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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Disney Friends Birthday Party

 So a certain 3 year old had a birthday party.  With 14 kids coming - the majority boys - the theme was decided to be "Disney Friends" to remain gender neutral.  I thought how in the world?  It's going to look like a hodge podge of Disney stuff but...a Fairy Godmother waved her magic wand and...
 It turned out so Disney but simple and fun and elegant and perfect.
 I had a stash of Disney pvc characters then won some on online auctions.
 I wrapped soup cans and tomato paste cans (the smaller ones) in two different purple patterns that I found at Micheal's, simply using double stick tape and cutting paper to the size.
 I bought fresh flowers.  I think every party should have fresh flowers.  It just makes it a little more special.
 I cut out Mickey heads from black cardstock x2 and glued to a dowel.  It was the perfect pick for the flowers.
 So each table went like this...
small can + big can + characters + sparkly castle + characters+big can + small can
I continued that pattern over and over.
 I stuck to one color of flower - white - but in different varieties so that there weren't so many competing colors and it added texture and a little touch of class.
 Isn't it fun when the centerpieces double as entertainment?

 The castle was simple.  I made my own pattern, cutting it out of glitter paper from JoAnn's.  I made it 3D by "t"ing the two parts.  For stability, I hot glued it to a piece of green cardstock.

 For the picks, you can order them from etsy or I made myself with a paper punch and Disney stickers found at the dollar store.
 Everyone got a Disney gift bag and a Mickey Ears headband.  The bags were $5.99 per dozen with a simple Mickey head cutout and red polka dot ribbon bow.  The headbands I found cheap at Walmart (2 for $.88) and hot glued black circles onto them.
 The craft was castle making.  A simple box base (these found at brpboxshop.com) and toilet paper roll turrets.  The kids ages 18mos to 12 yrs were engaged in decorating the castles with markers and stickers.
 I love this one with its many turrets!
 The food was even Disney themed.  Cookie cutters from amazon made these jam or cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches magically fit the them.
 Mickey Pasta from amazon was a hit!  Zesty Italian Dressing, cherry tomatoes, olives - easy peasy.
 Cucumber and carrot slices made Mickey heads :)

 and pretzel rod magic wands.
A drink station was flanked by thrift store stuffed animals to tie everything together!