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Disney Princess Birthday Party Ideas: Games & Activities

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My daughter was extra excited for the games I had planned for her Disney Princess Birthday Party. I got some of the ideas from other blogs through Pinterest (check out my entire Disney Princess Birthday Party board on my Pinterest account). There are so many Disney Princess birthday party ideas out there, it was actually hard to narrow it down for her party, but I think we hit the perfect balance. 

Disney Princess Birthday Party Games

Snow White’s True Loves Kiss

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Difference Between Appetizers and Hors d’Oeuvres

I’ve been asked several times over the years, “what is the difference between appetizers and hors d’oeuvres?” So I thought I’d do a little quiz to give you the answer.Test yourself and see how well you know the difference:

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Scenario 1:

You’re invited to a party or wedding reception and arrive to find stations around the room with small bite size offerings. There is a cheese and fruit platter over here, an antipasto platter over there and a display of two – three bite desserts. There is music playing and everyone is mingling around the room enjoying the food offerings with no formal dinner being served.

Appetizers or Hors d’Oeuvres?

Scenario 2:

You arrive at the closing banquet for a conference. You are seated and as the music is playing and guests are arriving you are served three skewers of chicken satay with a peanut dipping sauce. As dinner continues you are then served a menu of other Asian inspired items that complete the theme of the meal.

Appetizers or Hors d’Oeuvres?

Scenario 3:

After a wedding ceremony you are escorted to a cocktail hour where they have waiters passing around items that may or may not all be themed together, but can be held and eaten in 1-2 bites. 

Appetizers or Hors d’Oeuvres?


An appetizer is something you eat before a meal after you have been seated. They are larger than hors d’oeuvres and compliment the menu being served for dinner.  A hors d’oeuvres is more of a finger food and is typically served totally separate from a meal or well in advance of a meal. They are either passed or stationary but are supposed to be eaten in one to two bites. 

How did you do?

It’s so common, especially around the holidays, to be invited to an “appetizer party” (as they are often called), but now you know that is a misuse of the word. Appetizers connote that a dinner will follow, whereas hors d’oeuvres are commonly found at parties with lots of bite sized offerings with no dinner to follow. So from now on, you’ll host or attend an hors d’oeuvres party and serve or eat an appetizer while seated at a dinner party. 

Here is one of my all time favorite hors d’oeuvres recipes that I shared last Fall ! This Bacon Cream Cheese Bread Dip will set you up as host of the year! Bon appetit! 20 Game Day Recipes - events to CELEBRATE!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

Meeska, Mooska, Minnie Mouse!

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One of my best friends from high school recently threw this amazing Minnie Mouse Birthday Party for her two year old daughter. The creativity is outstanding and the details are as darling as they get for this little lady’s special day. I love the mix of store purchased elements with the DIY touches – it makes it feel doable, but custom at the same time! Win-win!

Let’s look at the fun details:

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Invitations:

Minnie Mouse Invitation

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it every time. If you’re having a themed party, that theme has got to begin with the invitations. Let your guests get excited for the fun they’ll have with a cute themed invite! These were made with an electronic paper cutter (a Cricut or Silhouette machine) and she added a grossgrain ribbon for a pop of 3D that makes it all Minnie Mouse!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Decorations:

Minnie Mouse Wreath

This wreath is the perfect thing to let your guests know they’ve arrived at the right place. It would also make a darling room decoration after the party!

Minnie Mouse Party Decorations

– Paper pinwheels added a punch of color to the party space – you can find Paper Pinwheels
in a variety of colors and sizes on Amazon.

– Little tables for little guests were covered in a simple Red Plastic Table covers accented with a cardstock cutout of Minnie Mouse. 

Minnie Mouse Party Food Display

– Hanging over the food display are red Tissue Paper Pom Poms and black Paper Lanterns that are accented with cardstock ears (one of my favorite details!).

