May 10, 2012

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

The main man in Maddy's life (after her Daddy of course) is Mickey Mouse.  I'm not huge on character themed parties but as Maddy's 2nd Birthday rolled around it was the clear choice of party theme.

I wanted to avoid everything being too "Mickey" but wanted to keep everything bright and colourful so I ordered some lightweight card stock from one of my suppliers, Pretty Little Studio.  Lots of polka dots, stripes, stars and chevron stripes in bold and bright colours which I used to create everything for the party.

I catered the whole event myself which was hard work - I won't even try to deny it.  But everything turned out well and the positive comments made it all worth while.  The sweets table below included Mickey Brownies, Fruit Puff Slice, Merguine Shortbread, Goofy Bread (Fairy Bread), Minnie Bars (Mini Kit Kats), Funfetti Blondies, Ono Slice, Vanilla Cupcakes, Popcorn, Caramel Corn, Chocolate Cake Pops, Rainbow Jelly and Jelly Beans.  Phew!  On the savoury table (we didn't get photos sorry) we served Hot Diggity Dogs, Clubhouse Sandwiches, Mickey shaped Pizzas and Sausage Rolls.

I made the balloon wreath a few months earlier following this tutorial on How Does She.  I made the large rosettes by folding the card like a concertina and then joining them altogether.  So easy and really effective.

I made the red and white polka dot table clothes from cotton fabric I got on special at Spotlight and the Happy Birthday banner from scraps of card I had lying round.  We displayed all of the drinks in Maddy's Radio Flyer Wagon which was perfect.

The red and white polka dot favour boxes came from Oceans Floral. The party favours included a Mickey Mouse (or friends) PEZ machine and refills, a Mickey or Minnie Blowout and a bag of Jelly Bellys.  Each guest was also given a pair of Mickey or Minnie ears on arrival which they could also take home.

Where ever possible I tried to make do with things I had in my craft cupboard.  The tissue paper (which was all different colours and shades), the clear bags for the Jelly Bellys (which were all different sizes) and the labels for the Jelly Belly bags (which again were all different sizes) were all odds and ends that I had stashed away and was thrilled to be able to use them up.  The "risers" I used on the tables were cardboard boxes I scrounged from my Dads work and covered in wrapping paper that I already had.  Cheap (free actually in this case) and so effective for making the table more attractive to the eye.

I made a few other signs to dot around the house.  This large Happy Birthday banner hung on the main wall in the living room.  I also had "come inside, it's fun inside" hanging on the outside of the gate and "see ya real soon" on the inside.

I left decorating the cake until the absolute last minute but was pretty happy with how it turned out.  It was a simple Madeira recipe which has been in my family for years.  (Message me if you want the recipe).  I made it a week in advance and froze it.  It defrosted beautifully and stayed lovely and moist.  Two nights before the party I was on Youtube watching short clips on how to make bumble bees, toadstools and ladybirds and left them to dry overnight so I could ice the cake the following day.

I made the bottom tier of cake a rainbow layer cake.  It was my first attempt and I was truly thrilled when I cut in to it with how it turned out.

As is now my birthday tradition, I made a pinata.  It literally cost $3 to make and I was really happy how it turned out.  I followed this tutorial but decided to make Toodles instead of Mickey as I thought it might be upsetting to see Mickey getting beaten up.

We also bought two HUGE Mickey and Minnie Airwalker helium balloons.  They each stood around 140cm tall and provided instant entertainment.  Since the party we have donated them to the creche at our local Salvation Army - in part because we kept catching them out of the corner of our eye and think someone was standing in the house :)

We also played pass the parcel and I had several other games lined up but the day just flew by.  We had the most stunning weather and between the party food, pinata, cake cutting, pass the parcel, airwalker balloons, bubble machine, sidewalk chalk and all the kids entertaining themselves outside in Maddy's Wendy House, there really wasn't any time for any other games.

And here's the birthday girl.  Her Minnie Mouse Dress is from One Two Three Shop on Etsy.  They have hundreds of designs in every colour and really cheap too.  I think dress this was $28.00 and it was custom made for Maddy.

Maddy's actual birthday was on the following Monday so we decided to spend the day together as a family at Auckland Zoo.

Maddy's favourite animals were the Hippos - which she kept looking at and saying "Nice", and the Seals - where she kept saying "Wwwooowww!" really loudly every time they swam past the viewing glass.

I hope you enjoyed seeing Maddy's 2nd Birthday.  If anyone would like any information on anything you see above please don't hesitate to contact us.  We're happy to help where we can and show you how we did things x

If you're still with me, I am selling some of the items from Maddy's Mickey Mouse Party on Trade Me as they are way to good to throw away but we just don't have the room to store them.  Let me know if you're interested and I'll send you some information :)

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