It’s time to party!

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With the blog getting a jump-start this year, I decided to go back to what a lot of other bloggers do and try to stick with a theme for certain things. Believe it or not, not everyone wants to hear about Disney all the time (I know, shocking!), so I am going back to Walt Wednesdays and at least trying to stick all the Disney chatter to one specific day of the week. If you aren’t a Disney fan, Wednesdays may not be your favorite day here. We’ll also get back to Foodie Friday and other themes (and I really can’t promise Disney talk won’t bleed over into other days), but today is Walt Wednesday and we are going to Keep Moving Forward!!

I was super excited this week when I found out I was again selected this year to hold a Disney Side @ Home Celebration. What is this, you wonder? Well, quite simply, it is a party! It is whatever you make of it, with a little inspiration thrown in by Disney, a way to show your Disney side! 

Last year, I received a huge box for our party. I was so excited to open it and see what they had sent for party inspiration. Imagine my surprise when I open the box and find a suitcase! Not just any suitcase, an awesome ultra-lite American Tourister piece of luggage (that my travel-for-work-weekly husband promptly stole for his own and still declares it the best carry-on he’s had!) that was packed full of all kinds of party goods! I was so impressed with all the sponsors for this party, with items from Hewlett Packard, Ocean Spray, The View and so much more. There were recipe cards, games and party favors along with all the party-ware for at least 10 guests. 

Before my box had even shipped, I already had a theme in mind for our party. We were going to do a Mardi Gras party, leaning heavily on the Princess and the Frog movie for inspiration. We had Dr. Facilier’s Voodoo Lounge – Friends from the Other Side (Adult Spirits) where the adults got their libations, and the Mr. had cooked up a mess of food, including his amazing gumbo that the guests relished over in Big Daddy Dave’s Big Easy Cafe. The kids played video games down in Mama Odie’s Swamp and for guests needing the loo, Miss Charlotte’s Powder Room was clearly marked.

Mardi Gras was such a fun theme to work with. I love the Princess and The Frog movie, we have always loved New Orleans and the Mr., being the honorary Cajun he is, can throw down in the food department. It was the perfect theme for multiple generations, with the common bond being food, much like it is in Tiana’s movie!

I relied on multiple resources to pull all my ideas together, and saved most of them in a special Pinterest board I made just for the party, which you can find HERE. I also have (or am a pinner on a bigger board with other pinners) a few more generic Disney Side party boards with no specific theme, that you can find HERE, HERE and HERE.

We had food and games, a photo booth with props and had jazz music playing in the background. Some came in costume, many didn’t, but that didn’t stop them from showing their Disney side!

This year I am still pondering on what my theme will be, but I do know that what I receive will be set up for a multi-generational party. Seeing as we will have babies all the way up to grandparents attend, it couldn’t be more perfect!

 Here are a few of our photos from that fun night. Be sure to check out Disney Side Celebrations to learn more and how to host your own party and check back here to see what this year’s Disney Side @ Home Celebration will hold for us! 

Until next time, keep the magic happening!