Simply Nerdy Mom: Hosting A #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate Party

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hosting A #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate Party

This post was sponsored by Disney Moms and Disney Parks. I was provided supplies to host my party, but have not been compensated in any other way.


We are a huge Disney family and while I think my kids and husband just love Disney by default because I'm Disney obsessed, we are definitely all about that mouse! While we've never officially been to any Disney parks, yet, that doesn't make us any less of a fan. As a matter of fact, when you ask anyone about our family, they will tell you how Disney obsessed we are. Just because you've never been to a Disney park, doesn't mean you aren't a true fan! My husband and I had a Disney themed vow renewal last fall for our 10 year wedding anniversary, and recently, my daughter was given an assignment in school to choose a public figure and do a presentation in front of the class on that figure. Of course she chose Walt Disney. 

So when we were given the opportunity to host a Disney Kids Preschool Playdate Party, we were beyond excited! We've been heavily planning a Disney World trip for October 2018 and we are already hyped up for that so planning this party just hyped us up even more. 





A few weeks before our party date, Disney sent us a suitcase generously filled to the top with party supplies to help us put our party together. We were totally digging the Stormtrooper Suitcase by American Tourister! We are huge nerds and love star wars. We also go on a lot of trips, so that suitcase is going to get a lot of use. American Tourister is a great company with high quality luggage and they are the official luggage of the Disney parks, so you are sure to find luggage with your favorite Disney, Star Wars, and Marvel characters. My son's favorite thing in the box was the Dory Pillow Pet. He snatched that up real quick and Dory has been his best friend ever since. He even dresses her in his shirts before bed so she has pajamas, too. 

We are super busy this time of year and decided to host our party on April 22nd because that was the only day we had available in our schedule. We had intended on having it at the city park, but as is usual in Pennsylvania, the weather changed from sun, to rain, to storms, to snow, and back through again. We ultimately ended up canceling the pavilion at the park the day before our party and moved the party to our house. It ended up being sunny and didn't rain, but unfortunately it was also only a high of 50 degrees that day. So we made the most of it even though we had to nix a few of the outdoor activities we had planned for the party that day. We had fewer kiddos show up than what was invited, both because of the weather as well as it just being a busy time for everyone and it's hard to get all the mommas and kiddos together at the same time. We still had a ton of fun.


Our home is already decorated in Disney all the time anyway, so we really didn't have to decorate much to bring the Disney feel into the house. The kiddos always enjoy playing with my character basket when they come to visit. 


I also purchased this castle backdrop from Etsy. I have a backdrop stand that I swap backdrops for parties and my Youtube videos, so I utilized that for the party. I liked how the sun shined through the backdrop, but I ended up moving it because I needed more natural lighting for photos. 


When the kiddos arrived, they got to choose a shirt to wear and Mickey or Minnie ears. the ears I purchased in bulk on Amazon, and the shirts I made myself by using a shirt design I purchased off of Etsy. Both were a huge hit! 


I also made bags of Main Street Popcorn by printing off the Main Street Popcorn logo onto Avery sticker paper and putting them onto small treat bags I filled with popcorn. 


Because the theme of the party was "The Magic is Endless" I wanted to incorporate a few "magical" things into our party. The first of those things were these Sorcerer Mickey Magic Wands made by dipping pretzel rods into melted blue chocolate and sprinkling with red, white, and blue stars and sprinkles. I also made the Sorcerer Mickey jars to hold the wands by gluing red fabric around the glass candy jars I already had around the house that usually hold glow sticks for our summer cookouts. I then tied it with some jute type string that I also had in my craft cabinet. They turned out really well, I think, and everyone loved them. 



Once the kids chose their shirt and ears, they got to make their own Sorcerer Mickey hat! We received the party hats in our party kit, and they also provided foam star stickers, but I went ahead and picked up some silver holographic star stickers instead, and also added ears to the hats. I'm pleased with the way they turned out and the kids had fun making them and wearing them around the house. 



After they decorated their hats, they did a hidden Mickey hunt while my husband and I got the food ready. We had a small lunch of Italian and Turkey wraps, veggies, and cheese and crackers. All of the trays were picked up from our local Walmart. The veggie and cracker tray were pre made and available to pickup any time. We special ordered the wrap tray. And of course, we used our Mickey Kitchen Sink to hold the tongs for the trays. I hadn't intended on that kitchen sink being a big hit with the kids, but they really loved it. I have to say, it's probably one of my favorite Disney household item I own.


We also picked up a case of Fruit Punch flavored Aqua Ball. Aqual Ball has zero sugar, no artificial flavors or dyes; it's 100% water with natural flavoring. Plus they feature Disney characters on the bottles, so they were perfect for the party beverages. 


During lunch, we watched Moana, and the kids played a a bit. After the movie, all the kids got their photos taken in front of the castle, as you would at Disney World or Disneyland and then we handed out gift bags. I really am in love with this backdrop!




I purchased the gift bags in bulk pretty cheap from Amazon and then filled it with a few things. I didn't want to stuff them too full, since they kids also used the bags to carry home their shirts, ears, popcorn, and Mickey Magic Wands. They ended up being the perfect size to fit everything.



In the gift bags I included a sheet of star stickers since the kids loved them so much, a hidden Mickey score card, so they can look for hidden Mickeys when they are out and about or the next time they visit a Disney Park, and I ordered some Disney World magnates from Shutterfly to include as well. Finally, I added a package of HP Social Media Snapshots which were provided to each guest for our party from HP. Each momma and dad can use them to print off stick backed photo sheets of their kiddos. 

We had such a great time, and can't wait to do it again sometime, hopefully when the weather cooperates with us! 

Visit www.DisneyWorld.com/LittleOnes to learn more and plan your Disney World vacation!

A big thank you to the sponsors!




I received free products in order to host a #Disneykids Preschool Playdate. The opinions here are my own.

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