How do you plan a Disney themed party? There are so many things to consider when throwing a party. I’m going to walk you through our process when planning a party!
4) 2-3 months before the party- Make a list of all the games you want to play, activities you want to have, and food you want to serve. Make a list of supplies you’ll need for each and a shopping list. Be sure to have healthy snacks (fruits, veggies, etc.) in addition to all the sugary sweets in the cake, ice cream, candy, and cookies. Also, don’t forget to have drinks for the adults too, such as soft drinks, tea, or water- most moms and dads don’t want Capri Sun! 🙂
5) Start buying supplies for the party a little at a time. If you buy things here and there, instead of all at once, it’s not quite as hard on the wallet! Look at Amazon, Oriental Trading and other online store- sometimes it’s cheaper there than at your local party store or big box store.
6) 6-8 weeks before the party- Look at your families calendar, the community’s calendar, sports calendars, school calendars, etc. and choose a date. I try to choose a date at least 6-8 weeks out so I have enough time to spread the word and get invitations mailed.
7) 6 weeks out- Make a guest list and decide on invitations. There are so many ways you can invite guests to parties these days! You can send emails, create a Facebook event, use a service like Eventbrite or Evite, buy the “fill in the blank” pre-made invitations, order from Etsy, order from an invitation shop or do like I do and make your own with MyMemories Suite! All of these are fine options- choose what’s best for you, your budget, and your guests.
When you’re ordering or making invitations, consider the other customized things you may want or need (party favor bag tags, water bottle labels, food tents, themed t-shirts with the honorees name, etc.).
8) 3-4 weeks out- Mail/ send your invitations. I always add a “Regrets Only” to my invitations and sometimes add “Regret By (date)”. While most people don’t always regret, many still do. I still mail paper invitations to most parties. I like to have invitations on my bulletin board to look at and I always keep one from my boys parties for the baby books! When I don’t hear back from people, I sometimes will say something when I see them, send a text or a Facebook message to try to get an idea of how many are coming.
9) 3-4 weeks out- Order the cake, cookies, favors, etc. that someone else will be making or providing for you.
10) 2 weeks out- Start getting supplies and decorations together. Make any items that can be done ahead of time (party favors, center pieces, etc.)
11) Week of the party- Start cleaning the house a little at a time and decorate if you can. Buy any supplies you still need. Start cooking ahead of time if possible. Buy the gift!
12) Day before the party- Finish cleaning the house and decorating for the party. Get the table set and food bowls and platters ready so all you have to do before the party is put the food on the platters. Get all the games and activities out and ready to go.
13) Party Day- Spot clean the house. Dress everyone. Get the cameras ready. Put last minute touches on decorations. Hang balloons. Get food out on the table.
Remember to HAVE FUN and go with the flow (especially if you are working with kids!).
Here are links to all the Disney parties we have had:
This is a great checklist from Birthday in a Box to help you not forget a thing when preparing for your next party!
On the food table, I used a simple black plastic table cloth as the “road” and using yellow duct tape, I made stripes across the middle (even though you can’t really see the stripes in this picture due to cones and platters!). I also had several Cars bumper stickers that I stuck on the table for extra flair! I found checked racing flags on sale and used those with orange cones we already had as a simple centerpiece. Lightening McQueen waited patiently between the cones! 🙂
At the end of the day when you find your child asleep on his bedroom floor, you know you’ve had a successful party! Sweet dreams baby boy!
My 6 year old decided he was too old for a Disney themed birthday party this year. While this did break my heart, we still had to have a party. He decided to have a football party. It wasn’t just any football party, it was a Decatur High School football party.
Being the youth minister at our church, I have several students who play varsity football and are varsity cheerleaders. I got them to help with the party activities and it was a blast! Originally, we were going to have the party in our backyard but having a January birthday makes outdoor birthdays questionable. When I was talking with one of the football players, he suggested I call the head coach. Luckily, I’m good friends with the coach and he allowed us to come to the football field house for our party!
We brought a few decorations, footballs and the party food. He provided the helmets, jerseys, mats, and hitting dummies. The boys practiced football drills such as hitting, running, catching, and throwing. The girls did jumps, cheers, stunts, and tumbling. The little brothers just ran around like fools!
While this wasn’t a Disney themed party, it was one of my favorites because we were surrounded by so many different friends and family members. The kids had a blast playing and we all ate too much! Originally I wasn’t going to post about it since it wasn’t a Disney party, but decided someone out there may benefit from it!
Earlier this summer we were invited to our cousin Alice’s first birthday party. If you have a daughter named Alice, isn’t it appropriate to have an “Alice in Wonderland” themed party? Well, this party was over. the. top! “Baby Alice” may not remember this party in the future, but her mommy went overboard to make it special. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a better themed party!
Warning: Lots of pictures! 🙂