Like most little girls growing up in the early 90s, I was enchanted by the magic of Beauty and the Beast. And thanks to the new live action version that’s set to hit theaters in the next year, our daughters get the chance to experience the wonder of Belle, Beast, Gaston, and the rest of the castle crew.
I remember wanting the iconic yellow ball gown that Belle wears during the dinner and dancing scene of the film SO badly – and when I saw it was one of the dress up options offered by Great Pretenders, I was instantly in love.
The Belle of the Backyard Ball
The Belle Tea Party Dress is shorter in length than most of the princess gowns my daughter has from other competitors, which keeps it from dragging on the floor or tripping her when she’s running around in the backyard in one royal adventure after another. But, Hayla was very happy to see that the dress still has a full skirt that is perfect for twirling in both bare feet and in her castle’s ballroom.
I was impressed by the quality of the Belle Tea Party Dress. The fabric is sturdy and stitched well, unlike some of the flimsier play dresses you can pick up in most retail stores. The elastic shoulder straps and waist are flexible and forgiving for lots of active play (Hayla tested this theory out by jumping and rolling on the trampoline in it) and I like that there’s room to layer underneath the dress for modesty and cooler weather (which makes Halloween costume planning a breeze this year). Speaking of modesty, the only concern I do have with the dress is that, if it fits loose on your child, the top sits very low on the chest, so it definitely requires an undershirt of some sort.
About Great Pretenders
Great Pretenders is a company started by a mom who was looking for toys that sparked her children’s imaginations. It has grown into a dress-up and costume business that is leading the market of pretend-play that has won a variety of prestigious awards in the industry.
In addition to a vast line of princess gowns, the company also has magical (faeries, witches, etc.), occupational outfits (doctors, firefighters, train conductors), and some super cool super hero gear!
Buy Belle Tea Party Dress