My mom is amazingly creative (I keep telling her she should blog). She makes the most wonderful things, she is great at putting things together, she wraps fabulously, she sews, and on and on. Recently she put together a super cute Mickey Mouse party for Colby’s 1st birthday. Everyone was amazed! I shared some of the photos via instagram and twitter, but I promised I would put them together in a post and ask my mom how she did it and her creative tips. So here are Mom’s instructions for a Mickey Mouse Birthday Party or Minnie Mouse Birthday Party or combine them for a Mickey and Minnie Birthday Party!
One thing I have noticed with Mom’s projects is that more is better. If you are skimpy with the quantity of items it just does not look as finished. For this Mickey Mouse Birthday Party she has a combination of store bought Mickey Mouse type items and handmade items. The color theme was red, black, and yellow plus a touch of white. Along with the yellow table cloths on all the guest tables, she had yellow, red, and black tablecloths on the other tables for the party too – the ones for foods, drinks, gift table, etc. The balloons really added a nice touch also to the room. Before the party we used those little helium tanks you can get at discount stores to fill up the balloons and added red curling ribbon to tie them in a bunch and anchor them on the table. Those little red buckets were weighted down a bit to keep them from floating. Mom did order a cake to match but it was honestly a bit disappointing – not Mom’s fault at all.
Here are instructions from Mom for many of the projects she did. Enjoy!
Mickey Mouse Place Mats
Minnie Mouse Place Mats
These cute place mats really made the tables look fabulous!
Black construction paper 12″x18″
Red and white polka dot napkins
Mickey Mouse outline stickers (or just any small sticker)
Mom raved about using the Martha Steward Large Circle Cutter for this project – she said it made it so easy! Cut one 11 1/2″ circle and two 5″ circles for each placement and assemble as shown. Mom didn’t mention how she attached them, but I think the tape roller thingies would be great for this. For the hair bow if you want Minnie Mouse Place Mats, she just rolled up the napkin around the cutlery and secured with a little black Mickey Mouse sticker. With the polka dot napkin at the top it looks like a bow on a Minnie Mouse. If you have a very “boy” party, you could just put that item on the side of each placement to make Mickey Mouse instead of Minnie Mouse.
No need to throw these away when you are done. The little kids loved these and took them home. You could easily use them to draw on and for craft projects. If you want to keep using them as place mats you could also laminate them easily. Chalk writes great on black construction paper. Gel pens are another great way to write on dark paper.
Giant Mickey Mouse Wreath
This giant Mickey Mouse wreath everyone loved. Mom had described it to us when she was making it, but it was not until we saw the finished item that we understood and were so impressed! It is very light weight also, my dad and I hung this up with just a bit of fishing line onto some hooks that were already in the wall.
Two 24” Hoola Hoops
One 36” Hoop
Plastic Table Cloths from the Dollar Store – yellow, red, and black – 6 of each
Cut the table cloths into 12″ strips. Attach the hoops together with duct tape, the larger being the Mickey Mouse head and the two smaller being the Mickey Mouse Ears. Now take the strips of table cloth and fold over the hoop and tie, alternating colors as you go. The finished wreath measures approximately 48″ h x 60″ w.
FYI she had two of those large Mickey Mouse balloons at the party also. Colby was a little unsure of them, but the older toddlers and young kids adored them and danced with them! You can find the standing Mickey Mouse balloons online and at local party stores.
Mickey Mouse Custom Candy Wrappers
The Mickey Mouse templates above came from a vendor on eBay (Mom did not give me the vendor’s name) for $12.00. The vendor sent a CD with all of the templates and instructions– mom printed them out at home but the color wasn’t very good so she had them printed at Office Depot. It was a little pricey to have them printed – 50 cents per sheet. She used full size Hershey Bars and wrapped them with Red paper and then put labels on them, she used red bags for the large labels and filled them with purchased pop corn. She bought Kit Kats and gum and wrapped Mickey Mouse labels around them as well. Mom also had water bottles that she made labels for. They were all so cute! Again, having so much Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse stuff really made the decorations more polished I think.
Chocolate and Candy Coated Pretzel Rods
These were SO good! Very addictive. Mom made lots of them and we brought some home and they disappeared in our house fast – I only got one!
Mickey Mouse sprinkles
Melted white and milk chocolate
Plastic pretzel bags
Melt chocolate and dip 2/3 of pretzel in chocolate and put sprinkles on. Dry. Place in bags. Mom says she used a Mickey Mouse ear cutter to make the tabs to close each bag. I believe she made these a couple of weeks ahead and frozen them even, they still tasted fabulous!
Mickey Mouse sprinkles can be found for sale on Etsy, eBay, Amazon, and also check your local supplier of cake decorating materials.
Mickey Mouse Sugar Cookies
Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough
Mickey Mouse sandwich cutter
Mom just rolled out the sugar cookie dough and used the cutter on it. Bake according to package directions and place in individual bags.
Homemade Mickey Mouse Ears and Minnie Mouse Ears
Yes, you could buy the Mickey Mouse ear hats, but frankly that would be pretty expensive. Instead Mom opted to make ear headbands for everyone at the party. We handed them out to guests as they arrived and most folks put them on right away and left them on during the party.
Narrow plastic headbands (she found them 10/$1 at the dollar store)
Black spray paint
hot glue gun
Polka dot ribbon for bows
Make a 4 1/2″ circle template. Lay on top of folded edge of felt, cut out circle leaving a 1″ section and fold uncut. Spray paint headbands black. Take felt and wrap around headbands with the fold touching the band – hot glue sides together and lay flat to dry. They stand up on their own. That is it for the Mickey Mouse ears, for the Minnie Mouse ears use the ribbon to make a simple bow to hot glue on to the ears.
Mickey Mouse Photo Invitations
The invitations below also came from eBay (Mom did not tell me vendor’s name). She furnished the pictures of Colby (the ones to the left and info are the stock info and not our custom ones) and was sent a final copy of the invitation which she had printed at Walmart – fifty invitations for $35.00 with envelopes. They were really nice and glossy also. The template for the invitation was $12.00, so overall the invitations cost was $47.00 for 50. She also purchased the matching templates for the Thank You notes and printed them at home.
There you have it! I told you she is creative. She really uses plastic table cloths a lot for things too, especially outside decorations. I will try to get here to share more tips on different projects she comes up with for all of you. Mom does read my blog often so if you have questions leave a comment here and she may answer you directly even (her name is Chris).
What do you think?