How to Decorate for a Disney Party

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Walt Disney World has been called the "happiest place on earth." So it follows that you might want to transport this happiness into your own home for a party. Disney party decorations are abundant in stores and online. With a little creativity, you can easily decorate for a Disney Party.

Things You'll Need

  • A variety of party decorations, some with Disney themes, which may include: balloons table coverings napkins, plates, cups banners streamers posters or wall clings Other Disney toys, costumes, plants and/or lights as desired.

How to Decorate for a Disney Party

  • Select a theme from the dozens of Disney characters and movies. If a Disney theme is already incorporated into your decor (in a child's bedroom, perhaps) or if you already possess items related to a particular Disney theme (stuffed animals, dolls, costumes, snow globes) you might already have a head start toward party decorations.

  • Many stores and websites that sell party supplies carry Disney-themed decorations. You can likely purchase plates, cups, napkins, balloons, streamers, a banner, table clothes, table decorations and more with your chosen theme. However, you might save money by purchasing only a few of the themed items. You will notice that there are a couple of dominant colors for the theme you have chosen. (For example: Mickey Mouse decorations use a lot of red and black, while Tinkerbell decorations have green, and decorations based on the movie "Finding Nemo" would likely use a lot of blue and orange.) You could buy some generic items in those colors.

  • Nothing says "Here's the party" like balloons. Tie a small bunch of balloons filled with helium to the mailbox or outside the entrance to the party's location. You could purchase one themed Mylar balloon and add a few generic latex balloons in complementing colors.
    If you have a CD of Disney music, try hiding a player in a plant near the door so party guests can hear the music and get in the mood before they even come inside.

  • The table is always a focal point, so it is worth expending effort to decorate it well. Themed table coverings would likely be available, although if you will be setting out themed plates and napkins, you might opt for a generic color-coordinating tablecloth.
    Many party decoration sets for sale also offer a table centerpiece. However, if your family has toys related to the theme, you could consider turning those into your centerpiece. For example, Buzz Lightyear and Woody dolls could sit on the table for a "Toy Story" party. Or you could arrange a castle with Disney princess dolls in the middle of the table. Add some greenery or flowers for a fancier effect. Add glitter for a more fanciful appearance. With a little shopping, you might even find inexpensive toys that could serve double-duty as table decorations and prizes for guests.
    Most grocery-store bakeries offer a variety of Disney-themed cakes, too. If you are going to spend the money for the cake, you might as well set it out and use it for decoration.

  • Party banners matching your theme will likely be available wherever you purchase other decorations. You also could look for inexpensive posters, or make your own wall decorations. Check home decorating departments to see if they have stencils or wall clings designed like Disney characters. A simple figure stenciled or painted on a piece of foam board could double as a bean bag toss game by cutting a couple of holes in it. Streamers hung from the ceiling always liven a party, and "twinkle" lights in the party room are an inexpensive way to add a little magic.

  • Be creative, and you may think of other possibilities. A party based on the movie "Cars" could be decorated with checkered flags in a race theme. If you have costumes related to your Princess theme, try tacking them up on the wall to create a royal ball. For a theme with a jungle or forest setting (maybe Winnie the Pooh's "Hundred Acre Woods"), why not have fake vines climbing up the walls and across the ceiling, and place plenty of plants around the room? If your theme is "Pirates of the Caribbean," you might drape fishing nets around the room and give a treasure chest a prominent place in the party room. For a "High School Musical" party, make Wildcats pennants out of simple felt triangles.

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