This year’s #DisneySide @ Home Celebration kit included everything I needed to decorate for our party. I decided from the beginning not to stress over this party or spend too much money out of pocket. I stuck with the theme found in my kit, which was Mickey and friends. Above you can see the invitations included in the kit. All I had to do was fill them out and give them to friends and family.
The kit came with a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse plastic table cloth, napkins, cups and plates too. In addition to the Mickey Mouse “stuff”, we received a Minnie Mouse cupcake stand, treat boxes, and zip top sandwich bags. There was no reason whatsoever for me to need to add supplies for this party. I think the only reason would be if I were inviting more people! And the best thing was, if I did need additional supplies, it was easy to find this theme at any party supply store.
My boys decided we needed more decorations on our mantle than the Mickey Mouse flags that was included in our kit. So, they drug out ALL of our Disney Characters and helped arrange them around the fireplace! On the hearth are all the plush characters we could round up. I’m certain we missed some, but there were plenty present! On the mantle were all the “guys” that we have collected over the years. “Guys” are any hard, plastic Disney Characters that resemble action figures… or for those of you who grew up in the 80s, think Smurf figures! 🙂
Food. All of my parties and get togethers revolve around food and my #DisneySide party was no exception! This year, we kept our party simple. We used everything in our box and added a few things from past parties. The one thing we did add was food.
1) Separate the cake batter into 6 different bowls.
2) Tint with the dye.
4) Bake according to the package.
6) Ice these bad boys and enjoy! My 6 year old son iced his first cupcake and included a hidden Mickey with black icing! 🙂 (Proud mom moment!)
Thanks to Mom Select, Disney Parks, Duff Goldman and Wilton for the items to help us show our #DisneySide through our food!
I think it’s been one of the craziest months ever. Between 10 inches of snow, sickness, computer issues, an inch of ice, school closings, travel and a wedding, I’m happy to bring to you our #DisneySide party!!
In January, I shared with you the amazing box of goodies I was sent to help with our #DisneySide party. After looking through this box, we decided to use everything that was in the box. Last year, we had a Magic Kingdom themed party and added so much to what was given to us. All of our food and activities centered around our favorite park. This year, our box was so complete, all we added was the food. We used all the supplies from our box and used old supplies we already had from previous parties.
My husband smoked a Boston Butt for dinner and I added different sides, snacks and desserts. My favorite part of the meal was the Mickey Mouse cake and the Duff Tie Dye cupcakes! I’m always a sucker for desserts. We also added Mickey Mouse shaped rice krispy treats, Chex mix with Mickey pretzels, veggies and dip, and chips. For the kids, we got Good 2 Grow juice with Disney characters for the tops.
While everyone was encouraged to dress up as a Disney character, not everyone did. We were lucky enough to have Ralph, Felix and Vanellope make an appearance though! At the beginning of the night, we had one Pirate and a Dalmatian loaned to us from Cruella, but the Dalmatian quickly transformed into a mini Jack Sparrow!
Last year when we hosted a #DisneySide @Home Celebration, I spent quite a bit of time making a pull string pinata for the party. I have had the pictures on my computer for almost a year and never got around to posting a tutorial.
Now that everyone else is planning 2015 #DisneySide parties, I thought I’d share how I made my Mickey Mouse Pull String Pinata. Thanks to Alicia Policia for providing the inspiration and the awesome directions!
- cardboard box
- stencil to trace the shape or picture to sketch
- pipe cleaners
- tissue paper cut into 2-3 inch squares
- glue- (I used Tacky glue)
- duct tape
- crepe paper streamers
- curling ribbon
- wrapping paper for the bottom
3. Once the shape is drawn cut out the front and back of Mickey’s head.
4. If your shape has any fold from the box, use additional strips of cardboard and duct tape to reinforce those folds.
5. On the side of your pinata that is going to be the back, cut a “trap door.” Make sure you add a “door knob” of some sort to make it easy to find the door once tissue paper is added. (You’ll be able to see my pipe cleaner pull in a later picture.) This is where you will add your candy and toys once the pinata is complete.
6. Next, you need to measure the circumference of the Mickey shape and cut a long strip of cardboard about 3 inches wide that will be the sides of the pinata. Once the cardboard strip is cut, you’ll need to roll it up, breaking the corrugated lines making it easy to maneuver around the ears and curves.
9. When the front panel is attached to the sides and the hole is cut in the bottom, use duct tape and secure the sides to the front from what will be the inside of the pinata.
11. Once the back side is attached on the outside, start working on the inside of the pinata. You’ll need to reach in with small pieces of duct tape to secure the back panel to the sides.
14. I started by wrapping the tissue paper squares over the eraser end of a pencil, dipping the paper into the glue and sticking it on the Mickey shape cardboard. This was taking way too long, so I started bunching up the tissue paper and dipping the center in the glue. Much easier!
15. I chose to do a multicolored pinata. While I was gluing the tissue paper onto Mickey, I had to be mindful of “mixing up” my colors so they would be evenly distributed. If you choose to go with an all black Mickey, it would be much easier!
16. Here is the finished product! Both sides of the pinata are covered with tissue paper. If you look closely in the center, you can see the black pipe cleaner pull tab for the trap door. Once I had finished the tissue paper on the front and back, I was worried I would lose the shape of Mickey if I added tissue paper to the sides as well. I thought it would end up looking like a big rainbow blob. I decided to cover the sides with red crepe paper streamers instead. You can see this in the last picture.
17. Making the pull strings was the hardest part for me! Start by cutting a piece of wrapping paper to fit the hole in the bottom of the pinata. Make marks on the wrapping paper where you want pull strings to come out so each person at the party will have a string to pull. Cut your curling ribbon 2-3 yards long, so when you thread it up one hole and out another each pull string will be 1- 1 1/2 yards long. As you are threading the curling ribbon/ pull strings, make sure you are twisting it all around each other on the back side of the wrapping paper. Alicia does a great job of explaining this part in her tutorial.
18. Once your pull strings are through the wrapping paper, you’ll need to feed the strings through the trap door of the pinata and out the bottom. It’s easier to go this way rather than try to push it up through the bottom. Once the strings are out the bottom and the wrapping paper is in place, secure it with tape.
19. The pinata should be ready to go. Fill it with candy, hang it up and start pulling! Give each guest a string (or 2) to pull. On the count of three, PULL!!
Hopefully you’ll do your strings better than I did! Once the kids puled the strings to my pinata, I had to reach up to get the candy to fall out! The paper did not rip out properly! Before I use this pinata again, I’m going to make the candy opening larger and do a better job of twisting my pull strings together as they are thread through the wrapping paper!
Wish me luck! 🙂
I am thrilled to announce that I have been chosen to host a 2015 #DisneySide @Home Celebration! We had so much fun at our 2014 #DisneySide Celebration and look forward to more great family memories with this years party!
|image from Disney Parks Blog|
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I LOVE when two of my worlds collide and this collision is AUsome! The cheerleaders from my alma mater, Auburn University, are one of 4 squads competing in Disney’s Cheer on Your Disney Side competition! I could not be more excited about this! I’ve voted for them each day since the competition began and now I’m asking you to do the same! The winning squad will earn a $100,000 grant from ESPN for its college spirit program and a team trip to Walt Disney World Resort.
Dozens of squads from across the country choreographed routines to one of four Disney Parks inspired songs and submitted their videos as part of the Cheer On Your Disney Side competition sponsored by ESPN, working in collaboration with Disney Destinations and Varsity Spirit. ~Disney Parks Blog