Pinterest. It is the addicting world of endless inspiration. It is also the land of “oh my gosh, how in the world did that person make a cinderella carriage bed out of popsicle sticks and taffy?” Seriously, people do some incredible things on pinterest and sometimes you fall in love with (and pin the heck out of) these incredible things! However, sometimes you just have no idea how to recreate them! Last year when I was planning my first #DisneySide @ Home Celebration, I stumbled across the most magical party on Earth! Million Dollar $mile Celebrations had thrown the perfect little girl’s Disneyland themed birthday party and it was incredible! And yes, as a grown adult, I decided then and there that someday, I too would have a Disneyland themed birthday party as gorgeous as this little girl’s was.
Fast forward to this year when I was again given the wonderful opportunity from to throw a Disney Side @Home Celebration! The party ideas were definitely swirling even before my magical box of party goodies arrived! I immediately started brainstorming with an amazing friend of mine: Courtney from Fave Mom. I happened to mention my love for this adorable party and not long after, she sent me an email with some of the very same printables from that party! Talk about magical mail! Courtney even made me some matching water bottle labels! Now that I was equipped with a theme and adorable printables, I was excited to throw my own take on a Disneyland themed party for all of my friends!
Since my theme and much of the decor was now taken care of, now I just had to brainstorm on food! Hmmmm, Disneyland themed party….DISNEYLAND FOOD!!! Yes I know it was a stroke of genius! I thought of a few of my favorite Disney foods, and then invited my guests to bring some of THEIR favorite Disney foods as well. After all, this was a party for all of my friends, not just me! On my menu of Disneyland’s “must eats,” I had:
Little Red Wagon corn dogs
my absolute favorite: snickerdoodles from Pooh Corner
popcorn (because duh)
pickles (my childhood Disneyland snack of choice…in addition to a churro, of course!)
Mint Juleps and waters with the adorable labels (Confession time. These aren’t really mint juleps….I made them for the first party that was cancelled last minute due to illness, and just wasn’t able to make them again. This is in fact, green Gatorade.)
I also threw in some oranges to stand for the orange groves that once stood on the land that Disneyland now inhabits! (That is right, I got a little historical and symbolic for my party! Sometimes I think about more than just delicious Disney food….not often, but sometimes.) The apples were really just for good measure! I do love a good chocolate covered Mickey apple, but I am not nearly crafty enough to attempt to make those!
Since we just recently took our first family vacation to Walt Disney World, I also wanted to have the Florida parks represented a little as well. I made these Cinnamon Glazed Almonds that we found at Magic Kingdom park. They smell ahhhhh-mazing warm! We brought some home with us from Florida, but they didn’t make it off the plane!
Originally, I had baked a glorious Mickey cake with the Duff Tie Dye Cake Mix that was included in our incredible kit that was sent to us to help throw the party. It was really easy to make, and VERY delicious! Why was it not at my party? Because life happened and our original party had to be postponed due to illness. While I am sad that my friends didn’t get to enjoy our tie dye cake, I am mostly sad for my waistline. It was really good, and it didn’t last long with our family of six munching on it!
For our party favors, I handed out some fun, orange, ABC Family reusable totes filled with Disney parks luggage tags, Twinings Tea, Disney Princess Nail Polish, HP Create Memories You Keep Packs of photo paper, and a customizable “Family Tree of Life” poster. I also got a little crafty and made some Disney savings jars! I kept it super simple. I just took a mason jar, cut a Mickey shape out of vinyl, slapped it on the jar, wrapped it with ribbon, stuffed it with tissue paper and voila! The perfect #DisneySide party favor!
Now onto the party fun! Yes, we did actually do something other than eat. (Although heaven knows there was enough Disney food out to just sit and eat all day!) My multi-generational Disney Side @ Home Celebrations kit came complete with fun party games for everyone to enjoy!
We played bingo (with cotton candy Jelly Belly markers)
& pin the smile on Mickey.
We also played a trivia game with the adults which I loved because A) Disney trivia is the best kind of trivia! And B) I’m not gunna lie, I love it when I am the caller for the game…mostly because I can never get the answer wrong! Well, I guess I could, but with the answer right in front of me on the handy dandy cards, I’d have to try really hard to miss it! We also had some fun prizes with the games that included Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce, Wisk and all mighty packs with oxi.
Before our party came to a close, we of course had to get some fun shots in at the photo booth!
We all had a great time! It is always great to take a little time out and have fun with your friends. It is even better when you get to combine two of the things you love the most in one event: my friends and Disney! While I can’t speak for my friends, I know I immediately started looking at the calendar to see when I could get another Disneyland trip on the books. This party reminded me that it has been too long and I need my Disney fix! If you are also in desperate need of some Disney, the Disney Parks website is a wealth of information for those planning a trip or those just wanting to know more about the parks. You can also follow the Disney Parks on Twitter @DisneyParks and the Disneyland Resort @Disneyland to learn about all of the pixie dusted happenings at the parks!
Thank you to all of our friends who helped to make the day so much fun! Thank you to Courtney at Fave Mom for getting me permission to use these fun Disneyland party printables and for making the water bottle labels! Thank you to Nicole at Million Dollar $mile Celebrations for letting me use your fun printables! A really big thank you to Mom Select and the Disney Parks team for selecting me to show my #DisneySide and for all of your hard work on this fun event!