I've always loved decorating and planning parties so I started thinking about my sons first birthday right after he was born. The teasing was relentless for awhile. :)
My own first birthday was a Mickey Mouse themed party so I thought why not do the same for my Aidan. Little did I know that he would be a Mickey Mouse nut like his mommy, but he really does adore the mouse.
I started out by searching for invitations. I came across tons on Pinterest and thought about a few, but none really jumped out at me. So I started my search on etsy and found A Printable Occasions Mickey Mouse Clubhouse invites and accessories. Lauren was so great and she even makes everything match! The invitation I chose was bright and colorful and I knew it would be perfect! I had them printed at Vista Print, ordered red envelopes from Cards and Pockets, and purchased the labels from Amazon and printed them with my home computer.
I then scoured Pinterest for other ideas and began my 8 month journey of making the decor. Since I'm currently a stay at home mommy, in between diaper changes and feedings, me and my cricut machine went to work. I used the Mickey and Friends and the Mickey Font cartridges to make the banners, signs, monthly number line, character cutouts, napkin rings, favor bags, etc.
Once I had the colors established : red, orange, yellow, green and blue; I looked for ways to really make everything colorful. I did this by buying cheap plastic colored tablecloths at Walmart to hang them for a backdrop, and also around our party tent.
My mom and I also bought crepe paper and made colorful streamers to decorate. I then hit up the local party city for plates, napkins, and extra decor. I ordered the Mickey and Minnie ears off eBay.
I discovered the chalkboard posters on etsy and ordered one, had it printed at the local FedEx store and framed it myself.
I made a few other frames for his newborn, cake smash pictures and the invitation. Picked up the letters in my sons name from the local craft store and turned them into the Disney characters for the cake table.
I created some of the styrofoam mickeys you see everywhere on Pinterest and used them as stakes to keep people from tripping over the tent lines.
I enlisted my handy dandy helper husband to make me two wooden signs I saw on Pinterest. Once he was done, I then painted them. He really is a great guy to put up with all my ideas!
I kept and used all the baby food jars we used over the year and filled them with m&ms, topped with leftover fabric from the rag bunting high hair banner I made and then tied the tops on with black ribbon.
Because I am a former second grade teacher I used some of my classroom bulletin board banners and sets for decor also. You can find these sets through local school supply stores or on eBay.
I knew I wanted my centerpieces to be unique so I decided to hand sew the Mickey parts - head, hand and shorts out of felt and stuffed them to give them a 3D look and added skewers to make them stand out of the pails. I then purchased pails from Michaels crafts and spray painted them black. I used floral type foam on the inside of the pails, and floral picks to stick in the balloons.
I continued the balloon theme by making a balloon wreath for the door. We also had balloons all around the house and yard.
Since I worked with the felt for awhile I made some felt circle banners and a name banner for my son.
For the food it wouldn't have been right not to have a Hot Diggity Dog Bar complete with Donald's Silly Chili, Clarabelle Cow's Condiments, Mickey's Mac N Cheese, Goofy's Beans, and Minnie's Fruit Salad. Special thanks to La Maison Creole for the added fettuccini and finger sandwiches!
I made a Daisy's Dessert table with Mickey shaped rice crispies and my moms Italian fig cookies with the colorful sprinkles. A Printable Occasions Candy bar wraps looked great along with the candy, M&Ms and popcorn.
To top it all off we rented a Mickey Park for the lil ones (which was a huge hit) from our local rental About to Bounce.
I had such a great time planning it all and love looking at our pictures. Special Thanks to Tiffany at Avant Images for capturing our memories! Hugs, Alicia
What People Ate
Hot Diggity Dog Bar with Hot Dogs, Donald's Silly Chili, and Clarabelle Cow's Condiments. Goofy's beans, pasta salad, fettuccini, Minnie's fruit salad, Mickey's Mac n Cheese, and Daisy's Desserts table.
What People Drank
Toodles Tea, Pluto's Punch, lil hugs, adult beverages and water.
Cake and Daisy's Dessert Table
Goodie bags for kiddos, bubbles, baby food jars filled with M&Ms
Activities / Games
Bucket Toss and a Mickey Park Bounce Play yard.
Tiffany at Avant Images Photography
About to Bounce
Inflatable Mickey Park
Custom Chalk Posters
Chalkboard Milestone Poster
The Printable Occasion
Southern Lady Gifts
Party Planner, Decorations, Favors
La Maison Creole
Reception Hall and Catering
Aidan's Blue Checked Embroidered Outfit
Mickey and Minnie Ears