March 4, 2015

Young at Heart: Showing our #DisneySide

I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. However, the opinions expressed here are my own.

There is no better reason to have a party than: Just Because.


Sometimes the cold weather and daily routine can put everyone in a funk (and not the fun Bruno Mars kind). It was time for a party!


DisneySide Celebrations was kind enough to set us up with some amazing products for us to host an amazing at home party, and with a few things I already had around the house, I was able to make it a party that everyone (even the grown ups and my allergy kids) enjoyed!


We invited some friends and told them to wear their favorite Disney gear. Let's just say, everyone (8 adults and 10 kids) showed their #DisneySide. As you can see, some of us, are still very young at heart.






With the release of Big Hero 6 on DVD, my kids thought that would be a good place to start. The movie is great for children and parents alike. To quote my friend Vanessa, "I was so excited that all the heroes were smart geeky nerds!" 


Knowing we would watch the movie, it helped us guide the day as far as activities, decor, and food went.


First, we decorated the house with some of the cute decorations sent to us as well with a few things we had on hand. We used some outdoor lantern lights we had to make things in our family room look a little more like SanFransokyo. 





We even made some Baymax treat bags (just white lunch bags with Baymax eyes) and filled them with some goodies.




Then, for the menu I kept it simple. For the grownups we had "Wasabi" Green Turkey Chili with Cornbread (made in my new Mickey Mouse cake pan thanks to Disney) and quinoa salad. For the kids, we served up homemade pizzas, veggies, and fruit. For dessert, we had Baymax cupcakes!




After some food and a movie, we enjoyed some games like a Disney Character word search, Disney Dance party, and my favorite Disney Pictionary. This was so easy to do. We divided the kids into teams, and a grownup whispered a movie into a player's ear. The player had one minute to draw their picture on an easel with chalk. Then that player's team would guess. If they couldn't guess, the opposing team would get a chance. Seeing the kids collaborate and work together was so much fun.




My favorite part of the day was the "photo booth." I was able to find some free Disney photo booth printables that we cut out and attached to small dowels. The kids had a blast posing for us as we snapped some pictures (HP even provided us some photo paper and envelopes so I put that in each treat bag so parents could print out their favorite photos from the day).




This party definitely broke up the mundane Winter routine. I am so thankful I was given this opportunity, and I think having #DisneySide parties might be part of a new tradition!



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February 26, 2015

Thirsty Thursday: Fresh Pineapple Whip Shake

This week we have been prepping for a very special Disney party which you will be hearing more about next week. In order for me to get ready for such an event I have been trying different recipes and decorating (you can see a sneak peak below).




We have never been to Disneyland, but I know there is a special treat there that everyone loves called a Dole Whip. They sound divine, and if you search for one on Pinterest there are about 100 different ways to make them at home. However, because I like things to sipped through a straw and I already had some fresh pineapple in the house for brinner (breakfast for dinner) and cream (for some homemade ice cream) I thought why not try whipping up my own version. 




I know adding cream to a shake sounds kind of decadent, but I didn't add any ice cream, so I feel like it was kind of a wash.




Fresh Pineapple Whip Shake (make two medium sized shakes)

3/4 to 1 cup cup fresh pineapple cut into chunks
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 of a lemon squeezed
1 tsp sugar (optional)
lots of ice




In a blender add all the ingredients and blend until smooth.

Serve in a large glass with a straw.




I have a feeling everyone will like these a lot!

For all things beverage related, check out my previous Thirsty Thursday post or the THIRSTY THURSDAY page for recipes for all kinds of drinks, cocktails, and all things drinkable!





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