Last year I was lucky enough to host a Disney Side party and we had an AMAZING time with the teens and tweens doing Disney Karaoke. I was afraid this year when we were chosen to host one again that we would not be able to top it! However, between the goodies we were sent, a little creativity, and some FUN kids, we had a blast. Rather than having a separate Disney Side party we combined the party with my younger daughter’s 12th birthday party. The theme we were given was Disney Villains, and we decided to have a slumber party with it.
Disney Parks and MomSelect sent us a huge box of goodies including:
- Villain invitations, napkins, cups, plates, and decoration
- Nail polish and other nail supplies
- Disney-themed activities like Bingo and trivia
- A Mickey Mouse cake pan
- Tie Dye cake mix from Duff Goldman
- My Image Bracelet Maker
- HP Create Memories You Keep Packs
- Twinings Tea
- and more!
One of the first things I had to figure out was how to incorporate the Mickey Mouse cake pan and the Duff Cake mix. I wanted birthday cake but not two cakes. And cupcakes are always easier with kids. So I decided to make a Mickey Mouse head Rice Krispy treat. I used regular krispies for the head and chocolate for the ears and nose. The actual head itself was not too hard, but I am terrible with icing! How do you think it turned out?
We made the Tie Dye cake mix into cupcakes that the kids could decorate themselves at the party and then eat instead of birthday cake. My girls really got into making the cupcakes and everyone loved how they turned out. I wasn’t sure if we could use the Duff Tie-Dye cake mix to make cupcakes because it didn’t say so on the box, but it worked out fine. You just have to be sure to layer the colors rather than mix them together otherwise you would just end up with brown-ish green. We chose to limit each cupcake to 3 colors.
To decorate for the party we went with the green, black, and purple colors of the Disney Villains. We set the table with the decorations and added balloons, the cupcakes, the Mickey treat, and the favors we would be giving out (more on that later).
Celebrating Our Disney Side
When the kids arrived for the party we had a plan in place for most of the evening. We started with pizza and then moved through some of the activities that were most age appropriate for 11-12 year old girls. The biggest hit of the night by far was the My Image Bracelet Maker kit.
As each girl came to the party, my older daughter took a picture of her. While the girls were playing other games, we printed off the pictures using the app to get ready to make the bracelets. We brought the girls back in and helped them make friendship bracelets with all of their friends’ pictures plus the other fun colors and images provided in the kit. It made a great memento plus was a fun activity.
Throughout the rest of the night the girls made their way through various activities including board games, the Tie-Dye cupcake decorating, nail painting, presents, trivia, and a whole lot of giggling. The night ended with the girls watching Into the Woods and singing like one of their favorite villains…The Witch.
The next morning after cinnamon rolls and bacon, each girl left with a nice little package of prizes from Disney. We used some of the HP Create Memories You Keep picture paper to print out a group picture of the girls for everyone to take home. We also included a package of the paper for each girl, a Disney DVD and luggage tag, and a button for the upcoming Cinderella movie (which they will all be going to see together next week).
I can’t thank Disney enough for this awesome opportunity. My family loves Disney and this was a great way for us to try new products and show our Disney Side to our friends!
(As an aside: the decor was much easier to work with this year than last year. Although we do love Mickey, it was tough last year working in the Playhouse Disney stuff. I appreciate that Disney helped us with a theme that was perfect for our age group!)