Despite being a frog for most of Disney’s Princess and the Frog, Princess Tiana is pretty awesome. She’s sassy, independent, charming, and most of all, hard-working. Tiana is definitely the hustler of the princesses, working two jobs her entire life with one goal in mind: opening her dream restaurant, Tiana’s Place. Watching the movie, I wished I could step in and try some of Tiana’s man-catchin’ beignets and her gumbo! Turns out my life is not an animated movie, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring the animated movies to life.
Today, we’re showing you how to host a boozy brunch party inspired by Princess Tiana. Read on to see how we brought the New Orleans’ bayou to our table!
Princess and the Frog is super beautiful and has lots of fun scenes to reference. We drew most inspiration from the bayou scenes and from Tiana’s stunning green lily dress. Create a lush table runner by laying down leafy garlands, white flowers and lily pads. Include a gold lily centerpiece as a focal point for the whole table. Light some tea lights as a nod to Ray and the other fireflies.
Ready to come down to New Orleans? Read on!
Tiana’s Sweet Tea Mint Julep
No trip down south would be complete without a homemade sweet tea. If we had to imagine the hit drink at Tiana’s Place, it would be this boozy concoction.
Makes 1 serving
- 1 ½ ounces of bourbon
- 2 ounces of simple syrup
- 4 ounces of cold iced tea
- mint leaves
First up, squeeze out some fresh lemon juice. In a cocktail shaker, add in bourbon, simple syrup, iced tea, and the lemon juice. Shake things up, and pour the liquid into a cocktail glass. Top off the glass with a lemon slice and some mint — a drink fit for all the princes and princesses down south.
Fairy tales can come true / You gotta make ’em happen / It all depends on you
Tiana and Naveen’s Classic Shrimp Boil
Another hot item from Tiana’s Place would definitely be this delicious shrimp boil. Bring a large pot of water to boil and grab the items below to stir up some Southern goodness.
- 2 ears of corn
- 8 medium potatoes, quartered
- 3 sausages, sliced
- 1 Tablespoon creole spice
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- 1 pound frozen shrimp
- 1 can of beer
Start off by mixing salt, beer, and creole spice in four quarts of water. Bring to a boil. Add in potatoes, sausages, and corn. Boil for 15 minutes. Then, add shrimp and boil for 3-5 minutes, or until shrimp is opaque. Hit it with some Tabasco sauce (Just like Tiana would!). Drain and serve. Add a sprinkle of chopped parsley for color if desired.
Don’t forget to include Tiana’s man-catchin’ beignets! As Tiana’s mom says, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
Because we can never have enough treats on the table, we added this magnificent floral chocolate cake. Cake Hack Alert! Stack two store-bought cakes on top of each other. Re-frost and decorate with sprinkles, fruit, and edible flowers.
Did you spot the frog couple in the spread?
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Author: Irene Lee
DIY Production and Styling: Karen Pham and Irene Lee
Photography: Brittany Griffin