– Three handmade garlands hang below the ceiling treatment including cardstock circles sewn together, “Happy Birthday” cardstock Mickey Mouse silhouettes, and a Minnie Mouse bow garland. So perfect!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Food Display:

One of my favorite elements of a themed party is naming the food and they did such a fantastic job! 

– Goofy Grapes
– Minnie’s Carrots
– Toodles Noodles
– Chip’s Chips (from Chip and Dale)
– Donald’s Dip
– Hot Diggity Dogs
– Pluto’s Punch
– Clubhouse Cotton Candy
– Pete’s Pops
Minnie Mouse Food Names

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Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Cake: 

Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake

What two year old girl wouldn’t be over the moon for this cake?! It’s simply incredible. The Minnie Mouse border on the bottom with those impossibly small bows are my favorite detail!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Favors:

Minnie Mouse Party Hats

 I’m in love with these DIY Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse party hats! Can you imagine the excitement of the kids when they walk in and see these?! The sign above them says “We’ve got ears, say cheers!” just like they do on the show! 

I love the decor, food and fun details of this Minnie Mouse themed birthday party, but these next two pictures are my favorite of the entire party. The look on the face of this birthday girl is PRICELESS! 

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 Happiest Birthday Wishes to you Jacqueline! I hope your day ended with the Hot Dog Dance! So long for now!

20 Game Day Recipes

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The Super Bowl is just a couple of weeks away! Football fans everywhere will be glued to their couch on Sunday, February 2nd. As much as we all start our “healthy resolutions” in January, it seems all of that is thrown out the window on Super Bowl Sunday! I’ll admit, my favorite part about entertaining is the food, so I wouldn’t steer you wrong with anything I suggest.

I’ve rounded up 20 Game Day Recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. They really are the perfect food to serve – whether you’re entertaining for the Super Bowl, NBA Playoffs, World Series or Stanley Cup Finals! 

20 Game Day Recipes:

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Bacon Cream Cheese Bread Dip: Events To Celebrate

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Grown Up Dipping Sauce (perfect for Sweet Potato Fries): Our Best Bites

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Chicken Fajita Queso Dip: Inside BruCrew Life

Bacon Chicken Jalapeno Dip: Call me PMC

Beef Enchilada Dip: Damn Delicious

Hot French Onion Dip: Our Best Bites

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo Chicken Wings: 1 World Cafe

 Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings: Chew Out Loud

Grape Jelly Meatballs: Plain Chicken

Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies: Michelle’s Tasty Creations

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Cream Cheese & Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms: Events To Celebrate

Chicken and Bacon Bruschetta Pizza Sliders

Chicken and Bacon Bruschetta Pizza Sliders: Clarks Condensed

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Hot Pizza Bites: Mels Kitchen Cafe

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Buffalo Chicken Wontons: Bakeaholic Mama

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Cheesy Potato Fries: Oh So Delicioso

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Twice Baked Potatoes: The Country Chic Cottage

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (this is my FAVORITE recipe for this): Chow

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BBQ Brisket Nachos: Around My Family Table

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Chili Bar: The Pink Flour

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Bacon Avocado Tomato Toasts: The Haas Machine

Baking Birthday Party

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My adorable niece Erica just turned 13. In fact, her birthday is December 26th – which can be a tricky day to celebrate on, so they held her party the Saturday before Christmas. She and her Mom love to bake, cook and do anything in the kitchen (her mom is the famous Amy at Super Healthy Kids) – so it made sense that she wanted a Baking Birthday Party! I had so much fun brainstorming ideas with her and was so happy she used a couple of the ones I suggested, and even more happy that she came up with some of her own (that were way better than mine)!

This party theme isn’t just for girls either, making pizza and decorating cupcakes is a pretty universal thing. Everyone can get in on the fun!

We started by finding a collection of FREE Baking Themed Party Printables and using them as our jumping off point for the colors of the party.

Baking Birthday Party Invitations:

To accompany the invitation to the party, Erica attached a wooden spoon with ribbon. She also made each girl an apron from some cute chevron print material. I love when an invitation lets you know exactly what type of party it is!

