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The first day of spring snuck in on us between St. Patrick’s Day and Easter.  However, now that we are in April it feels more like spring.  The weather is warmer, a little sunnier, the outlook brighter.  However, this is my least favorite time of the year.  All you fellow allergy sufferers can sympathize with me.  As I was driving through the neighborhood today, I saw a yellow cloud being blown down the street.  Pollen is not my friend.  I think it’s about time to up the medication dosage.

And a quick non-food related note: I opened an Etsy shop!  delivEARingMemories  I LOVE LOVE LOVE Disney and Disneyland.  Obviously, I threw my son a Disneyland themed birthday party.  I originally set up the shop to sell my pictures of Disneyland since there is a market for them.  And I am getting there.  There are edits and groupings and having to find a print lab.  So in the meantime I have made jewelry from vintage Disneyland tickets.  And they are simply gorgeous!  Check out the shop and let me know what you think.

Vintage Ticket Necklace

Vintage Ticket Necklace

Map Pendant

Map Pendant

My favorite- a Vintage Walt Disney world Magic Key ticket turned pendant

My favorite- a Vintage Walt Disney World Magic Key ticket turned pendant

This past week I made my favorite Coconut Banana Bread.  It has been three months since I have even tasted its deliciousness, let alone made a batch.  I usually make mini-loaves so I can freeze them and not overindulge in this super moist, delectable bread.  And it smells heavenly while baking.  Definitely my favorite bread.

two batches of Coconut Banana Bread

two batches of Coconut Banana Bread

This morning I came across this bread recipe for a Sweet Potato Bread.  It took everything I had not to run to the kitchen and make this bread.  The only that stopped me was that I had some coconut banana bread lying in wait to be eaten.  So I do have plans to make this bread in the upcoming week.  As soon as I eat the rest of my banana loaf.  ***This is a really good recipe.  I am not used to spiced bread since I am not a carrot cake fan.  I made four mini loaves so I could share the bread and not eat every last crumb. I had overcooked the sweet potato some so I had to through out some chunks that wouldn’t mash.  And I initially though that I had overcooked the loaves as they appeared really dark brown but they are so moist, soft and tasty.  I will be making this bread again.

One of my besties in coming in to town at the end of the week.  I plan on making coconut macaroons for her.  I recently found out they are one of her favorite types of cookies.  Goes to show you can always learn something new about your friends.  However this is a secret recipe that I cannot share with you.  However, this friend of mine also let me know about coconut M&Ms.  I hadn’t really ever paid attention to them despite being a coconut lover.  So I bought a bag.  They have stayed closed in my pantry.  I have been saving them.  Saving them for these M&M Cookies.  I made these cookies with regular M&Ms and they are INCREDIBLE!!!.  Definitely a recipe that deserves the title “THE BEST.”  Give them a try, you won’t be sorry.  And, so you don’t eat the entire batch in one sitting, you can freeze the dough and pull out a couple at a time.  It’s perfect! ***Using coconut M&Ms was a delicious choice!  But you must like coconut.  I have a friend who kind of likes it and she wasn’t fond of the coconut flavor.  I promised her that for her birthday I would use peanut butter M&Ms with this recipe.  I am not sure I can wait until October though.  

Plain M&M Cookies

Plain M&M Cookies

Coconut Macaroons, Brownies and Coconut M&M Cookies

Coconut Macaroons, Brownies and Coconut M&M Cookies

 

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FRIDAY

SMOOTHIE: Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie–for this smoothie I make a few changes.  Instead of measuring individual fruits, I just use 2 cups of frozen mixed tropical fruits and add a dash of coconut extract.  Now if I could just magically transport myself to Hawaii!  I drink this so fast every time!!

I devoured this green smoothie.  Extremely tasty with the coconut extract.

I devoured this green smoothie. Extremely tasty with the coconut extract.

