With a Smile and a Song

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The great Julie Andrews once said, “Let’s start at the very beginning… A very good place to start.” (I am also a little bit of a theatre geek- sorry!)

I vividly remember getting my first copy of Snow White, it was my 7th birthday and my aunt had wrapped it up along with a pair of earrings. At the time my ears weren’t pierced and I was very confused until she explained that she was taking me to go get them done. We went to the piercing pagoda in the mall and I sat there clutching my VHS as I got my very first pair of earrings.
I have always liked Snow White, but it has never been one of my favorites- I think it is a little too scary for my tastes. What I do love about it is the design elements. Everything from the movie has become so iconic- the cottage, the mirror, the apple are all so distinctly Snow White. That made deciding how I wanted to design the buffet table very difficult. I decided to do both an Evil Queen themed table and a dwarves’ cottage table.

For this table I took the Evil Queen’s primary colors- purple and black and draped fabric to give it a regal look.

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The Mirror- I found in the wood working section of Michaels and spray painted gold.

The Platter- This is Disney Park Authentic piece which was sold by the Disney Store last year- it can still be found on reseller websites such as ebay.

Spell Book- I had made the spell book and poison apple as decorations for a fairytale themed murder mystery party I hosted last Halloween. The book is a piece of thick cardboard covered in fabric with paper I had printed on and aged with tea.

Poisoned Apple- A painted artificial apple. You can find fake apples at any craft store. I put some tape where I had wanted the eyes and nose before I sprayed it with green paint. I sprayed it from the top only and made sure it really saturated so it dripped.

Crown- I purchased from Love Crush Boutique on Etsy. I bought it about a year ago have moved since so it got a little smushed.

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The Dwarves’ Cottage

I went very earthy with the tones. The actual cottage was painted for the fairytale event last year. I used burlap and lace for the table covering. I added baskets and flowers to  really get the cottage feel. The lanterns are from Christmas Tree Shop. I added a few birds from Michael’s as a reference to Smile and a Song and Whistle While You Work. One of my favorite images is Snow White in the forest with a bluebird on her finger.

 

 

The Menu:

Autumn Apple Salad

German Jagerschnitzel and Knodel (German Hunter Style Chicken in Mushroom Sauce and Potato Dumplings)

Gooseberry Pie

The Queen’s Poisoned Apple Cupcakes- tutorial to follow

 

As much as I wanted to I didn’t want to overload the menu with apple, instead I tried a balance of traditional Bavarian food and apples. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is based on Snow White a popular German fairytale published by the Brother’s Grimm in 1812.

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Autumn Apple Salad

This is one of my favorite salads and I can’t say I really have a recipe for it. But here is a list of what I put in it.

Chopped Braeburn Apples

Sliced Almonds

Gorgonzola Cheese

Dried Cranberries

I used Mixed Greens for this dinner but I also like it with Spinach.

Dressing of Choice- I used Newman’s Own Cranberry Vinaigrette.

This is great with grilled or roasted chicken to make a more substantial meal. Whenever I have leftover roast chicken I make this salad the following day.

I served it in a cauldron on the Queen’s Table. If this was for a larger event I would have done more of a salad bar style with the same ingredients. If you got a wooden toy train or even a cutout you could serve each individual item in a different wooden bowl propped up with black cardstock circles attached to represent the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train.

 

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Jaegarsnitchzel and Knodel

One of my favorite parts of the movie is when Doc tries to ask Snow to make him apple dumplings. I was already making gooseberry pie and apple cupcakes so I didn’t want to add those as well but I decided a potato dumpling would be perfect. The traditional German fair is something they would eat and it’s delicious.

I got both the schnitzel and dumpling recipes from Bavarian Kitchen.

I used chicken instead of veal as I knew one of my guests won’t eat veal. Another adaptation for picky eaters would be to omit the sauce and serve a breaded cutlet.

You could also do a chicken and dumpling soup.

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Gooseberry Pie

As I have mentioned I hosted a Fairytale Murder Mystery for
Halloween last year (photos from that event can be found on My Website) I made a mixed berry crumble and called it gooseberry pie for simplicity sake so I decided that I was going to make the real thing for this.

I bought gooseberries from Amazon. Oregon Fruit Gooseberries in Light Syrup, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 8) And began a search for the the perfect recipe.

I decided to get fancy and make seven individual pies for each of the dwarfs. I should have stuck with the recipe. The Gooseberry has so much moisture that getting them out of the cups was a disaster. I was able to save a few and put them in ramekins but when I make this again I will drain the berries longer and make a whole pie.

Poisoned Apple Cupcakes

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These were an amazing success. I will provide a tutorial on how I made them in my next post.

 

Having a Snow White themed party?

Make the event unique from the very beginning by sending out a mirror shaped invitation. For a personalized spin add the birthday girls picture in the mirror – on your birthday you are always fairest in the land.

One of the elements I love from Snow White but was unable to include in this dinner is the Wishing Well. Make a wishing well out of cardboard- spray the bottom with grey or brown and after it has dried completely use painters tape to mark out uneven squares- spray again with the stone affect paint for a cool 3D look.

A Green Apple Punch served in a cauldron or individual vials label poisoned are popular and adorable.

Games/ Activities

Last night we played Apples to Apples in honor of the Queen. I had left my Disney version at my family’s summer home but that would have been even more perfect! You can find it on Amazon.

Pin the bow on Snow White OR Pin the Crown on the Evil Queen

Pass the poisoned apple – A Snow White version of Hot Potato

Seven Dwarves Bowling or Ring Toss- Disney’s Family Magazine came out with this cute toilet paper craft a few years ago. They can be incorporated into either game.

Mining for Jewels- you can do this a few ways for younger kids bury jewels in a sandbox and have them dig to find them. Or send older children on a scavenger hunt!

Decorate a Magic Mirror Photo Frame- Have kids decorate a frame and give them a picture to put in it as a favor.

Another cute craft is making a dwarf beard with cotton balls.

I have never been a fan of bobbing for apples but it is a party favorite.

Treats:

A great favor for little girls are Snow White headbands. Buy headbands at the dollar store and use red ribbon to create the iconic headband.

Also cute are a treat bag of Hersey’s kisses with the label True Love’s Kiss or Magic Kisses.

 

 


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