I don’t know how I ended up planning a Disney Moana party as I was adament I wasn’t going to do a birthday party for Alfie this year. I’ve said that for the past three years and I always do one. I LOVE planning parties but I have a tendancy to get carried away and then can get annoyed and upset when things don’t work out how I want them to. So having just had Henry, I decided I wasn’t in the best state of mind for party planning. Until Alfie asked me when his birthday party was. Mega mum guilt set in and I hastily organised one for him (I say hastily – it was about 4 weeks in advance, but that’s short notice for me!!)
I asked him what party he wanted and he declared Maui/Moana was what he wanted. So I set about creating Maui/Moana inspired Pinterest boards, and set up new notes on my phone with everything from guest lists to food lists to games lists to shopping lists.
I had everything from cake designs to party games, to decorations, to party bag ideas, to food suggestions on my Pinterest board. I could have gone waaaaay overboard (and some might say I did) but I managed to rein it in and keep it quite simple (for me, anyway).
I was on a major budget-saving exercise but wanted to have some effective party decorations that didn’t cost the earth. Luckily my nephew had a Hawaiian pool party last year so my sister gave me loads of stuff (half of which I ended up not even using as I didn’t get time to sort it out and put it up on the day!) We had a grass table skirt, tropical flowers to scatter on the table, palm tree leaves to decorate the food platters (that I didn’t end up using) and green and yellow balloons to create a balloon arch (that ended up being a balloon line!)
I bought some fruity bunting and “ALOHA” balloons that ended up being so effective – my cheapest item at 90p in the Poundland sale! I had some lanterns to hang in the garden but I ended up not having time to put these up annoyingly. I bought loads of leis for people to wear but they worked well as decorations too.I also bought a king size bedsheet to use as a “sea” backdrop and I was really pleased how that turned out! It looked really good! A Moana door banner for the front door finished off the decs nicely.
For the food, I went pretty simple. Pizza, chicken dippers, wedges, hot dogs, chocolate fingers and party rings! There was meant to be a fruit salad served in a watermelon bowl, but again, time ran out and I didn’t do it. But I was serving three year olds, I don’t think they noticed there was no fruit! We then had ice lollies for dessert which was simple enough. I used a couple of drinks dispensers for the table which was great as the kids could help themselves. I filled it with ice and squash and left cups and fruity straws for them to use.
I wanted to get some Monana themed items, so bought plates, cups, table cloths, door decoration and napkins from Party Puffin. I was really impressed with this company, they were the cheapest I could find AND the stuff arrived really quickly. I would definitely use them again (not an ad, I paid for these items myself!)
There was so much I could have done for entertainment. I had a long list of things including a Moana themed bouncy castle and an appearance from Maui himself (which would have been cool if I could have found one…) Then I realised these kids are three and really didn’t need much fancy entertainment. So I bought a few Hula hoops from the pound store, an inflatable sprinkler and then put out all our garden toys – a water fountain, slide, house, trampoline, crazy coupe, rocker. The children entertained themselves and had the best time!
I am a bit of a hobby baker. By no means an expert, but I like to try and put the effort in. I didn’t make Alfie’s first birthday cake and regretted it, so now I vow to make the kids birthday cakes every year!
My original design was a three tier masterpiece. Then I checked myself and remembered I was a mum of two and I had ONE day without Alfie to make this cake (and I’d still have Henry!) So I found something much simpler and wrote a step by step guide for myself in order to get my timings right and fit it in around the kids. They obviously both messed it up for me by insisting on not going to bed, but I got it done! I did a three layer cake – two chocolate and one vanilla – covered in icing and decorated with Maui’s skirt and tattoos (as best I could anyway!). I then used some figures are cake toppers (Maui was supposed to be stood on top but he was too heavy!)
I also made some Tamatoa crab cupcakes – or crab shiney as Alfie likes to call him! I made simple vanilla cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream and golden crunch topping. I then used a chocolate seashell on top. Had I had more time to decorate these, I would have used more golden sprinkles and painted the seashells gold, but as per usual, my kids didn’t sleep so I didn’t have time and was actually decorating these as guests were arriving!
I went simple with these, really simple! After considering a few different options, including a plush toy, golden Tamatoa slime and Kakamora coconut cups, I settled on a bubble wand Maui hook each. The bubble wands were 50p each and I simply printed out a Maui hook picture and stuck it on using double sided tape. I also attached a thank you tag with string. Simple but effective!
I didn’t do an official fancy dress but welcomed people to dress on theme of they wished! Alfie had a t-shirt from the brilliant Sew A Little Happiness as usual which I teamed with some Primark palm leaf shorts.
Henry had an Aloha pineapple romper from eBay which was so cute! And I had a pineapple dress with matching teething necklace and hair accessories. Daddy was a bore and wouldn’t dress up!
I had the best time planing this party for Alfie. I caused myself a lot of stress that I didn’t need to but am proud of myself for not going completely overboard on details that no one would notice! There just the right amount of “theme” and I think everyone had a really good time!
We had the best time at Alfie’s Maui themed party and I hope this post gives you some simple but effective ideas to create your own Moana Disney inspired party!