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It doesn't take much for my Disney Side to come out and play, so when MomSelect and Disney Parks invited me to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration (and sent me some neat party supplies and other goodies in the process!), I put on my thinking cap -- aka Mickey Ears -- and got to work. Fortunately, planning a Disney-themed party is easy and fun! There are dozens of ways to show your Disney Side, from a princess playdate to a Toy Story party, to a Tiki Room luau, to a Minnie craft session to a Jake and the Neverland Pirates scavenger hunt to a Disney movie marathon.... the list is endless. Here's how 3Po, Jammy, The Pea, 7 of their friends and I chose to celebrate our love of all things Disney:
Making decorations for our DisneySide party couldn't be easier. All I did was trace out Mickey ear shapes onto black construction paper. You can find Mickey ear templates on the web, or use a Mickey cookie cutter like I did. I also printed out a few Mickey drawings and stuck them on the wall along with the Mickey ears. A red tablecloth and Mickey-themed partyware added the final festive touch.
First party activity: our DisneySide photo booth! I gathered all the Disney-themed props I could find -- Mickey ears, Minnie headbands, the Toy Story alien hat that The Pea made last Halloween, some fake glasses, a boa, Alfie's Jack Sparrow hat, Mad Hatter hat, and top hat. I made a few more photo booth props from cardboard and paint sticks -- a fake mustache, a Cheshire cat grin, and some signs. I made a background by gluing Mickey ears onto large sheets of paper, and tacked it onto our message board. Then I let our guests choose their props and ham it up for the camera!
Our second party activity was t-shirt decorating. Hanes sent us white t-shirts in our DisneySide @Home celebration kit, so each guest got to make their very own Disney shirt. I made some freezer paper stencils before the party, and each guest chose a design. I ironed the freezer paper onto the shirts, so all the kids had to do was dab paint onto the stencil. Once the paint dried, they peeled off the freezer paper and ended up with a design that looked like it had been silk-screened onto the shirt.
The Pea and her friends decided to draw their designs on their shirt using the fabric markers provided in our party kit. They looked up Olaf pictures online, then copied them onto the shirt, drawing freehand. I was amazed at how well their shirts turned out -- those girls are so artistic!
Because the kids took such care with their designs, the t-shirt decorating activity took up much more time than I expected. Before we knew it, it was time to eat! For dinner, the kids had corn dogs (a favorite Disneyland food) and cherry tomatoes.
For dessert, I went a bit overboard with Disney treats! I recreated some of my favorite Disneyland treats: Dole Pineapple Whip, Mickey ice cream sandwiches, Mickey rice krispy treats, and Mickey cupcakes. They were so much fun to make, and tasted pretty darn close to the real thing.
3Po's and Jammy's guests went home soon after, but the girls stayed for a sleepover, and began yet another activity: the Disney Movie Marathon! 3Po and Jammy joined them, and they stayed up late into the night watching Mulan and The Lion King.
And what would a Disney Movie Marathon be without one of my favorite Disneyland snacks, popcorn?! Of course, we served it in special popcorn buckets with Mickey ears that I cut out and glued.
I had planned to play some Disney-themed party games (Disney Trivia and Disney Taboo), but we ran out of time, so the next morning, while waiting for their parents to pick them up, the girls amused themselves by reading out Disney Taboo cards I made, as well as the Disney trivia cards included in our party kit.
Check out our goody bag: a red paper bag decorated with Mickey ears, filled with runDisney bracelets, a Muppet Movie calendar, tattoos, and stickers that came in our party kit, along with some Mickey-themed pinata filler candy that I bought at our local party store and a mini Mickey rice krispy treat. The girls also got a cute Mickey & Minnie poster (I offered the posters to the boys but they weren't interested!).
Finally, I printed out the photo booth photos on the HP photo cards that came in our party pack, so that each guest could have a fun keepsake of the party. You can find the DisneySide overlays that I used in the HP Photo Creations app, along with other fun designs.
I was sad to see our DisneySide @Home celebration end. I have had so much fun planning and documenting all our preparations this past month, and it was a great way to share our love of Disney with my kids' friends. Thanks to Disney Parks, Mom Select, American Tourister, Hanes, HP, Ocean Spray for all the fun party goods and supplies!
To celebrate their love of all things Disney, families across the country are hosting #DisneySide parties and letting their Disney Side shine. Follow the fun with the #DisneySide hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, and get inspiration to host your own DisneySide celebration with recipes, activity kits and tips on www.disneysidecelebrations.com/. How will you celebrate your DisneySide this year?
If you've hosted a DisneySide @Home Celebration, leave the link to your party post below! I'd love to visit your blog, check out your party recap, and ooh-and-ahhh over all the wonderful ways you celebrated your Disney Side!
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Disclosure: I received free party supplies, goody bag fillers and other products to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.