Back in December I had the opportunity to apply to host a Disney Side @HomeCelebration & was thrilled to be one of many chosen to do so. As a disclaimer- I did receive free products in order to host this event, however all ideas used are my own and I can’t wait to share with you the fun we had at our party!
I had no idea the harsh winter Mother Nature would be so kind to share with us here in the Northeast (yes, I am being sarcastic!) and had to postpone our party day twice due to snow and inclement weather. We were to invite 10 adults and 10 kids…but as schedules were adjusted all around, we had a little fewer than originally planned. That was okay, because it was still a fun day showing off our #DisneySide and sharing tips about visiting Disney World, where to stay, which Park was best for certain ages and the new Disney Magic Bands that hold everything you need for fun at Mickey’s House.
One of our neighbors has a true love of all things Disney. For as long as I can remember, we have received their annual holiday card with photos of smiling faces with Cinderella’s castle in the background, the Epcot Globe or glimpses of ocean from the deck of the Big Red Boat. They travel to Disney World at least once a year, if not more. Our family has a love of Disney, but it is more for the movies. We own almost every movie made and even though the kids are now college & high school age, we still grab a favorite to play for a family movie night.
With movies in mind, I decided to make that the theme and tied it in with food and decorations. From my days as a Disney Store cast member, I had this beautiful film graphic tucked back in a closet and was perfect to display to Welcome our guests! I was humming the tune “Be Our Guest” as we hung this gigantic poster over the mantle- even keeping our mantle clock and candlesticks to channel our own Cogsworth and Lumiere!
And Buzz Lightyear would not be left out as he decided to be one of the kids for the party!
We had fun decorating T-shirts provided by Hanes and made notes of encouragement for our next running event with our #RunDisney posters. I’m not very crafty, but was able to pull off making Mickey Ears out of headbands, black pipe cleaners and black poster board. They came out cute and the kids loved them! All left with a parting gift bag filled with many of the goodies that were packed in my party “box”- which was an American Tourister Luggage! In the gift bags I shared Ocean Spray Craisins, stickers, tattoos, RunDisney bracelets and stickers, a great photo card pack provided by HP and a few items I picked up at the store with Disney themed fruit snacks.
I think I had the most fun making all the food for the party and coming up with fun movie-themed names for them:
We had “Dinglehoppers” , “Nemo” Nibbles (goldfish crackers), Pepper-“Remy” Pizza, “Monster” Fruit salad cut in the shapes of Mickey and homemade Mickey Mouse tortilla chips & Salsa. For dessert I stuck with the Mickey theme and made cupcakes with Mickey Ears and for a real treat- I made homemade Dole Whips.
Here are the recipes I used for the party- Super easy and Super fun!
Mickey Mouse Tortilla Chips
1 Package Corn Tortillas
Mickey shaped cookie cutters
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut out shapes with cookie cutter. Spread on baking sheet in single layer. Sprinkle with salt. Bake about 12 minutes. Flip chips or rotate pan. Bake for another 5 minutes or until chips are golden brown and crispy. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with a little more salt. Serve with favorite salsa!
Homemade Dole Whips
I large can (20 oz) of crushed Pineapple
1 8oz. tub Cool Whip, frozen
1 cup crushed ice
6 oz. pineapple juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Serve with straw and enjoy!
*You can put any leftovers in the freezer and enjoy as a soft ice cream treat!
Thank you Disney Side @HomeCelebration and Mom Select for providing such an amazing box of free party tools and for allowing me to host a party to share my #DisneySide!