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Fairy tale party ideas

The happiest bar mitzvah on earth

for The Brooklyn Paper

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A charming Cheshire cat cake.
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Dressing like Belle from “Beauty & the Beast” is a great idea for a Disney-themed bat mitzvah.
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A cute mouse ear balloon idea.
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A Disney Cars cupcake tower.
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A cool “Fantasia” graffiti wall idea for decor.
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A decor idea for a “Toy Story” party.
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Making a Little Mermaid mosaic can be a fun activity or a gorgeous gift.

Once upon a time, you thought your little prince or princess was just like Peter Pan — they’d never grow up. But now that they’re about to embark on adulthood, why not “Lilo and Stitich” them together a bar or bat mitzvah celebration that honors their youth? A Disney-themed fete can make any reception hall seem the happiest place on earth. All you need is a little bit of inspiration, ingenuity, and a pinch of fairy dust. Let us help you create a party that your guests and kid will remember happily ever after. Here’s the bear necessities. (To see all of our theme ideas in pictures, check out our Disney Pinterest page!):

Food

Use iconic foods from each of your favorite Disney films to create your menu. Start off with Aladdin’s bread and butter, and give the adults a chance to visit Gaston’s Tavern and grab a beer. For an appetizer, offer your friends the Ursula’s evil eels’ sushi roll or a kosher choice of Bambi’s mixed greens salad. As your entree, serve an option of Lady and the Tramp’s spaghetti and meatballs or The Lion King’s zebra steak — a strip steak. End your meal with Alice’s “Grow big” and “Eat me” candies or Mickey Mouse melon balls. If you’re more of a traditionalist and want a cake, Cinderella’s castle surrounded by all the Disney princesses is an elegant choice, as are pretty princess pops that allow your guests to guess the animated heroine. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, you can also set your food at a Be Our Guest buffet station and let your friends eat like a beast.

Decor

Hang up paper lanterns like the ones in Tangled so it looks like they are floating away, string up midnight clocks as a nod to Cinderella, and let your guests wish upon a star by hanging white holiday lights around the room to look like the night sky.

Use dishes — paper or ceramic —that look like they belong in a castle. They can be accented with gold or flowers to give the table a royal or “Fantasia” feel. Place notes by all the “dinglehoppers” telling guests not to use forks as combs, like Ariel did in “The Little Mermaid.” Label each table after a beloved character. Your place cards can have a picture of the character as well as a famous quote. For instance, a place card for Genie’s table can say, “You ain’t never had a friend like me!” You can also design your centerpieces to be a large cutout of the character or for a more personal look, a cutout of the character and your child superimposed in the movie’s setting is always fun.

Top your guest book table with a mouse ears balloon sculpture that’s sure to make your theme apparent and make the book look like a fairy tale storybook. For a personalized twist, include a Polaroid camera (or place the photo booth close to the guest book table), double-sided tape or glue, and a magic mirror prop close to the table. That way guests can snap a shot of themselves, paste the picture in the book, and write something about the party right below it. You and your child will love reading what all of your friends had to say — and how they looked on the magical day — for years to come!

Entertainment

Have your guests feel like the Belle of the ball with a romantic waltz. Hire dancers with ballet and classical dance backgrounds, and have them teach the kids how to dance the waltz to “Once Upon a Dream,” and then present it to the adults at the end of the night. You can also have a waltz contest after the lessons, and give away prizes like Disney soundtracks to the best dancers or for the winner (if your budget can allow it) a ticket to Disney World to go with the bar mitzvah boy or girl. If dancing isn’t your thing, a Merida-approved archery contest can also suffice. For your more Bashful guests, you can also create a craft table where they can make tissue tubes of the seven dwarfs, or poison apples out of soda bottles, which doubles as a fun and inexpensive party favor.

Giveaways

Give your guests a Mary Poppins bag filled with endless Disney goodies. You can give them a small Genie lamp (preferably made of chocolate), a copy of Pocahontas’s necklace, hair accessories that Rapunzel would love, Belle’s favorite book, and a teacup stolen from the Mad Hatter. Throw in Sleeping Beauty’s tiara and your enchanted giveaway will be a dream come true!

The only thing that could make this night more charming would be if Mickey could get his magical mops to clean up when it is over!

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