DINNER: We have a roll over recipe form last week.  I had more leftovers than anticipated so from last week we are making the Pork and Ginger Wonton Stir Fry.  I will still serve this as planned with Cucumber Salad.  The coolness of the salad should balance the heat of the stir fry.White-writing-29491444-516-350

 

Pork & Ginger Wonton Stir Fry

Pork & Ginger Wonton Stir Fry

 

SATURDAY

SMOOTHIE: Pumpkin spice Green Smoothie.  A can of puree lasts for about three smoothies so this will be it for a few weeks.

DINNER:  new recipe alert!!!!  This came from my Cooking Light Magazine: Pan-Grilled Chicken with Chorizo Confetti.  (I will probably grill my chicken outside if it isn’t raining.  I love cooking on a real grill!)  A reviewer of the recipe served hers with black beans which sounds delicious.  Or maybe a side salad with a salsa-vinaigrette.  I will also be making a Jalapeño-Cheddar Crusty Bread.  It’s my personal favorite.  I need to try a few new savory recipes like bacon-cheddar, but sometimes you have to stick with what you know.  ***While I did make the crusty bread, my dinners got moved around and I never did get to try this chicken recipe.  Maybe in the next week or two.

jalapeno cheddar loaf in stages

jalapeno cheddar loaf in stages

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SUNDAY

SMOOTHIE:  My favorite Banana Fudge Green Smoothie!  Look for the recipe on my prior post Monster Mash.

DNINNER:  Since my friend from Boston is in town visiting her folks and we will be having a BBQ!!  So what goes best with BBQ??  Why cole slaw of course.  Never buy store-made cole slaw again!  This recipe is super simple, you make it a day in advance and tastes amazing!!!

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MONDAY

SMOOTHIE:  The one that started them all, Skinnytaste’s Monster Green Smoothie.

DINNER: new recipe alert!!!  Chicken Pillows!  These look a lot like my favorite Chicken Crescent Roll Casserole but with slightly less sauce and cheese and a little more crunch.  I can’t wait to try them.  I will serve it with these green bean fries (another new recipe).

 

Chicken Pillow with Parmesan Green Beans

Chicken Pillow with Parmesan Green Beans

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TUESDAY

SMOOTHIE: none

DINNER: From the hilarious and yummy cookbook 50 Shades of Chicken, we will be feating on Sweet Potato Hash.  This is a delicious recipe, especially for the sweet potato fan!

Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash

Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash

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WEDNESDAY

SMOOTHIE:  Strawberry Cheesecake Monster Smoothie

DINNER:  One of my personal favorite recipes, Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins!  I am undecided as of right now if I will be making the crockpot buffalo chicken that is the base for this recipe, or just cook some chicken and add buffalo sauce, either way these skins are scrumptious!!

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THURSDAY

SMOOTHIE: none

DINNER: leftovers

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So we have made several visits to the past and explored my son’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th birthdays.  We are now onto birthday #4!!!  For this birthday my son wanted a Princess and the Frog birthday party.  However, ALL goods related to this movie were made for girls.  Disney wonders why these types of movies aren’t as popular with the boys and I can tell you is that there is no merchandise tie-ins made for boys.  This movie is equally enjoyable by boys and girls, same with Tangled, yet about 90-95% of the merchandise is geared to girls.  Ok, rant over.  So even though my son had chosen a Princess and the Frog party, he did not want purple plates with Tiana on them.  So we decided to throw a Mardi Gras party.

The stairs of our house

The stairs of our house

Decorations for a Mardi Gras party are easy to come by anytime of the year.  There are two websites I turn to when throwing a party, Shindigz and Oriental Trading.  Unless it is January/February, there are slim pickings for Mardi Gras decor at the local party supply store.  To add some Princess and the Frog theme to the party, I turned to my very talented friend to draw up some pieces of artwork based on the characters of the movie.

These still hang in my son's room today.

These still hang in my son’s room today.

I like how she made the pictures special to the party.  Ray is carrying a birthday present.  My favorite though is Louis with four candles on the cake.  Perfection!!

more railing decor

more railing decor

more fun decor

more fun decor

decorate yourself!

decorate yourself!

