You have probably seen all our excitement on Twitter about having been selected as a host to show our #DisneySide at a party at home. If you didn’t, believe me when I tell you we are still on cloud nine about it! We set off to A Chinese New Year Celebration To Show Our DisneySide! We received a multi-generational party pack in exchange for our post.
A big thank you to Maria Bailey and the team at Mom Select for honoring us with another year to share our DisneySide. In case you are wondering, last year our #DisneySide was all about Race Day inspired by Cars and Planes! Although truth be told we couldn’t resists and also held a Lilo and Stich pre-DisneySide celebration
We shared a bit of what the Chinese New Year celebrations mean and entail. Then we sett off to make some DIY and crafts to decorate and use during the party. We did “Disneyfy” our crafts and DIY and we will be giving you all of our tips on that as well.
We also put together a yummy Asian menu for the occasion because in all honesty, what is a party without food or noise! Keep in mind that most everything we do share at Cool Moms Cool Tips is either, easy, quick or fun to put together. This means that you should not be slaving over a party. Instead we had loads of smiles and laughter putting it all together.
The day arrived. For our Chinese New Year inspired ourselves in Mulan. So here is our version of the lanterns, lights and decorations – our China Town of sorts!
With our feast menu in order, we set up a table for the food spread
Our guests started arriving at about 5 pm. As they walked in, each of them received a movie ticket to keep. However, the first activity of the afternoon was Disney Trivia for the adults
and a coloring, puzzles, word games station for the kids
When we got hungry, we offered our meal, and added some chicken nuggets for our more picky eaters.
After dinner, while the grown ups sipped some tea and conversed some more, we he got the kids ready with their Asian conical ears and hats. Everyone was excited and my friend raffled some Disney prizes to the first one that could tell their Chinese zodiac sign, the animal of the Chinese zodiac for 2015, to the one who could say hello in Chinese, name the dragon in the Mulan film, and tell whether or not the cricket was a good luck friend or not to Mushu.
Next on the agenda was some fireworks fun! We had plenty of bangs and bright lights along with sparkles and luminaries! Luminaries are send off with good wishes for the new year, and we just had to send off a couple of them. Even though our luminaries were not round, they boasted Mickey ears on them but those were black and in the night they are invisible in the photo.
The fireworks elicited lots of ohhhh ahhh, screams and laughter. The luminaries were a hit and everyone was screaming wishes to the top of their lungs as the luminaries departed 🙂 I think this was the noisiest part of the party besides the big chatter from the dinner table conversations 🙂 . At the end of the firework session our VIP seating for the Mulan outdoor screening was opened to the public!
Popcorn in hand, we all took our places in our lawn we listened to the girls discuss if Mulan was a real princess or not. That could not be settled until we watched the movie, and so we did.
Mushu, the dragon in the movie, gave all of us good laughs, and we cheered when Mulan and friends saved the Emperor! Finally, we returned to the conversations of Mulan: princess of not. The conclusion was that since she was brave enough to take the place of her father in war, and saved the emperor she was proclaimed a princess.
Unfortunately, it was already very dark and the photos are not the best to share of the actual viewing.
It was a wonderful way to talk to the children about another culture and their ways while the adults indulged in good food and fun. Our hearts were filled and the pixie dust was definitively scattered and upon us as we celebrated Lunar New Year DisneySide style at home. We all had the Disney magic in our hearts and wore smiles and our Mickey ears as we planned our next visit together to the most magical place on earth!! Get ready Disney World here we come again!!!!
It was so exciting and heartwarming to see everyone big and small enjoy it all, tell their China experiences if they had some, and learn together about a millennial culture Disney style. GONG HEY FAT CHOY – HAPPY NEW YEAR Everyone!
What did you like best of our celebration?