#DisneySide Party Wreath Giveaway

DisneySide Party Wreath

For quite some time now, I have had the #DisneySide Party Fever and as my party is this weekend I thought I would share (literally) my favorite thing that I have made!

I wanted a unique and festive wreath to greet our guests as they arrived, and I wasn’t having luck finding what I was looking for so I decided to try to make a balloon wreath myself!

Here is what you will need for the #DisneySide Party Wreath Project:

  • 14″ straw wreath wrapped in plastic (I chose this, because it is easy to work with and extremely inexpensive)
  • 2 Yards of Ribbon to hang your wreath (I used tulle, because it is what I had on hand)
  • Floral or Dressmaker Pins
  • Approximately 300 9″ latex party balloons (My Dollar Tree has 25 in a package for $!
  • Styrofoam balls in two sizes
  • toothpicks
  • Low temperature hot glue gun and glue
  • black paint
  • glitter

Now that you’ve got all your supplies together, lets get going on your #DisneySide Party Wreath!

I like to start by getting all the materials I needed organized. I opened all the balloon packages, and emptied them into a container that was easy to get into. I chose a large plasticware container, because I am clumsy and I was worried I would knock it over! ūüôā

DisneySide Party Wreath

DisneySide Party Wreath

The next thing I did was to tie my ribbon around my wreath to make a hanger. I suggest this step even if you are going to be using a wreath hanger, because it makes placing the balloons on the wreath easier.

DisneySide Party Wreath

I like to wrap my edges of the tulle instead of cutting them off, because I have a tendency to cut too close to the knot which usually leads to it untying itself.

DisneySide Party Wreath

Now comes the fun part…placing the balloons!

I like to hang my wreath up to place the balloons to give a better idea of how the balloons will lay once it is hung on the door.

DisneySide Party Wreath

My goal was to create a really full balloon wreath, so before I put the pin into the balloon I folded it in half with a little twist.

DisneySide Party Wreath

Don’t worry if your wreath looks a little thin at first! You really won’t get a good idea of where you need to add balloons for fullness until your wreath is about halfway done.

DisneySide Party Wreath

DisneySide Party Wreath

DisneySide Party Wreath

To have a fully finished look, I also pinned balloons to the back of the wreath.

DisneySide Party Wreath

It took me about an hour of pinning (your fingers will not feel so hot) to fill my wreath out to my liking, but it was totally worth it!

While my fingers were recovering I turned my attention to the ‘Hidden Mickeys’ I wanted to place on the wreath!

I first organized the Styrofoam balls into my ‘Hidden Mickeys’ and glued them together.

DisneySide Party Wreath

DisneySide Party Wreath

MAKE SURE THAT YOU ONLY USE A LOW TEMPERATURE GLUE GUN ON STYROFOAM! It is really awful if you don’t, and can lead to burns so be super safe!

DisneySide Party Wreath

After the glue has dried I put toothpicks into them and using a 1″ sponge brush I painted them with black acrylic paint.

DisneySide Party Wreath

DisneySide Party Wreath

My glitter skills are not the best, so I use a little cheat…

When the glue is still tacky I use spray on glitter that you would normally use in your hair.

When you are spraying the glitter, make sure you are either outside or are in a very well ventilated room! Safety first!

DisneySide Party Wreath

After the ‘Hidden Mickeys’ is dry, I use the toothpicks from painting them to place them on the wreath.

DisneySide Party Wreath

I liked to make sure that I wasn’t trying to push the toothpick through a balloon on my wreath, so I moved them aside to pin them directly into the wreath.

DisneySide Party Wreath

And just like that you have your own #DisneySide Party wreath!

DisneySide Party Wreath

Don’t have time to make your own? You are in luck, because I made an extra wreath that you can win! Make sure you read the contest rules below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And if you are wondering what we might be doing at our #DisneySide Party, here is a peek!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4dEqai9r4g&list=UUxhza5Nkv4ukqKmIFLE9dgA&feature=share&index=4

Contest Rules:  Contest is open to Residents of the United States who are eighteen (18) years and older. Void where prohibited by law. We use rafflecopter to choose one lucky winner at random, and each & every contest entry will be verified. The winner of our contest will be contacted by email (so be sure to double check your entry) and will have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. Any questions? Contact shelley@onthegoinmco.com

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Grand Floridian Resort Lobby’s Hosts Some Beautiful Hidden Gems

Grand Floridian Resort Lobby’s Hosts Some Beautiful Hidden Gems

The other night I was wandering around the lobby at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and as I was listening to the band play I stumbled upon something that I had never seemed to notice before.

As I was admiring the amazing tiles that can be found in the Grand Floridian’s Lobby, I looked a little closer and noticed something for the first time.¬† Hidden in the marble and stone floors of the resort were some of my most favorite characters. ¬†At first I only noticed the¬†silhouettes¬†of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto in the entry of the lobby. ¬†But as I was about to head out to my car, a friendly Grand Floridian cast member, who had seen me admiring the floor of the lobby, asked me if I had seen the other characters around the lobby.¬† And when I said that I hadn’t seen any of the other characters, he gave me a detailed tour of the lobby and made sure that I saw all the other hidden characters.¬† Also hidden in the lobby were Tinkerbell, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Peter Pan and Cinderella dancing at the Ball.

One of my favorite details can be found just above where you find Cinderella at the ball. If you go up the staircase, you will find in the carpet that Cinderella’s Carriage is waiting to whisk her home from her night.

I was amazed that even after all the times, and the countless times that I had walked through the lobby of the Grand Floridan, that I had never seen these hidden gems.

It was a great way to explore the Grand Floridian in a way that I hadn’t done before, and now I can’t wait to explore other resorts to see if I can find other hidden characters and gems!

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Hunting for Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World

Hidden among the attractions, shows, resorts, and just about any other place you can think of are Hidden Mickeys.

Hidden Mickeys are created by Imagineers and are hidden among their creations like a signature. They can take many different shapes and forms, from the traditional 3 circle mickey or even a profile of the famous mouse, but one thing remains the same…that they are there to be found and enjoyed.

Steve and Vickie Barrett have lovingly created fascinating books and an amazing site about the pursuit of finding these hidden gems.

While they might not know it, they have created a family obsessed with Hunting for Mickeys wherever we go.

I thought that I would start sharing a few of my favorites from all around Walt Disney World.

My favorite Park is Epcot, so let’s go!!!

The Mickey is hidden in the Japan Pavilion at Epcot.

 

I love this one at Test Track...

 

This one in Morocco is pretty obvious, but I still love it!!!

 

This is Zoe's favorite Hidden Mickey!!!

 

Here is another one from Test Track...

 

What are some of your favorite Hidden Mickeys in Epcot?

 

 

 

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