talked about the upcoming live action movie and played the newest trailer for the ladies. The best part? Most of them talked about how great it looked and how much they were looking forward to seeing it. :)
Did you miss the trailer? You can see it HERE and SQUEAL like a little girl the way I did. ;D
Overall, it was a wonderful day full of food, friends, and dolly fun. Even though I was exhausted by the end of it, it was well worth it. :)
Hope you're all having a wonderful week!