What does it take to throw an epic #DisneySide party? A box full of goodies. Family and friends. Delicious food & drinks. Laughter. Perfect imperfection. Surprises and mistakes. Somewhere in the middle of all that the magic arrives and you realize the party is amazing.
I have a confession to make. When it comes to throwing parties I get wound. If food is involved I get wound even tighter. I just pile on the worry and concern that things will not turn out the way I planned. At some point in my life I will realize things NEVER turn out as planned. I also really love those unexpected moments. I even love the funny fails I have accomplished. For some reason none of that reasoning helps me relax in the days and especially hours leading up to a party.
For this #DisneySide @Home Celebration I was lucky for several reasons. My two blogging besties were co-hosting. Asha from Asha Butterflys and Cailin from Sassy Dove were there every step of the way. We had almost just as much fun planning the party as we did throwing it. My sister was also flying in with her family from Seattle! She was a great help.
How did we decide on the theme “A life long love of Disney”? We hammered that one out for a while. In the end it made sense. We each had our own Disney Stories from movies to the parks. Spanning from childhood to adulthood. My mother has an interesting tie to Disney. She was born in Illinois in 1955 but they soon moved to Anaheim, California. Right down the street from the new park. As a child her Girl Scout group would get to visit often. In her early teens they moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where she met my Dad. They were married very young. Too young for any traditional honeymoon. They went to Disneyland for their honeymoon. When I was younger we would go visit family on a regular basis in California. No trip was complete without a visit to Disneyland. It was always so much fun and in my younger eyes truly magical. As our family grew it became harder and harder to go on a regular basis. I have three sisters which makes us a family if six. After I grew up and left home then my parents were able to make it up to my sisters. I was so excited to be able to take my kids and experience some of the same things with them that I did with my parents. Like the Main Street Parade! There were a million little experiences where my heart melted with nostalgia.
Back to the party ~ For food I made three things. Smoked pork, both a shoulder and a butt. One marinated in Soy Vay sauce. One in my own rub recipe. Both were outstanding and perfect for our pulled pork sliders. I also made a white Queso dip. Super easy with Velveeta Queso Blanco, Artichoke hearts, green chilies and diced jalapeno. Warm it up in the crock pot until all nice and melty. Delish! Finally Mickey Churro Waffles! There is a secret to these that my best food friend clued me in on. He has a great recipe but time got away with me and I just used his tip with my favorite mix and they turned out awesome!
Mickey Churro Waffles
Directions: Use one box of Krusteaz Belgian Waffle mix. On the box it will tell you to use water, replace that with milk. It will also tell you to use oil, replace that with melted butter. Use egg as directed. Mix in a metal or Pyrex bowl that can go in the oven. Now there is an additional step here. Heat up oven to 200 degrees. Then turn in off. Place mix in bowl in the oven. Let sit for 30 minutes. Pull it out, mix again and then pour it into hot waffle iron as directed. We sprayed the waffle iron with an olive oil non stick spray in between each use.
Because this was the party I cooked them all up in advance. Put a piece of parchment paper in between each one and placed them directly in the freezer. When ready I laid them all out on parchment paper, coated each side with butter and baked them in an oven at 400 degrees. Then pulled them out when toasted in each side and coated with sugar mix. ***Note I used my Mom’s old school Mickey Waffle Maker. They sell similar ones online.
1 Cup white refined sugar
1 Cup powdered sugar
1/2 Cup brown sugar
2 tblsp Cinnamon
Mix well into a dish and then coat each waffle both sides. Or put in large freezer bag and shake each waffle in mix. (Shake N Bake style!)
Churro’s are a favorite treat in California Adventure. That with a cup of coffee would be my favorite indulgent breakfast. We had a coffee & tea bar at the party also. Thanks to Twining’s Tea we had a great selection of tea for our guests. We also really wanted a signature cocktail. Even though the party started at 2:00PM on a Sunday. We knew with guests in from out of town and with Monday as a holiday some people would want a cocktail or two. We came up with the “Off Duty Princess”! Perfect for all the princesses taking the night off!
Off Duty Princess
2 Oz Vodka
4 oz Unsweetened Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice (use sweet if you like it super sweet)
Splash Grapefruit Bitters
Splash of Triple Sec
Splash of Sprite Zero (Or club soda)
Pour over ice or let mix get ice cold in freezer and then serve as shown in cocktail glass coated in pink sugar and garnished with red grapefruit wedge. I drank mine over ice with more than a splash of sprite zero in a large mason jar.
The party was CRAZY!! But in a good way. The last time the three of us threw a party we invited all the same people but hardly anyone showed up. This time everyone showed up. It was Madness! We had enough food for a small army so there was plenty. So many awesome people brought food too. There was cole slaw, pasta salad, Guacamole & chips, ambrosia salad, cupcakes, fruit tray, veggie tray and yes, candy. I know I am missing something. There just seemed to be food everywhere. Two full tables and my entire kitchen island was covered in food. The kids seemed to team up into age groups and then run around and have fun. My husband at one point had to get the older pre-teen boys outside for some more rugged activities to wear them down and get them away from the littler kids. We did not want any kids to get trampled. The little ones loved pin the smile on Mickey. But only because they thought Mickey with 10 smiles was hilarious! It was so cute watching the little ones crack up! If my count was correct we had 27 kids here! 27!!!! I can say I was stoked to have the Wisk and Snuggle that came in our celebration box!
All the adults were in the kitchen (near the food of course!) in a heated battle of Disney Trivia! It was pretty hilarious to see how passionate everyone was about Disney! Thanks to our #DisneySide box we had a lot of little prizes to give away both to the adults and in the kids gift bags. Asha also brought some cool stuff from cool brands she works with. She is also posting about the party in the next few days and when she does I will link to her post. She brought the Duff Tie Dye Cupecakes. See the DS (DisneySide) in one of them in photo’s below.
There were so many cute moments. Little kiddos chatting about who knows what? I grabbed a selfie with one of the lil cuties! All the cousins from my family grouped together for a priceless family photo. Bigger boys sneaking in Ninja style for more cupcakes. Yes, I saw them every time! As the party got more and more crazy I just had to Let it Go and give into the experience. That’s when I really opened my eyes and saw all those cute little special moments. I did not catch them all on camera, but that’s ok.
Disclosure: I received a party pack from Disney, Mom Select and Partners mentioned to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration in my home. Food & additional gifts were purchased by the hosts. All opinions are my own. @MyPrintly @HP #SoyVay @Wisk #Snuggle