Our DisneySide Celebration!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while (or if you know me in real life), you’re probably aware of this already but my sweet, loving daughter recently turned into a three year old. Coincidentally, I was also recently given the opportunity to host a Disney Side At Home Celebration for friends and family. Even though we hosted a Disney themed birthday last year, we decided it would be perfect to show our Disney Side while celebrating C’s birthday.

Disney, along with a few other partners, teamed up to provide some incredible decorations, activities, and take away items for our guests. Take a look at what they sent over:

American Tourister

Everything came in this great American Tourister (the official luggage of Walt Disney World). This luggage is pretty fantastic. It’s lightweight, easy to use, and will undoubtedly be perfect for our next trip.

American Tourister

Hanes TShirts

The first item that was included in our hostess packet was this pack of children’s shirts and fabric markers, provided by Hanes. These were an excellent addition to our party. The children had the opportunity to decorate (and then wear) their own shirts and show their Disney side. My daughter wears hers as a smock for artwork. It’s pretty fantastic.


Disney Decorations

Disney also provided wonderful Mickey Mouse Clubhouse partyware and decorations.

mickey mouse

Combined with the colorful inflated balloons we added around the house, these decorations helped our guests show their Disney side.

Disney Side At Home Celebration

Other items included stickers, temporary tattoos, ESPN Sports bracelets, a Disney planning DVD, recipe cards and measuring cups for ABC’s “The Chew”, face painting tutorials, Muppets calendars, Crasins, and some fantastic cookie cutters most of which were used as favors in each guest’s treat bag.


Speaking of party favors, I encountered some great finds while shopping my local Target. They had tons of Disney, Disney Junior, and Star Wars (which is also now owned by Disney, like everything else in the World ;)) goodies for children marked at only $1 a piece.

Disney Water Bottles

Treat Bags

Favor Bags

Also included in our Disney Side kit (and not pictured) were Run Disney cards which we used as placemats for each child, bumper stickers, HP Photo card packs, and a beautiful 8×10 “So This Is Love” Minnie and Mickey art which went home with each guest.

Our primary focus during the event was to help our daughter and her friends celebrate her special occasion so most of our pictures have other children on them. In the interest of respecting the privacy of our friends and their children, I have not included them on this post. If you’re following me on Instagram, however, you can see more pictures from the party.

We were so honored and thrilled to have been selected to show our Disney Side and encourage you to do the same with your friends and family. Disney is such a special part of our lives and it’s always fun when we have the chance to celebrate with Mickey, Minnie, and all of the other characters that are so wonderful.

*Disclaimer: I received these products free of charge in exchange for hosting a Disney Side at home celebration. All expressed opinions are uniquely my own. Questions about this post, or any product reviews contained herein can be sent to itsanordinaryblog@gmail.com.

Daily Life, DIY, Parenting, Pictures, Tutorials

A Minnie Mouse Themed Birthday Weekend

As you know, my sweet girl turned two years old  a week ago today and we celebrated all weekend Minnie Mouse style. I have been so excited to share this with all of you. We are so fortunate to be blessed with such an incredible group of family and friends. So much so that we decided it would be less overwhelming to break up the birthday celebrations into two days. On Friday evening, we had invited 21 people over for a hot doggity dog birthday dinner and did our family (along with a couple of our ‘basically family’ friends) on Saturday for a celebration at a place in a nearby town (closer to where my family is). The sad news is that it snowed so much on Thursday that many of our guests were stuck in their homes and unable to make it on Friday night so it ended up being a play date birthday celebration for C and her friend who lives just a few houses down. Having just gotten back into town from my friend’s baby shower, I found myself more pressed for time than I would have liked but, overall, I’m really happy with how everything turned out.

For both events I wanted to be sure to give guests a small takeaway as a thank you for spending time with us and so I hand dipped marshmallows and Oreo cookies in white chocolate, covered them with red sprinkles, and wrapped them in clear bags with a red Mouse head and white ribbon. I was really happy with them.