I suppose the inspiration for the party came not only from the movie but also the Princess and the Frog: Tiana’s cookbook: Recipes for Kids.  This cookbook is full of Louisiana inspired recipes.  They are both fun and easy to make.  The cake in the back of the book sealed the deal.

all supplies needed for the sweet treats

all supplies needed for the sweet treats

the bases

the bases

The cake was an alligator cake and the cupcakes were frogs.  Simply too cute to pass up.  And since it is a child’s cookbook, relatively easy.  And on a side note, ‘Stuff by Duff’  is an excellent line of baking goods.  His pre-made frostings are superb.  I needed a lot of green for this party and didn’t want to mix it myself.  His frosting packets are extremely tasty, especially when you find yourself short on time.

regular shot of the gator cake

regular shot of the gator cake

fancy shot of the gator cake

fancy shot of the gator cake

Luckily there was a new candy store in town where I was able to get a lot of the decorations needed for the cake and cupcakes.  While the assembly of both the cake and the cupcakes took some time, it was well worth it.

regular shot of the frogs

regular shot of the frogs

fancy shot of the frogs

fancy shot of the frogs

Thomas in the morning when he first saw his cake

Thomas in the morning when he first saw his cake and cupcakes

In addition to the alligator cake and the frog cupcakes, we went with traditional Louisiana fare to eat.  We had jambalaya, red beans and rice, corn bread, creole chicken, among other basic foods. We also had plenty of Tabasco on hand to spice things up!

the birthday boy helping make his cupcakes

the birthday boy helping make his cupcakes

This was a fun party!  Thomas had a great time.  And, after all, if he’s going to be like Louis, he needed his own trumpet.

Blowing on his new trumpet

Blowing on his new trumpet

For his school party, I found a cutout of Carl’s house from ‘Up’.

Up, up and away

Up, up and away

close-up of Carl and Russell inside the house

close-up of Carl and Russell inside the house

My husband was a champ and assembled the house for me.  We stuck the printout onto a cereal box for a sturdier structure.  That made the folding harder, but it turned out great!  Then we covered an art board with foil, spray painted it blue.  Once the blue dried, my husband spray painted the clouds.  I think it turned out really cool.

awesome 'Stuff by Duff'

awesome ‘Stuff by Duff’

Again I used ‘Stuff by Duff‘ to spray paint the top of the cupcakes in order to get a vibrant color without using too much food coloring or having to make sure I had enough frosting of each color.  Check his stuff out next time you are at Michael’s or your local craft store.

That’s it for party #4!  Next week we will take a step into the big top and look at the fun had at Thomas’s 5th birthday party on our final stop of birthday party flashbacks!

