A night in with Belle

With Megan leaving pre-school this week ready to start “big school” in September, I had promised her that we would have a lovely treat together just the two of us. When the lovely people at Jakks Pacific offered us the opportunity to have a Night in with Belle, to tie in with the release of Beauty & The Beast this week, it was the perfect treat for Megan and I.

The girls have loved Beauty & The Beast from a young age, watching the original movie on repeat until we knew it word for word. We were the first at the cinema when the new film was released and the girls, and I, were completely and utterly bowled over by the movie. In that way, Belle fast became the girls favourite Disney princess and all round heroine.

Along with the movie we were sent Ballroom Belle, the most gorgeous 14″ doll in her iconic yellow dress and tree of life pendant necklace. I instantly knew that for Megan, one of her favourite things would be Belle’s hair. My girls love any doll with long hair which they can brush and style.

Megan was over the moon when she saw her treat and, after discovering that Belle’s shoes and necklace could be removed, I knew exactly what was coming….

As much as my children love to be naked, they love for their toys to be naked too, and Megan’s face was hilarious when she discovered that Belle was sporting a pair of bright yellow knickers!!!

“I am the Beast!!”, Megan announced, once she had re-dressed her doll, “Shall we dance?”

With articulated arms and legs Megan was happy that Belle could settle down beside her whilst they watched the movie together, and it was so lovely to see her acting out the scenes with her doll throughout the film!

When I asked Megan what she thought of the movie the second time around, she told me, “It was the best film I’ve ever seen in my whole life!”. In all honesty, I had to agree – it’s one of my all time favourites and literally gave me goosebumps from start to finish.

We loved our night in with Belle and Megan has completely fallen in love with her Belle doll. I have promised her that before she starts school in September I will buy her a Belle dress of her own so that the two of them will match. They are going to look super adorable together!!



*** We were kindly sent these items for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own. ***



  1. July 30, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    Beauty and the beast has been my favourite Disney film for years. I would have loved a belle doll like this!

    • Laura Dove
      July 30, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Me too! I love how much she loves her doll, it’s a huge hit! xx

  2. July 30, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Such stunning photographs, there is great excitement about watching this film in our house too. A girl’s date when Number One gets home x

    • Laura Dove
      July 30, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Ahh yes, it’s such an amazing film. I could watch it over and over, I get goosebumps every single time! xx

  3. July 30, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    That doll is so cute! My friends little girl loves this movie x

    • Laura Dove
      July 30, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      It’s our absolute favourite! xx

  4. July 30, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    I love Beauty and the Beast! I’ve still not got around to watching the new one yet though but it’s definitely on my list! Gorgeous photos X

    • Laura Dove
      July 31, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      Oh you will love it! It’s amazing! xx

  5. July 31, 2017 / 5:10 am

    I always loved Beauty and the Beast, actually I loved anything Disney. I think, even now, if I was to get that doll I’d be absolutely in love so I understand how Megan felt! It sounds like a lovely way to bond with the littles ones 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      July 31, 2017 / 1:10 pm

      I totally agree, Disney is timeless isn’t it? I still love it just as much now as I did as a child! xx

  6. July 31, 2017 / 7:34 am

    I loved the classic Disney version – I haven’t seen this one yet but can’t wait to watch it! Sophie would love the doll! x

    • Laura Dove
      July 31, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      Oh it is AMAZING!! I love everything about it! xx

  7. July 31, 2017 / 7:50 am

    Ah what a lovely doll and such a sweet thing to do with your gorgeous Megan! xoxo

    • Laura Dove
      July 31, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      It was lovely to snuggle up and watch it together, we don’t get that time often. xx

  8. July 31, 2017 / 8:06 am

    Aw how lovely! My girl would have loved this doll, and Belle is one of her favourite princesses – I think it’s all the reading. Mind you, even at 12, I think she’d still secretly love a night on the sofa watching Disney princess movies with her mum.

    • Laura Dove
      July 31, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Ahh I bet she would too. You’re never too old for Disney! xx

  9. July 31, 2017 / 8:12 am

    Aww, Megan and Belle are so cute! Beauty and the Beast has always been my favourite Disney film, I’m so pleased they remade it and it’s all trendy again! Belle looks great too, I love the size of her, and her big yellow knickers too! I hope you have many more rewatches ahead of you. My sister and I tried it with our boys last week to very limited success…

    • Laura Dove
      July 31, 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Ohhh maybe in a year or two they will be more interested, Harry isn’t overly interested though either! It’s such a fab movie, I am hooked! xx

  10. July 31, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I love the movie and I was a kid my favourite dolls were always the one with long hair, not sure why!! But I think it just makes us feel like a real princess, X

    • Laura Dove
      July 31, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      I agree, I was the same! I loved brushing their hair, although it pains me when the girls do it to their dolls as they like to tangle them all up! ha! xx

  11. July 31, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    I still haven’t seen the new Beauty and the Beast yet… I keep meaning too.. And that Belle toy looks great!

