#Disneyside At-Home Celebration Teen-Style

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

I thought there would come a day when I wouldn’t be able to get my kids to dress up and host a costume party. Well, maybe or maybe not. Apparently, even teens don’t need much encouragement when it comes to getting out of the cold of winter and gathering for a Disney Side Celebration. Of course, the special emphasis on Disney villains were a clever touch in the kit we received and recipes for Ursula’s Octopus cupcakes and Maleficent’s Black Ice punch were an added bonus.

Several teens who came early enjoyed helping create and decorate a Duff Goldman tie-dye cake in a Mickey Mouse Cake Pan. And, of course, eating it was all that much more fun.

Themes make parties fun but ultimately, a party is about the people in it and through this event, I watched my teen daughter invite a nice group of kids to our home, entertain and feed them and come into her own as someone who can graciously entertain. I am proud of both of my daughters who we have raised to be independent and kind, young women who know how to have “clean” fun and gather a crowd without it getting out of control. Their friends eat, they play games, they watch movies, they go home. Sure, I loved the age when my girls could fit into girly little princess dresses but this is such a great age too – seeing them own their own entertaining style and sense of self. It is a beautiful time.


Time to cut the cake and have a touch of Twinings tea!

Cake Slicedisney tea time


And, then there’s puzzle time – villain style!IMG_20150302_162533272_HDR

(I am also so very grateful for other sponsors who added products to our Disney celebration: all Mighty Pacs for easy laundry clean-up, HP CMYK photo paper packs, My Image Bracelet Maker and Disney Parks who sent luggage tags and lots of fun!)