Do You Have a Princess with a Birthday in the Near Future Too? Disney #DreamParty Ideas!

I’m sharing these Disney #DreamParty ideas as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias. Even though the ideas aren’t mine, since we all know I bump off my friends for crafts and creativity, I’m thrilled to be sharing them with you.
Next month Bug turns 7. That’s right SEVEN and that’s a pretty big deal. She’s almost a teenager or something (I always exaggerate, you know that by now) but luckily she still digs Disney and all things princess. This BIG day calls for a BIG celebration. The only problem is, we all know that although I wish I could say that I’m clever and crafty, I just can’t. But luckily, I have friends that are, and I bump off their ideas all the time which makes my little minions think that I am indeed crafty and clever. Hey wait…maybe that does make me clever after all.
For Bug’s birthday, I want to keep the cuteness high but the cost and work for me low. I’m picky like that. My friend, Jillian, over at the Mommy Testers is always hosting these elaborate parties for her daughter, for friends, for her husband…you name it, she’s hosting these parties. I *might* be a little jealous of her mad skills.
See what I mean? She threw this little get together to reward her daughter for some pretty amazing math accomplishments. At first, I looked at this and almost clicked away. I can’t do anything like this for Bug. That’s just too much for this not-so-crafty momma. But then I read on.
“This week I set out to create a Disney Princess #DreamParty celebration to reward Kayla and couldn’t believe how easy it was to put together. Just so you know, I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias and their client. #DreamParty #cbias Everything you see here is my personal and picky opinion.”


Jillian shares her tips for throwing these amazing parties and it’s really way easier than I thought. Here’s what she had to say:

“When it comes to parties and celebrations I like to keep my decor relatively simple and do a mix of homemade and store bought. Nothing is ever planned far in advance and I craft as ideas come to me. So I was super excited when I was cruising the aisles of Walmart and saw that Hallmark has really stepped up their game and created this whole new Dream Party line of party supplies which go far beyond the thin poly goody bags of my childhood.”

“The best part of this little celebration was that…I only went to one store to get everything including the decorations, the cake, the little toys and the extra items I used to customize the decor.  One stop.  That’s about 4 less than past birthday parties.”
If you’re like me and have a HUGE birthday (or any other occasion) party around the corner, don’t fret. Just hop on over to read tips from Jillian on how to make it a beautiful success without all of the expense, time, and trouble. You can find out all of her tips and crazy amazing tricks by reading about her Disney Princess Dream Party Celebration!

The Party That Almost Didn’t Happen and Bubby’s Big Disney Makeover Reveal

Disclosure: Compensation and products for review were provided by Glidden via Mom Trends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Glidden. 
As I told you last month, we were excited to be given the opportunity to give Bubby’s room an exciting makeover with the help of Disney Glidden Paint. We were off to a great start, and near the end of April everything was panning out well. Disney Glidden Paint was making things easy and their specialty finishes had us all excited. But sometimes life hits, and bumps in the road stand in the way of our best laid plans. 

There was to be an awesome room makeover, a thrilled Bubby, and a Big Reveal Party. MOST of that happened. 
The layer of Definitely Donald (very, very blue paint…just like Bubby likes it) went on without a hitch. We ended up doing a second coat because after drying over the very white paint, I wasn’t pleased with some of the spots shining through. But the coverage of this paint was amazing. And did I mention NO odor? Probably so. I meant that. 

Then we started to plan the party. We invited friends. Everyone was getting sick. Seems April/May are heavy flu months here in Texas and I’d never really noticed it before (although in hindsight I should have since that’s when it hits every year). Here’s where the problems began. We’d invited guests for the 2nd to last weekend in April but they were sick. Then the last weekend in April, but they were sick and it seemed the ick was hitting our house as well, but the room makeover continued. 
I couldn’t find any stencils I liked, so I made my own. Turns out, stencils don’t have to be perfect with Glidden’s Disney Ready, Set, Glow Specialty Finish because it’s very easy to apply with a sponge brush and you have time to wipe away goofs. Dry Q-tips come in handy. I kept them by my side and they helped out a lot!
See? Very forgiving. I loved the way the glow in the dark effects turned out against the very blue paint. This specialty finish was so cool. I wish they had this stuff around when I was a little kid! It actually glows brightly in the dark. Bubby loves it!
Then of course, there was Bubby’s new blanket that he was stoked about. He already had Woody and now Buzz is here to protect him to “Infinity and Beyond” at night while he sleeps in his glowing galactic room. No need to be “agraib” of the dark anymore!

Then it was time for the big reveal. We hadn’t been able to plan a party. No one had been able to come. Then I went out of town on a 3.5 day conference so that weekend was out. I came home and the crazy flu decided to attack. MY HOUSE! Me actually. Seven days of fever, chills, aches, pains, and things I don’t want to mention. But Bubby wanted to show off his room. He wanted a party. We couldn’t bring other children in to this house full of germs. 

So what’s a momma to do? You can’t let your baby down! So we did what any good family would do and we banded together and made it a family gathering. No one but Bubby had seen his room completed anyway. No one around here pays that much attention. I’d already told everyone I knew (in person, by email, in Facebook groups, etc.) how fabulous this process was and I plan on having a huge party once this “disease” is gone. Believe me, I have enough plates, cups, party favors, and gift bags for 20+ children. And I have a $50 Walmart Gift Card as a door prize for one lucky attendee! There will be a huge party. But in the meantime?
Bubby was ready to play and my family made it happen!
Bubby heard we were partying anyway and he and Buzz busted out their best dance moves! Let’s get this party started!
B cooked frozen pizzas. Of course Buzz joined us for this feast.
Bubby played music on his Nabi while Buzz, Woody, and Bug partied it up!
Bug even dressed for the occasion to make her Bubby feel important.
And then it was time for cup cakes and goody bags.
It’s a family party with Buzz and Woody. (And thanks B for running out and buying those cupcakes to make Bubby’s party special. He was so disappointed and I felt so so bad. I didn’t want to drive. You rock!)
While they were partying it up with cupcakes, I had the light glowing on the Ready, Set, Glow effects! Have to charge them up a bit so they glow at full force!
And it might not have been a HUGE reveal to a whole lot of people like originally planned, but it was perfect to me! The big reveal will happen and the good news there is that Bubby is excited that he gets to have two parties.

