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This past Saturday I pulled my act together long enough to clean and decorate the house in time for a bunch of Serenity’s friends to come over for a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate! Four moms and nine kids joined us, and filled our little house to the brim for two hours of fun. ?
Pro Tip: If you decorate for a morning party the night before, be prepared to defend your decorations vigorously once your two year old wakes up, two hours before the party starts. Arm yourself with copious amounts of coffee.
Nick and his dad made a bunch of princess balloon wands to decorate with, and send home with our guests. Disney sent a big box stuffed with party decorations, coloring pages, paper crowns, bracelets, snacks, and more. We were well stocked! And the best part – Serenity suggested I bring down the huge framed poster of Elsa, and a smaller mat board-mounted vintage Little Mermaid poster, from her room. It was a very pretty party!
The girls dressed up in their princess-y best, complete with pretty Sophia the First paper crowns and Minnie Mouse bracelets, took turns riding Serenity’s rocking horse, and played with her dollhouse and Disney princess figures. My friends and I enjoyed coffee, watched the Disney vacations promotional DVD, and chit-chatted while trying to hear each other over all the happy squeals and toddler chatter.
Once the kids got tired of free play, we split them up into two groups – coloring their favorite Disney characters in the livingroom, or playing with a bin of Kinetic Sand at the dining room table. The sand was a HUGE hit!! It sticks together like it’s moist, but it’s cool and dry, and you can build fun shapes out of it. Best yet, nobody ate any, and even though a lot of it ended up on the floor by the end of the party, it cleaned up super easily, and left no mess. #mommywin
One of the best parts of the day – for me personally – was that Serenity sat with me in the couch and held her new baby cousin, Stephen. Even with all of her friends running around the room, playing, Serenity was completely content to sit with her cousin in her arms, cooing over him. At one point he was really focused on her face, and her eyes filled with wonder, and she said, “Mommy! Baby Stevie, he lubs me! And I lubs him, too, soooo much!” #myheart
Snack time was a big hit! We broke out the goodies provided by Disney, and my only regret is that we ran out before I got to try any. Cheesy Crisps from Crunchmaster disappeared like lightnight – yellow, cheesy triangle of goodness – and my beige carpet somehow magically escaped disaster as little hands crammed chocolate mint Clif Kid ZBars into their mouths. It’s a total miracle that anyone but Serenity got any fruit snacks, but I’m apparently a miracle worker because the Tinkerbell fruit snacks from Kellogg’s survived and everyone got a packet! I was worried about not being able to provide additional snacks – Disney has a ton of yummy sounding recipes on their Disney Side Celebrations website, like these adorable fruity magic wands – but everyone got a good amount, and no one complained, so I’m calling it a win.
When it was time for everyone to go home, we passed out Princess Sophia stickers to all the kids, and special luggage tag sets from Disney to all the moms. My friend Jennifer and her family get to go to Disney World in a few weeks, so she was really happy about the luggage tags! Her kids will be even more excited, I’ll wager, when they see them attached to their new luggage and find out what they’re doing for their birthdays this year. ?
We gave away the Mega Bloks Barbie Fairy Hideaway and the Disney Characters puzzle as door prizes to two very happy sibling groups, and most of the kids went home with princess balloon wands (or a balloon snowman, in one long suffering little brother’s case – Nick took our nephew Nico out for ice cream during the party, but they got back half an hour before the party ended). With multiple balloon artists in the family, every party’s a balloon party!
Serenity and Talia weren’t thrilled at having to part ways, but they’re both finally old enough to understand that even if their mean ol’ moms make them go home, they’ll get to hang out again, soon. Kristine and I never get tired of watching our girls smother each other with love and hugs every time they see each other! Saying goodbye was a little harder for Serenity than usual because they took her new baby cousin with them, and she still doesn’t understand why she can’t just keep him all to herself.
We had a great time hosting our #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate this weekend, and I hope we get another opportunity to party in 2015. Be sure to check out our party from last spring, and then head over to www.DisneySideCelebrations.com to find pretty much everything you could ever hope for to throw your own #DisneySide party! I was privileged to attend the Disney Social Media Moms On-The-Road conference in Chicago this summer, and I’m finally able to gather my thoughts and tell you all about it, so be sure to check back in December for that.
How do you show your Disney Side?
*I received free product in order to host our #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resorts and Mom Select. All opinions are 100% my own, and I only promote brands and products I am personally comfortable using with my own family. A big thank you to Crunchmaster, Kellogg, Mega Bloks®, Spin Master, and Clif Kid ZBars for sending your fun products for our kids to enjoy! This post also contains affiliate links; purchases made via these links help support this blog, however they do not increase your purchase total in any way.*