*If you aren’t up for making the aprons – here are some really cute and inexpensive Children’s Aprons

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Baking Birthday Party Food & Activities:

As the girls arrived they were invited to create their very own pizza. They got creative with their pizza shape and topping combinations. This can be as quick and easy (buy prepackaged items) or as gourmet (make your own sauce, chop your own veggies) as you like. The young girls were super happy with the selection, and the pizzas tasted great!

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Need to amp up your supply of Rolling Pins? These 14 Inch Wooden Rolling Pin are CRAZY inexpensive!

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While the pizza’s were baking they had a food guessing contest. Each girl was blind folded and given 6 brown paper bags containing a mystery food item. They had to taste each item and write down on their paper what they thought it was. At the end, the points were tallied and the winner got a prize! They were simple, recognizable foods (or so they thought), but many had a difficult time guessing correctly! 🙂

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After eating pizza, they played a second game. The object is to unwrap candy with baking utencils. They satt on the floor in a circle and had to roll a pair of dice until they got doubles. Once they got doubles they handed the dice off to the person next to them and put on a pair of oven mits and using a wood spoon and spatula, tried to unwrap a Hershey Kiss. If they got the wrapper off they could eat it, but as soon as the person next to them rolled doubles they had to stop where they were and hand over the items for that person to try. They had a really great time playing this! I’ve also seen this done with a king sized wrapped candy bar.

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The final activity was to decorate cupcakes. Piping bags were pre-filled with frosting and there were several options for sprinkles and toppings. Each girl decorated 4 cupcakes and then took them home in a cute little bakery style gift box (like these Pastry Box with Window)

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I just have to point out – don’t you LOVE that baking cups garland?!! I want to do it at every. single. one. of my parties! Want to make one? You can purchase the baking cups here: Wilton Blue Dots Baking Cups, Wilton Pink Dots Baking Cups

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Baking Birthday Party - events to CELEBRATE!

Happiest Birthday wishes to you my dear Erica! Thank you for letting us share all of your cute, creative and FUN ideas!!


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Disney Princess Birthday Party

Disney Princess Birthday Party IdeasThis adorable Disney Princess Birthday Party was submitted by the talented duo – Karson and Betsy. They are a family who are hoping to adopt and I would love if you would hop over to their blog and if you know of anyone looking to place for adoption – help them connect with them.

The details of this party are so much fun! Any little prince or princess would have a ball at this party! Let’s look at the fun ideas they utilized:

Disney Princess Birthday Cake:

Disney Princess Birthday Cake

Using Disney Princess figurines, they created a perfect scene on her adorable cake!

To make your own – this Disney Princess 10 Piece Figurine Set will be perfect!

Disney Princess Birthday Party Activities:

Princess Birthday Party Magic Wands Princess Birthday Party Magic Wand Decorating

It’s essential for any princess to have a magic wand! The little guests got to decorate their own foam stars mounted on bamboo skewers with assorted foam shape stickers.

They could also decorate a crown using these Foam Princess Crowns and Adhesive Back Jewels (500 pc).

Princess Birthday Party Pin the Crown on the Princess

Every princess must know how to put on her crown – so a game of Pin the Crown on the Princess was perfect training. You can buy one for a few dollars: Pin the Crown on the Princess

Princess Birthday Party - Fingernail painting

A Princess must always look polished. The guests got the royal treatment with their nails painted the perfect Princess pink.

Princess Birthday Party REAL Princess Princess Birthday Party Story by Belle

It doesn’t get better than a visit from a REAL DISNEY PRINCESS! Belle stopped by to have story time and the girls were beyond excited! (It was a friend of theirs who agreed to dress up)

Disney Princess Birthday Party Food

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I absolutely love when party food is creatively named and these don’t disappoint! Aurora’s Awesome Carrots, Cinderella’s Cheese Chunks, Snow White’s Apples, Ariel’s Watermelon, Belle’s Bugles and Jasmine’s Jelly Sandwiches were served.

Then they got to get creative with adding different flavored syrups to lemonade for a custom drink.

