I never imagined we would be a family that loved going to Disney parks...sure, I loved the movies growing up, but had never visited as a young child. We live near a major theme park packed with roller coasters, so the draw for us isn't the thrill of the rides, it's the magic. I love watching the joy on the girls' faces as they experience a new adventure, meet a new character, and stretch their imaginations. I love the memories we make as a family, the stories we still talk about of our three visits so far...of what we loved most and what we want to do again. So when I was approached to host a Disney Side party, I was excited - what a great way to let the girls have some friends over for some fun and at the same time share our love of Disney!
We decided to have a crafty party highlighting our love of Mickey and Minnie. In preparation, the girls made Mickie and Minnie water bottles and bookmarks with Disney Duct tape. The bookmarks stood proud on the top of our goodie bags for the guests. They may not look perfect, but I wanted the girls to have the fun of helping. They decorated the bottles and made the bookmarks, and we're so proud of themselves!
Next we provided oversized coloring pages from various Disney movies as "placemats" to help entertain the guests while they waited for food or the next activity. As with most kids 5 - 8 this was a big hit!
After some pizza, we let the kids decorate their own cupcakes with piping bags. It was so fun to watch some carefully create a design while others investigated how much frosting a single cupcake could support!
We finished the party off with a series of games: Mickey Go Fish, Disney Bingo, Disney Word Search, and Guess What Disney Character I Am?! The guests circulated through each activity station. Everyone seemed to have fun, but the best feedback I saw that our party was a success was when none of the guests wanted to leave! A party is always fun, especially when you throw in a little Disney Magic!
Thanks again to Disney Parks and Mom Select for sending us a Disney celebration box of goodies to help with our party.