Ideas for a #DisneySide Princess Party



Having a little girl has been one of the most magical things that has ever happened to me. Now that she is of preschool age we are having so much fun playing dress up, having tea parties, taking ballet, and shopping for cute clothes.

Since birthday’s only come once a year, we like to get creative and throw parties for other occasions. For instance, we recently had a Disney princess tea party for a few of her friends. My daughter was ecstatic when our Disney Side box showed up at our door. It was packed with all kinds of goodies and party supplies for a princess party.


In our initial invitation we requested that all of her friends dress up as their favorite Disney princess. Wouldn’t you know that 5 out of the 6 girls dressed up as Elsa. It was a sea of blue and braids!


We rented a princess bounce house so all of our little princesses could get their wiggles out! They all pretend that was their and castle and my older son was their Prince!


For a cake we used Duff Tie-Dye cake mix and a Wilton Mickey Mouse Pan. The cake was a little time consuming but it was actually a lot of fun making it. You separate the batter into six different bowls and add food coloring and then you later the colors which gives it a Tie-Dye effect.

PicMonkey Collagetie dye

The end result was incredible. It came out exactly how it went in. Then we frosted it so look like Mickey Mouse. The instructions come inside the cake pan.


Some of our table decorations were miniature Sofia the first buckets and I filled them with popcorn. The kids loved munching on it.


We also had a tea party with Twinnings assorted Herbal Teas. The girls stuck out their pinkies while drinking their tea and we all had a good laugh.


We played a few games during our princess party as well. One of the games we played was pin the smile on Mickey. We tied a scarf around everyone’s eyes and had them blindly attach a smile to Mickey’s face. It was a riot watching them guess where to place it.


Another game we played was Disney Bingo. We cut out pictures of Disney Characters and the kids used M&M’s as placers. It was a great visual game for all of them.


When the girls were finished with the games I had a craft and coloring table set up as well. We used all of our Disney Coloring books to go with the theme.


A blast was had by all and we are looking forward to having another Disney Party! Baymax here we come!


Disclosure: I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Duff Tie Dye Cake Mix



This past weekend I held a Disney princess party for my daughter. It was super small and we just invited a few neighbors. One of the things we made was a mickey mouse cake using the Tie Dye cake mix from the Duff product line. This cake was fun to make although a bit challenging. However, the end result is beyond amazing. The marketing on the box is brilliant box and pretty much sells itself. My kids couldn’t wait to see all the cool colors.


First you make the batter according to the instructions on the box. Then you separate the batter into six different bowls.  Usings the color packets that come with it you drop the correct number of food coloring into each bowl to get 6 different colors.


Once you have all of your colors you start the layering process. Pour 1/4 red in the pan first, then orange, then yellow, then blue, then green and finally purple. Repeat until you run out of batter. The batter will naturally spread out from the other colors on top and in the end you will have a really cool looking tie dye pattern. I was so proud of myself when I was done.

PicMonkey Collagetie dye

Bake in in the ovenfrom 12-15 minutes and it will look exactly how it did going in! I was super impressed and I can’t wait to try out more of his cool baking products.


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Police Birthday Party for 4 Year Old Boy


Police Birthday Party for 4 Year Old Boy

As the mom of 2 boys with birthdays very close together I am always on the lookout for cute and unique party ideas. I love to decorate and love themed parties. I try to tie everything together even right down to the food. Recently, I came across an adorable Police Themed Party from Stepahnie over at Spaceships and Laserbeams.

Below are some fabulous photos from Stephanies party and her recap as well.

One of the games little guys like to play is good guy/bad guy—so a Cops and Robbers themed party seemed like a great idea for my four-year-old’s birthday. Party decorations, birthday cake, games and a fun photo booth came together just as I had envisioned. The Cops and Robbers collection images are more comical than scary so I was comfortable the kids would not be dealing with fear in their imaginative play. When the party was over my Sam declared, “It was awesome Mommy,” so I took that as an endorsement of my efforts!


For the dessert table backdrop I used enlarged versions of our decorative paper and a cropped thank-you card picture of the cop and robber (that poster now hangs in Sam’s playroom). Those images were repeated throughout the party, including on the cake and cake pops. Samantha, of Evie and Mallow, made the awesome cake-pops and perfectly captured the cop and robber personas.


There were vanilla cupcakes in police car wraps and chocolate cupcakes in the robber’s getaway car. Of course there had to be doughnuts for police! Cop Corn (popcorn), Heist Cakes (rice cakes) and yogurt covered nuts rounded out the treats.



Since I used jailbird stripes on the beverage table, I only used the cop straw medallions and water bottle wraps in blue.

PicMonkey Collage

Pint-sized party guests played Handcuff Toss; it was an easy DIY game. I cut out a number of the robber images from party medallions and had them hidden around the yard so kids could play Capture the Robber. There was also a mock police line-up that we used for a fun photo booth.


The kids received a printable police visor and an official looking Certificate of Completion for “strength in body, wisdom in mind and courage in character”. In addition there was a police kit favor bag with an ID badge, a moustache, aviator style sunglasses, a memo pad personalized with a 2” decal, a mini lock and key set and a magnifying glass. The boys also received a toy police car; the girls took home the evidence, aka jewelry. They all went home with a stuffed animal police dog of their choosing, too.


