On the food table, I used a simple black plastic table cloth as the “road” and using yellow duct tape, I made stripes across the middle (even though you can’t really see the stripes in this picture due to cones and platters!). I also had several Cars bumper stickers that I stuck on the table for extra flair! I found checked racing flags on sale and used those with orange cones we already had as a simple centerpiece. Lightening McQueen waited patiently between the cones! 🙂
Earlier this summer we were invited to our cousin Alice’s first birthday party. If you have a daughter named Alice, isn’t it appropriate to have an “Alice in Wonderland” themed party? Well, this party was over. the. top! “Baby Alice” may not remember this party in the future, but her mommy went overboard to make it special. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a better themed party!
Warning: Lots of pictures! 🙂
This year’s #DisneySide @ Home Celebration kit included everything I needed to decorate for our party. I decided from the beginning not to stress over this party or spend too much money out of pocket. I stuck with the theme found in my kit, which was Mickey and friends. Above you can see the invitations included in the kit. All I had to do was fill them out and give them to friends and family.
The kit came with a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse plastic table cloth, napkins, cups and plates too. In addition to the Mickey Mouse “stuff”, we received a Minnie Mouse cupcake stand, treat boxes, and zip top sandwich bags. There was no reason whatsoever for me to need to add supplies for this party. I think the only reason would be if I were inviting more people! And the best thing was, if I did need additional supplies, it was easy to find this theme at any party supply store.
My boys decided we needed more decorations on our mantle than the Mickey Mouse flags that was included in our kit. So, they drug out ALL of our Disney Characters and helped arrange them around the fireplace! On the hearth are all the plush characters we could round up. I’m certain we missed some, but there were plenty present! On the mantle were all the “guys” that we have collected over the years. “Guys” are any hard, plastic Disney Characters that resemble action figures… or for those of you who grew up in the 80s, think Smurf figures! 🙂
First our table was covered with a plastic, striped table cloth. I found a Dumbo hardback book at the Dollar Tree and we had 2 Dumbo stuffed animals that were used as the center piece of the serving table. I made the banner that said Happy Birthday and all the food tents with My Memories Suite. I used the “Circus” font and did a google search for Dumbo character images to use as my clip art on the food tents.
While party favors aren’t really decorations, they were too cute not to share! Each child got their own kite to put together and fly. Had it been windier at the party, we would have flown kites at the party! Along with the kites were CDs of the birthday girls favorite songs from the movie.
The centerpiece of the food table was the BEST! They already had a Parrot Head Mary Poppins umbrella (from the Disney Store) which they hung from the ceiling. A Mary Poppins hat and carpet bag were displayed on the table along with a Penguin stuffed animal and “Mary Poppins” spelled out with kids blocks.
The birthday girls had an adorable Mary Poppins shirt that mom made with iron on transfer paper! The silhouette of Mary on the front had a real read ribbon pinned to it! On the back was a great Mary quote with a picture of Mary herself.
The last little touch to the party was the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious banner on the back of the hay ride! It was tied together with the same ribbon that was on the Mary tshirt.
- baker’s twine
- parchment paper
- cookie sheet
- cookie cutter shaped like Mickey
- cooking spray
First, preheat your oven to 275°F and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut the desired length of baker’s twine. Lay it on the cookie sheet snaking the twine back and forth across the cookie sheet. Unwrap and place the peppermint candies on top of the twine with at least an inch of space between each one. I wasn’t sure how much the candy would spread as it melted, so I spaced mine about 2-3 inches apart. Next time, I’ll only use 1 inch space! Place this in the oven for about 5-9 minutes. Watch the peppermints as they bake and remove them as they begin to flatten. Let the candies cool for at least 10 minutes before handling.
If you want to include a hidden Mickey in your garland, use a metal Mickey shaped cookie cutter. Spray the inside of the cutter with cooking spray so the candies won’t stick. Place the cookie cutter on the baker’s twin where you want the Mickey located. Use three candies to fill the cutter- one for the head, two for the ears. Make sure the ‘head’ peppermint is laying on the twine.
On March 8, we were ready to go! We had made a few changes and additions to our party since we had the “soft opening” the week before. At 3:00 the grandparents and several of our friends and their kids made it to the house. We had Disney music playing and the Disney planning DVD showing. All of the kids came wearing a Disney costume or t-shirt, which made for fun pictures! We had a photo booth, did a pull string pinata, played Disney Bingo, Disney Pictionary, pin the tail on tic toc crock, and had a “Hidden Mickey” hunt. Oh yeah, we ate. A lot.