It doesn’t matter if you’ve ever stepped foot into one of the parks or not, you probably have a memory or a special place in your heart for Disney. For me, Disney movies were the first films I fell in love with as a child. They taught me to dream, to be confident in who I was and to view the world as a magical place.
When I was a little girl The Little Mermaid was like Frozen is today. I knew every song and would drive my mother crazy singing the entire movie out to her in perfect memory. I even had a Little Mermaid sweatshirt that I would proudly wear to school as often as my mother could get it clean. After school I would invite all of my friends over to watch the film on our little box set in the living room and we would all sing the melodies together at the top of our lungs. Back then this was one of the things that bonded us together and gave us all common ground. I believe that these memories became a piece in the puzzle that made us who we are today.
It is super fun now that I am a mom and I am able to share my Disney side with my kids and help them create their own memories. When they get excited about something, it brings back my own memories and reminds me to look at the world again as I once saw it.
Soon we will be taking our kids, along with a few other families and their kids, to the Disney Parks in Florida and I simply can not wait to share this experience with everybody. Since I already know how much fun it is to show my Disney side with my kids, I decided to put together a fun little family party and help everyone else find their Disney Side (or remember the one they have) before we hit the road.
When I think of Disney, I think of vibrant colors and tons of fun. So the obvious choice when putting together a fun dessert for the party was this tie dye cake mix from Duff. Just check out all of these bright, fun cake batter colors! (Ok, I’ll admit, I seriously loved this.)
The cake mix called for making one large cake, but what I really wanted was cupcakes so I followed the same directions, but instead of pouring all of the colors in one large dish, I repeated the process in small increments over several cupcake liners. I baked them at 350 degrees for 12-17 minutes and they turned out beautifully!
For the party I set up a little table with snacks and desserts, but left the cupcakes plain so the kids could decorate their own. I also re-used some Disney valentines pretzel packs that I picked up after the season on sale. 🙂 Nobody minded (save money when you can!)
After dinner the kids each got a cupcake and I set out the sprinkles on the table for them. They all had a great time adding color and decorating their own cupcakes before biting into them. Once they bit into them, the squeals of excitement over the colors on the inside was contagious. So were the smiles.
After the party was over we sent each guest home with a bag of goodies to keep them busy on their travels. Nothing extravagant, just some word puzzles, Disney trivia, coloring books and crayons.
I think that Disney has a way of creating excitement, bringing people together and reminding us to see the world through a child’s eyes. Even though right now we are all excited about heading out on our trip, I think that the child like wonder and excitement that we are experiencing right now should be an “all the time” thing. Why shouldn’t it last?
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