Today's moms will no doubt remember the magic of seeing Disney’s animated classic, Beauty and the Beast for the first time, and perhaps then running around the house clutching their chests singing “I want much more than this provincial life!” while pretending to be Belle. Now your daughters can fall in love with the same beautiful story and magical songs in the new live action version. There are fun ways to honor this connection. Here are some of our ideas about how to surprise your daughter (and amuse your inner kid) with these enchanting Beauty and the Beast themed breakfasts that are so quick and easy, you can pull them together on a school day.
The Baker’s Breakfast
“There goes the baker with his tray, like always. The same old bread and rolls to sell!” Belle may find delicious and fresh French bread to be mundane, but your daughter certainly won’t. Pair a tasty baguette with butter and jam, and a mug of tea or steamed milk, and we pledge she’ll wish she got this so-called mundane breakfast every day! Plus, nothing could be more French (like the setting of the movie) than fresh bread in the morning. Your baguette doesn’t need to be baked that morning, but if you’d like to have warm toasty bread, try re-heating it in the oven with a pan of water to keep the re-toasted bread moist.
Gaston’s Five-Dozen Eggs
Okay, so no little girl (or boy) can really eat five-dozen eggs. But every kid remembers that funny lyric from Gaston’s signature song sung in the tavern where he claimed to be a major supporter of the egg industry: “When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs every morning to help me get large, and now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs, so I'm roughly the size of a barge!” So here’s what we suggest: As Easter is just around the corner, why not kill two birds with one stone and cook up a big batch of hard boiled eggs this week? Let your little one eat as many eggs for breakfast as she would like (to help her grow up strong like Mom) and save the rest for an Easter dying project after school.
Mrs. Potts’ Tea and Crumpets
A warn mug of fruity herbal tea with a nice, hot and toasty English crumpet is just the thing Mrs. Potts would prepare for breakfast! If your grocery store has a robust international foods section, crumpets might be available to just pop out of their plastic container, and into the toaster. If you can’t find pre-packaged crumpets near you, then you can easily substitute toasted English muffins, or you can try this “easy crumpet recipe” from food.com the night before.
Tips for the Table
One of these three tasty ideas is sure to help you please both you and your daughter (even the pickiest of eaters), but you can take the magic of the morning further by adding these easy décor surprises for ambiance. Try placing a single red rose in a clear glass vase on the table, to remind her of the enchanted rose. Or, if you have a candelabra or just any old plain candlestick holder, light it up on the table to remind her of the enchanted Lumiere character, and make the morning feel more special by candlelight.