Written by Amy Bechtol, Our Ghost Host
***I received free products to promote the #DisneySide campaign. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.***
“Congratulations! You’ve been selected to host a Villains #DisneySide @Home Celebration for tweens!” What a magical email to receive! Spreading Disney pixie dust is one of my favorite things to do. After being notified that I was selected to be a party hostess, I was sent a huge box full of goodies to help throw my party. My box included a full size box of All Mighty Pacs, samples of Wisk and Snuggle, a Duff Tie-Dye Premium Cake Mix, Wilton sprinkles, Kellogg’s Disney Fairies fruit snacks, two boxes of Twinings Herbal Tea, a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake pan, My Image Bracelet Maker, a free sample and coupons for Beyond Beef, HP photo paper, six bottles of nail polish, Princessa nail files, two Disney Villains puzzles, Disney luggage tags, a Disney vacation planning dvd and movie pins for the live action Cinderella film. There were also lots of villains themed decorations, a table cloth, plates, napkins, cups, directions for Disney inspired nail art, Disney bingo, Disney trivia, pin the smile on Mickey, Disney character word searches and a Disney quote and attraction match up game. I was given a hostess kit with ideas on how to use my goodies, recipes and various instructions. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah! I felt like I hit the Disney party lottery!
Considering the fact that I was to invite a minimum of 10 tweens, I quickly decided to find a location outside of my home to host my party. You see, I am not a foolish mortal after all! I contacted my local civic center and was able to book a room for FREE! I chose to hold my villains party on the most appropriate day I could think of in February, Friday the 13th. Only two of my kids are officially tweens so I decided to broaden my age range to include my youngest daughter who is 7. I ultimately invited 11 kids to the party in addition to 3 of my own. All 14 kids were able to attend and of them, only 2 had never visited the Walt Disney World Resort. The age range of the kids was 7-13 and to my surprise, they were easy to please.
My party planning took about a week to do. I made several trips to Dollar Tree and Target collecting Disney themed prizes for the games. I made use of the Disneyland 60th anniversary diamond paper crafts that were in my party kit and stuffed them with the Kellogg’s fruit snacks and other small candies for each kid. I ended up making each family an additional goody bag consisting of a Disney luggage tag, nail file and a photo copy of the directions for Disney inspired designs, a package of HP photo paper, a Cinderella pin and Mickey shaped pretzels. I was also able to provide each family with a full size product from one of my favorite companies, frogg toggs. I have been using Chilly Pads while traveling to Disney in the hot summer months for years. Check them out online at www.chillypad.com. Thanks to frogg toggs for their generous donation!
The kids had a blast playing games including a cup stacking relay race, a “guess which villain am I” game, match the villain to their movie, Disney bingo, pin the smile on Mickey, Disney trivia, and match the Disney quote to the attraction. To my surprise, their favorite game was the Disney word search! They loved it! They also enjoyed our light snack of popcorn, Mickey tie-dye cake and Ghoul-aid juice pouches. I loved engaging the kids in talking about all things Disney and how to show your Disney Side daily. Perhaps the best part of the party was a compliment I received at the end of the evening from one of the guests. She told me two hours wasn’t long enough because she had so much fun that it only felt like 15 minutes. Priceless!
Spreading Disney magic is so much fun! Enjoy a look at some pictures from my sinister soiree!
If you’d like to join in the fun, visit http://www.disneysidecelebrations.com/ for inspiration on how to host your own Disney Side celebration!
Amy is a wife and mom of 4 kids, who loves all things Disney. She is a regular on the weekly episodes of the MouseQuest Podcast. Follow her on Twitter @uccats97.