Walt Disney World 2012—65 Hour adventure
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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 8th:
6:00pm Pacific Time: Leave for Penny’s house so Thomas can get to bed at a decent time for school the next day.
7:30ish pm Pacific Time:  After some last minute packing, leave Penny’s house for the airport and some dinner.
8:45ish pm Pacific Time:  Dinner at Andale’s Mexican Restaurant in Terminal 2 at SFO.  Penny and I shared garlic shrimp nachos and a presidente burrito.  They were AMAZING!!!
9:30pm Pacific Time: We started watching some movies on the iPad to pass the time.  Started off with some Pixar shorts before moving on to Breaking Dawn part 1.
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9th:
12:00am Pacific Time: We finally get to board the plane.  We finish out movie, don our sleeping masks and then go to sleep. (Take off at 12:45am)
5:45ish Central Time (3:45am pacific/6:45am eastern): Arrive at Dallas Fort Worth after appx 2.5 hours of sleep. We decide to eat at Friday’s for Spinach Dip and Potato Skins.  When you haven’t slept there are no real meal definitions.  What’s breakfast????  After we eat, we watch the sunrise as we change terminals to get our connecting flight.
7:30ish Central Time: We board out second flight, don our face masks and fall asleep for about another 2 hours.
11:15am Eastern Time:  We finally land in Orlando.  We grab our bags from the overhead compartment, grab some Starbucks and make our way to Disney’s Magical Express, where the line is LONG.
2:00pm Eastern Time (I think): We arrive at our hotel and check in.  We get our room so we take our stuff there.  The resort is beautiful.  After a quick bathroom break, we grab what we need for the next few hours and head to the Health and Fitness Expo.
2:30pm Eastern Time: We arrive at the Expo where we get my running stuff, Penny’s Party Ticket and try to catch a shuttle to the Hollywood Studios.  We were sent to Yacht Club to catch a shuttle to the park.
3:15pm Eastern Time:  After waiting awhile for a shuttle, Penny finds a sign that says we need to take a boat.  D’oh.  Time to find the boat ramp and get on a boat.
4:00pm Eastern Time: FINALLY arrive at the Hollywood Studios Park.  We head over to the 50’s Primetime Café for out 2:55pm reservation, almost 1.5 hours late at that point.  I tell the hostess our story and she has pity on us and gets us a table within 5-10 minutes.  We share the most amazing fried cheese which is like an herbed goat cheese round that has been fried and served with raspberry sauce, crostinis and fresh fruit.  The onion rings are served “falling” out of a mini fry basket with horseradish sauce.  We also share the grilled chicken cesar salad that way we had room for dad’s sundae.  Everything was delicious.
5:30pm Eastern Time: We realize that all the rides have an hour or so wait so we just wander around the park towards the Streets of America.  We do a little shopping, make a pit stop and then wait for the start of the Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.
6:15pm Eastern Time:  The ceremony finally starts as it is opening night of the Dancing Lights.  Once that is over they begin and they are so beautiful.  It takes us a good 30-40 minutes to soak it in and make our way down the street and get all the pictures we want.
7:00ish pm Eastern Time:  Wait for our shuttle back to the resort so we can change and stop by the store to get some allergy medication.  And they were showing Cinderella in the outdoor theater.  What a sign!
7:40ish pm Eastern Time: Changed and waiting for our shuttle to the Magic Kingdom Park.
8:00pm Eastern Time: We arrive at the Magic Kingdom Park for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.  Main street is blocked by the crowds for the Holiday Parade.  We make the most of it and watch it.
8:45pm Eastern Time: We take pictures in front of the Castle.
9:15pm Eastern Time:  We get in line for our FREE hot chocolate and cookies.  The Snickerdoodles were SO tasty.
9:30pm Eastern Time:  We squeeze into a corner of Main Street for the special fireworks show.
9:50-11:30pm Eastern Time: We race around the park and ride a few rides.  First up is Pirates of the Caribbean, then Thunder Mountain-twice, try to beat the parade over by Haunted Mansion.  Before we ride that we grab another hot chocolate and some apple slices.  We walk through the graveyard before we ride and enjoy spotting the differences between this ride and the one in Disneyland.  From there we make our way towards Fantasyland where I run like crazy person when I see Cinderella and her family.  After I get my picture we decide to finish the night with a ride on Space Mountain.
11:30pm-12:15am Eastern Time: We take a few more shots of the Castle lit up, do some shopping down Main Street and enjoy the snow.  The park closes at midnight and we head to our shuttle stop arriving at our hotel around 12:15am.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10th:
1:10am Eastern Time: Finally get some shut-eye.
6:30am Eastern Time: first alarm goes off
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6:40am Eastern Time: 2nd alarm goes off, decide against breakfast and get more sleep
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7:20am Eastern Time: Get up and begin to get ready.
