Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Disney-Inspired Baby Shower

At the beginning of November my mother threw me a beautiful baby shower in preparation of my first child. Despite the relentless rain, it was a wonderful day that brought tears to my eyes. What was the theme of the party? Disney, of course!
Tom and I decided upon a Magic Kingdom theme for our son's nursery so my mom ran with the idea for the shower. She would only tell me the date and time of the shower and nothing else, as she didn't think it was a great idea to surprise a pregnant woman (for this, I am eternally grateful) but she wanted to keep everything else a surprise.

Here are some details from my picture perfect shower:

We found the invitations on Etsy from a wonderful seller, SomethingPrintable. We provided her with the details of my shower and she entered the information into the design. She then emailed us the high resolution image, which we printed from Office Max. It came out amazing!

For a mere $12, I thought that this was incredibly reasonable and fun. I highly recommend SomethingPrintable for shower invitations.

We had two favors for my shower. My mother-in-law knew exactly what I've been craving throughout my pregnancy and got custom-made Rice Krispy treats from local baker and friend, Sweet Ness by Vanessa. Vanessa made these awesome-looking and DELICIOUS treats, which I ate for days after the shower. If you're in the New York City area, check out Vanessa's Facebook page.

My mom also picked up these packages of popcorn from Baby Love Diaper Cakes. They were adorable and everyone seemed to like the idea.

As cool as the popcorn wrappers from Baby Love Diaper Cakes were, their centerpieces were even more wonderful. My mom worked closely with Nancy, the company owner, who created these fun and functional pieces. While these looked amazing, we were truly even more amazed by what came out of them when we took them apart!

There were three different designs, which included:
- Onesies (really nice ones, not cheap ones!)
- Infant diapers
- Washcloths
- Blankets

We do not ever have to purchase infant diapers thanks to these centerpieces, and for that, I'm eternally grateful. Visit Nancy's website to see all of her unique designs. 

As you know edible items are my favorite. My sister-in-law Samantha surprised me with this gorgeous cake, by Sweet Cucina in Staten Island.

The cake was breathtaking and everyone clamored to take a photo of it. Not only did it look great, it also tasted great! Inside it was a vanilla cake with cookies and cream filling.

Visit Dani from Sweet Cucina on Instagram and Facebook

In addition to the great cake, my Aunt Elena made her famous sugar cookies. She doesn't sell them, but she should! My only regret was that the cookies were all gone before I could put some aside to take home!

I had an absolutely amazing time at my shower and I am so grateful for my wonderful family and friends. I loved all of the choices my mom, mother-in-law and sister-in-law made. My son is so lucky and I can't wait to show him all these photos one day. I just would like to point out that all of these items were paid for and since my family handled this all, they did not know I was a Disney blogger or that I'd be reviewing these items.

I'll leave you with a few photo of my Disney-inspired gifts. Leave me a comment if you have any questions about the items mentioned above.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

How to Turn Disney Pins into Art for Your Home

Pin trading has never really been my thing. While there are entire stores and kiosks devoted to the activity at Disney Parks, I never really was one to partake. That doesn't mean that I didn't collect any pins throughout the years. However, I never really made any purchases with the intent of trading. Instead I collected pins that were meaningful to me.

While cleaning out closets in my house for the imminent arrival of Baby Mo, I came across a bag of lanyards and books of pins. It sort of broke my heart. They certainly weren't going into the garbage, but it made no sense for them to sit in the back of the closet. 

Fast forward a couple of weeks - my husband and I went to Michael's to buy some frames for the nursery. That's when we came across this shadow box. For under $20 we picked it up and brought it home. My husband insisted that it would be perfect for our pins but I was skeptical.

I was incredibly pleased with the outcome! I was able to include my cast member nametags, our honeymoon pin, anniversary pin, Disneyland first visit pin and other meaningful pins. We were able to include pins from the special tours we've done throughout the years, including Keys to the Kingdom and Walking in Walt's Footsteps. We even were able to include a lanyard from our D23 Magic and Merriment special event and a lei from our Valentine's Day stay at Disney's Polynesian Resort.

