This was a sweet sixteen party put on for a lovely young lady who adores Disney. In fact, so does her entire family. They love all things Disney. It was the only natural thing to theme her sweet sixteen as a Disney inspired themed with Mickey and Minnie as the center/core of the theme.
The sweets table was dressed in Mickey and Minnie Mouse themed décor and treats. The balloon mini faux arch even had Mickey ear shaped balloons – miniature versions of something you might find at Disney world itself. The cake was designed and made by my client’s friend – Tracy Douglas. She did a wonderful job and she also made the cupcakes! The cupcake wrappers and mickey and Minnie hat personalized toppers were made by me – Water Walker Events Design Planning. The mickey and Minnie inspired cake pops were by Hyde’s Sweet Treats on Etsy. The brownies and lemon bars were made by my client and her family. The mickey inspired chocolate swirl pops, pretzels rods, and mini pretzels were all made by me, WWEDP. All the sweets tables paper goods: popcorn boxes, food treat signs, banners – along with all of the styling of the table – were all done by WWEDP and our helpers. My mother styled the balloons over the table – along with the balloons throughout the room.
The food table was laid out and styled by WWEDP’s helper – Jacki Rathbone, aka my mom! She used all of our styling dishes and displayed the food that the clients had either prepped, prepared or ordered. Behind the food table – on the bar area – we displayed water bottles wrapped in our shop’s mickey and Minnie inspired themed bottle wraps. Over the food table hung a Mickey and Minnie ear themed Happy Birthday and name banner. The client carved a Minnie head watermelon fruit display that acted as the centerpiece to the food table. Mickey and Minnie inspired themed graphics also decorated the sides and fronts of the table – along with a spotted table skirting that can be found at efavormart.com.
Gracing each side of the sweets tables were a beverage table and a gifts table. Each of those tables also displayed Disney memorabilia the family has collected over the years. These memorabilia were also displayed throughout different parts of the room and added to the nostalgia of the memories they would be remembering during the celebration as our clients – the birthday girl’s parents – put together a slide show of the birthday girl and her growing up years – which sported many memories of their trips to Disney themed vacations spots! The beverages served were sweet tea, punch, fruit infused water, and water bottles. The guest table also held the guest book – which was a custom designed Disney inspired autograph book (like one you would take to Disney world for autographs) designed by WWEDP.
The celebration also featured 11 guest tables. These tables were each decorated in their own Disney inspired theme: Snow white, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Aladdin, Frozen, Neverland, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, and a Villains table sporting Maleficent, Jafar, Captain Hook, Snow White’s evil Queen, Ursula & the Queen of Hearts.
Snow white inspired table: Each table had their own themed centerpiece, paper plate chargers, Tulle and chair tie backs, and custom designed party favor boxes with themed treats. Snow white’s centerpiece was a blue glass vase bowl with roses and a paper crafted mirror graphic with “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the Fairest of them All”. Each place setting held a Large Apple paper charger, and the party favor boxes were all inspired by the characters of Snow white, her prince, and her seven dwarfs. The favor boxes held a chocolate lips candy (for the “kiss to awaken”) and some yellow taffy candy pieces – all from oriental trading company. Each of the tulle tie backs sported glittered apple graphics. We had red straws tied with red bows as an added detail to the table. Each table had their own color coordinated linen with table runner. Snow white’s table was a yellow tablecloth with a blue runner.
Beauty and the Beast: Beauty and the Beast’s inspired table centerpiece was a magic rose under a cloche. The rose was enhanced with a glowing light LED miniature strand to give the appearance of the petals falling and it putting off magical light. We also had a stack of old children’s books with Chip the teacup sitting atop. Each place setting held a Large Rose paper charger, and the party favor boxes were all inspired by the characters of Belle, Beast, Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, and Cogsworth. The favor boxes all held chocolate rose stems and yellow taffy candy – all from oriental trading company. Each of the tulle tie bakcs sported rose graphics. We had yellow straws with mini rose paper graphics toppers as an added detail to the table. Beauty’s table held a royal blue linen with a gold glitter runner – to give the royal feast look to the table.
The Little Mermaid: The centerpiece for the little mermaid inspired table was a large blue seaglass vase/bowl that we filled with sand and seashells and a little mermaid figure. We also placed large seashells around the centerpiece as well. Each place setting held a large seashell paper charger and the party favor boxes were all inspired by the characters of Ariel, Prince Eric, King Triton, Skuttles, & Sebastian. The favor boxes held a chocolate starfish with mini chocolate sea shells and green taffy candy (chocolate starfish made by me, taffy was from oriental trading company). Each of the tulle tie backs sported seashell graphics. We had green straws with mini sea shell paper graphic toppers as an added detail to the table. The little Mermaid’s table held a Caribbean blue linen with a purple runner.