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8:00am Eastern Time: Head to shuttle stop with a quick stop in the sundries store and take a quick minute to enjoy the resort view.
8:45am Eastern Time: Arrive at the Animal Kingdom resort, go through security and enter park.
9:00am-11am Eastern Time: The park officially opens and we follow a cast member over to Expedition Everest.  AMAZING ride!!!!  We went from that to getting a fastpass, and then over to the Safari Ride.  After a fabulous safari ride, we did the two different animal treks back to Expedition Everest for the second time!!
11:00am Eastern Time:  Time for an amazing lunch at Yak & Yeti.  We started with potstickers, seared ahi, and spicy chicken wings.  As we were finishing those up, our entrée of steak and shrimp was delivered followed by a dessert of cream cheese wontons and pineapple skewers.  Again, everything was amazingly delicious.
12:30pm-3:30ish pm Eastern Time: We check in for our Safari Trek.  What an amazing tour and I recommend to anyone travelling to Walt Disney World.  It is so much fun.  We get outfitted with our vests, water bottles and have everything attached so it doesn’t fall into any animal pens.  We trek through a jungle of sorts, go over rope bridges, and “hang” over hippo and crocodile enclosures.  After that you take a private safari truck out to the savannah.   Part way through the trip, you stop at a “hut” for a nice lunch and extra time to overlook the savannah.  Here they served a sampling of delicious African inspired dishes.  There was: curried chicken salad, fruit salad, prosciutto, pocket bread, poached shrimp, salmon and cream cheese similar to lox, and a sun-dried tomato hummus and the best was POG to drink!
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4:00pm-5:00pm Eastern Time: We finish our trip to the animal kingdom with a walk around the tree of life and a viewing of “It’s Tough to be a Bug” and some shopping.
5:30-6:30pm Eastern Time:  Arrive at Epcot for a quick tour of the food booths and try to catch Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy.
7:00pm Eastern Time:  Arrive back at the hotel to get ready for the race and pack for the trip home.
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7:30pm Eastern Time: Go and wait for the shuttle to the start of the race.
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8:30ish pm Eastern Time: Penny is in Epcot checking things out while I wait for the race to start.
9:30pm Eastern Time: They finally begin to move us into our corrals.  It is much more organized than in Anaheim.
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10:00pm Eastern Time: The guns go off for corral a, the race has officially begun.
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10:15pm Eastern Time: The guns go off for my corral d, I am off.  The first few miles are on the roads of the Disney resort.  We go through Animal Kingdom first, then the roads again, then through Hollywood Studios, the parking lot and then back in to see the lights over The Streets of America.  Out we go, down the boardwalk in through a bit of Epcot to the finish line.
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11th:
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1:03am Eastern Time:  I finish!!!!  Once I get my two medals, I text Penny to order me one of everything from the Mexico food booth.  This entails a shrimp taco, a steak taco, and a caramel de leche flan.  I was so hungry I inhaled it once I got to that area of the park.  We didn’t have much time before we needed to get back to the hotel so we finish the night with a few spanikopita from the Greece booth.  We definitely didn’t eat everything we planned but it was SO busy and we had to get going.
2:45am Eastern Time: We get back to our hotel and I hop in the shower, we finish packing and head to the lobby of our hotel.  The “hotel” we stayed out was the Carribean Resort.  It is different Villas situated around a lake.  So in short, the lobby is a good ½ mile from our room and we have to walk and dodge sprinklers that are spraying as much of the sidewalk as it is the grass.
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3:45am Eastern Time: Our 3:25 shuttle still hasn’t arrived.  We find out this is due to an accident that has closed the entrance to our resort.  We should be able to get the 3:55am shuttle; which we do.
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5:30am Eastern Time: We make it through check in and look for some food.  I opt for a protein shake to replenish my body.  It was tasty, chocolate, banana, peanut butter and protein mix. Penny got cereal from a different spot.  The options were pretty limited.
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6:00am Eastern Time: We board our flight, put on the eye masks, and fall asleep before the flight even takes off.   I manage to sleep only about 2.5 hours while Penny gets close to 4.
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9:45am Pacific Time: We land in San Francisco.
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10:40am Pacific Time: We drop Penny off at her house.
11:00am Pacific Time: I am home.  65 hours later.
