Every year I take the “go big or go home” challenge to planning my son’s birthday. Yes, I understand he just turned 3, lol. But really I have a reason. Here's some of the back story, when I planned his First birthday "Smurfday" (see the pictures here), I was a stay at home mom. I took my time and made it a very DIY event, especially since this was prior to the Smurf movie release and just simply there was nothing much I could purchase. For his Seconded birthday, I failed!! I was going to SDSU full time and I graduated the day before his birthday, so planning was not my priority.
In order to make up for that last fail, with the help of Pinterest, and Felicia ( DIY for Mommies) as a sound board, I was able to make reasonable and achievable plans for his Third birthday.
We took Max to Disneyland for the first time this year, so it was only appropriate to have a Mickey and Friends themed party, "Mickey's Clubhouse." Okay, so now I’m a full time Employee (Social Worker, part time photographer & blogger) and a full time Mommy, so I had to do this little by little. We made it work.
Granted that not everything turned out as desired…but does it ever? Max and his friends had a great time.
Here are a few of my favorite things from the birthday with links to my inspirations!
Here is the birthday boy. He is wearing his birthday ears he got while we visited Disneyland. The cake was inspired by a cake we saw at t local bakery, but being so crafty (frugal) I could not shell out the $250 for a cake. With the help of my mom, a retired Pastry Chef and my sister, who recently took a fondant class, we made this cake for a total of $30.00 which includes the purchase of the whole Clubhouse gang and candles (Dollar Tree).
The scene setter in the back is from Party City, and it wasn’t that expensive and it made a great addition to the cake table.
We also had a small dessert/candy table. It included Cupcakes, a may shift “Toodles” lollipop holder Mickey cookies (thanks to a dear friend) and some licorice, rice krispie treats and just yellow and red gummies. (Inspiration here)
Mickey Cookies, made by a good friend!!
Cupcakes, just regular white cupcakes (from the box) with wilton chocolate (candy melts) for ears.
The Minnie Cookies, I bought at Walmart. They are the Pillsbury ready to bake cookies. They are awesome.
Oreo Mickeys, as found on Pinterest.
And the Rice Krispy Treats also thanks to Pinterest.
*Items, before cutely placed on tables*
For Centerpieces, I used Mickey ceramic piggy banks that I found at a local Swap meet. They were rather inexpensive and a handy keepsake. I also purchased the Mickey boxes pictured above, found them in Mexico. I just had to paint them and add the buttons, to make them resemble the party invitations. Also, pictured above is an unfinished “Toodles” lollipop holder and a Mickey centerpiece.
We also had Mickey lollipops made of Chocolate. I bought that mold on one of my trips to Mexico, but I'm sure you can find them online.
Black Linens, black chair covers, big red chair bows, and red, yellow, black balloons.
We also made foam letters, was originally intended like the "Disney Junior" logo, but black and red worked an completed our look. The great thing is they are so light that a little bit of rolled tape and a push, then TADA, done!
To make it a little more festive, without requiring all the children to wear Mickey outfits, I made Mickey ears for all the children.
(learn how to make your own ears here)
But let's not forget, our main course…well Hot Diggity Dog! We had Hot Dogs!!
We bought this bad boy from Walmart… and it was a hit. We had bacon wrapped hot dogs, regular hot dogs and chili dogs!!!
I got the hot dog holders from the Dollar Spot at Target.
Water bottle labels, look online cause it adds to any event! I've seen them done with just festive duct tape if you don't want to spend much time.
Birthday Boy and Piñata :
Max had a wonderful time, which is what really matters.
Mommy and Daddy with Birthday Boy…
I’m glad it’s over, but I'm ready to plan next year’s grand event… not sure what the theme is yet, but I’m brainstorming.