Cinderella’s table: The centerpiece for the Cinderella inspired table was, of course, a carriage. It was filled with color coordinated flowers. Next to the carriage, we placed one of the family’s Cinderella dolls that had been collected over the years as part of their memorabilia. She was just the perfect size to display with the centerpiece! Each place setting held a Cinderella Castle paper charger and the party favor boxes were all inspired by the characters of Cinderella, Prince Charming, Gus, and Jaq. The favor boxes held a paper crafted mini slipper filled with a bag of white sixlet candies and blue taffy candies – all from oriental trading company. Each of the tulle tie backs sported glittered paper slipper graphics. We had blue straws with blue paper straw flags with glass slipper graphics. The table linen was a blue rosette linen with a white table runner atop.
Aladdin’s table: Aladdin’s centerpiece was one of my favorites! It was made from two Moroccan style lanterns that we attached a flying “carpet” my mother made from one of my carpet graphics to which she glued on some fringe to each end. We attached the carpet with some wire and star garland to give the appearance of the magic stars as it is flying. Underneath the magic carpet was a hand sewn pillow (made by Jacki – my mother) and atop that lay our Genie lamp. Each place setting held a magic carpet paper charger/placemat and the party favor boxes were all inspired by the characters of Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie, and Abu. The favor boxes held a mini chocolate bar wrapped in our magic carpet graphic mini chocolate wraps. They also held mini Moroccan styled perfume bottles filled with magic dust powder (pixie powder) (bottles found on Amazon). Each of the tulle tie backs sported paper lamp graphics. We had turquoise straws with mini paper lamp toppers. The table linen was a turquoise blue with a gold runner.
Frozen table: The Frozen table’s centerpiece was a vase filled with white poinsettias, blue crystal flowers and blue and turquoise glittered greenery and silver embellishments – all to give the winter wonderland effect. There was also a sled filled with ice crystals – pulled by Sven, and glittered paper snowflake centerpieces (from oriental trading company) accented the center as well. Each place setting held a paper charger graphic designed after Anna’s dress and the party favor boxes were all inspired by the characters of Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf. The favor boxes were filled with a rock candy suckers (from Party City) and blue taffy candy (from oriental trading company). Each of the tulle tie backs were embellished with glittered snowflake graphics. The straws were blue with a paper straw flag with snowflake graphic. The table linen was a soft ice blue linen and silver glitter table runner.
Neverland: The Neverland table was by far my favorite table. There is always something so magical to me about Neverland. The centerpiece was a flower filled wreath encircling a lantern (from Michael’s) with a Tinkerbell figure (from Walmart) held within (as if when she was captured). Flying overhead the lantern are the shadows of her rescuers – Peter Pan, Wendy, John, and Michael. We attached the silhouettes onto wire that we wrapped in star garland to give that flying “magic stars” look/feel. Each place setting held a paper charger/placemat of a vintage Neverland map (this was a free graphic we used that we had found online) and the party favor boxes were all inspired by the characters of Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy, Mr. Smee, and Tiger Lily (Captain Hook was on the villains table – though some of his boxes ended up getting put on this table by the client’s added helpers – which worked!). The party favor boxes were each filled with a tiny tinkerbell inspired “pixie dust” bottle filled with “pixie powder” aka pixie stick powder (bottles can be ordered from my shop). We also place gem colored candy filled nougat taffy in the boxes (seasonal candy from a local store). Each of the tulle tie backs were gathered by either a Peter Pan hat paper graphic or a Tinkerbell wings paper graphic. The straws were all green and either had a Peter pan hat mini graphic topper or Tinkerbell wings mini graphic topper. The table was covered in a green linen with a red linen table runner.
Alice in Wonderland – The Alice in Wonderland table held a centerpiece made from a porcelain planter filled with rose roses painted red and with a red paint tipped paint brush tied on with red ribbon. The centerpiece was accented with a green mini mad hatter’s paper hat and a this way/that way mini paper graphic skewer. We also placed our miniature Alice door with Door Knob prop as part of the centerpiece as well. Each place setting held a pocket watch paper charger graphic and the party favor boxes were all inspired by the characters of Alice, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee/Dum, Playing Card, Cheshire Cat, and Caterpillar (the Queen of Hearts was on the villains table). Each of the favor boxes held a tiny bottle that said “Drink Me” that had pixie stick powder placed inside (bottles can be ordered from my shop). The boxes also held blue taffy candy (from oriental trading company). Each of the tulle tie back held graphics from the characters such as a black hair ribbon, white rabbit ears, Mad hatter hat, Tweedle dee/dum hat, Playing card heart head, Cheshire cat smile, and a mushroom. The straws were all blue with a black ribbon bow. The table was covered in blue linen with a white linen table runner.
Pirates of the Caribbean table: The pirates table was another one of my favorites. The centerpiece for this was an old treasure box filled with faux treasure spilling over onto the table. There was also a faux old wooden pail filled with sand and a mini pirate ship mast with pirate flag flying overhead. Each place setting held a pirate map paper charger/placemat and the party favor boxes were black with a pirate’s skull emblem on the front. The favor boxes held chocolate pirate coins and a pirate skull sucker (from oriental trading company). Each of the tulle tie backs sported a skull and cross swords graphic. The straws were another favorite detail to this table for me. They were red and also black straws topped with my own designed pirate mast and flag toppers. I loved this detail! (These can be ordered from my shop) The table was covered in a black linen with a white table runner.
