***Disclosure: I was selected to host a DisneySide @Home Celebration and received a #DisneySide Home Celebration Kit from MomSelect and Disney to host a party and to write a blog post.***
It's no secret that my family is more than a little bit Disney-obsessed.In fact, we have watched Frozen about 50 times since the Blu-Ray copy arrived. Not to mention all the other Disney movies we have...and the Disney LIVE! shows we attend....And all the Disney toys and apparel. I think it's safe to say that we've long since discovered our Disney Side.
So when I got the opportunity to host a #DisneySide @HomeCelebration, I was totally excited. So were the kids, as you can see. (Xander looks a bit mad here, but it was because I wouldn't let him have a cupcake before his friends arrived.)
Coordinating our party has been a bit of a challenge. First, we all got sick with some nasty flu/cold/mutant virus. We passed it around, back and forth. My household had "the sickies" on some level for about 3 weeks. So we had to reschedule. Then, since Mother Nature has been bi-polar this year, we had to cancel AGAIN because a huge snow storm was set to come through my area. Then after rescheduling yet again, most of our guests were ill. I almost thought our party was never going to happen, and I was feeling blue like my favorite Disney pal, Eeyore.
Finally, we were able to find a date that worked for everyone, so the party planning commenced. I found lots of great Disney party ideas on the DisneySide website, and received a fun party kit as well, full of decorations, cookie cutters, table settings, and even some fun HP goodies for adult guests.
How cute are these Mickey stickers and Goofy tattoos? Oh, and that stack of Hanes t-shirts? They're totally fun...We will be having a shirt decorating contest. The kids will each design their own shirt using Crayola fabric markers! In this competition, everyone wins, though. Each child will receive a treat for completing a shirt!
These HP Photo Card Packs will be gifts for the adults. I plan to show them how awesome my HP Envy 5530 Printer is, and show them all the fun printables that are loaded onto it. (Yes, there are plenty of Disney printables!) I'm also going to show them TwoSmiles, an awesome HP website where users can create their own custom printable greeting cards with gift cards inside! These are perfect when you want a unique and personal but maybe last minute gift!
The kids had a blast helping set the table up and putting up all of our cheerful decorations. When Xander or Sophie couldn't reach, Daddy was nice enough to lift them up so they could place their decorations. My 3 year old, Xander, did these ones all by himself!
And since Frozen is all the rage, we decided to make our party a Disney Movie party! After all, it seems every kid in the world loves nothing more than singing along with Elsa and Anna!
Since our party was held early in the afternoon, I decided to make some adorable Mickey shaped ham sandwiches for the kids. These were perfect alongside some yummy Ocean Spray Craisins and some decadent Disney-themed cupcakes!
I was also able to find some super-sweet mouse ear headbands that could be customized by the wearer. You could be Mickey, or you can add one of several different bows to be one stylish Minnie!
Our party was a lot of fun! I can't post photos of our guests as the parents didn't want to have pics of their children published online, but we had 8 neighborhood kids over as well as 3 parents. The kids absolutely freaked when they saw our Disney themed snacks, and there was a collective squeal when I told the kids we would be watching Frozen. 5 of the kids hadn't seen it yet, so it was definitely a real treat for them! The kids danced and sang along, and I had to rewind to watch "Let It Go" over and over and over again, so the kids who weren't familiar could learn it, too.
After the movie was over, the kids got to decorating their shirts. We had a pretty wide variety of ages over, so the shirts all came out differently. I loved seeing the little kids trying to draw Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh, and my 14 year old decided to do his rendition of Olaf from Frozen. I think he did an amazing, amazing job. Can you believe this took him less than 10 minutes?!
Overall, we had a blast at our DisneySide celebration. It was low-key, casual and fun. The kids were absolutely delighted with the food, decorations, activities and movie, and the adults liked seeing the kids smile. It was definitely a lot of fun. I think we will make an effort to continue having Disney-themed get-togethers. When the weather warms up, I think a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party is in order. We'll grill hot dogs, jump in the bounce castle, and have an outdoor dance party! I can hardly wait! I love being the "cool mom"on the block and sharing the magic that is Disney with our whole neighborhood!
How do you show your #DisneySide ? I'd love to hear your ideas!
For more information about #DisneySide @HomeCelebrations and to get great ideas for your own party, check out their website here.
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud mama of two munchkins and a teen. You can read more about me HERE. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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