There are SO MANY fun ways to customize your child’s birthday party to a Disney-esque theme: you can use a favorite movie, or favorite character – or a favorite vacation spot? A Walt Disney World themed party would be a perfect idea for that WDW lover in your life! Here are some ideas on how to recreate that Theme Park feeling at home:
Décor – Dig into the photo archives for this one – make a Disney Photo Collage using pictures from past trips, so guests can see all the fun times you have had at WDW! You could also have Park or Ride themed tables – these don’t have to be over the top or expensive, just group things together that remind you of the Park/Ride – for example – a Space Mountain table could have a dark blue or black tablecloth with glow in the dark stars and planets, and a themed table could have a Sorcerer’s Hat (made of construction paper) and cameras and lights (old Hollywood style) – use your imagination and utilize what you have around the house. Another fun “decoration” would be a custom Disney shirt for the Birthday Boy/Girl – Iron on transfers can be purchased at most office supply/craft stores, and you can create a shirt with their name/birthdate/favorite character/ride/Disney item
Food and Drinks – The possibilities really are endless when it comes to this category – you can use a Disney cookbook to get some ideas – they are full of recipes from the Parks and Resorts, and what better way to celebrate than to serve their favorite Disney dessert (like ‘Ohana’s famous Bread Pudding perhaps?). These books offer drink recipes too, both adult and non-alcoholic ones, and many are easy enough that you can whip up a big pitcher of them ahead of time
Activities: A fun hands on activity would be to let everyone Decorate their own Mickey – shaped Cookies: you can use regular sugar cookie dough, or even chocolate sugar cookie dough for this and bake/freeze the cookies ahead of time using your . And the great thing about this is that you really don’t need tons of fancy cake decorating equipment to make this work– you can use thick Ziploc baggies with the tips cut off and filled with assorted colored frostings, and then have sprinkles/chocolate chips/red hot candies etc. for additional decorating. Provide each participant with a plastic container so that they can take home their edible masterpiece. Check out more crafty ideas on Chip and Co. You could also do Disney Trivia for the guests, with a prize going to the winner with the most Disney knowledge
Favors – For kids you can make goodie bags using plain treat bags and jazz them up with Disney stickers, and you can fill them with assorted small Disney items like fruit snacks/candy, pens/pencils, small notepads, stickers, etc (a lot of these can be found at Party City and stores like Target/Walmart). If there is a craft/activity planned, their finished product can be their favor, or you can do Disney coloring books and crayons too!
Ok so you’ve planned out the party – but you’ve still got one question left to answer – What gift do you get that Disney fanatic? Well, there’s plenty of Disney Parks Merchandise for sale at the Disney Store online, And if all else fails, there’s always the Disney Gift card – which may seem lame, but can really be the best gift of all – they can use it online, or use it to help pay for their next trip, or save it for a trip and use it on a Park souvenir…the possibilities are endless, really!
I hope these ideas have sparked your creativity, and that a Disney World themed party is in your very near future! It’s a great way to cheer yourself up between trips to WDW, and it helps infuse a little of that Disney Magic into your life!
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