This was a fun party to put together!  It felt successful because it was stylish but it didn’t break the bank and I love it when there are imaginative play opportunities for all of the birthday party guests. Mission accomplished at this celebration!

Vendor Credits:

Printables: Spaceships and Laser Beams Etsy Shop:
Cake Pops: Evie and Mallow:

Party On At Aesthetic Climbing Gym

Disclosure: I received a complimentary birthday package to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


My middle son turned 8 last week and sadly he is past the bounce house and Chuck E Cheese phase now. So when it came time to plan his party we were a bit stumped on what to do. A friend recommended to me that I try a place in Lake Forest CA called Aesthetic Climbing Gym so after looking on their website I made a quick phone call and spoke with Trevor.  He gave me a great run down of the facility and I was so impressed with how kind and thorough he was that I booked my son’s party without even going to view it first. It turns out it was a great decision.


Aesthetic Climbing Gym is located in a business center in a ten thousand square foot facility. They have over eight thousand square feet of vertical and horizontal climbing terrain and each of their fifteen top ropes and lead anchors has at least three routes with over seventy-five routes in total to choose from.

They also have various other amenities such as a ping pong table and a work out room. These amenities are available to everyone.


For Birthday Parties (and team parties or business events) there are two party rooms with amazing hand carved furniture and gorgeous murals on the wall.

The best part is you can bring whatever kind of food you want in there. Some places only allow pizza but Aesthetic Climbing Gym lets you bring sandwiches, salads, party trays, appetizers, or whatever you like.

party room

When it came time to climb, Trevor and Dillon got all of the kids harnessed up and then explained to the parents all of the instructions regarding the belay ropes and the routes. They even helped my 3 year old daughter get suited up. I really appreciated how patient they were and how eager they were to help with all the kids.


Finally it was time to climb.  The kids had so much fun and were so good at waiting in line for their turn (which was almost never) since there were so many stations. The ropes are really sturdy and the kids are very secure. There were lots of smiles and lots of laughing. I liked that you are able give the kids a bit of help by pulling them up with the rope. It made it so they didn’t feel so defeated if they couldn’t get their footing on a rock.


They also had a tight rope station where kids could practice their balance while waiting.

balance rope

Here is my birthday boy climbing up to the top as well as dangling when he lost his grip. He was not at all nervous or concerned. As a matter of fact he was giggling the entire time.


Some of the parents at the party were really intrigued and wanted to see the Adult climbing walls. So here is a picture of the grown up section. Their lead wall, at eighty lineal feet, has fifteen twenty-five foot tall lead anchors and over fifty routes. Their top boulder, at one hundred thirty lineal feet, has an eighteen-foot top-out feature as well as a sixteen-foot finish rail and over one hundred boulder problems to play on.

adult room

My son had such a great time at his party and was so thankful that he got to try something new and exciting.

Aesthetic Climbing Gym has the most affordable event packages on the Market!

Party Packages

Package 1 (5-10 participants)

  • $100 for 2 hour time slot ($30.00 deposit)
  • Personal Host for entire time of scheduled event
  • Private event room
  • Private climbing area

Package 2 (11-15 participants)

  • $200 for 2 hour time slot ($60.00 deposit)
  • Personal Host for entire time of scheduled event
  • Private event room
  • Private climbing area

Package 3 (16-20 participants)

  • $300 for 2 hour time slot ($90.00 deposit)
  • Personal Host for entire time of scheduled event
  • Private event room
  • Private climbing area

Package 4 (21-25 participants)

  • $400 for 3 hour time slot ($120.00 deposit)
  • Personal Host for entire time of scheduled event
  • 2 Private event rooms
  • Private climbing area

For events 25+, call for details. 949-716-7116

Underwater Theme Birthday Party Cupcakes

Planning Birthday parties is such a creative outlet for me! Now that I have a girl it seems that the ideas are just endless. If you remember last year I threw an awesome Flamingo Party where I decked out my front lawn with 50 plastic flamingos.

Now that spring is here and summer is around the corner I thought I might give you all a little inspiration for an underwater themed party!

You could do a goldfish theme with goldfish cake pops. Jennifer from Serendipity Designs does an AWESOME job making these.

Underwater Theme Party Cupcakes


swim party cake pops

Photo Credit: Jennifer Loving from Serendipity Designs

Or Beach Party Theme. Serendipity Designs also makes amazing cake pops to look like beach balls.


Photo Credit: Jennifer Loving from Serendipity Designs

How about a starfish Party? These Starfish Cupcakes by Caitlin Maag of Creative Cupcakes by Caitlin would be a huge hit!


Photo  Credit: Caitlin Maag of Creative Cupcakes by Caitlin

Sea Shell Cupcakes are a gorgeous way to show your beach theme!


Photo  Credit: Caitlin Maag of Creative Cupcakes by Caitlin

And let’s not forget the SeaTurtle Cupcakes. These would be adorable for your Finding Nemo Party.


Photo  Credit: Caitlin Maag of Creative Cupcakes by Caitlin

And lastly these Octopus cupcakes are unbearably cute!


Caitlin can make any cupcake or cake to your liking. Give her a call today or reach out to her at [email protected]

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