Thursday, February 21, 2013

Disney Party Boards...21st Birthday Party

Let's face it we all love a good Disney party no matter how old we get.  As parents and grandparents we get to enjoy them through our kids and grandkids, but what do you do when you are turning 21 and want a more adult themed Disney party?  Today's Disney Party Board should help guide you in the right direction.

I chose black and white as the color pallet for this party to give it an air of sophistication, bright colors would make it seem more immature.  If you would like to add a splash of color keep it simple by adding little red touches around the room like red picture frames or pillows. 

The food here was inspired by favorites from Walt Disney World restaurants.  You can find lots of great  Disney recipes online, just substitute your favorites for the ones below.

Disney 21st Birthday Party Board

  1. Disney Collectible Display - Every Disney fan has something they like to collect from trading pins to figurines, like these from Jim Shore, to Vinylmation.  Fill a curio cabinet, bookcase or china cabinet with your collection as a nod to the Disney theme.  They also make a great conversation starter.
  2. Disney Trivia Game - Especially fun if you have friends who are Disney fans, play a Disney trivia game or even Disney Charades.  If there are lots of guest split into 2 or 3 teams.  Everyone is sure to learn something new about Disney and who doesn't enjoy healthy competition.
  3. Framed Cinderella Castle Blueprint - I bought a full size blueprint of Cinderella Castle about 3 years ago and have been meaning to have it framed.  It would be a great backdrop to a dessert table or a great conversation piece for your guests.  If you prefer you can always use a poster from your favorite Disney movie or a large Disney print. You could also opt to create personalized Subway Art like mine below.
  4. Mickey/Minnie Caramel Apple Favor - Make these adorable Mickey and Minnie apples, just like the ones you can find at Walt Disney World, and wrap them individually.  Display them on a pretty tray or in a basket beside the door for guests to take home as a party favor.
  5. Le Cellier Cheese Soup - I chose this soup because it is a huge crowd favorite with the Disney Community. And it pairs perfectly with (#10) Pretzel Bread.   If it's a little heavy or your party is in the summertime consider swapping it for a Mozzarella and Tomato Salad that is served on the Disney Cruise Lines.
  6. Black & White Damask Tablescape - I chose a damask pattern for the tablescape, it is a current yet classic design.  When setting the table place a wine and a water glass at the 10 and 2 o'clock position  of the plate to create a Hidden Mickey on the table.  True Disney fans will be sure to notice.
  7. Grand Floridian Dessert Sampler - I went with a variety of small desserts rather than a large birthday cake.  Diners at the Grand Floridian love this dessert sampler which includes a Key Lime Tart, Lemon Cheesecake, Chocolate-Hazelnut Mousse Cake and Tiramisu.  I have searched for a chocolate Mickey like the one in the center of the plate to no avail.  If you know where I can buy some please let me know!!
  8. Art of Walt Disney Book - Display hard cover Disney books on a coffee or end table, even use them as an accent on your table with (#4) Mickey & Minnie Apple Favors.  Any Disney themed coffee table book will do, I just happen to own this one.  
  9. Rosa Regale - A favorite wine found in Italy in the World Showcase at Epcot described as "slightly sweet red sparking wine with rose petal aromas and strawberries, raspberries and cranberries on the palate."
  10. Le Cellier Pretzel Bread - If you serve the Cheese Soup you gotta have the Pretzel Bread!  Enough said!!
  11. Disney Quotes - Print your favorite quotes from Walt Disney or Disney movies and frame them.  A simple decoration with a subtle nod to the Disney theme.
  12. Grand Marnier Orange Slush - I chose this crowd favorite as the signature drink for the party.  If you have another Disney cocktail favorite feel free to substitute. 
  13. Disney Mocktails - Remember not everyone drinks and there could be underage people at the party.  Be sure to offer them some great mocktails like this Chilled Rose Blush Lemonade, Frozen Dessert Violet Lemonade or Strawberry Slush found at Disney during the Food and Wine Festival.
  14. Mickey Tuxedo Oreos - I saw these Tuxedo Oreos on Gotta Create Blog and fell in love.  They are simple but look very elegant.  I would add Mickey Ears using chocolate melting discs for the perfect finishing touch.
  15. Sam Adams - Some of your guests will prefer beer to wine and cocktails. Be sure to offer some domestic and import options.  Beers and Ears is a great place to do some research!
  16. Writer's Stop Famous Carrot Cake Cookies - All DisNerds know and love these Carrot Cake Cookies!! Thanks to my friend Amanda aka Disney Go To Girl you can make them yourself.  Another great favor to offer guest as they leave, you can even put them in the little white cellophane bags like they do at Writer's Stop.
  17. Yachtsman Steakhouse NY Strip - On our last trip to WDW we stayed at the Yacht Club and fell in love with the Yachtsman Steakhouse.  This Bourbon Marinated NY Strip is sure to be a crowd favorite, but be sure to have a seafood or chicken option for those who don't eat red meat.  Perhaps Chicken Marsala served at the Swan and Dolphin or Ahi Tuna Oscar from the Kona Cafe. 
I almost forgot this cute Mickey Icon Centerpiece!

 If you are having this party for guests under the legal drinking age have only the mocktails and replace the wine and beer with punch or soda.  Also, make sure your guests drink responsibly and have a designated driver, we want everyone to get home safely.

Have a Magical Day!
Donna Kay


  1. Great ideas for this Party Board, I wouldn't pick One I like them all. Especially the Dessert sampler which I haven't tried yet and the pretzel bread...

    1. Thank you Diane!! I am seriously considering planning my own 50th birthday party using some of these ideas.


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