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Oh where to start???  This party was many months in the planning.  There were two ways I could have gone with it.  One, a mainly Mickey Mouse party, there are lots of supplies for this kind of party.  The other way I could have gone would be a truly Disneyland themed party which would include a lot of do-it-yourself projects.  Thank goodness for Pinterest where I could compile all my ideas.
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On my first search I turned up two blogs for Disney themes parties.  One was Disneyland and the other was Walt Disney World.  Then I continued to do searches for Mickey themed parties to gain inspiration.  From these I formed a plan.  I throw two parties, one for my son’s school friends and one for family and family friends.  My vision with these parties was to bring the magic of Disneyland into our home. 
Etsy was a huge part in the party.  From the invitations to the ears to the vintage pieces, I was able to find it on that website.
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Sitting around the house were vases filled with various themed antenna balls purchased throughout the years at Disneyland.  I also spent some time on etsy and found vintage plate, salt and pepper shakers, serving forks and even a tru-vue view finder from the 50’s.  These items sat among the treat tables and on display in my makeshift art gallery.
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DECORATIONS:
The basics of my decorations were simple colors based on Mickey Mouse; red table clothes, black plates, yellow napkins and plastic ware, and white cups. 
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I then decided each area of the house would represent the different lands of Disneyland.  To designate each land, I mod-podged 18×24 inch canvas panels of each land using pictures I have taken throughout my trips to Disneyland.
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 Adventureland/New Orleans Square was located by our snake and tarantula cages.  I also pinned up some toucans in honor of the Tiki Room. 
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Frontierland was in our family room, with a special Frontierland outfitters sign locating  where the kids picked up some party goods at the start of the party. Fantasyland was in the dining room where we hung Chinese lanterns over the table honoring the tea cup ride. Tomorrowland was in the kitchen since most of the plants in tomorrowland are edible.
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  Toon Town/Critter Country led out to the backyard that also doubled as the Penny Arcade. 
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There was also an area dedicated to the Disney Gallery featuring photo albums of previous trips plus our collection of Disneyland books. 
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Then I came up with the idea of creating a photo collage of my son’s trips to Disneyland in the shape of Mickey Mouse.  My husband is very handy.  I found an article through a Google search from Duke University that explained the mathematical equation of the ratio of Mickey’s ears to his the size of his head.  He then cut out of cardboard and assembled a large Mickey head onto which I again mod-podged a collage of pictures.
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Leading up the walkway to our house were quotes form Disney movies that I found here.  Even though this isn’t in Disneyland, it is the essence of Disney.  There was pending rain for our party, so my sister and I wrapped the quotes in Packing tape and taped them to paint stir sticks that we got from Orchard Supply Hardware.  Then the morning of the party, my son and I put them in our lawn. 
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The windows of our house were adorned with Poster Art from the parks found online.  The stair railing in our house were also adorned with poster art that I took personally with my camera from our most recent trip to Disneyland. 
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I think my most favorite piece of decoration besides the photo-collaged Mickey head is the Castle with fireworks.  Inspired by this blog, and other pinterest recommendations, I took my photo on a flash drive down to staples.  I asked for an engineer print the size of three feet by four feet.  I had my husband bring home a piece of cardboard that matched in size.  We attached the print by using spray adhesive.  I know the photo is hung using a hefty piece of fishing line but that’s all I know.  My sister made the fireworks based on the pictures in the blog and then my husband hung those as well.  And I found something interesting that I have yet to find referenced in Disneyland books, though it could definitely be out there.  Right in the middle of the scroll work on the castle, is a very definitive D.  Until I had this huge picture in front of me, it has always escaped my attention.
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FOOD:
Two parties mean twice the food.  Not only twice the food, but there are two different people to be catering to, kids versus adults.  I tossed around many ideas for food.  Two ideas that didn’t make it were Mickey shaped hamburgers and Mickey shaped sandwiches.   For both parties, I made signs designating what the food being served was called.
