Let’s Have a Disney Side Party ! #DisneySide 2015

(I was sent a #DisneySide at home celebration kit to host our party. all experience and opinions are 100% my own. Get tips for creating your own Disney Side celebration at www.disneysidecelebrations.com)

Disney. It really IS just pure magic, isn’t it? I don’t just mean Disney World, Disneyland, or Cinderella’s castle. It supersedes a geographic location. The magic of Disney comes alive anywhere and anytime you mention it. Even those who have never visited a Disney park understand the magic. Maybe it was a movie, a toy, or even a song that inspired you to fall in love with Disney. No matter your age, gender, color, or country – the magic of Disney & the love of mouse ears are universal.

our Disney side party 2015

A few weeks ago we shared that we were selected as hosts for a multigenerational Disney Side at home celebration. We received a box full of Disney goodies from the Disney Parks team to share with our guests. Our littles did and unboxing video ( check it out here) to share what was inside- boy, were they excited! We’ve talked often about how much we love our neighbors on the street. So, it just seemed logical that we would invite everyone into our Disney Side Party to share our communal love of Disney.Disney Side snacksMid-morning, we set up in the driveway for treats and games. It wasn’t long before everyone had come to join in the fun. The kids asked if they could dress in costume- YES please! We had a Merida, a tinkerbell, and some “heros”. Every story needs a hero, right.

Kids and adults created Disney chalk drawings ( which totally brought to mind the chalk paintings Bert did in Mary Poppins)

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We had fun playing “Put the smile Mickey”

mickey CollageWhile the kids played Disney Bingo, the grownup party guests also had a fun time reminiscing about trips to the Disney parks and sharing tips for future trips.

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We didn’t limit the Disney fun to just those on the invite list. The BEST thing about doing our party outside was the neighbors who were just out for a walk stopped to join the fun. The kids would ask them a Disney trivia question and offer them a prize too. Everyone has a little Disney magic in them!

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As our party guests began to tire from all the fun and afternoon naps approached, we sent them off with plenty of activities and games to continue the fun at home. In true Disney fashion, we exceeded their expectations and went a step further. Our Disney princess guests took home some favors of mini-manicure polish and EVERYONE had plenty of fun things in their family goody bags.

A wonderful time was had by all. I think Brother Bear summed up our day best with this line: “Telling stories and laughing with friends: precious moments you’ll never forget.”

Even though our Disney Side party is over, come play along with us! Show us YOUR #DisneySide in the comments below: What’s your favorite quote from a Disney movie?

Disney Magic Arrived on our Doorstep #DisneySide

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A couple of weeks ago we got a huge surprise in our inbox from Disney Parks and the BSM media team congratulating us on being selected as hosts for a Disney at Home Celebration! They told us to start making plans for our own Disney Side party and to be expecting a box of Disney magic to arrive sometime in the next couple of weeks. So exciting!! We all love Disney around here and look forward to every opportunity to show our #DisneySide.

Disney Magic Arrived on our Doorstep

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The kids had been waiting with much anticipation, asking each day after school if the Disney box had arrived. It was fun to see their excitement ( I didn’t let on that I was tracking the package through UPS my Choice so I knew exactly when it would arrive.)  Needless to say, yesterday when our HUGE box ( weighing over 20 lbs!) was delivered they were ecstatic! I totally peeked inside beforehand but I wanted them to be the ones to share the fun of un-boxing the Disney magic for all of you.

This may compare me to a Disney villain but since our box arrived on a school night, I made everyone complete their homework and dinner before I allowed them to break the seal on our pixie dust sprinkled package. Finally, it was time. We donned our mouse ears and began the show.

We’ve got our mouse ears on and we are about to open our #DisneySide box!! Here we go!!

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( please excuse the vertical video… it was nearing bedtime and homework x4 had my mind wrapped up in math equations for the evening. ) 

There will be more Disney tutorials, snacks, and crafts as we decide on all the fun we will mix into this years party. Until then you can see all the #DisneySide fun we had with our 2014 Disney Vacation planning party here!

Our Disney Vacation Planning Party #DisneySide

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We have been dreaming & talking about taking a Disney family vacation for-ever. Disneyland was one of the only big vacations my family took together during my childhood and I remember it being simply magical. I don’t really know why we’ve put off our own Disney vacation -pregnancy, then waiting until the kids were potty trained, then the saving up maybe… we’ve always just been talking about it. Our Disney vacation was on the bucket list as a “one day” kind of thing. Recently, I received and awesome package on my doorstep from Disney Parks & Mom Select, encouraging me to show my #DisneySide! I took it as a sign that it was time for this family to stop dreaming and start planning!

