How to Live Happily Ever After

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Do you ever get the feeling that you're going to be single forever? Take heart -- and a tip from Sleeping Beauty. Even though she really was single for more than 100 years, she never gave up on love. Sooner or later (okay, much later) her prince arrived, and so will yours. Want to find out how? First get a refresher on the story of Sleeping Beauty below, then learn how you can bring this story to life for yourself.

Sleeping Beauty in Brief
A childless royal couple finally has a baby. They throw a huge party, inviting everyone they know, including seven fairies reported to give good gifts. They completely forget about the eighth, older, irritable fairy everyone assumes is dead since she's been incommunicado for the past 50 years.

The old fairy, alive and kicking with spite, crashes the party. She rants and raves about not having her own golden dinner plate like all the other fairies. In a fit of horrendous manners and hurt feelings, she casts a spell on the baby, condemning her to prick her hand on a spindle and die.

The youngest fairy commutes the curse, saying the pricked princess will fall asleep for a hundred years instead. The king instantly orders removal of all spindles from the kingdom. Still, no one feels much like dancing, and the party breaks up early.

Life spins along normally for the next sixteen or so years. One day, the princess discovers an old woman working on a spinning wheel in a garret right in the castle. The princess asks to try.

Of course she pricks her hand. Instant slumber. The youngest fairy puts the rest of the court to sleep as well. A huge forest instantly springs up around the castle to protect them.

Flash forward a hundred years. A young prince sees castle spires peeking up above the forest. He cuts through the underbrush, discovering the sleeping princess inside the castle. She awakens, gets one look at the prince, and declares that he's the man she has been dreaming about for the past hundred years. He can't help noticing that she's decked out in some kind of Total Vintage Collection and that her court musicians seem perpetually stuck in golden oldies hour. Still, they talk for hours, fall in love and get married on the spot.

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