Create Your Own Flavored Lemonade

Disney Princess Birthday Party Decorations: 

Princess Birthday Party Decorations

I absolutely love the valances of plastic table covers on the ceiling. The tissue paper pom poms and white lantern add the perfect “Chandelier” effect. The colors of pink and purple were used throughout with the table covers, food labels and crafts. For full details on the fun party – see their website.

For lots of themed paper goods, table covers, decorations and favors – check out these Disney Princess Party Supplies.

Want even more ideas? Check out another Princess Party I’ve posted by Marci Coombs.

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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms – Holiday Appetizers

I love appetizer parties – especially around the holidays. There is so much decadent food and appetizers give you that perfect bite. I love just having a taste of lots of different foods food. These Sausauge Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect bite in my world. They combine the deep earthiness of the mushroom with slightly spicy sausage and the richness of cream cheese. Delicious!

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They only take a few minutes to prepare and are baked and ready in 30 minutes! Enjoy!!

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms


16 oz. Button Mushrooms
8 oz. Spicy Italian Sausage (the cream cheese will tone down the heat a lot)
4 oz. Cream Cheese
1/3 c. Panko Bread Crumbs
*Optional: Cayenne Pepper

Gently clean dirt from mushrooms with a damp cloth. Remove stems from mushrooms and set aside. Arrange mushrooms top side down in a 9 x 13 pan.

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Brown and crumble ground Italian Sausage in a pan over medium high heat until cooked through.

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In a food processor add 1 cup of the mushroom stems and pulse several times to chop. Don’t have one? I use the Cuisinart Food Processor and love it. Christmas is coming – better add it to your list!

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Add the ground sausage, bread crumbs and cream cheese and process until combined. Taste the mixture and add cayenne pepper for more heat ½ tsp at a time (this will depend on the type of sausage you purchase and your personal taste).

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Spoon mixture into mushrooms using a small spoon.

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Bake uncovered at 400 for 30 minutes.

Click here to print the recipeSausage Stuffed Mushrooms

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Minnie Mouse Party Ideas

Minnie Mouse Party Ideas

November 18, 1928 is Mickey Mouse’s birthday! That means he is turning 95 years old this year, he’s looking really good if you ask me!

Here are some fun facts about Mickey:
– Walt Disney was the voice for the original Mickey Mouse
– Mickey first appeared in “Steamboat Willie” – the first cartoon with sycronized sound!
– Walt Disney originally named him Mortimer, but his good wife convinced him to reconsider and suggested Mickey instead.
– Mickey’s first spoken words were “Hot Dogs!” in The Karnival Kid

In honor of Mickey, I’m sharing some adorable birthday party ideas from my friend Kara from Simplistically Sassy. For full details on the party go here. Where would Mickey be without Minnie, right?

Minnie Mouse Party Favors:

– DIY Minnie Mouse ear headbands 

*she made hers but, here are Minnie Mouse Ears w/ Bows (8 Pack) that are less than $1 each!

– Minnie Mouse cups filled with stickers, jewelry and treats

*These are the cups she used:Minnie Mouse Bow-tique 16 oz. Plastic Cup
* Here are cute Minnie Mouse stickers: Minnie Mouse Bow-tique Sticker Sheets
*And this is the perfect cute jewelry:Pearlized Diamond Bead Necklaces & 24 Bracelets in Pink 

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– Minnie Mouse applique t-shirts

* You can get the plain white t-shirts for about $3.00:Gildan Short Sleeve T-Shirt

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Minnie Mouse Party Treats:

– Minnie & Mickey Mouse cupcakes with Oreos and string licorice

Minnie Mouse Party Ideas

– Ice cream scoops with mini Oreos and pink sprinkles

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Minnie Mouse Party Activities:

– Minnie Mouse coloring pages

* Which you can print FREE here.

– Create your own Candy Necklace

* This is the little kit pictured below:Heart Candy Necklace Kit

Minnie Mouse Party Ideas

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