Disney, Parties

5 Ideas for Your Disney Themed Party

1 /// Add a lot of small details together to make a big impression. One large centerpiece can be a pricey way to set the mood and it doesn’t always have as much impact as you think it will. I like to use small toys or dessert toppers and scatter them around to keep the theme going without breaking the budget.

From Eva’s Princess and the Frog birthday party


2 /// Theme the food, but not too much. Choosing food that fits the theme of your party is a fun way to incorporate your Disney movie of choice, but be careful not to get too carried away. Choose one or two unexpected and heavily themed foods (we did candied apples and cotton candy for the Dumbo party below) and add safe party crowd pleasers like salad, pizza, sandwiches, fresh fruit, or veggie trays.

From Calvin’s Dumbo birthday party


3 /// Make the decor part of your gift. If it’s a birthday party, baby shower, or some other event that honors a specific person, splurge a little and decorate with items that they’ll be excited to take home when it’s all over. We’ve bought play sets to decorate tables with, games to share with other party guests, and strung up Disney baby clothes for the mom-to-be.

From my sister’s Monsters Inc. baby shower


4 /// Mix store-bought decorations with handmade elements. There are so many great Disney party goods available now, but you don’t have to buy the whole suite and call it good. For our Cars party, we picked up the plates, napkins, and cups that featured the characters and then I used a plain white tablecloth and some markers to create a racetrack for our Cars racers. It didn’t take long or cost much, but it had a big impact and made the party feel more personal for our family.

From our back-to-school Cars preschool party


5 /// Don’t just shop for party goods. For our Doc McStuffins party, I picked up some Doc party goods and then headed over to the arts and crafts aisle to grab an activity. I found these great Doc Mc Stuffins paint pages and used them as both the party activity and the placemats. They ended up being one of the favorite things we did!

From our Doc McStuffins birthday party playdate

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  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    SEE! You always throw the cutest events! 🙂

    October 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      You’re the cutest.

      October 16, 2014 at 1:26 am
  • Reply bryttin

    That Dumbo party is seriously the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! What an I saying, all your parties are fabulous.

    October 15, 2014 at 5:21 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Thanks, Brytt!

      October 16, 2014 at 1:27 am

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