I am exhausted in all the best ways because we just wrapped up Anissa’s 3rd birthday party! This year, we partnered with Walt Disney World Resorts to throw the an amazing #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate, which we combined with her party to make a Disney World themed birthday party!
The party was so much fun! Seriously, the guests seemed to be having an amazing time and parents enjoyed themselves, too!
So, how did we go about throwing our #DisneyKids playdate/birthday party? With a few simple steps!
1. Pick a theme
Walt Disney World Resorts sent us a big old box of goodies to use at our party. Did you miss our unboxing video? You can catch it here! The package included Mickey Mouse Clubhouse goodies like tablecloths, plates, and napkins, so we knew we’d have some Clubhouse incorporated into the party, but Anissa was really wanting a Princess party, so we decided on the best of all worlds with a Disney World themed party! This was perfect, because we just got back from Disney World a few weeks ago, so our experiences were still fresh in our mind! Of course, there are lots of other themes we could have gone with, and some ideas are:
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Mickey and Minnie
- Endless Magic
- Disney Jr.
We had so much fun with this theme, and really did our best to incorporate a lot of Disney World into our party. Again, since our trip was right before this, I had time to scope out what we loved at Disney World and plan it around that trip!
2. Plan your activities and events:
Here’s a run-down of what we had going on during our party! Shout out to Disney for planning some of these for our playdate and sending the materials, as well!
- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique: We had 2 make up stations and a nail station set-up in the playroom. It was pretty inexpensive because I grabbed tons of Dollar Tree make-up pallets, sponges, eye shadow applicators, combs, detangler, and nail polishes. We had given Anissa a vanity for her birthday, and borrowed another from her cousin. We made sure to have adult supervision, however the kids liked doing their own makeup so some of it was questionable 😉 We also used a coat rack to hang up Anissa’s princess dresses, so kids could play dress up. Finally, I had a table with Dollar Tree necklaces, play crowns, and princess wands. We made a “photo booth” by having a princess back-drop and setting out my sisters Instax Mini camera, so parents could snap a picture of their made-up princess. This was definitely the highlight of the party!
- Make Your Own Sorcerer’s Hat: Disney sent us all the goodies we needed to make sorcerer’s hats, which was the perfect activity for the boys to do while the girls were doing BBB. We used foam stars, Mickey stickers, glitter glue, and other stickers to decorate them.
- Find the Hidden Mickeys (and other games): This was the other big hit of the day- so much so that I ran out of prizes! We were able to print out 8 Hidden Mickeys and just tape them up around the house. The kids got little punch cards, and every time they found one, they colored in a Mickey. Once they had found all 8, they turned them in for a prize, which was a bubble wand.
- Coloring Pages on the Tables: I got white tablecloths and set up cups of crayons so the kids could be coloring while they ate.
3. Plan your food
We are all about good food and never go light on anything, so we made sure to have enough food on hand to feed our 70+ guests. The food list included:
- Pluto’s Popcorn: Cheddar/Caramel Popcorn Mix
- Mouska-Chips: BBQ, Sour Cream and Onion, and regular Lay’s chips
- Mickey’s Mix: Trail Mix
- Fairytale Fruit: Mixed fruit from Costco
- Spinach dip, French Onion dip
PIZZA!! We ordered 22 pizzas from Marco’s Pizza (our favorite!)
- Cookie platter (Costco)
- Cupcakes: Mickey and Princess cupcakes
- Magic Wands: Pretzel sticks dipped in white chocolate bark and covered in sprinkles
- Princess Birthday Cake
We had so much fun picking out decorations for this party because there was SO much we could do. Since it was so many different themes involved, we decided to space them out by room.
- Our dining room became the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, where we had a “Make Your Own Sorcerer’s Hat” display and kids could decorate hats. We also had Mickey Mouse Clubhouse decorations hanging from the windows.
- Our playroom was the Bibbidi Bobbidy Boutique, where kids could play with make-up, paint their nails, dress up, and take pictures. This area, and the rest of the house, was decorated in a Princess theme with pink streamers, balloons, etc.
- We set up all the food on our bar.
- We had tables set-up inside and outside, with enough seating for 54 people at a time. We knew everyone wouldn’t sit at the same time, and we were right! Each table was set-up with a white paper tablecloth so kids could draw on them, and I set out Minnie Mouse coloring pages and cups of crayons so kids could have fun while they ate!
5. PAR-TAY and have fun!
And BOY, did we!! We had so much fun soaking up every minute of the party, hanging out with all the kids (and their awesome parents) and catering to the birthday girl! Disney provided so many fun games and activities, and the kids also just loved being outside and playing with bubbles. As the hostess, I had to keep reminding myself to be in the moment and enjoy myself, as well!
Thank you so much to Walt Disney World Resorts for picking us to host a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate! Hopefully we can do it again next year!
Disclosure: I received free products in exchange for hosting a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.