Friday, February 3, 2017

Beauty and the Beast: Sharing my Obsession with the Doll Club ;)

Well, I officially survived having eleven house guests on Wednesday. ;) The house cleaning wasn't all that fun, but I loved decorating with my Beauty and the Beast stuff and talking about my most obsessive collection. ;)

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!


Meritre said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun! I'm happy to see you are doing all right :)
Beauty and the Beast is a great choice tom talk about!
I see mini Belle got a place in the middle in front of the classic ladies! Now I have my own little Belle and maybe you'll see more of her and her friends more ;)

Phyllis said...

Looks like you had a lot of fun. I was going to ask if you had gotten any of the new Beauty and the beast dolls since I know what a huge fan you are! I got the Disney Store set, but was disappointed that they paired her with Gaston and not the prince. I will have to do a review of them on my blog!

jSarie said...

Looks like a fun meeting! I love that your collection got to take center stage for a meet-up like that. :)

Hannah Prewett (beastsbelle) said...

Hi Meritre! Good to hear from you. :) Yes, things are going well. Oh, I had so much fun with this meeting! It was one that required very little research. ;)

That would be fun to see more of your little Belle. She sure is a cutie.

Hi Phyllis! Yep, we all had a great time. I agree, it was too bad they decided to do a Gaston and Belle set instead of a Prince and Belle set, especially since I have the Cinderella and Kit set from the Cinderella live action movie. Although I have to say, I think Gaston is one of the best of the Disney Store dolls. ;)

I'd love to see a review on your blog! :)

Hi jSarie! It was super fun, thanks. And yes, it was great to be able to share my collection with the doll club. While I love all the things I collect, my Beauty and the Beast collection holds a special place in my heart. :)

Farrah Lily said...

How wonderful to be able to share your love of Beauty and the Beast with all of them! I wish I lived closer so I could be in your doll group! I'll have to do a little research to see if that there is anything like that in my area. I would love to be part of a doll collecting community that does something like this. So fun! I love the vintage Belle sheet as well. :) Your mom really is adorable peeking out from the kitchen. :)

KAF FRUM said...

Thankyou for the movie trailer link. I got shivers and tears just from that snippet. I plan to take my AG doll who is a Disney princess fan. I've got her a pretty light yellow dress especially. Can't wait to see it.
Love your Belle jar

Hannah Prewett (beastsbelle) said...

Hi Farrah Lily! :) I would love it if you were close enough to join our group, too. :) I'd definitely look into local groups in your area. Ours is associated with the UFDC (United Federation of Doll Clubs), so you might start by Googling them and seeing if they have a way to find local clubs.

Lol, I thought my mom was adorable in that picture, too. :)

Hi KAF FRUM! Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the trailer. I loved it, too! I'm sure you and your doll will enjoy the movie. :)

I love my Belle jar, too! It's now on top of my Beauty and the Beast curio cabinet. :D