Charlotte has adored watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse ever since she could sit up. Her favorite episode is Minnie’s Bow-tique, so the theme for her second birthday party was an easy choice. Naturally I couldn’t do things the easy way, and just go buy pre-made Minnie Mouse decorations that are available at any store that sells party supplies. Oh no, I had to do things the hard way. I promised myself I wouldn’t go as over the top as I did for her first birthday owl party, but that promise was made to be broken. I did make the most of the decor by hosting two parties in addition to her actual birthday, one party for her friends and one for family, which is how I justified the extra effort.
I set the stage with a wreath on the front door and these “come inside, it’s fun inside” signs (part of the clubhouse theme song, which, if you have a preschooler, you probably already knew).
I also lined part of the front walk with some Minnie silhouettes taped to dowel rods (Disclaimer: I got this and most of the other decor ideas from Pinterest. You can check out my Minnie party board here).
I was going for a “boutiquey” feel with light pink and black as the primary colors, with plenty of polka dots and bows.
I drew upon my former life as an elementary school teacher and hand lettered this chalkboard welcome sign.
I wanted the entry to look like you had just walked into a bow shop. I made the hair bows (learned from a tutorial on youtube) and bow ties to give out as favors, and displayed them on dowel rods topped with Minnie and Mickey cut outs (yes, I did all the cutouts by hand. If you have a Cricut lucky you, I am so jealous).
I stuffed the “shopping bags” (white sandwich bags I cut the tops off to shorten) with stickers and stampers too.
I made this birthday banner using templates I found when I googled “scalloped circle.”Did you know you can download the Disney font for free? Google it. You’re welcome. 🙂
We hung this polka dot fabric over the fireplace for a photo booth backdrop (and by “we” I mean my long-suffering husband) with those 3M velcro strips, then added the Minnie/dot banner. It turned out pretty cute, and made for some really great pictures.
|I know I already posted this pic, but it’s kind of my favorite of the birthday girl|
I found a cheap Mickey Mouse themed coloring book and tore out a bunch of pages for guests to color.
I also found these ears at Walmart for guests to wear, and couldn’t resist adding another Clubhouse quote. Charlotte took the ears very seriously, and handed a pair to everyone who walked through the door.
I found a value pack of scrapbook paper that was the base for most all of the decorations. I taped the Minnie silhouettes and bows to these paper straws I found at Hobby Lobby (my source for pretty much all of the decor, including the plates and napkins). I layered some fabric from my stash to add some pizazz.
|This was before the party. The floor was never that clean again. Don’t mind the random stroller and bag in the middle of the floor. It’s how we roll.|
I ordered pink polka dot balloons from Amazon and my wonderful hubby hung them from the ceiling fan. For the kid party we filled a dozen with helium ($.50 a balloon at Walmart if you bring your own balloons) and I really love the festive touch they added. We also scattered “normal air” balloons around the floor for kids to play with.
The window decorations took way too long considering their under-whelming effect. In order to keep the cutouts from turning to the wrong side of the paper I had to tape them to the blinds, which meant I had to keep the blinds closed which made the room dark. Meh. Fortunately we had a beautiful day for the kid party and pretty much kept the backdoor open the whole time, which helped add light. They were cute up close, but next time I won’t try to be so original and clever and just make a triangle bunting like everyone else. 🙂
My friend Bonnie of B’s Cakes made these adorable cupcakes for the kid party. Aren’t they precious? And they tasted even better than they looked, if that were possible.
Here’s the cake she made for the family party. It was absolutely beautiful, and exactly what I had asked for. I think I cried a little when I cut into it.
So yes, once again I may have gone just a bit over the top with the decorations. Please believe me when I say that I just really enjoyed making them! It’s such a fun creative outlet for me, and even though they were only up for a week they will live forever in pictures. I’m almost positive Charlotte’s next party will not be nearly as elaborate, but we’ll see.
Do you enjoy making hand-made decorations for birthday parties, or would you rather buy them at the store and call it good? (I think either way is perfectly fine by the way!)