A few weeks ago I stumbled across chatter online about being a DisneySide @ Home hostess. I was intrigued and did a bit of research. I soon found the registration site and gave it a go. I also let Steph know in case she was interested in joining the party. A few days later I got an email letting me know that I was selected to host a DisneySide at home party and a box of goodies was on it's way to my front door! To see all the goodies that arrived in our “Big Box of Disney” check out this post.
Now the fun began, planning the party. I knew I wanted to do a photo booth and got to work on ideas. I wanted to have a classic Disneyland theme for my party so I decided on creating a custom marquee like ones I've done before. This time my custom message was “SHOW YOUR DISNEYSIDE!” I had seen a Pin on Pinterest about creating B&W enlargements at Staples, known as engineering prints. These are a lower resolution than photo enlargements and are meant for blueprints, but for my purposes it was perfect! I simply uploaded my images to their website and filled out the form and was able to go pick up my prints at the local store. In addition to the Marquee I also made an enlargement of one of my favorite pictures of the castle. Both prints were 3 feet by 4 feet!
Next I needed to create the props for everyone to use with the photobooth. My original idea was to create custom ears for the guests based on their favorite character. I loved the ear ornaments I saw at the World of Disney store and thought that I could try and recreate them in paper. I soon discovered that would be a huge undertaking and I didn't have enough time. Instead I went with the classic characters and I did a few “custom” ears by creating ears for Donald, Daisy & Pluto. I also had files to create Micky & Minnie cookies as well as a Mickey Ice cream Bar! The base of all my ears were from MissKateCuttables, at this time the files are no longer available on the site, but you can create your own by using the Mickey Font Cricut cartridge or using the basic shapes found in any Digital Cutting Software. I enlarged all the ears so they were about 11.5 inches wide and then added slits to the bottom layer so I could slide a wooden dowel in to use as a handle.
I made little portfolios to hold the strips for the guests to take home. To create them trim cardstock to 5.25″ x 9″. I then scored 1.25″ & 1.5″ from the edges and used Queen & Co. Trendy tape to finish them off. The guests loved having this little memento.
Since my party was more of a play date with the bulk of the guests around 3 years old I kept things pretty casual. The only other activity I had was decorating Disney cookies. I used the cookies cutters that were sent in the Disney box and then bought all the frosting and sprinkles and let folks have fun.
In our box we got all sorts of goodies to share with our guests. I decided to create a cute little gift bag to hold all the SWAG. I used the Happy Holidays set from SVGcuts. There is a gift bag file that has a two tone look. I made the bag out of red cardstock and then added the top panels in black and then used a circle punch for the buttons. Everyone was thrilled with the goodies!
We had a great time showing off our DisneySide. I hope that we can take part in another event soon!
I received free products in order to host the Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Stephanie is an avid paper crafter, scrapbooker, and lover of all things Disney. She also enjoys playing with geeky toys to create her paper creations! When not creating scrapbook pages about her husband and son, she can be found at HainingMade.com making handmade paper crafts for parties and events.