I was honored to receive a “Host Your Disney Side” hostess package.
Born and raised in So Cal, I was lucky to have Disneyland in my backyard (seriously, it was less than 20 minutes away). Disneyland was a wonderful escape to the everyday hustle and bustle of life. I even worked at the Happiest Place on Earth! That’s right! I worked with Mickey Mouse!!!!
Now that I live 5 hours away from Disneyland, we have only been able to go to our favorite place on Earth 3 times with the kids (which is not too shabby with a 4 and 6 year old). But how do we show our Disney Side from 5 hours away? Well…you host a Disney Side @Home Celebration! You don’t have to go to Disneyland to show off your Disney Side! (Though it would be a wonderful addition to your celebration.)
When was the last time you showed your Disney Side? Was it when your family entered the gates at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort? Or maybe the last time you sang your favorite Disney tunes, or reminisced about your favorite Disney Parks attraction? Most everyone has a Disney Side – it’s that fun-loving, adventurous side that comes out to play when you’re feeling the Disney spirit!
What is a Disney Side @Home Celebration? I was one of a select number of families who received a Disney Side @Home Celebrations kit, which included hosting tools to help inspire and create my magical Disney Side party. The kit contained party favors, decorations, games, activities, recipe ideas and a special hostess gift. Check out the photo below to see all the wonderful goodies I got to share with my guests.
Well, my party had to be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances…but that didn’t stop the party from moving from my home to my classroom. I was able to share most of the Disney Side goodies with my fabulous first graders.
I had a blast making special treats for my party. It was ALL about Mickey! The cookie cutters came in handy. I used them to cut out grilled cheese sandwiches and brownies. So fun! Making the grilled cheese sandwiches were super easy. Just cook like you normally would, then pick your favorite cutter and cut. It does leave a little extra (which mommy and daddy were happy to eat). You could always cut first and turn the leftover bread into a sandwich topper…fun right?!?!
Making the brownies was very easy too. I used my cookie sheet instead of a regular pan to make the brownies as flat as possible. Once cooked and cooled, I cut out tons of Mickey heads. The leftovers were eaten by my husband…but you could turn them into truffles and dip them into chocolate (that was my plan until all the leftovers were gone!).
My favorite treat to make was the Mickey Mouse Rice Crispy Treats! So, I bought Cocoa Rice Crispy cereal and made my Rice Crispy Treats. Once the marshmallow cooled, I attempted to form balls…but the marshmallow was still too sticky…so I put it in the refrigerator to cool more. Once completely cooled my husband was the master ball roller. He helped me make 20 treats. Then I melted some chocolate and used that as glue to add Whoppers for ears. I thought they looked adorable, however my husband told me they didn’t look like Mickey (come on…you have to use your imagination!).
No matter how they turned out…my students were THRILLED that we had a surprise DISNEY SIDE PARTY in class that day! (The photo below is of my son…who was more than willing to represent my class. This was an impromptu party I didn’t have time to ask parents for permission to post their child’s photo on my blog.)
I still have goodies that I have been passing out to my friends over the past month. My kit included Hanes T-shirts (which we are going to make at our next play date) and HP photo paper (which the original guests have been given so they can make cards or photos at home).
Disclosure: I received product to help me host my Disney Side Party. All opinions are my own. No other form of compensation was received to publish this post.