Chocolate Covered Oreos                 White Chocolate Covered Marshmellows

Mickey Mouse Party Favors

I dressed our dining room table with a red table-cloth, Mouse Head “placements”, white plates, and color coordinating decorations. On the light above the table I hung red, white, and black tissue paper pom-pom balls (which I posted a tutorial for on Tuesday).

Minnie Mouse Themed Dinner Party

Minnie Mouse Theme Table Top

Saturday presented a bit of a challenge. The location where C’s event was held required me to drop off the party decorations at least 24 hours in advance but, since it’s almost 45 minutes away and we had a massive snowstorm, I wasn’t able to meet that deadline. I called them and asked if there was any way I could get into the room earlier so that I would have some time to decorate. They told me it was no big deal if I wanted to show up at 1:45 (the party was at 2:30). What they meant by “no big deal” was “we’re not being honest”.

I showed up at 1:45 only to discover that they had booked our room back to back and the other party was not slated to be out of the room until 2:00. They really tested my resolve with this one. I got into the room around 2:10 or so and had just over 15 minutes to get it decorated, have the food out, and somehow manage to not look like I just threw it all together. “Challenge Accepted!” I’m not really sure how I got it all done but, somehow, it worked:

Minnie Mouse Theme Birthday Party Table

Minnie Mouse Theme Birthday Party

Red, Black, and White Table Top Decorations

Minnie Mouse Decorations

A few of the decorations I used for both parties:

Mickey Mouse Themed Party

Minnine Mouse Themed Party Decorations

Mickey Mouse Themed Party Invitations

The big Mouse ear (pictured above) was actually the invitation for the birthday party. What I did was slip a small white card with the party details between the red and black on the invitation. This was far better than anything I could have purchased from a store. Speaking of…I had made everything but the plates, cups, and napkins for this party. I wouldn’t consider myself the most crafty person so if I can do it, so can you! 🙂

DIY, Pictures, Tutorials

Tissue Paper Puff Tutorial (With Pictures!)

Tissue paper pom-pom balls are, by and far, one of the easiest ways to add some incredible decorations to your special event.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide to help you along the way…

Tissue Paper Pom Pom

Tissue Paper Puff Tutorial Needed Supplies

You will need:

-Ribbon (or clear fishing wire if you’re looking for that ‘floating in thin air’ look)

-Tissue Paper


-2″ Floral Wire

How to make a tissue paper pom pom ball

Begin by folding the tissue paper accordion style (back and forth, back and forth). The larger you make the folds, the bigger your puff will be.

Tissue Paper Pom Pom Ball Steps

Tissue Paper Puff Ball Steps

When you’re done, fold the tissue paper in half (and crease as much as you can).

Tissue paper pom pom tutorial

Cut enough floral wire to safely secure around the center of the tissue paper (where you made the crease when you folded it in half).

Tissue paper flower tutorial

tissue pom pom tutorial

Begin to pull the tissue paper apart, one layer at a time. Be gentle with it because it tends to rip fairly easily.

tissue paper puff flower tutorial

Continue pulling the tissue paper apart until it creates a flowery look on each side.

tissue paper puff ball

When you’re done, it should look a little something like what I’ve got pictured above.

It really is that easy!

Baking, Cupcakes, Daily Life, Food, Pictures

Where I’ve Been…

I went to bed last night with the promise that I would remind myself to write a post letting you all know where I’ve been the last couple of days…You may not have even noticed that I was gone or you may have wondered why I skipped out on Friday Fictioneers this week, either way I’m going to give you an update. A good friend of mine is having a baby (yay!) and is due in February. I had the privilege of co-hosting a small get together in her honor today and have been working on it during my free time the past few days. I’m planning to do a few tutorials but, in the meantime, I thought I’d share some pictures.

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I’ll be back to my regular schedule tomorrow. In the meantime, how did you celebrate your Sunday?


