How to Throw an Amazing #DisneySide Party (without going broke)

So I was one of the lucky bloggers chosen by Disney to throw a party. Yes! Disney! They picked me?? Then I thought – F*&%! I have to throw a party?? The only parties I am good at throwing involve loud music and lots of tequila.


Throwing Maximo’s 1st birthday was simple because the Queens Zoo did a lot of the work for me, so this was really going to test my creativity. THANK GOD FOR PINTEREST. Seriously – what did moms do before it? Not throw parties with matching paper plates I’ll tell you that much. My gram would’ve shooooed me right outta the house with a broom if I had brought up gluing buttons to paper cups to match Mickey Mouse. However, she could sew one mean quilt and party favors probably would’ve been customized throw pillows. Win some, lose some? Anyways – photos seems to tell a way better story sometimes, so I’ll let you enjoy:

#DisneySide: Hot Dog Mickey Mouse Parrrrtay!

The table is simply a couple table cloths and paper plates!


Party hats have buttons glued on and ears are simply circles with tabs cut out to tape on the side. (We used a small glass to make the circles).


Finger foods were served – including of course, mini hot dogs! We used Mickey Mouse cookie cutters to make fruit pops of watermelon and pineapple, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches shaped like stars and Mickey Mouse hands.


Cups were simply red dixie cups with buttons glued on. The straws with polka dots are from Target! No, really!


A HUGE thanks to our favorite local consignment and classes shop, Raising Astoria for hosting! All Astoria moms should check out this neighborhood gem if  you haven’t yet!


Did I mention we made a Mickey photo booth? It’s actually really simple. Take a cardboard box and cut out the middle, use that middle to make two large circles. Cover in construction paper, and glue on two large buttons. Viola! (We also reinforced the back with duct tape to make it durable against the wild kiddies!)


Cookie decorating was courtesy of Angela, owner and founder of Making That Cake – who won Sweet Genius on the Food Network! These kids have it, sweet!




Angela also surprised all the kiddies with these delicious chocolate-covered Oreos to take home! Yum!!!!



We (attempted) to play a civil game of B-I-N-G-O. It was short lived.



The photo booth was a big hit.


Even with the adults.






Cheers to a successful party!


Thanks to the help and support of fellow NYC mom blogger Allison Cooper of and Jory Lieber of!

I was not compensated for this post, but I was given decorations and props to help throw the party. All opinions and creativity are my own – well, thanks to Pinterest!

By | 2017-11-18T10:46:18+00:00 February 25th, 2014|events, Healthy Snacks, kids to do|19 Comments

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  1. Nicole Mildren February 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    So very proud of you mama!! You did an awesome job! xoxoxo

    • Stephanie Barnhart February 26, 2014 at 8:18 am

      haha aww thanks! That’s a high compliment coming from Miss DIY herself! Wish we lived closer you would’ve loved it! See you soon though! xoxo Literally – two weeks in a row – one here in NYC, one in PGH. Redic.

    • Stephanie April 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      ha. coming from you that’s a HUGE compliment 🙂

  2. Allison Cooper February 26, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Love this!

    • Stephanie Barnhart February 26, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Well it all came together since you were there as my mental support haha. Thanks for always being there to help! xoxo When’s your party? hahaha

    • Stephanie April 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      you made it happen!

  3. Sari Nickelsburg February 26, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Stephanie, this is so cute – and obviously done with love. Glad it was fun!

    • Stephanie April 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      awww thanks Sari!

  4. Destiny Paquette February 26, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Such a cute party, so bummed we missed it. I love all your little details!

    • Stephanie April 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      i know i just might have to throw another one now 🙂

  5. Elizabeth De Castro March 13, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Such a precious party! You really thought of everything when it came to details! Love it!!! The mickey photo booth is adorable!

    • Stephanie Barnhart March 13, 2014 at 11:29 am

      haha you can thank pinterest for all those details 🙂 but thank you! we’ll have to have another one now!

    • Stephanie April 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      thanks hun! miss you!!!

  6. Angel Balichowski March 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Aw, you are SUCH A GOOD MOM! Your creativity astounds me! Looks like the kids AND adults had a great time, what a blast!! Glad to be part of the #TBTLinkup!

    • Stephanie April 3, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      awww thanks Angel!!! I feel like everyone needs to be able to have fun at a party! Or at least the adults need to be able to relax a little and chat! It really was a good time 🙂

  7. Jessica Azar March 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I absolutely LOVE the button cups! What fantastic decorations! #tbtlinkup

    • Stephanie April 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Thanks Jessica! They were a really easy addition that polished the entire party!

  8. Kristin Strange March 28, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Loved your party! Disney and F-Bomb is classic. #TBTlinkup

    • Stephanie April 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      haha you know I couldn’t write a post without throwing in a f-bomb xoxo

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