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This package arrived full of Disney awesomeness to help me plan the perfect event to get everyone excited about our trip. You can read all about everything that was included here. I decided I would surprise my family with a Disney Vacation Planning Party.

I picked a Friday afternoon for their surprise. Our big kids have no extracurricular activities on Fridays, my husband was getting off early that day and I hadn’t said a word to the littles ( who are always ready for weekend fun!). Earlier in the day, I invited several of our friends who are Disney vacation experts to join and help us plan and give us their best vacation planning tips. WOW! Their advice and suggestions were invaluable. It was so much fun decorating and prepping Disney snacks for everyone. They had no idea I was planning this for them. I love seeing their faces light up as they walked in. They all grabbed their party mouse ears and wore them the entire party.  I can’t wait for my family to get their real mouse ears during our Disney Vacation!!

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What’s a #DisneySide @ Home celebration without Disney snacks? Our Kids Mom did a fantastic tutorial on making Mickey & Minnie cupcakes with Oreo’s a few weeks ago that I knew would be perfect for our celebration. I made the cupcakes and got all the Oreos ready for everyone to assemble. I even crafted bows from washi tape for Minnie Mouse bows.

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Didn’t they turn out cute??!! The best part was getting to make them together. I just made the cupcakes ahead of time and gave the “assembly instructions”. So Easy! We also had Mickey shaped mini pizzas by using a cookie cutter. Disney Party Foods

One of the best things about waiting until our kids were a little older to plan is that they are able to be an active participants of what all we decide to see and do on our vacation. Since there are so many travel options with Disney  I planned to introduce them to these options in some really fun ways. We played a Disney Bingo game where the bingo cards were made up of different Disney characters, parks and resorts.

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We also watched a Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD together for a little movie time. Needless to say EVERYONE was ready to leave for our  vacation right then.

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We always have a ton of luggage to bring with us when we vacation and since we don’t yet know whether we will be driving or flying we decided to make this part of our party planning too. American Tourister is the official luggage of Disneyland & DisneyWorld. They were gracious enough to send us an awesome bag to pack in.

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This bag was designed so lightweight and functional that even our youngest wouldn’t have trouble wheeling it through an airport. If we do decide to take a magical roadtrip, we could easily fit 6 of these in our mini-van and still have room. If you are a frequent traveler I highly recommend this bag. We made a little game of “What would you pack in your Disney suitcase?”  Some of the suggestions were hysterical.

We had such a good time together and really planning for our trip! I cannot wait to share our vacation update with you later this year.

What are your best tips to have a great Disney vacation? Want to throw your own party to show your #DisneySide? Check out DisneySideCelebrations.com  to get started!

 I received free products from MomSelect and Disney Parks with which to host a party.  As always, my opinions are my own.

#DisneySide @ Home Celebration

I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @ Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

Yesterday a large box of #DisneySide Magic was delivered to our house …..disney side box

There is just something about Disney that makes the magic in everyone come alive. Everyone was dying to know what was inside. Here’s the thing about Disney they always “Plus it”. If you  aren’t familiar with the term “Plus it Up”, Walt Disney was always asking his staff to look for ways to enhance the guest experience. He would ask them to find just one way to make the expected the unexpected. Doing this was always enough to create a lasting, memorable and remarkable experience.

Recently, our family was chosen to host a Disney Side @ Home Celebration Party, as part of the Disney’s campaign to encourage everyone to Show Your #DisneySide, along with other select families from around the country.

When we received this email we knew something fun was on the way !

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Here’s a sneak peek into some of the fun that was inside the box…..#DisneySide CollageEverything was packed to the brim in an amazing American Tourister suitcase, the official luggage of Walt Disney & Disneyland. Party supplies, tons of HP photo paper, an iPhone case, Craisins, runDisney posters, Disney prints, wristbands, stickers and tattoos, cupcake liners, cookie cutters, measuring cups and more!

You can bet I’m going to be finding lots of ways to “Plus it Up” for our #DisneySide @ Home Celebration! Stay tuned here and make sure to follow us on all our social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest– for all the plans, updates, and party details!

Thanks again to Disney Parks & Mom Select for choosing us to be part of the #DisneySide @ Home Celebration!