Welcome to the last day of Minnie Mouse Week! Hasn’t it been SO MUCH FUN?! I have loved all this red and black cuteness. It makes my heart happy. I hope that you have enjoyed it too! Be SURE to enter the giveaway here on the blog AND the flash giveaway that I am running on Instagram. Both are Disney-fabulous and both end tomorrow, Saturday, August 29, 2013 at midnight. Now on to the final post, my little girl’s first birthday party!! Since she is so Minnie obsessed, she obviously needed a Minnie Mouse Birthday Party! This party happened back in the spring, but editing and sorting through all of the pictures was daunting to me, so it didn’t happen until just now. You ready for some serious picture overload? Here goes nothing… This “party” wasn’t truly a party. It was dinner with one other family and a fancy staged table and photo backdrop to make Mama (aka me) happy. A one year old doesn’t need a birthday party or care about a birthday party, but I had grand dreams of perfect pictures that would fill my heart with joy. I didn’t do a full-out cake smash with my oldest, and I always regretted not having those pictures. I was determined to put in the extra effort and make a fab setup that would result in dozens of darling shots of my little lady grinning from ear to ear, all covered with frosting. As you can see, all of my wildest dreams came true…….
Yeah. There was a lot of that. Oh, and a lot of this….
By the end of the attempted photo shoot THIS was how I was feeling….
Probably one of the worst pictures of me EVER, but I had to include it because the crazy eye is just too accurate. I was ready to pick up that Minnie Mouse cake and hurl it across the house in a screaming fit. But I restrained myself. Somehow. We took a bit of a break and then tried it again with some more gentle coaxing from Mama and everyone in the “audience” shooed away to decrease the pressure. A TINY bit of success. Not really what I was dreaming about, but, hey, beggars can’t be choosers, right?!
At that point we gave up completely, put her in a clean outfit, and let her roam around with her new doll stroller and her baby bestie. They are the CUTEST together, aren’t they??
We had the party the same day as my dad’s birthday. The “Bug,” as he calls her, loves her Bapa.
Sheesh. Let’s break down the details. Here is my pretty party table. Pretty straightforward. White tablecloth, confetti that was really black and red card stock hole-punched over and over, balloons, a framed pic of my girl with Minnie Mouse, and the cake and cupcakes. More on those in a moment.
The ah-maaaa-zing cake topper and cupcake toppers were made for me by an amazingly talented friend. She is the bomb. And thank GOODNESS for her, because, as you may see, the cake is a bit….errrr….lumpy. Here is what it looked like after I frosted it.
Frightening, is it not?? My sister walked by and said, “You have many talents….cake decorating does not seem to be one of them.” Only a sister, am I right?! Heehee. She’s not wrong, though! I tried to smooth it out some and used a red sugar sheet that I got at a craft supply store to cut out polka dots to place on the cake. They hid my horrific frosting job well enough for the cake topper to still have a place to shine. Isn’t it amazing?? It was the only part of the cake that made Jade smile. Go figure. The cupcake toppers are the cutest too, huh?! It’s nice to have incredibly generous and talented friends!
Now let’s talk about the photo setup, which was on our back deck. I hung a $1 red plastic tablecloth from Walmart over the window with pushpins. It shone through the window, creating the backdrop for the table, which worked out well. I also draped a mouse ear garland on it, which we will discuss in a minute.
Would you like to know how I got all of those perfect mouse ear forms for my garland? By using my Cricut, of course! I used the Mickey & Friends Cricut Cartridge, which is part of the Minnie Mouse Giveaway that I have up for grabs right now. I simply loaded up my cutting mat with them in Cricut Craft Room, printed them out, and then used a hot glue gun to glue them to some sparkly white yarn. It was a tad tedious to glue them on, but it all came together quite quickly and I saved it for future use.
The last thing that I have to show you is how I made her Mouse Ear Birthday Crown. I love it.
Do you remember this Birthday Princess Crown tutorial that I shared several months back?
I used that same pattern to put it together, although I obviously added gluing two black felt circles to the crown as well to give the illusion of mouse ears. Now I will be honest with you about my ghetto ways. I didn’t have enough time to sew the crown this time, so I literally hot glued the entire crown together instead. Hey, it ain’t classy, but it works! And it is still holding up, too! Who knew?!
So, what do you think? Do you love it? It’s ok if you don’t, of course, but please don’t tell me. This party has already caused enough heartache and frustration. 😉 If you do love it then be sure to check out the other Minnie Mouse party that I threw recently, my Minnie Mouse Bowtique Party! It’s perfect for slightly older kids or for lovers of pink Minnie, as opposed to red Minnie.
You may also enjoy checking out my son’s How to Train Your Dragon birthday party. That one was a TON of work, but it was so, so worth it to see him having such a blast!
I hope that you enjoyed this fun Minnie Mouse series. I have loved doing it, and I have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the giveaway! I think that there are more themed weeks in my future! Have a magical weekend!