During the past month we have been up and down the east coast, in Maine, clapping politely at Will’s math thesis presentation (pretending we had some idea of what he was talking about ~~ Topological Methods in Combinatorics, in case you were wondering), cheering as he conducted a live orchestra in the premiere presentation of his music thesis (“For Film”),
and then getting a little teary as he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Musical Composition.
All this accomplishment called for a celebration, and our favorite place to celebrate is just a quick hop down to the other end of the coast!
Luckily our local airport has a JetBlue flight direct to Orlando!
1. It’s a selfie
2. On a plane
3. At 6 am
4. Trying to pretend I’m alone
Anyway, we can be in Connecticut at 6 am and in our Disney hotel by noon!
view from our balcony
This time we stayed at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
We once stayed in a lodge in Park City, UT, which was one of the inspirations for the interior of the Wilderness.
The rest of our squadron flew down from Boston, and because we were celebrating an engagement and a college graduation we received much attention from the Disney cast members.
My “real” camera usually was in the hotel room
but I was quite pleased with my iPhone shots!
I just love Minnie,
and as she waved to me from her perch at the end of the new parade in the Magic Kingdom, I decided to invite her home with me so she could help host my upcoming luncheon for
Summer Whimsy with Cuisine Kathleen!
We have been fortunate to travel to Disney World many times, and we now know where to find the
best food and dining spots.
But today, Minnie and I have prepared a simple summery lunch with some of Mickey’s and Mr. Fun’s favorites.
Beach towels make the best summer table coverings.
Spills blend in and the towel comes out of the dryer ready for the next use!
Red and white and polka dots are not the only color schemes in Minnie’s current wardrobe.
This bright collection came home with me from
The Happiest Place on Earth.
Doesn’t it make you smile?
Minnie invites you to choose a straw in your favorite color.
You’ll also need a coaster for your glass.
Add some Mickey ice cubes,
made from orange juice, pomegranate juice or refreshing water.
It’s broiling out here on my deck today. Minnie doesn’t mind as she is used to the Florida sunshine, but I’m wilting. Only in my dreams can I ever be a southern belle. But we can quench our thirst with one of these delicious citrus sparklers ~~ your choice of orange, lemon or apple.
By the way, which straw did you choose? I’ll take pink.
While we are back here let’s get a napkin with a lime green Mickey.
I have tried to pinpoint the event in my life which has created a subconscious connection between the scent of lime and pure happiness. I only know that I would fill my house with lime aroma and eat and drink lime anything. Luckily Minnie put some lime slices out. Or you may prefer to use a Mickey to pluck a lemon slice for your glass.
If you have ever been to Disney World, you know that Mickeys and “Hidden Mickeys” are everywhere, cleverly placed by the Imagineers or accidentally created and found by guests.
All you Disney fans may notice a few hidden Mickeys that Minnie has tucked
into the peanut butter sandwiches.
(We are serving these especially for Mr. Fun.)
These colorful Mickeys are really corn holders, but they are perfect and fun ways to pluck berries, and of course Minnie would never forget to put out cheese!
It seems, however, that this is the only photo I have of
the bowl of cheese with a combination of swiss and chipotle gouda chunks.
Yum. Mickey is one happy mouse!
He brought along these dainty flowers for Minnie,
but I’m pretty sure they were plucked from my yard.
The flowers match the bright, cheerful color scheme, so they can stay, and in fact it is hard to imagine a color that won’t look wonderful with these dishes.
Red, pink, yellow, green, blue and orange.
I just love it!
And I hope you have enjoyed Minnie’s lunch.
Are you a Disney fan? Do you have a favorite Disney character, or hotel?
Our favorite places to stay are The Wilderness Lodge and The Yacht Club, and we debate the pros and cons of each every single time we go.
I hope some Disney magic fills your days, as it has often filled ours!
~~ congratulations Will ~~
~~ you are also a wonderful source of our happiness ~~
please join me for more
and see our trip to Disney’s Yacht Club HERE