Have you ever wanted to host a Disney party, but were completely overwhelmed by the amount of theming that can go into one? Not sure which exact theme to choose, which decor/color scheme/food should be available. And oh! Let’s not forget party games and favors! Before you know it, you are ready to remortgage your home just so it can be taken over by preschoolers in princess/pirate costumes in less than 15 minutes for a party.
That’s kind of how our party started out. I’m here to tell you, the K.I.S.S. method is your friend! If you are not familiar with the K.I.S.S. method, it stands for “Keep It Simple, Silly!” And when dealing with preschoolers, this method can become your very best friend!
We started out with a location. When hosting a large group of preschoolers, the thought of one’s own home can be daunting. We planned our play date at a playground with a covered shelter and got to work on the rest of the plans.
Because this is an outdoor park party, decorations can be kept to a minimum. Tablecloths, paper plates, and fun finger foods are a complete hit for park parties with preschoolers. The grab and run technique was used frequently at our party (you know – run up to the food table, grab food, run back to playground). We featured chips, pinwheel sandwiches, fruit, and cheese. One little #DisneyKid was inventive and took three pinwheel sandwiches to create her own Hidden Mickey sandwich!
Another cute idea that we featured at our party was Mickey Mouse sandwich cookies. They were so simple to make! Using Double Stuff Oreos and mini Oreos, you separate the mini Oreo cookies (what you do with the icing in the middle is up to you!), and stuff each cookie half into a Double Stuff Oreo to form the shape of a Mickey head! Easy Peasy! It is important to use Double Stuff because the extra icing will hold the cookies in place and not crack as easy! These were a huge hit with the parents as well 🙂
The most complicated of all of our plans would have been our decision to have a Mickey Mouse cake for the party. A very talented friend was up for the challenge of this amazing cake and did a fabulous job. Sometimes, a team effort can make your party so much better!
For games, we had planned a Hidden Mickey Hunt throughout the playground. We hid ten pre-cut Hidden Mickey shapes in fun places before the guests arrived. I did not tell them about the hunt until it was time for the game. A few of the children had already spotted a few of these, and were so excited to come tell me that they found a Mickey on the playground. Once it was time for the game, I explained what to look for and handed each child a crayon and a Hidden Mickey check off card and sent them on their way. Pro Tip: Know how many Hidden Mickeys you hide and be sure to tell the kids as well! One downfall to this: because you are at a park, anyone can alter your “Hidden Mickeys.” We had originally hid eight, but due to casualties, we started the game with only six to find. It may be a good idea to have the person who hid the Mickeys re-search the area they were hidden and reconfirm your number before playing.
We also were sure to play Disney Charades! After running around a playground for a while, the kids welcomed our invitation to come play a game. I had a few character suggestions on paper for the children to choose, but I found that most of the children had their own ideas of who they wanted to act out! They really enjoyed trying to pretend to be their favorite Disney characters.
Before each guest left, we did share treat bags with fun Mickey stickers, bubbles, candy and other fun little trinkets. We also were lucky enough to share an HP Social Media Snapshot pack with each family, thanks to HP. A great way to relive the fun memories of the party is to print out photos afterwards!
Disclosure: I received free products in order to host a #DisneyKids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own.