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Usually about once or twice a month, we have a special “Family Fun” night. Sometimes it’s a movie…sometimes it’s soccer or jump rope…sometimes it’s a board game. When I realized the Sleeping Beauty DVD (Diamond Edition) was released last Tuesday and none of the girls had watched it, we decided it would be a great way to spend our Saturday evening!
On Saturday morning, we headed out to get the special gift set with the Sleeping Beauty DVD available only at Walmart. It was pretty easy to find in the electronics section since it is a new release. I went ahead and picked up another gift set to give away to one of you, so be sure to check out the Sleeping Beauty DVD giveaway at the bottom of this post!
The girls and I had the best time shopping for great buys for our fun night! We found some Disney Princess cups, plates, cups, and a room transformation kit. You can see the $3 off a $10 purchase coupon that was hanging in the party supplies section. That helped keep our #disneybeauties shopping spree costs down a little bit!
We also wound up visiting two Walmart stores, because I really wanted to make a Sleeping Beauty cake! The first store didn’t have the doll we were looking for, but thankfully, the second one did! I was inspired by how well our Anna and Elsa cakes turned out a few weeks ago, and I thought it would be a fun snack for our evening.
Here’s a short tutorial:
Sleeping Beauty Cake
- 2 cake mixes
- 2 cans of frosting (I picked out the already pink with sprinkles included Funfetti frosting to make things easier)
- Sleeping Beauty Doll
- 8″ round cake pans
- Pampered Chef Batter Bowl (2 Qt) or any other 2 qt style batter bowl
- Base for the cakes
1) Bake one cake mix in a Pampered Chef Batter bowl or similar dish. You’ll need to set your oven at 325 degrees and bake it for about 60 – 65 minutes (until a toothpick inserted comes out clean). Bake the other cake mix in two 8″ round pans following the cake mix directions. Be sure to grease and flour your bowl and pans well. Allow the cakes to cool completely. (I got in a hurry…and skipped this. Not a good idea. Crumbly cake!)
2) Invert 8″ cakes and place one on top of the other with a thin layer of frosting in between to hold them together. Invert the bowl cake with the dome (rounded) side up. Place on top of 8″ cakes with a thin layer of frosting. Use a knife to cut around and even up the edges of the cakes.
3) Cut a 2″-3″” circle from the middle of the cake. I just eyeballed it, but you can use a biscuit cutter if desired. I also recommend putting your doll in to test the height of the cake. Wrap the bottom part of the doll with plastic wrap to keep it from getting dirty. It is much easier if you get the kind of dolls with removable skirts and a painted top! Once you’re sure the cake is tall enough, remove the doll.
3) Spread a layer of frosting over the cake to make a crumb coat. Place the cake in a freezer for about an hour or overnight, if desired.
4) Push the doll down into the center of the cake, and do a “top” coat of pink frosting for the skirt. You may need to pull up or have someone hold the doll’s hair while you are frosting it. To smooth the skirt a little bit, I put the whole cake (doll and all) into the refrigerator for about 15 minutes after doing the top coat. Then, I used plastic wrap to gently smooth it. Dust with pink sprinkles!
You can check out my rather lame Sleeping Beauty Cake video tutorial on YouTube here!
While our cake was in the freezer, we worked on giving our basement a princess makeover. The Transformation Kit we found in the party supply aisle was actually pretty inexpensive, but it made a huge difference in the atmosphere of our family fun night! The kit included several “stain glass windows” and hanging hearts. The girls are excited to leave up the decorations for a while, and then I plan to move them into the room where we store toys (we’re fortunate to have four bedrooms, so we moved two girls together and made a toy room out of the other bedroom). The girls also pulled out their princess sleeping bags to get comfy for the movie.
After a chili dinner and a game of Princess Go Fish, we settled in to watch the movie. John ended up getting called out to work, but the girls and I enjoyed the show–it’s been a long time since I watched Sleeping Beauty!
Yes, these are crazy pictures! Lydia captured my silly side for these giveaway photos! I bought an extra Sleeping Beauty DVD Gift Set to give away to one of you. I hope you’ll have your own family fun night! To enter, simply follow the directions in the Giveaway Tools form below.
What about you? Does your family ever have fun nights?!! What are your favorite activities and ideas?
Here is a quick picture recap of our Family Fun Day!