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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. It’s a party planner battle: appetizers vs hors d’oeuvres! 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 in the hors d’oeuvres vs appetizers quiz?

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. Hors d’Oeuvres are often served on individual small tasting plates with cute mini forks that take you back to your tea parties from childhood. So from now on, you’ll host an hors d’oeuvres party with small bites and serve 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!  Spread a little on each crostini and your guests will be begging for the recipe! 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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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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Planning a Wedding in Two Months or Less

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How to plan a wedding in 2 months

In Utah (where I live), it is very typical for an engagement to only last 2-3 months. People don’t consider that strange at all. In fact, my own was just under 3 months and it wasn’t difficult at all to find venues and vendors not only available, but “in the know” on such a short timeline. That isn’t the case in most other locations, and that’s why I’m sharing my best tips on how to plan a wedding fast!

Planning a Wedding in Two Months or Less

Set Your Expectations

The time limit may mean that you have to sacrifice some of your ideal wedding dreams for more realistic ideas. This doesn’t have to mean that it won’t still be amazing, it just means that you will find several areas that will need compromise as you proceed with planning. Set your list of things you MUST have a certain way, and then let everything else have a little flexibility. 

Ask For Help

With such a short timeline, you’ll need to call in reinforcements. This isn’t a “Don’t be afraid to ask for help”, it’s a “You HAVE to ask for help!” situation. If you’re a controlling person (like me), and have had your dream wedding planned for years, this might be the trickiest thing to do, but in the end you have to focus on the marriage, not the linen colors. There are a lot of people who would LOVE to help, but need to be asked first, so be brave!

Planning Meeting

To start you need to have a planning meeting with your fiance. What do you each envision and what is realistic for your timeline and budget. Then, have a planning meeting with your parents to get their input. Important decisions to make during your planning meetings are:

  • What is your total budget?
  • Who is invited to the wedding?
  • What type of wedding will you have? Time of day (breakfast, lunch or dinner), Day of the week (middle of the week weddings are wonderful, especially for securing a venue), Where will the wedding be held? Where will the reception be held? Will you have a small reception with hors d’ouveres after the ceremony, or a full meal? 
  • Who will be responsible for what?
  • Who will be in the wedding party?

Set a Date and Send a Save-the-Date Email

Once you’ve had your initial planning meeting you need to select a date based on the feedback you received. Because many guests will need to make work and travel arrangements, send out an electronic save the date while you wait to get actual invitations made. Have this include the RSVP since you can’t wait for the invitations to be mailed and then to have them mail back an RSVP. 

Reserve Your Venue

Get creative! Ask around among your friends and family to find out whether you can use someone’s backyard for your event. If that doesn’t work, check other locations like
parks, clubhouses or churches.

Select Your Bridal Party

Contact those in your bridal party and ask them to be a part of your wedding. There may not be time to order traditional bridesmaids dresses, so give them a color palette and let them select a dress that is flattering to them. I recommend asking each wedding party member to have a specific responsibility. Ideas can include:

Hire a Photographer and Videographer

If you aren’t able to find one available on your date and in your budget ask around to find a friend or a friend-of-a-friend. My main advice on this is, DON’T USE A FAMILY MEMBER! Use someone that isn’t meant to be in any of the photos or videos. Find someone detached enough that they won’t be found on the dance floor when they should be taking pictures of the dancing. Pay them a little and give them access to a great DSLR camera if they don’t have their own and put them to work! 

Mail Your Wedding Invitations ASAP

Have a simple engagement photo shoot and get the edits done as quickly as possible. You can either use a free wedding invitation template from a big box retailer like Costco or Walmart or expedite (costs more) the shipping from a site like Minted, Shutterfly or Vistaprint. 

Find A Wedding Gown

With not much time for ordering a custom gown or even alterations, it’s important that you begin your hunt right away. If the bridal stores near you don’t have what you are looking for consider other options. I rented my bridal gown and loved going that route, you can also look online for previously worn dresses or borrow a dress from a friend. 

Obtain a Marriage License

You may be wondering what the requirements are to get a marriage license. The rules for obtaining a marriage license vary from state to state. Check with your city clerks office to make sure you’ve got everything you need. Many will have information on their website about waiting periods, identification and documentation needed, and fees required.

Flowers and Decor

Many venues will already be “dressed” enough that you won’t need to decorate much at all. Still, you may want to have simple arrangements for the bridal party and the ceremony/reception space. If you’ve got a friend or family member with a green thumb, purchase in-season flowers in bulk from a wholesale store (like Costco or Sams Club) the day before the wedding and ask them to make the arrangements.  You can get inexpensive bulk vases to put them in. This is where flexibility on colors and style are the theme of the day. You won’t be able to guarantee certain flowers, but with a broad enough color palette and style, you can certainly make it work! For even more simplicity, consider a flower-free centerpiece. They can be assembled ahead of time – which means you can DIY it rather than finding a vendor to do it. 

Order Your Wedding Cake

A lot of large, well-known bakeries are booked months in advance. However, grocery stores and smaller bakeries make delicious cakes on short notice. Consider more contemporary dessert options like: a Cupcake tower, a Donut display or a Waffle cake.

Simplify the Food 

Hosting a brunch wedding? Many breakfast foods can be made and or purchased in advance which make them ideal if you’re doing it yourself.  Rather than a full meal, serve passed hors d’ouveres during a cocktail type reception following an early afternoon ceremony. I have lots of teenage nieces and nephews that would be great at passing out bites of food. Don’t forget the desserts! A chocolate fountain or candy buffet is easy to arrange. Here are 10 Fabulous Dessert Bars for more ideas. And again, ASK FOR HELP! 

Secure Entertainment

I hired a friend that graduated in piano performance to play background music at my reception. Others will go with hiring a band or DJ. The type of entertainment you select will largely be determined by your style, theme and budget. The important thing is to get creative. Get on social media and ask around for lesser known groups that will have more open availability. 


It sounds so simple, but the stresses of planning a wedding are real! This will be a test of compromise, multi tasking, budgeting, reconciling different opinions and so much more! What a great preparation for marriage, which is really what this is all about! Don’t forget to enjoy the process of planning the celebration of your marriage.

Congratulations on your engagement!

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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