Some of our most treasured and fabulous family moments together have been associated with Disney. In 2012 we went on a cruise aboard the Disney Magic out of Galveston and in 2013 we took our first trip to DisneyWorld in Florida. Both experiences were out of this world spectacular. Disney brings out the child (and fun) in all of us. Even Ed and I let go of the worries and self-conscienceness that often come along with growing up through the magic Disney creates.
The good news is you don’t have to travel far and wide or spend a lot of money to show your #Disney Side. Recently I received a celebration kit from Disney Parks and Mom Select in order to host a magical DisneySide @Home Celebration for several of Annie’s friends and their moms right at our house. We had a wonderful time sharing our love for Disney, getting creative with arts and crafts, enjoying good food, singing, dancing and just acting silly.
How to Throw A #DisneySide Party
Our friends were immediately swept up in the fun the minute they walked through the door. We set up a photo booth in the living room complete with fun costumes and props, a backdrop and face painting. The kids (and moms) felt like celebrities dressed in boas and hats as one of our fabulous moms took pictures and another painted faces. Soon, the kids wanted a turn behind the scenes and got in on the picture taking and face painting as well!
How to create a photo booth at your party:
- Find a fun sheet like ours with pink and white polka dots to hang from the wall
- Gather fun props from around the house like hats, boas and jewelry. We also went to our local craft store to buy inexpensive wooden props on sticks and a wooden picture frame that we painted like Mickey Mouse on one side and Minnie on the other!
- Designate a face painter – designs don’t have to be fancy.
- Pick someone to play photographer
Cookie Decorating Contest
I pre-made sugar cookies with Mickey Mouse cookie cutters so the girls could get creative with decorations. We awarded prizes for the most original and fun cookies! Annie and I put Disney stickers on to-go containers so they could take home their personalized treats to enjoy long after the party ended.
Annie loves to sing and a Karaoke machine was the #1 item on her Christmas wish list this year. Luckily Santa delivered and the girls at the party could have spent the entire time singing and dancing. The Frozen sound track was a favorite and even though the weather was warm in Houston, they sang “Do You Want to Build a Snowman” and “Let It Go” like it was below freezing! We added a disco ball light to make the room even more festive!
T-Shirt Decorating Contest
Plain white Hanes t-shirts were transformed into Disney works of art after our guests went to work with some fabric markers. I printed some Disney character silhouttes from the computer and cut patterns out of card stock so they could trace them and then decorate any way they wanted. Then they all signed the back of each other’s shirts…a perfect keepsake from a fabulous day with friends!
BINGO, Disney style!
The girls loved playing #DisneySide BINGO. They showed their Disney knowledge by identifying Disney Parks, Attractions, Characters and Resorts. At one point, several girls needed Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom to get five in a row. You could hear the cheering from down the street!
How do you show your #DisneySide? Do you have party tips and tricks to share? Let me know in the comments section! For more ideas about how to throw your own @Home Celebration, check out my #DisneySide Pinterest board!
As a hostess for Disney Parks and Mom Select, I received an awesome American Tourister Disney Suitcase packed with a celebration kit with some of the products mentioned in this post for free in order to hold a magical Disney Side @Home Celebration event for my guests. As always, the opinions expressed here are my own.