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Summer, the season of vacations, Disney, warmer weather and longer days. It’s time for BBQ, great food and cold drinks with friends and family. Kids are out of school, swimming pools are filling up, and it’s time for our birthday celebration! For 12 years now our summers have started with a birthday celebration, and I can only think of 1 maybe 2 years that Disney was not incorporated in these celebrations.

Stitch has been our daughter’s favorite character for a while now, during our last Disney vacation she was able to meet Stitch for the first time! The excitement of meeting her favorite character was pure magic! It was one of those Disney moments I will never forget. We were able to experience this special moment thanks to Nana and her Chase Disney Visa card. If you have a Chase Disney debit or credit card, Disneyland, Disneyworld, and California adventure offer special character meet and greets.  When you arrive at the park for the day ask a cast member where the exclusive meet and greets are located and if they know what characters will be available that day. You will need show your Chase Disney Visa card to the cast member in line so make sure you bring it to the park with you.

Our love for Stitch has grown since that magical character experience! So this year for our daughter’s 12th birthday we decided on a Stitch luau themed party. Our daughter wore this really cute light blue Stitch retro high waisted skirt with crop top shirt from Hot Topic. For our youngest I made this cute dress with stitch pockets.  We kept the preparation of our party pretty simple. We started by going to our local party store and picking up some simple luau decorations. My favorite decoration was a $9.99 luau party back drop.  We added photo booth accessories, a boogie board, a stuffed Stitch, Scrump and Angel. I have never been to a party nor hosted a party with a “photo booth” but would totally recommend one. How many times has a party ended and you realized you didn’t get photo’s of someone? I forget to take pictures all the time and by setting this up it gave me a fun interactive way to take pictures with family and friends. What a fun way for us to remember this day!

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What’s a BBQ without some yummy food? We chose to go with the BBQ basic kid friendly foods. We had two types of King’s Hawaiian roll sliders, teriyaki ground beef and teriyaki Portobello (for our vegetarian and vegan friends). Theses are simple to make and were definitely a big hit at the party. When deciding on what food to make I did some research on what Stitch’s favorite foods were and to my surprise I actually found out that coconut cake is Stitch’s favorite food so for dessert our girls made pineapple upside down cake and a coconut cake.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

1 package yellow cake mix

3 eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 cup pineapple juice

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup butter

Sliced pineapple (we used fresh but you can used canned pineapple)

Cherries (we used fresh, but you can use maraschino cherries)

The girls pre-heated the oven to 325, then they started to prep the pan by spreading melted butter and brown sugar evenly on bottom of the pan

Then they layered pineapple and cherries over the brown sugar and butter.

Now to make the cake mix as directed.

Once the mixture is all done, pour it evenly into the prepped pan and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes and then carefully take out of pan to let juice drip down.

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Coconut Cake

1 package yellow cake mix

3 eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 tsp of coconut extract

Vanilla frosting

Package coconut flakes

Start by greasing a pan and pre-heating the oven to 300, make cake mix as directed, then add coconut extract, follow directions on the back of the cake mix.

Once the cake is done baking and cooled it’s time to frost and cover in coconut flakes.

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These two cakes were scrumptious and the best way to finish our delicious meal. After the cake we slowed the party down by watching Lilo and Stitch and opening gifts. It was a great day and one I am glad I get to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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