Our Disney Side @Home Celebration Party 2015 - Part 1 #DisneySide

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DISCLOSURE:  I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration from Disney Parks and MomSelect.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

If you haven't figured it out already, my family and I are big Disney fans. We recently had the chance to share our love for Disney and show our Disney Side by throwing a Disney Side @Home Celebration party. 

Hosts were sent a package of goodies from Disney that included many of the things needed to host a Disney party. Items in the kits were centered around a theme, such as Mickey & Friends, Disney Villains and Sophia The First. Our party kit had a Multi-Generational theme. You can see what came in our party kit in my unboxing post.

Since our theme was pretty general, it was kind of hard to figure out what direction to go with for decorations and food. The ideas I pinned on my Pinterest board were all over the place! My one son wanted to have a party with a Disney Infinity theme. My other son wanted either Big Hero 6 or Cars. My daughter wanted to showcase her favorite Disney movies, like Frozen and Tangled. I thought it would be fun to do a World Showcase at Epcot theme or maybe Magic Kingdom. So, we ended up just doing a combination of everything!

With me working practically every weekend in February, I really only had one day to host the party. Luckily, the majority of the people we wanted to invite were free that day. Unlike last year, I didn't have time to make special invitations to send out. I ended up sending an digital invitation through Punchbowl and using the included Disney Side invitations sent with the party package. (Available to download here on the Disney Side Celebrations website)

One of the first decorations I worked on was the Disney Side Party Banner included in the party package. I used my paper cutter to cut out the banner pieces and strung them together with plastic lacing. (You can download the banner here on the Disney Side Celebrations website.)

Next, I hung up the hanging decorations that came in the party package. I had saved the decorations from last year's Disney Side party and ended up using both sets to decorate the living room and the hallway.

Having recently visited Magic Kingdom this past fall, I thought it would be fun to decorate the bathroom like the Tangled bathrooms in the park.

To make the banner, I printed out a template of the sun onto yellow cardstock and cut them out. I then cut out triangle out of purple cardstock and glued the suns on each piece. I strung them up with plastic lacing and hung it on the front of the bathroom door. For Flynn Rider's Wanted poster, I printed this one out onto white cardstock and hung it on the other side of the bathroom door.

Last year, I had made a Mickey Mouse wreath out of tulle to hang on the front door. It ended up hanging on our front door for months, until I repurposed it into a Halloween wreath. I wanted to do something different this year. I had tasked my oldest daughter to make an Olaf out of foam so we could stick him on the front door. But, she never got around to finishing him! So, the night before the party, I decided it would be cute to make the Talking Doorknob from Alice in Wonderland. I followed the instructions on the Disney Family website and hung the doorknob on our front door.

My kids also wanted to make some decorations for the party. My one son made a sign to welcome guests to our Disney Party and he also drew a picture of Mr. Incredible. My oldest daughter drew a picture of Rapunzel to go with the Tangled-themed bathroom.

I spent a good chunk of time buying Disney items to give away as prizes and to put in the goody bags. The Disney Store was having its Twice Upon A Year Sale and I picked up a lot of little plush dolls and figure play sets. I also bought some items from Target and even makeup from Walgreens.

For the goody bags, I went simpler this year. I bought colored gift bags from Michaels and cut a Mickey head out of black cardstock and glued that to the bag. I printed out each child's name in the Disney font and glued that to the Mickey head.

Each child's goody bag was slightly different. Everyone received a set of Disney luggage tags, a Mickey placemat, Disney Valentine pretzels, Disney Princess fruit snacks, a Mickey pencil, a Goofy temporary tattoo and a Pluto sticker. Depending on the child's age and gender, they got additional goodies like Disney lip balm or Disney activity pads or Disney Princess nail polish. My nephew, unfortunately, missed the party, but here is what I had packed in his bag:

One thing I wanted to incorporate in the party was a photo booth. I saw some really cute photo booth props on Pinterest and Etsy, but I didn't really want to spend the money on them. So, I made some of my own. I'll include a separate post on how I made them. They weren't too hard to do and they came out really cute. I used the included Mickey Mouse Clubhouse tablecloth as the photo booth backdrop and bought an inexpensive vase from Michaels to put the photo booth props in.

Part 2 of my Disney Side party write up will include what we did, what we ate and what we wore!

Interested in hosting your own Disney Side party? Check out the Disney Side Celebrations website for activities, recipes and more!

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