    • Laura Dove
      July 31, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      Oh it’s amazing!! I’m sure you would love it, we’ve got it on again now!! xx

  12. July 31, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Ah how lovely! One of my favourite Disney films, too 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      July 31, 2017 / 2:50 pm

      Its a great film! xx

  13. Joanna
    July 31, 2017 / 2:53 pm

    The Beauty and the Beast is such a classic! I have literally just seen the last version made on the train to London, a couple of weeks ago. I loved it like the first time I’ve seen it, when I was a child. It’s such a heartwarming story about the importance of a beautiful soul.

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      I totally felt the same, it’s such a gorgeous movie and I love what it stands for too. Beauty is so much more than outward appearance. xx

  14. July 31, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Oh my God! She is such a bundle of joy. She looks like a doll. God bless her. And the movie is a classic and one of my favorites.

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 4:01 pm

      Thank you Jeenu. xx

  15. July 31, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Your daughters face says it all. It sounds like a wonderful outing for both of you and how gorgeous are Ballroom Belle’s eyes! It’s enough to make me want to be a little girl again.

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:57 pm

      Oh I know! I am totally jealous of Belles eyelashes!! xx

  16. July 31, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    Aw, Megan looks so besotted with Belle. Our boys love movie toys too. We are always commenting that there was nowhere near as much merchandising around when we were kids.
    (hubby helping out)

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      I agree, now with Disney especially you can get every single character from every movie made! It’s amazing! xx

  17. July 31, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Oh how absolutely adorable is that Belle doll and your daughter is a cutie!

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you Sarah! xx

  18. July 31, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Ahh Megan looks so happy with Belle. I do love the size of this doll, it makes it really manageable for a little one to play with her. She also has beautiful hair for brushing and styling. Mich x

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:52 pm

      Ah yes, that’s the girls favourite part – brushing and styling is always a hit! xx

  19. July 31, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    Aww that’s such a lovely doll and you can just tell in the pictures how much she loves it! She will look super cute in a matching Belle dress 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:51 pm

      Thank you, she’s very excited for her Belle dress! xx

  20. July 31, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    What a cute doll. She is a good size too compared to some dolls so easy to play with. Your daughter clearly loves this doll and loves really adorable playing with her.

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      I agree, I much prefer a decent sized toy! Megan has loved having her to herself too! xx

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      It’s a lovely doll, I’d recommend it! xx

  21. July 31, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    Oh, this was such a lovely post! As I read I kept remembering my childhood and all my favorite dolls.. 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      I was the same at Megs age, I loved my dolls! xx

  22. Thomas Sanderson
    July 31, 2017 / 11:58 pm

    Beauty and the Beast is such an incredible film, both the animated one and the recent release. I wouldn’t mind having a Belle doll I could give to my little sisters. Loving the cute photos.

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      I’m sure they would love it, it’s a gorgeous doll! xx

  23. August 1, 2017 / 12:48 am

    Aw so glad you all liked the movie and it looks like Belle did too. Weren’t her little knickers so cute? x

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Haha yes, Megan was over the moon to discover them!! xx

  24. August 1, 2017 / 5:24 am

    Sounds as though you had a lovely night, I love having theme nights and if you can pair it with a toy, even better! Megan looks thoroughly chuffed to bits with her Belle. I hope she does get her matching outfit xx

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      I’ve just ordered it today, she is counting down the days! xx

  25. August 1, 2017 / 5:40 am

    Aww look at her face. She looks so happy. My daughter would love this. X

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      She was over the moon with it, it’s lovely when they are that happy isn’t it? xx

  26. August 1, 2017 / 8:29 am

    Oh my goodness she looks like shes’s having an absoltue blast. Belle was my favorite when I was younger too (heck she still is). Super cute.

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      Haha mine too, she’s a feisty heroine with brains and beauty! xx

  27. August 1, 2017 / 8:57 am

    The new version of beauty and the beast was so good, I’m glad the pair of you got a nice night in together x

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Thanks Rhian, it’s lovely to spend a little one on one time! xx

  28. August 1, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Beauty and the Beast is a classic movie. I have to watch the new one. Possibly will soon. The smile and happiness on your daughter’s face is priceless. She is a bundle of joy. God bless the princess.

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      Ahh you would love it I’m sure, it’s a great movie! xx

  29. August 1, 2017 / 10:47 am

    I loved the movie, I though tit was a brilliant adaption! The doll is actually surprisingly big!

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      It’s 14 inches, a really fab size! Megan loves that she can cuddle her! xx

  30. August 1, 2017 / 11:21 am

    I really enjoyed the movie and I know Eliza would adore this doll

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      It’s a gorgeous doll and such a fab size! xx

  31. August 1, 2017 / 1:05 pm

    Wow. she looks really happy with Belle. So lovely shots seeing a girl very happy and satisfied. Beautiful Megan.

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      Thank you Charmaine. xx

  32. Besties Notepad
    August 1, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    I feel so left out having not watched the movie, added to my watch list 😛
    Great that your daughter enjoyed so much!

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      Oh you totally should, it’s the best!! xx

  33. August 1, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I haven’t seen Beauty and The beast yet but I really want to and I think my six year old would love it too. She loves all her princesses and would love the doll.

