Olivia turned 1! I won’t lie I planned her first birthday party for over 6 months. Everything turned out amazing. I knew I wanted a Mickey Mouse Club theme. She loves the cartoon and I thought it would be fun for her to see the characters around her house that she knew.
I found most things on Etsy and Party City; then I made a ton of the decorations by hand. It took about 3 days to set everything up! By the morning of the party, I had everything done and we relaxed for an hour before everyone arrived.
The three things I focused on were:
- Gift Bags for the Kids
- A Dessert Table
- Red/Yellow decorations around the house
For decorations, I hunted down red, yellow, and black balloons. I also found puffs and paper lanterns to help add color. I wish I had done a balloon tower on each spindle of the stairs; I think it would have looked better if it was fuller.
I found a seller on Etsy that did fun hats, signs and paper bags to add the other clubhouse characters into the mix.
To finish the theme I found red and yellow plates, cups and forks.
The dessert table was my favorite!!
I found a local baker to make the cupcakes, Mickey Krispie treat heads and ADORABLE sugar cookies. Then on Etsy, I found this gummy table decoration (not edible), lolly pop head (super easy to DIY yourself) plus the Mickey pretzels and chocolate covered Oreos. The same company that did the gummy Mickey made these cute Mickey cake pops.
For the gift bags, I called on a few past sponsors who made some awesome kid-friendly items.
Kids Party Favor Bag
What was included:
- Mickey Shaped Crayons with a not from Olivia c/o
- Custom Mickey color pages c/o
- Usa Toyz Party favors. The kids seemed to really love these! c/o
- Yowie Chocolate Suprise. I loved these. It is a small bit of chocolate with a collectible toy inside that teaches kids about endangered species! c/o
- Surprizamals The Kids LOVED these! They were trading them back and forth. c/o
- Mickey-shaped Gold Fish Snacks – to help with the theme and soak up some of that sugar! c/o
- Mickey Pals custom made kids party favor bag
All the kids were happy with their gift bags and I also gave them a small bag they could fill up with treats.
We had so much fun! I already have plans for birthday number 2. But, I did learn a few things that I will change next year. First, not so many sweets! I think I will just get the chocolate Oreos, pretzel sticks, cookies, Krispie treats, and a regular cake. Two, it rained and thundered. So crazy for Monterey to have May rain but I learned to have an indoor backup plan. We had to ditch all of the outdoor activities. I wish I had bought the 100 string pinata instead of the traditional one. It is much more indoor friendly. Lastly, appetizers seem to be easier to serve! Everyone loved the little wedge on a stick salad I did plus we had mini tri-tip sliders that were AH-MAZING!
A giant Happy Birthday to our little peanut!
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