Last month, Disney selected our family for a DisneySide at Home party! Disney sent a box of party supplies, treats, party games, prizes home decorations, goodie bags and gifts for our guests. We picked a date, invited friends and family, and set everything up!
Here’s the video of us unboxing our DisneySide party-in-a-box:
Disney sent over a Wilton Mickey Mouse cake pan and a Duff Tie-Dye cake mix. My boys had a great time mixing up all of the different cake batter colors and dumping them into the pan in random patterns.
I have made and decorated a lot of cakes for my kids over the years, but I really think that this is one of the best cakes I’ve ever done! They couldn’t wait to eat Mickey.
We were pretty busy in the kitchen before this party. We decided to make Disney-themed cookies for our guests too. I used the free Mickey Mouse cookie cutter and stamp from Disney Cakes and Sweets and they turned out so cute!
My sister recently gave my husband some Star Wars cookie cutters — both this Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Yoda and C3POset and this Death Star, Millennium Falcon, Tie Fighter, and X-Wing Fighter set! — and we decided to use these too. We love all things Star Wars over here, and they fit well into our Disney Side!
On the day of the party, our guests began to arrive! Almost everyone wore something Disney-themed, which added to the fun.
My husband wore his favorite Pluto’s Devil Dogs hockey jersey! We got this in Walt Disney World on one of our first trips together. We both loved it as soon as we saw it, because it’s rare that you see Disney characters angry!
We started off by watching Disney cartoons (specifically, the new Disney Mickey Mouse animated shorts which all the kids loved!) and playing Disney Bingo! Each guest got a bingo card featuring Disney Parks attractions, resorts and characters. We used Avengers Cheese Nips for Bingo markers, because they were fun to snack on during the game. This also made our dog very interested in playing too…
This was the prize table for our party! All of these prizes were provided by Disney or co-sponsors of our party. There was something for everyone here — everything from household products to foods and tasty treats (did you know Soy Vay is the official teriyaki sauce of Epcot Center?) and toys and games for the kids too.
Then, it was time for Disney Trivia. Disney provided a set of trivia cards with questions about everything from characters to Disney parks and resorts. The guests all paired up with the kids deciding to challenge the adults! While the adults were outnumbered almost three to one, they scored the most trivia cards in this game. Fortunately, the adults wanted “adult prizes,” and the kids wanted “kid prizes,” so everyone went home with something fun or useful.
(I’m going to point out that my dear friend Tina had a “home court” advantage at this game — her daughter’s currently interning in Florida with Disney’s College Program, and she’s gone to Walt Disney World twice in the past month. As I write this, she’s there again. And she’s going again next month. A die-hard Disney devotee!)
Our youngest party princesses? They scored gifts just for showing up as mini-Minnies!
Next, we played “Pin the Smile on Mickey Mouse.” You would think that this would have been an easy game for everyone. It was not. Midway through, I began filming some of the kids’ attempts, which I’ve included in my party overview video (below.) All they had to do was walk toward this door — after being spun around three times, of course, but that’s all. Just walk in a straight line. Instead, we had blindfolded kids hysterically roaming throughout the house!
Some of the boys decided to keep on smiling after the game was done.
Then, it was time for snacks and cake. Mickey was almost too cute to cut up, but in the end, we all wanted a taste…
Curious what the tie dye cake looked like inside? Like this! All the kids were excited about it. It was vanilla flavored, regardless of what color swirl you bit into.
At the end of the afternoon, everyone went home with goodie bags filled with gifts from Disney and some of the other party sponsors — HP sent everyone home with a party-themed pack of printer card stock and photo paper. ABC Family provided stylish reusable bags, and of course, I made sure each bag had a Mickey Mouse cookie inside too. What a great day!
Now, here’s the video from our party. It’s a must-see, especially for the “Pin the Smile on Mickey Mouse” footage!
Special thanks to Disney, Disney Parks, Wilton, HP, ABC Family, All, Wisk, Soy Vay, Twinings Tea, Beyond Meat, Duff’s cake mix, Crayola, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Disney Princesses toys for sponsoring this party and supplying all of the gear, decorations, prizes and gifts. Additional thanks to Crunch Pak for supplying our party with Disney Foodles fruit and snack trays.
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Additional #DisneySide posts at JillCataldo.com:
- Go west, Disney dreamers! Disneyland on a budget
- Attending the Disney On-the-Road Social Media Moms Celebration: Chicago