Disney Theme Party Ideas for Your Next Birthday Bash!
Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine… the Disney princesses never seem to go out of style! Year after year, the Disney theme remains a popular choice for birthday parties. Not sure how to bring the Disney theme all together into one flawless and fun birthday bash? Check out our tips and tricks on how to put together a Disney theme party that your guests will remember for years to come.
Depending on the size and scale of your party, you may want to consider hiring a professional graphic designer to create your party invitation. Alternatively you can find Disney invitations online at most party supply websites and customize your invitation yourself. Most people decide to incorporate all classic Disney movies into their theme, however if you want to focus on a particular Disney movie such as Cinderella, then you’ll want to have the invitation designed accordingly. Be sure to include all of the basic information on the invitation such as the location of the event venue and the start and end time of the party.
First, you’ll want to take into account the amount of space you have to decorate in your venue. Figure out how many tables you will need center pieces for as well as what types of decorations will look good in entry ways and other main areas of your event space. Once you have these basics figured out, it’s time to go shopping. Get Disney balloons, tablecloths, paper plates and cups, napkins, candles, and silverware. You can find these items at Party City or any other party supply store near you. Most items can be found online as well.
You may want to give people some ideas on how to dress for the party. While most people understand the Disney theme and have plenty of ideas on how to dress, some folks just get stuck and can’t come up with a costume. You can list the top 50 most popular Disney characters in your invitation or send an email before the party with links to where people can find costumes. Since the costumes can be such a big part of the party, consider having a “best dressed” award to celebrate the person who has put the most time and effort into their party attire.
It’s usually a good idea to serve classic American food such as burgers and hot dogs to appeal to all your guests. However you can also incorporate some cute food ideas to bring home the Disney theme. For instance, you can have a “Mad Tea Party” where you serve juice or tea in mismatched cups like they do in Alice in Wonderland. You could also make Mickey Mouse pancakes and Cinderella snacks!
Cake / Dessert
Make one large cake and decorate it (or have it professionally decorated) with all the big Disney characters. You could also make a few dozen cupcakes and test your frosting abilities by creating a unique Disney character on each cupcake. If you don’t want to have cake or cupcakes, consider having an ice cream bar where your party guests can choose their own flavor and toppings. If you want to offer healthier options for dessert, serve your guests strawberry parfaits or bake up some delicious apple pie or oatmeal cookies. You can even shape the oatmeal cookies like Mickey Mouse too.
Create a playlist with regular pop and dance music. Throw in some famous Disney theme songs to the mix and watch as people hustle to the dance floor to get down. You could also set up a karaoke station in your party and let your guests belt it out to their favorite Disney song, such as Aladdin’s “A Whole New World” or The Little Mermaid’s “Under the Sea” to name a few. If you want to really shake things up, hold a singing and dancing competition similar to the popular shows American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent. Of course if the party is for children, you’ll want to be sensitive and make sure everyone wins some kind of award.
Now for the fun part: putting together the goody bags! Purchase a bunch of candy, glow necklaces, coloring books, crayons or markers, and any other Disney toys you find. If you’re hosting for a variety of ages, you may want to alter the goody bags to fit the age groups. You can color code the bags if you’re going to be putting different things into each one. Make sure each guest gets one on the way out!
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