My baby girl is 4 years old!!!
I've been planning Taylor's birthday party for several weeks. All the crafting that's been going on around here has been birthday related so I haven't posted in awhile. Taylor is totally into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, right now, so we decided that would be the perfect theme for her party! At the time I started planning, I didn't realize what a popular theme it is right now. The abundance of Mickey stuff in the stores sure helped in the planning.
I made everything from the decorations to the food and loved every minute of it! I used the Mickey & Friends Cricut Cartridge for all the Mickey cut outs. Most of the supplies and goody bag favors are from Target or the Dollar Tree.
So, let's start off with the best part...the cupcakes!
I baked chocolate cupcakes, frosted them with red buttercream frosting and topped them with a Mickey Mouse paper cut-out that I added Mickey stickers to. I decorated the Wilton cupcake tower with jumbo star sprinkles.
I love how they look but to be totally honest, the frosting tasted terrible! I had to use sooo much red concentrated paste to get the right color and I didn't realize the "Christmas Red" has such a better taste. I used both the red "no-taste" and the Christmas Red, but in the future if I ever make red frosting again, I'll only use the no taste coloring.
I am SO happy with how this banner turned out!!! I used my friend's 24" Cricut (Thanks, Nina!) and her Lyrical Letters cartridge. The Mickey heads are 9". I then cut short strips of ribbon (actually I think I delegated that task to my mom - Thanks, Mom!) and strung it from ear-to-ear.
The Mickey napkins and plates are from Target (Wal Mart has them, too) and the solid paper goods are from the dollar store.
I filled a big yellow tub with bottled water with handmade labels. I simply cut patterned paper into strips, backed it with a strip of cardstock and covered it with packing tape and adhered it to the bottles. Again, I love it! Such a simple way to stretch the theme!
Food Glorius Food!!! I served hot-dog-hot-dog-hot-diggity-DOGS! along with pasta salad and assorted fruits and veggies. As for the fruit...I had this fabulous idea to make a fruit bouquet. Well...yeah...those things a lot harder to make than they look. Even for a crafty girl like me. The bouquet was not well balanced (I think part of the problem was my container was too small) and the weight of the pineapple Mickey head caused it to topple. So, we just had fruit skewers instead. :>
Goody bags with handmade tags made from the Mickey & Friends cartridge. The girls got Minnie Mouse and the boys got Mickey!
A handmade pinata that I made from this tutorial. She says it only takes an hour to make, but it took me about 3 so I must be a little slow! ;)
After everyone had a turn, the pinata fell to the ground and I helped Taylor give it a few good whacks to bust it open.
These pictures of my girl, with the handmade Mickey ears and the great big smile, make all my efforts worth every minute of my time. And I truly loved planning and creating this party!
I think the Birthday Girl loved it, too, and that's the most important part!
I want to thank my mom and stepdad for helping with all the final details of the party.
I also want to say a HUGE thank you to the fabulous people at Kids With Food Allergies who helped me brainstorm ideas and the logistics of pulling this party together. I've raved before about how much I love KFA and that I don't know how any parent of a child with food allergies manages without KFA. The daily support and hand-holding that I get from this incredibly knowledgeable group of parents is invaluable. Today marks the beginning of Food Allergy Awareness Week and I will be doing a special post about food allergies this week. I'll tell you more about our story and how Kids With Food Allergies has been such an essential resource and source of support in managing my daughter's food allergies. Until then, I'll just say an enormous THANK YOU! to the members and volunteers at KFA!