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I decided for the kid party to do more Mickey shaped food than Disneyland food.  There was the Mickey chicken tenders you can get at Costco, mini corn dogs, small packs of carrot sticks, the Brothers-All-Natural dehydrated Apple slices that are sold in the park, Mickey shaped pretzels with cheese sauce to dip them in, Mickeyroni and cheese bought in Disneyland and churros.  The churros were a cheater recipe and amazingly good.  Baked puff pastry, dipped in butter and rolled in cinnamon and sugar.  They are AMAZING!!!!  I also made pizza squares with Mickey heads; pepperoni for the head and olives for the ears.
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For the adult party, I got most of the recipes from here.  I did buy a Disney cookbook but actually liked the recipes that Disneyland has given out publicly over the years.  It took awhile to set up this menu and even then there was a lot of different foods.  We had Cesar salad from Blue Bayou; Cole slaw, corn bread and ribs from the round up bbq; safari skewers and spicy beef skewers from Bengal bbq, sour cream and chive whipped potatoes form the Napa Rose; count down chicken fussilli pasta form Red Rocket’s Pizza Port; fresh cut vegetables and dip, soft pretzels, more churros, and even Dole Whips.  To drink we have Jungle Juleps from the long gone Tahitian Terrace as well as the Mint Juleps from the Mint Julep bar.  The food was AMAZING.  I had a bit of help in the kitchen to bring it all together and it was magical.
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SWEET TREATS:
On the cavities I gave people.  In true Disney fashion, I had an abundance of sweet treats available to party guests.  I did my best in making Snickerdoodles, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Tigger Tails, Chocolate dipped pretzel rods, and Mickey Mouse rice krispy treats both regular and chocolate dipped.  For the kids I made cupcakes with Oreos for Mickey ears.  
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For the cake I decoration I made a Mickey Mouse ear hat.  I took a photo copy of my ear hat, cut out the logo, and taped it to the front of the cake.  Behind the hat, I made a replica of the Original Disneyland Marquee.  I printed a photo from the Internet, mounted it on card stock then glued it to Popsicle sticks.
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ACTIVITIES: For the last two years, I haven’t had traditional birthday games.  I create activity areas for the kids have with.  After they got outfitted they had a variety of things from which to choose.  We had face painting, cookie decorating, a fun foto area, and the Penny Arcade area.  In the arcade area outside, there was a bounce house, a basketball arcade game, a pachinko machine and a frontier shooting game.  During the party the birthday boy held a magic show filled with tricks purchased at the Disneyland Magic Shoppe.  And then we also had a piñata that I made from this website.
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GOODY BAG:
The goodie bags were awesome thanks to the wonderful cast members of the Disneyland resort.   I was able to fulfill my vision by getting small bags to use as the actual goodie bags.  Online, I found color sheets from the various rides and made coloring books.  I also found a template of a Mickey Mouse paper airplane from the spoonful website.   I was able to purchase the arm bandz in Mickey Mouse shapes from Party City.  I also included maps of Disneyland and info pamphlet about Disneyland. I purchased Disney Pez from Amazon and then Disney chocolates while in Disneyland.   I also threw in a few glow sticks.  Basically I was trying to fill it with things you may buy or find in Disneyland.
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The second part to the goodie bags were actually picked out when the guests arrived at the party.  I had a table set up called Frontierland Outfitters.  Here, guests could pick out ears, find their name tags, pick up a lanyard and some Mardi Gras beads, and pins you can only get in Disneyland.  Again, MANY MANY THANKS to the cast members of Disneyland for this generous donation to the party.  It really made it extra special.
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MISC:
For the entrance to our house, I used pictures of the things you would see when entering Disneyland: the Main Street Train Station, Walt Disney’s dedication speech, and the sign you read as you go through the entrance tunnel.
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For the bathrooms I used pictures I took of my favorite bathroom signs, which coincidentally are NOT found in the Disneyland park itself but in Disney’s California Adventure park.
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I also took pictures of various signs throughout the parks to use as decorations, exit signs, no smoking signs and then cast member signs to keep people away from certain parts of the house.  I keep my cats locked in my bedroom during parties and I was stoked to get the barnyard animals are sleeping picture go on my bedroom door.
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I’d say the birthday boy had a fabulous time!!!


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