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.
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.
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:
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!