Last weekend, we had our daughter’s 1st birthday party. She’s a fan of Mickey Mouse Club House, so I did a Minnie Mouse theme with a bit of Mickey thrown in. Personally, I like old school Minnie, before the marketers felt the need to make her clothes pink in an effort to make her more relatable to girls. So, I looked for decorations where she’s wearing red and that was a lot harder than you would think. I managed to find them on Amazon.
Here is the overall “look” of the party.
The giant Minnie Mouse balloon was a real hit with my toddler. When I was blowing it up and she realized who it was, her mouth hung open, her eyes got big, and she laughed. I questioned getting one this large (it was even larger than I thought when I blew it up) or a different smaller one that was from the same line as her plates, but this was totally worth it. Eight days later and it’s still inflated. I also got a giant “1” balloon, which is also still inflated, and a package of black and red polka dot balloons (these lasted about 5 hours). I had checked around for prices on blowing up balloons and determined ordering a mini helium tank was most cost effective. It blew up 2 giant mylar balloons and 24 regular latex balloons, and still has helium in it.
For dessert, I made 24 Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse cupcakes. I used red polka dot liners, homemade chocolate buttercream frosting (Wilton’s recipe), Wilton decorator icing for the bows (Mickey version didn’t have a bow), and Oreos for the ears. For the bows, I used the Wilton decorator tips #12 and #103.The tray is one we’ve had in the family for many years, but there are plenty of cheap ones to buy. If I was to do the cupcakes again, I would make the frosting for the bows from scratch. The Wilton decorator icing (type you buy pre-made) is really hard to squeeze through the tips and just as hard to thin without making it too mushy.
For food, we cooked out (in the rain – ugh). To liven up the food prep area, I wrote “Hot Dog, Hot Dog, Hot Diggity DOGS!” on a chalkboard sign from Michael’s.
As an added touch, I brought out her stuffed Minnie and Mickey, and wrapped her presents in Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse Club House wrapping paper, which I picked up at Toys-R-Us when we bought her presents.
My LO even wore a Minnie Mouse inspired dress from Zulily, which I got on sale for $14.99. This was a great deal on a quality made dress with beautiful details. To tie together her pictures, she even wore the bloomers when she ate her smash cake (made by my sister).
Overall, the party took about 8 hours to put together and was easy to do. I probably could have gone even further, because I had lots of ideas, but with a small house, working full time, and monitoring an active 1-year-old during the process, I was able to complete a reasonable amount of tasks. I can’t wait to come up with something new for next year’s party!