Thursday, August 9, 2012

Destination Disney - Disney in Green

When I think GREEN and Disney... what comes to mind?

Have you ever seen the grass so green?  

Or, in this case, a bush?

Topiaries!  Lush, green and GORGEOUS!  Another piece of artwork created by those fantastic Disney Imagineers.  And I love how they're ever changing!  Some stick around, like these fun characters next to the Mad Tea Party.  But new ones come all the time.  And don't get me started with what pops up around the Flower and Garden Festival.  Wow!  Here are a few I've seen over the years.  Enjoy!

Wasn't that fun?!  Why don't you join in on the discussion. 

Disney in BLACK    Disney in RED    Disney in YELLOW      Disney in WHITE
Disney in TURQUOISE/TEAL    Disney in SILVER    Disney in BLUE    Disney in ORANGE
Disney in PINK  Disney in BROWN
Be sure to check back next week and find out what DISNEY thing the color PURPLE makes me think of.

Got a couple extra minutes?  I love for you to be one of my "100 people surveyed"!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Holiday Family Feud

Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to be part of my "Top 100 People Surveyed" for a Holiday Family Feud game.  I'll ask some questions, you give me your top answer for each.  One answer per question!  Sounds easy enough, right?  The tough part, getting 100 people to help me out in 4 months.  So, after you leave your comment, please share this page with your friends!

1.  Name a gift likely found in a Christmas stocking.

2.  Name a popular holiday movie.

3.  Name a popular holiday song.

4.  Name a gift a parent may have to build on Christmas Eve.

5.  Name your favorite wintertime activity.

6.  Name something at the top of a woman's holiday gift list.

7.  Name something associated with Will Farrell's holiday movie, "Elf".

8.  Name a favorite holiday tradition.

9.  Name something you wanted from Santa, as a child.

10.  Name a favorite holiday food.

11.  Name a word or phrase that begins with "snow".

12.  Name something you need to wrap gifts.

13.  Name something you'd wear outdoors when it snows.

14.  Name something at the North Pole.

15.  Name a holiday TV special.

16.  Name something at the top of a man's holiday gift list.

17.  Name something in a holiday parade.

18.  Name something kids do on a snow day.

19.  Name one of Santa's reindeer.

20.  Name something a Santa costume would include.

21.  Name a piece of the nativity set.

22.  Name something people do on Christmas day.

23.  What is a popular Christmas tree topper?

24.  Name a color associated with Christmas.

25.  Name something you'd see on your neighbor's front lawn at Christmas.

Now, put your answers right in that comment box below.  No need to copy the question, just number your answers as you go.  And remember, please share with your friends!

I'm keeping the answers to myself, until I have all 100.  Don't want you to be swayed when you answer.  Once I have all that I need, I'll post the comments I've received.

Thanks!  And Merry Christmas (in August)!

Roaming Gnome Beach Party

When told that our guest of honor adores the Travelocity Roaming Gnome, this party took a beachy turn.  As we all know, that Gnome likes to "get away" and what better place to "get" to, than the beach?!

We started with these fabulous cupcakes!  Aren't they just great?!

The directions to make these can be found in the book "Cupcakes, Cookies and Pies, Oh My!".  They're assembly was quite simple, but time consuming!  The only blue licorice I could find was in the Twizzler Rainbow Twists packs, so I ended up with a bunch of other colors I didn't want to eat (not a big licorice fan).

To go with our Gnome cupcakes we added beach themed treats.

S'mores pops (marshmallows dipped in melted chocolate and crushed graham crackers)
Grape sticks.

Small cups of blue M&Ms with red Swedish Fish.

 Flip-flop cookies.  Nutter Butter cookies with frosting "straps".  So simple, yet clever!  I got this inspiration from Paisley Petal Events.

"Take a Dip", like these shrimp and chips.  The platters are Dollar Tree goodies, glued on top of plastic pails.

For lunch, we enjoyed hot dogs and salads, served with shovels, in pails.

Additional goodies included Goldfish Crackers, Salt Water Taffy and Blue Raspberry Gummy Rings.

Destination Disney - Disney in Brown

When I think BROWN and Disney... what comes to mind?

That tree is talking to me!

Disney's Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life.  145 feet tall.  Nearly 400 gorgeous carvings.  How could it not be the first thing I think of?!  Even though I know it's not real, I still can't help but touch it, just to be sure.  So life-like!  Did you know that the 102,583 leaves are each more than a foot long?  The time and detail that went into the construction of this icon just amazes me.  I think Walt would have been proud.

Another work of art that can be found in Disney's Animal Kingdom is the baobab tree (also known as the "upside down tree").  Like the Tree of Life, this is an Imagineer-made structure.  If it were real, it'd bloom year round because of all the rain Florida gets. 

Anyone wondering where my "That tree is talking to me!" quote is from...

Wasn't that fun?!  Why don't you join in on the discussion. 

Disney in BLACK    Disney in RED    Disney in YELLOW      Disney in WHITE
Disney in TURQUOISE/TEAL    Disney in SILVER    Disney in BLUE    Disney in ORANGE
Disney in PINK