Katie-Rose Watson, the brains behind The Rose Table, confesses that Hercules holds a special place in her heart since its inspirational message intersects with her love for Greece and Greek food. Katie-Rose didn’t have to say (out loud) that she’s in love with Hercules since her tender feelings are unmistakable and literally palpable in every detail of Disney Dinners: Hercules.
“Fabulous party. You know, I haven’t seen this much love in a room since Narcissus discovered himself.” -Hermes
Katie-Rose transformed her dining room into a Greek oasis complete with wisteria hanging from a chandelier, Greek art on the walls, and citrus-scented candles to mimic the smell of oranges that hang in the air of southern Greece. The table was adorned with a dark blue and white striped tablecloth to echo the Greek flag and square plates that resemble the film’s stylized and geometric visual style. Katie-Rose has been planning and looking forward to this dinner party for so long that the gold flatware used in this dinner was bought six months ago. They matched the tall gold candlesticks that were intentionally taller than the guests’ heads so that the flames of the white pillar candles would be a subtle nod to Hades’ fire hair.
Megara, I mean Katie-Rose, even Disneybounded for the occassion with a floor-length purple dress, custom-made sandals from Athens, and a truly sassy ponytail.
“We dance, we kiss, we schmooze, we carry on, we go home happy. What do you say? Come on.” -Hades
The menu began with a pre-dinner cocktail which Katie-Rose called Zero To Hero, a strawberry ouzo mojito. Dinner began with a family-style Mezze Platter complete with homemade tzatziki, hummus, olives, and marinated artichokes. The main entree was Lamb Lollipops with Grilled Potatoes and Feta Cheese Sauce which includes an easy sauce that takes all of five minutes to make and freshly grilled lamb lollipops. Dessert was a fiori di scililia cake with twelve layers to harken back to the twelve labors of Hercules. Katie-Rose even managed to do the impossible and covered frosting in edible gold leaf.
“Thanks for everything, Herc. It’s been a real slice.” -Megara
The Rose Table has, time and time again, created events that capture the fun and joy of Disney films with the sophistication and enthusiasm of a dinner party. The Disney Dinners: Hercules has a simplicity to it thanks to its direct approach. A Greek myth paired with a hostess who has an affinity for Greek food and culture? The simplest solution does tend to be the right one.
“I have often dreamed of a far-off place where a great warm welcome will be waiting for me,” sang a young troubled Hercules. Perhaps he was thinking of The Rose Table.