I hung aquatic paintings across the eating room, together with a seashore print that pays tribute to when Eric finds Ariel after she will get legs. I added starfish and sea shells to my china cupboard, and wrote Life is the Bubbles on my chalkboard with a little bit Flounder and Sebastian cameo. I additionally hung these lovely bubble garlands from the doorway. They had been so cheap and added a lot!
Now, I instructed you we had been eating beneath the ocean tonight, didn’t I? As quickly because the solar went down, I used my flood lights to scrub the eating room partitions in aqua in order that we might actually dine Underneath the Sea. I figured we’d begin the evening close to the floor the place Ariel likes to hang around with Scuttle however later within the evening, I modified the flood lights to darkish blue so we might have dessert on the backside of the ocean, maybe with King Triton after one in all Sebastian’s symphonies.
Final however undoubtedly not least, I projected a water impact on the ceiling to essentially make it really feel like we had been within the ocean dreaming about being A part of Your World. Might you not have a look at this all day? I feel I obtained extra messages on Instagram about this impact than each different Disney Dinners impact mixed and, belief me, I get it. After I first plugged on this projector, I stood in my eating room for twenty minutes simply staring on the ceiling. It’s mesmerizing, notably with the darker ocean ground lights.
I actually can not say sufficient good issues about this projector! It’s cheap, it appears to be like attractive, and it has a bunch of superior settings and light-weight modes. You’ll undoubtedly be seeing it once more on The Rose Desk!
I styled the desk with a teal tablecloth the colour of Ariel’s story. In case you look shut, it has a wonderful wave element that’s good for this social gathering. For the flowers, I selected purple alstroemeria and purple roses, the roses in fact paying an homage to Ariel’s hair. I styled the middle of the desk with coral candles and sea shells.
Store the tablecloth:
The Place Setting
To essentially get that vibrant, busy look from the Underneath the Sea musical quantity, every place setting had a unique ocean creature plate, a unique sea creature serviette ring, and totally different coloured blue, teal, and purple water glasses and martini glasses. I don’t assume I’ve ever had mismatched plates, glasses, OR serviette rings at a Disney Dinner nevertheless it felt so proper for this explicit Disney ceremonial dinner.
I used my purple satin napkins final seen at my Midsummer Night time’s Dream social gathering as a nod to Ariel’s signature shell high. I additionally had culinary shells on the plates to make use of for the primary course.
I’ve to offer a particular shoutout to my sister-in-law Heather for gifting me most – sure most – of the decor seen at this social gathering. To not point out my ring gentle and microphone. You’ll be able to thank her for making The Rose Desk way more skilled!
I wore a teal maxi gown, sheer purple scarf (which my pal Rebecca described as “floaty, prefer it’s underwater”), and my favourite purple hair flower from Thai’s Flowers, since Ariel has a flower in her purple hair for a part of the film.
My pals regarded so marvelous! Caitlin even channeled Ursula after she goes after Prince Eric. I want I had gotten a more in-depth pic of her necklace – it’s a seashell with music notes!
The Drink: Mermaid Martini
This is among the finest cocktails I’ve ever provide you with for a Disney Dinner. In case you’re in search of the right drink to serve at your Little Mermaid social gathering, that is it. My Mermaid Martini bought rave critiques from my pals. I made a number of pitchers and there wasn’t a drop left by the tip of the evening. Don’t let the (fabulous!) colour flip you off; the teal colour is perhaps loopy however the style is incredible. The colour comes from a mix of Midori (Japanese melon liquor) and Blue Curacao (an orange liquor from the Caribbean). This Mermaid cocktail is mainly a fruity lemon drop that tastes a bit like kiwi, dragonfruit, or bitter grapes. Get the recipe right here.
I’m extraordinarily happy with this menu as a result of it’s so completely on theme nevertheless it’s additionally an entertainer’s dream as a result of a lot of it’s made forward of time.
Marinated Shrimp with seaweed salad
My pal Rebecca identified that Ursula really eats shrimp out of a shell within the film so I made a decision that may be the right method to pay tribute to one in all Disney’s finest villains. My marinated shrimp recipe has been on therosetable.com for some time. You final noticed it at my Cinderella Ball. It takes 5 minutes to make the evening earlier than a celebration. Really easy! And if there’s one factor I discovered from Ina Garten, it’s that you just don’t need to make each single factor, which is why I picked up seaweed salad at Central Market to serve with the shrimp. Get the recipe for marinated shrimp right here.
“The seaweed is all the time greener in any individual else’s lake”
Underneath the Sea Pasta
I initially actually struggled with the menu for The Little Mermaid as a result of you need to serve seafood however you’ll be able to’t serve seafood! I imply, I like crab and all types of fish however I wasn’t about to serve a beloved Little Mermaid character to my company, even when they do eat crab for dinner within the film! It lastly hit me that mussels and clams can be good for the theme and who doesn’t love an awesome seafood pasta dish?
This pasta solely takes about twenty minutes to make and tastes like a five-star restaurant dish. Shallots, butter, lemon juice and zest, white wine, shellfish…these are a few of my all-time favourite elements! In case you love mussels and clams like me, I extremely advocate giving this recipe a attempt. (You could possibly additionally make it with simply mussels or simply clams if you happen to favor.) Not a noodle nor shellfish was left behind at my Little Mermaid ceremonial dinner! Talking of noodles, I selected these as a result of they jogged my memory of Octopus tentacles, one other nod to Ursula. Get the recipe right here.
I’m so happy with this cheesecake. Not solely is it a tremendous traditional cheesecake recipe by itself (with out the flamboyant colour swirl) but additionally a fantastic dessert for any mermaid social gathering. Plus you possibly can use this similar swirl methodology for tons of social gathering themes. I topped every slice with an edible mermaid tail, made with teal Wilton sweet melts, a silicone mermaid tail mould, and edible pearl mud. I made the tails per week earlier than the social gathering and the cheesecake the day earlier than the social gathering. All I needed to do day-of was pipe on the whipped cream within the morning and slice it after dinner. Get the recipe right here.
Need to see extra? Watch The Little Mermaid episode of The Rose Desk right here:
Thanks for becoming a member of me beneath the ocean! Binge watch all of my Disney Dinners right here. Get excited as a result of subsequent month I’m doing a Jurassic Park ceremonial dinner. See you there!
P.S. I used seven kilos of lemons for this social gathering. SEVEN POUNDS OF LEMONS! You’d assume it was an Amalfi coast themed social gathering. It was a lemon palooza: lemon juice within the cheesecake, lemon juice within the shrimp marinade, lemon juice and zest within the pasta, and tons of lemon juice for pitchers and pitchers of Mermaid Martinis. In case you love lemon like me, that is the Little Mermaid ceremonial dinner menu for you!
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