We didn't include every pin we own; rather we used the shadow box to truly display the pins that had a special meaning to us. I had a ton of Cast Member pins from the Disney College Program. I even had a guest "thank you" pin from a very special couple. This elderly couple (Richard and Rachel) came through Space Mountain at least once a week and would give their "You are Very Special to Us" pins to Cast Members who went above and beyond to make their trip special. It honestly meant so much to me at at the time and I truly am so happy to see it hanging rather than rotting away in my closet.

We have plenty of less meaningful pins left to trade when we head to Disney Parks.

Have you used a shadow box to display your pins? I'd love to see your photos! Share with rosanne . mottola @ gmail.com. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

A Very Disney Holiday Party

Welcome to those of you joining me from Rolling with the Magic and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the third stop on our Magical Blogorail.

I love the Christmas season. Each and every year my family goes over the top with Christmas decorating. It's something that my Dad has always enjoyed and apparently the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. 

Just a small preview of what we do each year at my parents' home!

Between my parents (DVC members) and my husband and I (Disney fanatics) we tend to go over the top when it comes to Disney Christmas decorating. It shouldn't be any surprise to anyone who knows us!

As if we needed any additional excuses, hosting a holiday party is a great reason to go above and beyond with Christmas decorations. If you're having a Disney-themed party, I suggest picking a narrow topic (for example, Walt Disney World or Disney movies) and sticking with it. Once you have that in mind, go to town! There are SO many Disney-inspired Christmas items available.

Now, please let me contradict myself. As you can see we're over the top with our decorating, but that doesn't mean you have to be when decorating for a Disney party. Your Disney touches can be subtle, and if they are, it can be even more beautiful! Here are some of my favorite Disney items that can be on display in your home and add the perfect touches:

1) Ornament Holder Tree 
I absolutely love my Disney ornament holder tree. The truth is, after 30 years of Disney vacations, we've accumulated quite a few Disney ornaments. Some of them are extremely special to us and we feel that these ornaments get lost on our big tree. Therefore, we love displaying our special ornaments on this tree holder for all to enjoy. I do not believe this particular holder is for sale anymore (there are a few on ebay) but you can truly get any ornament tree for your Disney ornaments. 

2) Disney Christmas Village
Though it's not quite the amazing Christmas village display at Disney's Yacht Club Resort, we have our own little Christmas village and several pieces are an ode to Disney. A few years ago Disney had their own village set with pieces inspired by Main Street USA. Unfortunately they have been discontinued. However, you're not out of luck. Department 56 makes incredible Disney themed village pieces that would add a special magical touch for your Disney village. 

Want to spruce up your display? Simply purchase "snow" for the top of a regular folding table and use a red or green plastic table cloth underneath, as you can see in the photo below. We also stitched on a special ribbon to make the table even more fancy. The best part about the table cloth? It hides all the wires underneath from the lighted village pieces. 

3) Jim Shore Disney Christmas Collection
There is truly nothing I enjoy more than Jim Shore Disney collectibles. In fact, I commented on a friend's Facebook post last week that I think I pay Jim Shore's mortgage. Regardless, his items are absolutely beautiful, simple yet ornate, and perfect for showing off your love of Disney at Christmastime. 

While these figures aren't cheap, they also won't make you break the bank. We add one or two to our collection each year and we've accumulated quite a few over the years. Check out the Jim Shore Disney Christmas Collection on Jim's website

I hope you enjoyed viewing some of my favorite Disney Christmas decorations. Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year! 

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is For the Love of Disney.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ A Disney Mom's Thoughts - Mickey Mouse Christmas
2nd Stop ~ Rolling with the Magic - A Muppet Christmas Carol Movie Night
3rd Stop ~ The Disney Point - Disney Holiday Party Decorations (You are here!)
Final Stop ~ For the Love of Disney - Disney's Prep & Landing Themed Christmas Party