Disney Sisters: March 2014

Saving Mr. Banks: Food Styling Tips and Tricks from the Movie

What happens when you put the Disney Sisters in a chef's kitchen? Magic - that's what!
We were recently invited to Hollywood Food Styling, to the kitchen of Chris Oliver to see how she came up with and created the edible foods that were in the movie, Saving Mr. Banks.

We showed up not knowing what exactly to expect. What we came away with was the knowledge that every good chef knows. It just takes a little extra effort to take things from average to exceptional. 
We sat and listened while Chris Oliver shared tips on preparing food, plating food, and setting food up perfectly for party presentation.

To hear more about our delicious day make sure to check out,
How to Entertain like a Professional: 
15 Lessons From the Saving Mr. Banks Food Stylist

Special thanks to Chris Oliver and her hardworking staff at Hollywood Food Styling for helping to make our visit to their kitchen fun, informative, and delicious!

Disclosure: We were not paid or compensated for this post. We were invited to an event and received a copy of Saving Mr. Banks on Blu-Ray. The opinions shared on this blogs are 100% Magical and 100% those of the Disney Sisters only.

It's Not Easy Being Green - Kermit (Video and Lyrics)

In honor of Saint Patrick's Day here is a video and some of the lyrics from the song "It's Not Easy Being Green." This tune was made popular by everyone's favorite frog - Kermit, whose movie Muppets Most Wanted just happens to come out on March 21st. (this Friday) It's sweet and it reminds us of why we love the Muppets, but especially Kermit - because, "green can be cool and friendly-like."

"...But green is the color of Spring.
And green can be cool and friendly-like. 
And green can be big, like an ocean
Or important like a mountain.
Or tall like a tree.
When green is all there is to be,
It could make you wonder why.
But why wonder, why wonder.
I'm green, and it'll do fine.
It's beautiful.
And I think it's what I want to be"

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

How Disney Does Starbucks: A Photo Tour of the New Downtown Disney Starbucks in Anaheim

Wouldn't be incredible if Disney and Starbucks came together to make a mega Coffee house and dropped it smack dab in the middle of Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort. You know what they say, "When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true..." Well they did and it is glorious! The most beautiful Starbucks Coffee location has just opened right next door to the World of Disney Store. Just as you come off the tram and head down in the direction of Disney Parks, you are met with the most aesthetically pleasing Starbucks, we've ever seen. This place is gorgeous, open, airy, and HUGE - but we wouldn't have expected anything less from Disney.

Disney Sisters' Tips 
1. The lines were very long and there are no fastpasses! (Say it isn't so!) However, there are a lot of windows open with lots of hustling employees and all things considered, it did move fairly fast. 
2. The Downtown Disney location does not use the special Disney version cups, so if you want Disney whimsy, those are only sold inside the two Park locations.
3. This DTD location does accept Starbucks gift certificates and gift cards. Sweet!

Want more 'Coffee Talk?'

Here are some of our favorite shots from the new location. 
In case you can't tell - it's so very magical!
*See if you can spot the HIDDEN MICKEY.*
Leave a comment if you find it, but don't say where.

Free Once Upon a Time Paper Dolls to Download

Once Upon A Time is back on ABC and we couldn't be happier! This past Sunday, something 'Wicked' showed up - did you watch it? To share our excitement with you, we found these fantastic Once Upon a Time paper dolls. (Including The Wicked Witch!!!) We shared a few of the main characters (Snow, Emma Swan, Evil Queen, Rumplestiltskin, and Henry) over on Babble - go check them out!. We have all the rest of your favorites below.















Special thanks to Gail, who is the mastermind behind these paper dolls and gave us permission to feature her artwork. It's pretty incredible! Check out more of her creations on her site.

Our #DisneySide @ Home Celebration: A Tea-lightful Affair

Being selected as a Disney Side @Home Celebration Host was definitely an honor. We wanted to choose a theme that would be different and yet still Disney enough to reflect our Disney Side. Our mom's birthday was coming up, so we decided to surprise her by throwing her a tea party! It's a tradition in our family that we take our mom to tea on her special day. She was born a few days before Valentine's Day and she loves all things red, pink, hearts, and love. She also loves Minnie Mouse and so we made it a Minnie Mouse Magical Tea Party.

Everyone pitched in on helping to create a wonderful party that our mom loved - she's still talking about it! We made mickey shaped foods and treats. We played games, had a hidden mickey hunt, sang songs, danced a jig or two, drank tea and had a full-on photo shoot! (Would you expect anything less from a Tracey Clark party?) The thing we loved about throwing a Disney Side party is that it doesn't have to be over-the-top Disney. Sounds strange, but it's true. It can just be about finding your happy place. Allowing yourself to be silly, embracing your inner goof ball, just learning to look at life through a child's eyes. That is really what showing our Disney Side is all about, having fun and living in the moment. Being with the people you care about while totally geeking out! We're good at that! 

So here we are in full Disney Side mode - enjoying each other's company all while sharing our love for Disney! If you'd like to plan a party, we hope you'll read some of our helpful tips on
How To Throw Your Own Disney Side Party

For even more inspiration from other bloggers, 

Disclosure: We were sent a Disney @ Home Celebrations Kit in order to help throw a DisneySide Party. We did not receive any monetary compensation. The views expressed in this post are 100% Magical and 100% that of the Disney Sisters Only.

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