It is said that “Wherever there are friends, there is a party!” Maybe that’s why I like to plan parties so much, I like to spend time with the people I love the most; my family and friends.
Today it’s all about my son’s Mickey Mouse 1st birthday party. I always start with a theme when planning a party, which wasn’t hard to pick because at about 9 months Colton started showing an interest in watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Maybe he secretly knew he had Disney blood in him (my husband and I both worked for the Mouse). I’m sure many of you can relate when I say we could sing along with every lyric of the show, knew every episode by heart and would pray that there might be a new episode on that week.Mickey Mouse Birthday Party...because Mickey never goes out of style! Click To Tweet
I like to be thrifty and my husband is pretty crafty so once the ball got rolling it was hard to stop with this theme. It started with the invitations that we made by hand. It took a lot of time but not a lot of money. We just had to get some paper and a circle cutter (all from Hobby Lobby). Here is a picture of both sides. One had a pullout piece of paper with all the info, the other side had a picture of our little guy.
Next was the decor. I wanted to use a lot of pictures from his first year so we made a number 1 and filled it in with pictures and hung it outside for guests to view.
We also made a Mickey Mouse head and filled it in with pictures of our trips to Disney Land and some pictures from his first year photo shoot (taken by my amazing friend and photographer: Eyelet Images).
Other details included a sign that read “Colton’s Clubhouse” just using card stock and pre-made banner cutouts from Hobby Lobby (I love that store).
I had a basket of Mickey Mouse ears for all the kids to wear. I bought the head bands from Hobby Lobby and then used a template I found online, traced the ears, cut & hot glued them to the headband. Then made a little sign that said “We’ve got Ears…Say Cheers!”
We painted the word “ONE” in the color scheme to place on the mantel, actually the yellow color is just yellow tape.
We saved diaper boxes and painted them like Mickey Mouse for the little ones to climb into and play. Some had books in them, others had a cut up pool noodle to jump into, others had hoola hoops, toys, etc… This added a lot of color to the back yard.
We made a couple fleece tie blankets to throw on the grass since babies don’t really need chairs to sit on (you have to think about who is coming to your party). Although we did have some chairs scattered it was nice people could just sit on the grass picnic style.
Another fun detail were the balloons we tied on our hanging lights above the grass to add more color.
For food we went with a “Hot Diggity Dog” Bar. If you watch Mickey you know every episode ends with that song. We did turkey dogs, chili, relish, cheese, mustard, ketchup, etc..along with watermelon, some chips and lots of cold drinks. It was simple but fun!
For activities I knew this age group wasn’t going to be able to do anything organized. So I had a box of things that said “Mickey Mousekercise” that had jump ropes, a basketball, a football, and DIY bowling pins that I made out of the snack puff containers. I also left out sidewalk chalk and bubbles for other fun things to do.
Of course we had desserts. I can’t take claim for doing all of this. We ordered the bottom of the cake from Cinderella Cakes here in SoCal and it was delicious. The top of the cake my mother-in-law & sister-in-law made as well as the cute cupcakes. I also made rice krispie treats and used a cookie cutter to cut them out with a Mickey Mouse shape, then stuck them on popsicle sticks.
For favors I didn’t want to spend a lot of money so I saved the gerber baby food containers and made a label for the top of each one just by using address label stickers you can buy at Office Depot & print yourself at home. I did, however, order special stickers from Zazzle.com (if you have never checked out their website you should, they also do personalized stamps)! I stuffed each one with Mickey gummy snacks I found at Costco.
Here is an overview of the dessert table and mantel with me and the hubby! And of course we all wore clothes that were themed to Mickey, I mean how could you not?;)
And here are two final pictures; one of the birthday boy in his personalized onesie from an etsy shop called Bits&C (don’t we love Etsy? And the shorts were made by my amazing friend and seamstress Caroline) and a picture of all three of us…I can hardly believe our baby just turned 4! It feels like I just planned this party. Crazy how time flies. Hope you all enjoyed a trip to Colton’s Clubhouse!
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