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 note 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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