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      Oh I’m sure she would LOVE it, its amazing! xx

  34. August 1, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    to be honest, that would be my face if i saw a doll with underwear like that! since the ones ive always had didnt have any. oh how times have changed haha

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 8:37 pm

      Haha I know! Her little face was hilarious! xx

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Haha yes Megan does every time, I think I did too! xx

  35. August 1, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    How adorable, I love beauty and the beast and my daughter loves her Belle teddy she has, so may have to invest.

    • Laura Dove
      August 1, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Ah I’m sure she would love this! I love the Disney princess dolls! xx

  36. August 1, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Ah look at her little face! We love Belle she is our favourite and we’ve enjoyed watching the new movie. It’s so nice to have a film that I actually don’t mind watching over and over! We loved her yellow knickers too, that was a funny shock xx

    • Laura Dove
      August 2, 2017 / 9:04 am

      Hahah Megan always rips their clothes straight off, the yellow knickers have made her day!! xx

  37. August 2, 2017 / 5:36 am

    Beauty and the Beast will always be a favorite of many. If given the chance I would love to have that doll too! So adorable. Surely your little one enjoys it very much.

    • Laura Dove
      August 2, 2017 / 9:03 am

      She is obsessed with it, it’s such a gorgeous doll! xx

  38. August 2, 2017 / 5:55 am

    Haha I’m glad its not just my kids who like to undress their dolls! What’s that al about?? Bella loves Beauty and the Beast too- I haven’t taken her to see the new film as she struggles with non cartoon and concentration, but I might give it a go. Lovely doll too, we’ve had our eye on this xx

    • Laura Dove
      August 2, 2017 / 9:02 am

      Oh I’m sure she would love it, I worried Megan wouldn’t sit through it as she can be quite “fidgety” to say the least, but she was engrossed! xx

  39. August 2, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    The new movie was great for sure. I loved the couple new songs that they had in the live action movie. I actually saw it at a sing-a-long which was a whole lot of fun. My daughter and I had a great time watching it.

    • Laura Dove
      August 2, 2017 / 5:39 pm

      Oh the sing a long sounds like so much fun! We would have loved that!! xx

  40. August 2, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    aww how cute, im still not sure on the new film myself but KK loves it !

    • Laura Dove
      August 2, 2017 / 6:47 pm

      Ahh we love it! We’ve watched it on repeat this week with the weather being so bad! xx

  41. Sarah Ann
    August 2, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    I love Beauty and the Beast! The live action movie is just perfect. Aww she looks thrilled to bits with her doll – so cute!

    • Laura Dove
      August 3, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Thanks Sarah, she was over the moon with it! xx

  42. August 2, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    What a gorgeous Belle! I used to be a big fan of Beauty and the Beast when I was younger! 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 3, 2017 / 8:03 pm

      Me too! It’s lovely to see my girls are such big fans too! xx

    • Laura Dove
      August 3, 2017 / 8:02 pm

      Thank you Via. xx

  43. August 3, 2017 / 2:08 am

    I remember being taken to see the Original Beauty and the Beast for my Birthday when it came out with my Friends and I’ve loved the movie ever since! I’ve not managed to see the new live-action remake but I can’t wait to!

    • Laura Dove
      August 3, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      Ahh that’s such a lovely memory! You’ll love the remake I’m sure! xx

  44. Jess
    August 3, 2017 / 11:05 am

    Awww how cute are you two? The detail on the doll is impressive.

    • Laura Dove
      August 3, 2017 / 7:59 pm

      It’s a lovely doll – I have actual hair envy! Hehe! xx

  45. August 3, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    My niece is only 2 years old and I cannot wait for her to grow up and to watch movies with her. I love Beauty and the Beast and I hope she will too.

    • Laura Dove
      August 3, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      I’m sure she will, it’s an amazing movie! xx

  46. August 3, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    I can’t wait for my little girl to be old enough to play with dolls. I will definitely be getting her this one.

    • Laura Dove
      August 3, 2017 / 7:58 pm

      Ahh it’s lovely when they start to play more! xx

  47. August 3, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Megan’s face when she discovers Belle’s yellow knickers – love it!! We’re big fans of Beauty and the Beast, and yet I can’t believe I’m saying this but we still haven’t seen the new one! Megan’s night in with Belle was the perfect pre ‘Big School’ treat!

    • Laura Dove
      August 4, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Hahah I know, she was ecstatic!! Whaaaaat? It’s amazing, you definitely need to watch it, goosebumps from start to finish! xx

  48. Laura H
    August 4, 2017 / 12:52 am

    Awww look at your daughters face! Happiness is radiating 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      August 4, 2017 / 9:52 am

      She was over the moon with it. xx

  49. August 4, 2017 / 5:58 am

    Oh this is so sweet! She looks utterly made up the with doll. I can’t wait to see her in a matching Bell dress it will made a gorgeous picture. I really strugglecto spend time alone with each child but it’s so important! X

    • Laura Dove
      August 4, 2017 / 9:52 am

      I know, it’s something I really wish I could do more of. They are so happy when it’s quality one on one time, the mummy guilt is tough! xx

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