Last weekend we had the best time at our #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate! We invited several of our friends from the neighborhood and their families. After eating hamburgers, beans, fruit, chips and Nesquik milk (we pretended we were eating burgers from Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe) we had a fun time decorating our own Mickey Cone Cakes. Some of us chose Mickey Rice Krispy Treats!
After eating dinner and dessert, it was time to PLAY! First, everyone got their Disney SWAG (and yes, I just learned that SWAG stands for Stuff We All Get)!
Once everyone had their goodies, we had a Disney Easter Egg hunt. I found Princess and Mickey pre filled eggs at the store and filled others with Princess fruit snacks, pirate erasers, and plastic jewels. Everyone loved the hunt!
After we played, we still had time for a few Disney games that were given to us in our party kit. Some played a Disney Matching Game and we found the charades game was too difficult for preschoolers to understand! We finally ended with several rounds of “Disney Bingo” where we used the Kilimanjaro Animals and Pirate Erasers at prizes.
After everyone left, we had three more rousing games of Disney Bingo!
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!
I can’t believe it’s already time for birthday party #7 for C-man. Last year was the year he “outgrew” a Disney themed party and went with a football theme. This year, Minecraft won out. I don’t even get what Minecraft is all about! So we are in full planning mode for our party next month. The invites are finished and pinning has begun for the rest of the party! Stay tuned for more!!
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!
I received a free Teen Beach 2 Party Pack to host a Listening Party in return for a review on my blog.
When we were asked to host our own Teen Beach 2 Listening party after the movie released we were thrilled! My 6 year old immediately started making out the list of who we would invite. Then life happened. Delivery delays, vacations, surgeries, and more kept us from hosting our party in a timely manner. But, we were finally able to have the party on August 30.
We weren’t able to use the Teen Beach Evites, but we were able to create our own “Luau” invitations for our party through Evite. This online service is great for invitations. You create your invitation with the details, create your invite list using email addresses and hit send. Guests can RSVP on the Evite web site and the host can add additional details such as if guests can bring friends, if kids are coming, or if guests can share the Evite with others. They even offer a social media share button!
1. Best Summer Ever
2. On My Own
3. Right Where I Wanna Be
4. Falling for Ya
5. Wanna Be With You
6. Twist Your Frown Upside Down
7. Silver Screen
8. Rescue Me
9. Gotta Be Me
10. Meant to Be (Reprise 3)
11. That’s How We Do
12. Starting Over
13. On My Own
14. Best Summer Ever
15. Gotta Be Me