The Surprise

My husband had a big day on Friday (happy birthday, honey!) and I wanted to do something special to help him celebrate. So, I decided to throw a surprise party with a few friends. In case you’re searching for ideas for an upcoming event, I thought it might be nice to share how ours went down. I should mention that this was a little last-minute (having birthdays around Christmas can sometimes make planning a lot more difficult) and I probably could have tweaked the security company script a little better (I’ll get to it, don’t worry). All in all I think it went really, really well. The husband had no idea and the surprise was hysterical. Here’s what happened:

My husband was under the impression that we were going to meet some friends at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner…we weren’t. Instead, some of our friends came over for pizza, beer, and cupcakes. Pulling this off was a lot of fun but it absolutely would not have worked without the help of everyone who came. Here’s why…

Our friends that were “meeting” us for dinner were supposed to call when they were ready to leave their place. That call really came from the two friends who were waiting on our back porch as we left the house. I asked the husband to go ahead and bring our toddler down to the car, warm it up, and get her in her car seat while I grabbed a few things we would need for dinner. I was really letting them into the house and getting out a few of the things for the party, letting them know where they could find the balloons, and growing anxious with excitement.

We drove away while the rest of our guests parked down the street and came over to hide in our living room and wait (that sounds a lot more creepy than it actually was). I needed gas anyway, so it was the perfect excuse to still be relatively close to home in the 15 minute window we had before we would be heading back. I had a friend, who lives out-of-state and has never met my husband, call and pretend to be a representative from our security company calling about our front door alarm.

I thought that part of the plan would go off without a hitch…I was wrong. When the call came in, my husband was a little confused as to who would be calling from a blocked number (our security company always calls from their toll-free number) but I had assumed he wouldn’t think much of it. When the caller indicated they were from the security company, he wasn’t buying it. In fact, he wouldn’t give them any information and thought the call was highly suspect (which, of course, it was). It took some quick thinking to turn the situation around before my husband called our real security company or, worse, the police department.

I happen to keep the number for our security company in my phone and so I pretended to call them and verify what had happened. I reassured my husband that it was, indeed, them who had called and that they had dispatched the police department to meet us at our house for the alarm. Surprisingly, he still had no idea at that point. We turned around and headed back home. On the way, I called the friends who we were supposed to be meeting to let them know that we would be late (really to let them know that we were on our way).

When we got home, I went and checked the perimeter of the house for signs of a break in (which is exactly what I did the last time we had an alarm go off at home). When I got back to the car, I told my husband that it didn’t look like anyone had broken in but I was too nervous to go check the front door so I asked if he would. As I suspected, he obliged.

Our guests had left the door cracked open just enough so that it wasn’t noticeable from the street or the driveway. When my husband went to check the door, he pushed it open ever so slightly and heard a noise (our friend’s daughter) in the house. He booked it back to the car (we were parked on the street), got in the car, and said “someone is IN the house!”.  Trying to contain my laughter, I asked, “What?! What do you mean someone is in the house?”

“The door was open and I heard someone,” he exclaimed.

“Go back in there and see who it is,” I said.

“Hell no I’m not going back in there! We’re waiting for the police,” he replied.

“Just open the door and tell them that we’ve called the police and then come back to the car,” I requested.

“Absolutely not,” he yelled.

“Fine, I’ll go,” I replied.

“If one of us is going it, it’s going to be me,” he urged.

He went back up to the house, opened the front door, and yelled, “WHAT THE F***?!” as he saw his friends waiting for him at the top of the stairs.

“SURPRISE,” they yelled.

It was absolutely hysterical. My poor husband was a little shocked, flustered, and maybe just a little embarrassed but it worked and I guarantee it will be among the most memorable of his birthdays. I feel confident in saying that everyone who was a part of this event enjoyed playing their respective role and it was fun to plan a surprise he would never, ever expect.

As I stated before, it really wouldn’t have been possible without the help of everyone. Here’s the timeline of events from the night:

6:10pm: Friends show up on back porch, call to let me know.

6:15pm: We leave the house.

6:20pm: Friends who were picking up the pizza I ordered arrived.

6:20-6:30pm: Guests arrive.

6:30pm: Call comes in from security company, we head home.

6:40pm: The surprise happens.

Thank you to everyone who came over to help my husband celebrate his big day and thanks to my husband for being such a good sport even though it was a big prank. Honey, you don’t have to worry…I don’t think I will ever be able to top this surprise party. Unless, of course, I can think of something else. 😉