I don’t know about you, but at our house we’re raising little Disney fanatics. It could be Minnie and Mickey’s likeness on everything from toothbrushes to diapers (and later big girl undies), or the constant Mickey Mouse Clubhouse playing on the Disney Junior channel, but we didn’t have to try hard to make Everly squeal with excitement every time one of these famous mice was in sight. As a result, I had a Minnie Mouse first birthday theme picked out before she was even 6 months old. My goal was to take a popular kid-friendly theme and to give it a sophisticated and stylish look, and I just love the way all the details came together!
I have been loving the black and white stripes, floral, and gold style ever since I saw Pottery Barn’s Emily + Meritt line a few years ago. I added Minnie’s silhouette in there, and voila! a pretty and contemporary party that would work for a Minnie lover of any age.
The backdrop consisted of black and white striped paper that was actually a table runner and handmade paper flowers from our local Pom Paperie, a gold “one” balloon from Pink Poppy Party Shoppe, and some DIY’s like the Minnie Mouse silhouette and circle banner. I love the clean lines and feminine details, and how it perfectly matched the gorgeous cake from Nickel’s Cake Creations (more on that later).
One of my favorite items was this striped painted cardboard banner from Cardboard Sheek on the front of the table. I used it in my Halloween decorations, and it’s hanging on my mantle now for my post-holidays-simple-and-clean-lines look. The cardboard is nice and study for the little hands that like to touch it, and I love how versatile it is.
Other decorative details were incorporated with the food, Mickey topiaries, fresh flowers and handmade accessories for the pint-sized guest of honor.
Heather from The C Shoppe, an extremely talented gal, made Everly’s Minnie floral headband, and even sisters and mama got some matching ears to wear at the party (and on frequent Disneyland trips!). Those darling rose gold moccasins are from ThreadLynne.
I kept the menu very simple, and almost everything was prepared in advance which made for a less stressful day before and day of the party. There was a Minnie Mouse sandwich bar with deli meats, cheese and bread all cut out with a Mickey sandwich cutter, my favorite salad for the adults and of course some other theme-y goodies.
- Mouse-ke-Sandwich bar and Mouse-ke-salad bar
- Minnie Mouse rice krispy treats
- Hot diggety dogs (Hebrew National mini wrapped hot dogs)
- Strawberry blueberry bows
- Chips, dip, and kettle corn
- Birthday cake by Nickel’s Cake Creations
- Water and pink lemonade
Here’s a tip: all of the bread, meat, and cheese was cut ahead of time with this handy tool that also cut out the rice krispy treats. I wrapped the cut bread in cellophane and froze it; I was able to do this about a week in advance. It thawed quickly the morning of the party.
This party was the first for any of my girls that I gave up the cake making responsibilities, and I couldn’t have been happier! It can definitely take a lot of time during the “crunch days” before the event, so I saved myself a lot of stress and got two gorgeous cakes that I never would have been able to create. The large cake matched the decor perfectly, with a large fondant-covered base layer in black and white, and an amazing gold confetti top layer. Nicole from Nickel’s Cake Creations really outdid herself with this showstopper. I made a small bouquet of flowers to sit on top and called it good.
The smash cake (hey, that’s our name LOL) was as sweet as can be in the perfect mini size with pink rosettes. Everly definitely approved.
Each child got a goodie bag with some age appropriate treats (Teensy Fruits for Ev’s baby friends), a Minnie or Mickey stamp, and stickers or tattoos. Any favor can look fancy with little party bags with a cut out on the front I’ve decided.
This gorgeous (if I do say so myself) party had some of my favorite decorations to date (do I say that every time?!), but it would not have been possible without these incredibly creative vendors. Because most of my DIY abilities died 2 kids ago! Check out this list and feel free to ask us any questions you might have. Do you want to give your little Minnie lover this exact party? Contact us for how we can help you do that, even if you live outside of SoCal.
Party planning, cake topper, Minnie favor bag cut outs, invitations & food labels: Smash Cake SoCal
Black and white striped cardboard banner: Cardboard Sheek
Striped plates, table runners, and honeycomb sphere: Just Artifacts
Minnie Ears and headband: The C Shoppe | Moccasins: ThreadLynne