Star Wars table: For the Star Wars table, we used one of the family’s memorabilia pieces – a Darth Vader mask and some of our own light saber swords. Each place setting held a death star paper charger and the party favor boxes were inspired by the characters of Hans solo, princess Lea, Luke, C3PO, R2D2, Darth Vader, and a storm trooper. The favor boxes all held a chocolate covered Oreo in the shape of the millennium falcon (this was also purchased from Hyde’s Sweet Treats from Etsy) and silver chocolate caramel balls to represent “death stars” (from oriental trading company). The straws all held paper graphic toppers of an inspired Star Wars logo piece. Each of the tulle tie backs sported crossed light saber graphics. The table was covered in a black linen with a silver sequin table runner.
The Villains table – The Villains table was made up of a few of the favorite villains: Maleficent, Jafar, Captain Hook, Snow White’s evil Queen, Ursula & the Queen of Hearts. The centerpiece was a black spindle spinning wheel atop black wings (for Maleficent) with red roses painted with black tinges (as if decaying). The centerpiece held paper graphic picks of Maleficent, Jafar, Captain Hook, Snow White’s evil Queen, Ursula & the Queen of Hearts. We also placed a hook (for Captain hook), a paper graphic of Ursula’s enchanted pendant, the queen of hearts crown, and a bitten poison apple graphic. The chargers were paper graphic chargers/placemats that were of my Maleficent inspired green fire dragon graphic. The Favor boxes were all inspired by the characters of Maleficent, Captain Hook, Queen of Hearts, Ursula, Snow white’s evil queen, and Jafar. The favor boxes contained red strawberries and cream heart suckers with a “deathly apple” graphic sticker (from my shop) placed on the front, along with green taffy candy (from oriental trading company). The straws all held miniature versions of the characters tie backs which were: deathly apple, Jafar’s turban, Captain Hook’s hook, Maleficent’s horns, Ursula’s pendant, and the queen of hearts crown. The table was covered in a black linen with a black mesh table runner.
The party also featured a photo backdrop with photo props. The clients brought some of their own pieces to take pictures with. But I also supplied some of my own designed character paper props. The backdrop was made from my backdrop stand, hung with a black cloth, and covered in strips of red, black and yellow plastic tablecloths. The backdrop was topped with a mini balloon garland. And the client had a friend who brought a chalkboard sign. I placed a few paper lanterns around the photo booth area and also throughout the room.
There was also a “make a gas donation” center for the soon to be new driver. The clients picked up some old tires that we stacked and they had made a round table top for. Then we covered it in a checkered cloth and placed some “Cars” themed graphics and signs around and on the front along with some plastic traffic cone decorations. The client had a friend who made her an adorably decorated Minnie mouse gas can to collect the donations in (and to keep afterwards).
Lastly, the guests were all asked to come dressed in costume – whether their favorite character, or something Disney themed. They also played Disney trivia. The client had me make up game prize boxes in Mickey inspired boxes. These held mickey inspired notepads, and some different types of red colored candies. We displayed these in the center of the room on one of my styling carts.
Most of the candy parts of the party favors were from oriental trading company. The majority of our linens came from efavormart – along with our tulle and a few other pieces. Most of the party graphics were designed and made by myself – WWEDP – though we are not an authorized or licensed Disney affiliate. All of our designs are inspired by, but are not official or licensed characters. They are only meant to be as inspiration of the characters themselves. No transfer of rights, ownership, or purchase was made of any of the characters that are designs were inspired by. These rights remain with their respective owners.
This was probably one of my favorite parties I have planned and styled – to date. I am in love with all things Disney so I am truly grateful for the opportunity and the artistic license my client gave me in putting together this party. I am also incredibly grateful to my husband, Shawn Fisher, and my mother, Jacki Rathbone, for all their hard work and help with this party. Without them, I would never have been able to put it all together. They very much make WWEDP what it is!
And thank you all for the opportunity and time in sharing our work with you!
What People Ate
Food supplied by the clients: Veggie tray, Fruit Centerpiece, Boneless buffalo wings, Hot ham sandwiches, pinwheels
What People Drank
Sweet Tea, Punch, Water Bottles, & Fruit Infused Water
There was a boutique cake & cupcakes, lemon bars, brownies, cake pops, chocolate dipped pretzel rods, chocolate dipped mini pretzels, & drizzle pops
Party favor boxes filled with each tables themed treats/favors.
Activities / Games
Clients played Disney trivia and had a costume contest. They also had a photo booth/background and a hired photographer where most of the guests spent their time.
Shawn Fisher, Jacki Rathbone
Party Decor helpers
Jacki Rathbone is my mom and will help me at some of my bigger styling events. She often has wonderful ideas and is very crafty herself. Shawn Fisher is my husband and my best friend. He is often the physical strength of our business and is found often holding a ribbon or a tie for me - all done with such love and grace. I have found myself lost when he is not there to help - I have come to depend on him this much!