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.
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.
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.
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.
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!