Monday, September 9, 2013

Up Themed Movie Night

Before our last trip to Walt Disney World, I did monthly Family Movie themed dinners.  My family loved them and have anxiously been awaiting the next one.  Well, here we are only 3 months away from our December tonight we had our first movie night.  The theme?  UP!  The decorations were cheap and easy....balloons, Balloons, and MORE BALLOONS!

I also found these ADORABLE (yet tedious to assemble) 3D Character on  They have some really cute printables for UP.

We cannot have a movie night without Movie tickets.

I also printed the "My Adventure Book" and UP bookmarks from
Our table was set with Polka Dot paper plates and chevron napkins wrapped around the fork and tied with twine.  Our glasses were Mason jar cups.

Our Menu for tonight was centered around the Wilderness Explorer so we had:

Dug's Squirrel-dogs (aka Hotdogs)
Carl's Chips
Widerness Explorer Trail Mix
Kevin's Chocolate S'mores

I put all the food in tin pans for a more rustic feel. 

I used a tin muffin pan for each of the kids to assemble their own trail mix.  

Did I mention with UP you use A LOT of Balloons...I had them thrown all over the floor of the kitchen.

The final touch was a little "Adventure Awaits" banner I designed and printed on index cards.  I hung it over the window.

 Little Miss got to "help" me get things ready while the boys were gone to Tae Kwon Do.  We surprised the with it when they came home.  They were very excited!

Be sure to check out my previous dinners and check back next month to see which one we do next.  

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4 months to Disney---PLANES

We had planned on starting our monthly Family Movie Themed Dinners this month...until we realized that it would be right around the release of Disney's Planes.  So our plans changed and we decided to surprise the kids with a Planes DAY.

We started our day at Lowe's for the Build and Grow.  
The projects for August were Dusty and El Chupacabra.  


After we got home from Lowe's the kids went downstairs to play with their new plans while we fixed lunch.  To their surprise, when they came back upstairs, this was waiting for them.  

Nothin elaborate..I cut clouds out of construction paper and hung them from the light fixture.  

Then I had some 2" circle Planes designs that I punched out and used as confetti around the table.  The ate on Planes plates, with Planes napkins and cups.  For dessert cupcakes with Planes rings. Instead of the normal tickets that I do for family movies....we bought each kid "Movie Money" from the theater for a ticket and concessions.  Then I made a Planes cover to go on top.  After lunch and cupcakes we headed to the movies. 



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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Counting down to Disney

My family obviously loves Disney.  The thought of our upcoming trips to Disney turns everyone in our  house into kids. We get giddy with excitement and we begin discussing everything that we MUST DO while we are there.  Before every trip I try to make it as fun as possible and come up with some fun activities.  (You can read that blog post 30 Days to Disney Countdown Activities.)  We start months in advance counting down.  

The VERY first thing we do is set the  Days to Go WDW app on our phones as soon as we make our reservations.  This gives us a daily reminder of how much longer we have to wait.

Somewhere between 1 and 3 months from our vacation we like to make a countdown to display in out house.

One countdown that I made was this large poster.  I had it printed at Walgreens and then put it inside a poster frame. We then hung it on the wall in our family room.  This could be done three ways... you could simply use a dry erase marker and mark off the days.  You could punch out some plain circles to cover each day as you count down. 
Or, i chose to find various character on the internet and then print them out in 2" circles.  I then punched them and we covered our days with different characters.  I did 3 colored backgrounds, because I have 3 kids.  We followed a pattern and then they could tell whose turn it was to apply the countdown for that day. 

Another one we made was a chain countdown.  The chain pieces each had an activity on the back.  Sometimes it was something simple like listen to Disney music and other times it was an activity or game.  We hung it up in our family room and then we took the characters we made for windows decorations and hung them across our mantle.  I attempted to get all of our Disney toys on the hearth (yes we have WAY TOO MANY) but my daughter wanted her toys back in her room.

And still another one I made.  I took an old chore chart and painted it black.  Then we took the tags from the chore chart and wrote numbers 0-9 on each set.  This will allow us to count down for over two years if we choose....which we DO NOT.  We started at 99 with this one.  

Now to some of my favorites that I have found on the web.  There are so many great ones and some are even free printables.

has this cute printable by Britt-ish Designs. 
 I am a big digital scrapbooker and I LOVE  Britt-ish designs.

Here is a great tutorial by Fiddle Dee Me on how to make this cute countdown.

Molding Minds Homeschool used the paint chips from Home Depot to turn their refrigerator into their Disney countdown.

It can even be as simple as taking a normal calendar...adding some mickeys 
AND VIOLA it is a countdown!

And if you are not feeling crafty...check out Etsy.  There are so many cute ideas to purchase.

That is something I have enjoyed sharing with my clients.  Ever since I became a travel agent and started helping people plan their Disney vacations, my favorite thing is to hear how they are counting down.  I love when they send me pictures of a countdown that they made, a special activity that they did, or something that they found online.  I truly love my job and my favorite part of my job is helping you add some magic to your upcoming trip.  If you are wanting to plan a trip to any Disney Destination, please contact me and let me help you sprinkle some of that Pixie Dust Magic on your plans.    Please share with me what you do to get your family excited about their upcoming Disney trip.  
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