#DisneySide @ Home Celebration

tableDisclosure: I received a party kit from Disney and MomSelect to facilitate my DisneySide @ Home event. I received no additional compensation. All opinions are my own.

I was honored to be selected to host a DisneySide @ Home Celebration for the second year in a row. As a Disney nut, it’s always fun to get together with others who share my love for The Mouse.

As a parent of an older boy, I received a lot of princess-themed items in my box, but it was a pleasure to give the items to friends with little girls who would truly appreciate them.

The party kit included Disney’s Palace Pets, decorations, cake mix, sandwich bags, and All Detergent mighty pacs, among other itemDisneySide party kit.s. ( I have to admit, I use All Laundry products regularly but never tried the mighty pacs. I’m in love!)

The group, which included families who have been to one of the Disney parks, and those who haven’t, had different connections to Disney. A trivia game focused on different pieces, so everyone had a fair chance to do well.

Social media surrounding the DisneySide parties was very active, so it was easy to share (and steal) ideas from other hosts. There was also plenty of space to personalize a party to suit my family and guests.

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The kids have been longtime friends, but this was a great excuse to get them together in a structured way. Since it has been such a rough winter (it’s snowing as I write this!) any positive activity was a great way to pass the time.

If you would like to have a Disney party at home, you can get a lot of great ideas and inspiration from disneysidecelebrations.com. It’s fun to show your #DisneySide!

The kids enjoyed playing air hockey with each other.

The kids enjoyed playing air hockey with each other.

Hello there.

Sometimes I want to say more than the typical 140 characters allow. That’s why I started this blog.

My name is Sandy, and I’m a travel junkie. I’ve covered a lot of ground over the years, and am always planning the next trip. I want to see the entire world. I know it’s a tall order, but it’s a challenge I am always working to complete. I enjoy both luxury and bargain travel (sometimes these ideas aren’t mutually exclusive).

It gives me particular joy to explore a new location, or visit a favorite one, with my family. However, I’ve also made sure to include adults-only travel — and the occasional girls weekend — from time to time.

A runner for several years, I’ve found another good way to explore the country: destination races. Race weekends are a good way to see a new place and meet new friends. I’ve also done several runDisney races, since I’m always looking for an excuse to visit the Mouse.

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Showing my #DisneySide @ Home

Disclosure: I received a party kit from Disney and MomSelect to facilitate my DisneySide @Home event, along with a host gift. I received no additional compensation. All opinions are my own.

Mickey Streamers

Mickey Streamers

After a very tough winter, I was thrilled to celebrate the melting of the glacier that had surrounded my house for several months. Hosting  DisneySide @ Home party was a great way to get together with some friends and their kids.

Homemade Dole Whips

Homemade Dole Whips

My husband made a great veggie chili, which is an easy choice for a party. People can serve themselves right out of the pot. In addition to the main course, we offered salad, bread, chicken nuggets (for the kids), applesauce — and Ocean Spray Craisins, which were provided in the party kit. For dessert, we made homemade Dole Whips, which reminded me of our favorite treat in the Magic Kingdom.  I also made Mickey faces on the cupcakes, keeping with the Disney theme. My son wore his traditional Mickey shirt and a pair of Mickey ears that we had embroidered with his name during our last trip.

Mickey Cupcakes

Regular and mini Oreos make great Mickey heads.

This suitcase was the first thing guests saw when they arrived.

This suitcase was the first thing guests saw when they arrived.

I received an American Tourister suitcase as my hostess gift, so of course I had to use it as a decoration.  I used a (provided) runDisney race sign, wrote “Disney or Bust!” on it, and attached it above the case. It looked cute! (I’m happy to say that the suitcase will make a trip to Disney World very soon.)

One of the families who came was leaving for Disney a few days later, so it was nice to talk about the upcoming trip during dinner. We had a great time catching up, and the kids enjoyed each other’s company.

After dinner, we played Disney trivia. We had an even number of kids and parents, so we decided to split the teams that way. At first, the kids (age ranged from 9-11) were concerned that they’d lose, but fortunately, the game ended in a tie. It was the best possible scenario, and everyone was happy with the result.

Next was Disney bingo. The kids chose their cards and I drew Disney bingo pieces from a bowl. Two kids got bingo at the same time. They continued to fill their cards until the bowl was empty.

After a few hours of Disney fun, along with a few rounds of ping pong and air hockey, the kids decided it was time for a movie. They gathered around the TV and watched Mulan for the rest of the evening. The parents used that time to chat, and take funky pictures of the decorations:

A friend took this great photo of some garland.

A friend took this great photo of some garland.

It was really a great night, and reminded me how nice it is to get together with a group of friends. Thanks to Disney, I am more determined to do this regularly.

If you would like to have a Disney party at home, you can get a lot of great ideas and inspiration from disneysidecelebrations.com. It’s fun to show your #DisneySide!