I received free product from Disney Parks and other sponsors.
Whenever I enter a Disney park, something happens. I walk faster, I smile wider, I hug the kids more. Like most people, it's easy for me to show my fun, playful side -- my Disney Side -- at Disney. But just because you're not at a Disney park doesn't mean you can't show your DisneySide! All it takes is a enjoying Mickey pancake for breakfast, sipping your coffee from a Disney mug, or wearing a Disney shirt.
Even better, why not throw a party to celebrate your DisneySide?! This month, hundreds of hosts around the country will be celebrating their DisneySide at home. Each celebration will be as unique and as special as each host. I'm excited to announce that I've been selected as a DisneySide @Home Celebration host for the second year in a row!
To help us prepare for our parties, Disney Parks and the MomSelect team sent each host a gigantic party box filled with partyware and other goodies. Last year's DisneySide party box was incredible, and this year's box was just as special. When our box came, Mickey could barely contain his excitement! Actually, he contained it better than I did; I couldn't wait for my kids to get home so only Mickey and I were present for the great box opening.
This year, hosts were selected to host parties with a variety of themes -- Disney Villains for teens and tweens, Disney Princess for preschool girls, Disney Cars for preschool boys, a Multigenerational Disney party, and a Mickey and Friends party. I received a Mickey and Friends box. Each box is slightly different (even boxes with the same theme vary slightly in content), so each time a hostess opens a box, there's always a bit of excitement and magic.
Take a look at THAT -- Yikes!! The box contained anything and everything a DisneySide hostess would need to throw a magical DisneySide party, and more. It was so difficult to show everything in one photo, I had to tack stuff up onto the wall!
Keep reading for close-up photos and a detailed list of the box contents. I made an unboxing video if you prefer videos to photos; I set it to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious because that's the only word that properly describes this box!
First, all the party basics: Mickey-themed plates, cups, tablecloth, and decorations.
A Minnie snack stand to display cupcakes, Minnie snack boxes to hold popcorn or pretzels or cookies, and Minnie sandwich bags so we can pack some treats for our guests to take home.
Party printables: party invitations, party banners, and special Disneyland Diamond Anniversary edition (yes! Disneyland is celebrating its 60th year!) favor boxes to cut out and assemble.
Party games: Disney bingo, Disney word search, and Disney trivia.
Another party game: Pin the Smile on Mickey. He also makes a great wall decoration!
Prizes and party favors: Mickey pencils, Mickey stickers, a box of crayons and a set of cards.
More party favors: a Disney Princess nail polish set! We won't have any girl party guests, so my two nieces will soon be very happy little Disney Princesses!
Souvenirs and memories for guests to take home: Disney luggage tags and HP photo paper packs.
A hostess kit with instructions, recipes, tips, and ideas. The kit also included a Disney Parks DVD, Mickey stickers (yay, more party favors!) and coupons for free Soy Vay and Beyond Beef.
To help clean up after the party is over: All laundry detergent, Wisk, and Snuggle. All, Wisk, Snuggle, and HP are this year's party sponsors, so I'm super grateful for their participation. Thanks to all the sponsors, to Disney Parks, and to the Mom Select Team for putting all of this together!
So, what kind of DisneySide party are we throwing? 3Po will be celebrating his 11th birthday with a paintball party, so we decided to show our DisneySide at the same time! The bright, vibrant colors of the Mickey and Friends partyware reminded me of colorful paintballs, so we are having a Mickey Paintball Party. It's going to be very original, very creative, and a lot of fun :) Stay tuned for more posts on our upcoming DisneySide party!
If you'd like to throw your own DisneySide celebration, check out www.disneysidecelebrations.com for printables, recipes, activity ideas and tips. You can also join in the fun, share the excitement, and stay up to date on any DisneySide twitter parties and contests on the DisneySide @Home Celebrations Facebook page!
Disclosure: I received free products from Disney and other sponsors, via MomSelect, to aid me in throwing a DisneySide party. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.