Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2nd Birthday Party: A Minnie Mouse Extravaganza

I actually had a hard time deciding what theme to do for Little Lady's birthday party this year. I had planned on doing Sesame Street because about 6-9 months ago she was in love with Elmo, Ernie and all their friends. Then somehow (maybe a cousin introduced her I don't remember) she discovered
"Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" and has been a huge fan ever since. She still likes Sesame Street, but not in the same way. In the last couple months, she's also developed a love for princesses and tea parties, but there are many more birthdays to celebrate, and I know Minnie Mouse still has a big place in her heart. I'm pretty sure she loved the day!

I can see myself having a bit of a tendency of going a little overboard when it comes to our kiddos birthday parties, but I have so much fun with it! I love planning all the details and trying to come up with things I know they will love and will make them feel extra special. I'm thankful for Pinterest in this area. I love gathering ideas and planning plenty in advance... if truth be known, I'm already gathering a few potential ideas for Little Lady's 3rd Birthday.

Here are lots of pictures (and descriptions) of the Minnie Mouse Birthday Party:
Birthday Girl, making sure she looks ok for the party.
Can't quite figure out how to hold up 2 fingers
Happy, excited girl! I made her skirt, and I had a friend help me applique her shirt.
Daddy took the Birthday Girl to get the cake while I transformed the house. This Minnie was made with a black paper lantern, two tissue paper pom poms and a bow.
We've got ears, say cheers! Mickey and Minnie ears made with the cheapest headbands I could find. We then cut ears out of felt, with foam circles in the middle to keep them from being floppy. The Minnie ears also got a bow.
Minnie & Daisy's Dress-up Station. Boas, necklaces, bracelets and sunglasses for the little girls to dress up.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse coloring pages.
Minnie Mouse wand decorating station. We cut out Minnie Mouse silhouettes from glitter foam, added a bow and some ribbon and glued them to a dowel rod, spray painted black.  We had little sticker gems and glitter glue to decorate them... a big hit with the little girls!
Minnie Mouse Happy Birthday Banner
Fabric banner and a small overview of the party set up.
Minnie Mouse balloons
Minnie Mouse Mantel... I found a set of Minnie birthday balloons on Amazon for less than the one big Minne would have cost elsewhere. There's also one of Little Lady's Minnie dolls, a picture banner (one picture for each month of her second year), and some Minnie vinyl decals, which we found for really cheap at JoAnn's one day.
More balloons and Minnie decals.
Mickey's Milk (chocolate milk) and Le-Minnie-Ade :)
The cake. From Rick's Bakery.
Cupcakes. These cupcakes were delicious. The frosting had actual "stuff" from Double Stuff Oreos in it. The "ears and bow" were made using mini Oreos and Fruit by the Foot.
The Food Table
Pete's PB & J... using a Mickey cookie cutter
Figaro's Fruit... fruit salad with a yummy lime and honey dressing
Hot Diggity Dogs (commonly known as pigs in a blanket)
Donald's Dipper's
Daisy's Donuts (Donut holes) and Pluto's Pretzels (chocolate covered pretzels)
A very cute Minnie Mouse centerpiece. It's just three Styrofoam balls, spray painted black and a bow. Matt was pretty much in charge of this one.
Birthday Girl in her Minnie Ears
One of Little Lady's best friends in her ears
Even Daddy wore ears :)
Two little sweeties jumping on the bed... may not be the best idea, but they sure have fun.
Making Minnie wands
A few finished wands... aren't they cute?!?
Never knew I could love a little person so much!
Great job blowing out her candle!
Cake time!
Ready to open presents

I never knew how much a little girl would love an umbrella! Great gift idea.
It makes my heart happy to see all these little girls playing in out "play room"
All the kids... definitely hard to get 10 kids, all 3 and under looking at the camera at once, but they sure are all cute!
That's all for now... See ya real soon.


  1. What's your recipe for Figaro's fruit salad?

  2. This is adorable! Not over the top but it's obvious a lot of time and oodles of love went into this special day. I appreciate this find as I am currently planning my daughters 2nd birthday, minnie party!

  3. Oh my these are all adorable! I was confused between Minnie and Hello Kitty but both are fine for a little girls party since they are pinkish. But seeing your helpful Minnie Mouse party ideas , I think I'm gonna suggest this to my friends!
    I will be exploring more maybe I could add them to my own compilation. thank you so much!!

  4. Adorable! Question - what size paper lantern and tissue pom poms (ears) did you use?

  5. Oh my goodness, this Minnie Mouse Extravaganza 2nd Birthday Party looks tremendous. I am totally in love with all these cute party elements. Especially that cake is fabulous. At one of the local LA venues we also attended a grand party that was hosted for my niece’s birthday. Everyone enjoyed this bash a lot.