Bubby was so ecstatic to talk about the stars, and the planets, and the rocket ships. And Bug was amazed at the way they glowed in the dark. We turned the lights on and off 100 times while Buzz, Woody, and all their friends watched. It was a good day despite our set backs. 

As soon as we’re all feeling well, I’ll be back with that huge party update. I promised Bubby. What Bubby wants, Bubby gets. And I need to show you better pictures of the makeover (if the airline will ever answer my claim after breaking my poor DSLR into pieces)

But for now know that if you are at all interested in putting a simple, inexpensive smile on the face of your little prince or princess, Glidden’s Disney Paint and Specialty Finishes can help. With so many options, the possibilities are endless. This was so much fun, I see the All That Glitters finish adorning Bug’s wall in no time. 

Be sure to check out the other #DisneyPaintMom projects on Pinterest to get inspiration for your child’s room makeover. Disney Glidden Paint has so many amazing colors and finishes, you’re sure to find something that will make your little prince or princess smile! 

Full Disclosure: Compensation and products for review were provided by Glidden via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Glidden. In other words, as always, I’m telling it like it is, in my own words, with my own opinions. #DisneyPaintMom #ad

It’s a Disney Paint Makeover in the Making!

I recently told you that Bubby was getting a room makeover. And we’re off to a decent start. He’s so stinking excited. So if he’s excited, I’m excited. I’ve been super duper busy lately but this is important. Like way more important than anything else I’m working on. 

This is what Bubby wants. Have I mentioned that what Bubby wants, Bubby gets? Yea, I have time to makeover his room!

He loves Disney, seriously, who doesn’t? He’s kind of in to a lot of themes right now so deciding on just one wasn’t easy. But when he said he wanted his room “glue” (you know “glue” like his eyes, his shirt, his pants…everything is blue), a light bulb went off. And then, knowing he’s “agrabe” of the dark, I knew what we HAD to do.
Buzz Lightyear! To infinity and beyond…

I had visions of glow in the dark space ships, stars, and planets! I had to get inspired and it seemed like the Disney Paint site was the place to go. I’m going to make his room glow. Apparently it’s pretty easy to get this look with the help of Disney Ready, Set, Glow Specialty Finish Paint!  

This theme fits my island color scheme. I can add island blue to his room (actually Definitely Donald Blue) plus the greens I adore and I can make this thing glow. Since he’s “agrabe” of the dark and all. 

The Disney Glidden Paint color that Bubby selected was dark. I didn’t feel comfortable doing the whole room in a shade that dark so I decided on one accent wall. I started  by taping off the wall he looks at as he sleeps. OK, so I was too short to tape off the top and had to enlist B to finish it off.
Tape finished and ready to paint! I’ve got this!
Supplies ready. Here we glow! I was ready to start my base coat. This would be the canvas for our intergalactic glow in the dark scene.
After taping off the room, as all good kids would do, I painted the border. You know, because it’s so much easier to paint between the lines.

This paint was GREAT! It was actually a one hit wonder or one coat wonder. Whatever! Once I got to rolling, I was impressed. Disney Ultra Durable Paint is made with my kid in mind. It has superior washability which I’m sure Bug will let me test out in no time. But more importantly, to me anyway, I was impressed with the fact that this paint was so thick yet easy to work with. It gave me full wall coverage in just one coat! Plus there was literally no odor. Glidden claims this paint has “virtually no odor” but I swear, there was NO odor. I have a sensitive sniffer and I literally put my nose up to the can (I might or might not have gotten a blob of paint on my nose) because I couldn’t believe it, and I still couldn’t smell anything. 
This is thick, full coverage paint and it’s awesome! And this Definitely Donald, was definitely blue! Just like Bubby likes it. This was panning out very well!

The base coat is finished. As I sit here watching paint dry, literally, I’m working on stencils. Glow in the dark planets, stars, and rocket ships will light up Bubby’s room within the next week. I was so impressed with our base coat, and I can’t wait to get to work using the Disney Ready, Set, Glow Specialty Finish to complete the look.

While I was picking up the paint supplies at Walmart, I found some other fun decorative items for the room to Buzz it up a bit. I’m so excited that I think I’m moving in with Bubby. Or I’m going to do my own room next. I haven’t decided which.

As soon as I’m finished, there will be a big reveal. There will be a party. Oh my glow in the dark stars…even I’m getting excited. 

Bubby keeps asking when his room will be glowing. Soon Bubby, soon!

Stay tuned y’all. The big reveal is on the way. This will be EPIC. I love seeing my Bubby this excited!

Be sure to check out the other #DisneyPaintMom projects on Pinterest to get inspiration for your child’s room makeover. Disney Glidden Paint has so many amazing colors and finishes, you’re sure to find something that will make your little prince or princess smile!

Disclosure: Compensation and products for review were provided by Glidden via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Glidden. In other words, as always, I’m telling it like it is, in my own words, with my own opinions. #DisneyPaintMom