Thursday, September 15, 2011

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

Emily's favorite cartoon at 2 years old is "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" and we were planning on going on a Disney Cruise a week after her birthday, so a Minnie Mouse birthday party seemed to be the perfect theme.

I got invitations designed on ETSY. I had taken a picture of my daughter with a huge Minnie Mouse that her aunt and uncle bought for her.















Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Birthday Party

Lots of details went into this party! When my daughter turned two, we went on a 7 day Disney Cruise. She fell in love with Snow White and got to meet her about five times. By the end of the cruise, Snow White knew our daughter by name. She had never even seen the movie before, but she got it as a present for Christmas that year and the rest is history! After a year, it is still her favorite movie.

First, we bought all the dwarfs at the Disney Store that had been clearanced for approximately $5 each! I'm a huge consignment sale fan, so I was able to buy her Snow White dress for $3. Then, I took pictures of Emily with her dwarfs and with her Snow White dress on. I purchased an invitation from ETSY and got it custom-made with the picture of all her dwarfs.


Next, I decided to use the red, yellow and blue colors from Snow White. I bought two red plastic tablecloths and tacked them to the ceiling (you can't even tell there were holes!) to the floor. I bought a circle punch and yellow glitter paper from Hobby Lobby (I waited for them to be on sale, of course) to make polka dots for the background. I attached them with doublestick tape. Then, I cut blue circles out of poster board and cut out the letters/numbers to make "EMILY IS 3!". I used yellow glitter paper for the letters to make them stand out. I was fortunate to find Snow White plastic life-size wall hangings for $1 each, so I placed them on either side of the background.


I put a long table in front of the background. I placed a blue plastic tablecloth on top of the table with a yellow plastic table skirt.

The menu was: Dopey’s Doritos, Happy’s Hamburgers, Sleepy’s Sandwiches, Sneezy’s Sixlets, Grumpy’s Gummies, Bashful’s Brownies, Doc’s Drink (lemonade), The Queen’s Apple (cupcakes in the shape of an apple), Prince’s Pizzas and Snow White’s Strawberries (chocolate covered). A label was placed beside each plate with the title and a picture of the character. I bought dwarf stickers at Micheal's and printed Snow White, Prince and the Queen from the Internet. I also bought red, blue and clear rock candy and made chocolate covered pretzel sticks with yellow melts and red and blue sprinkles.




The kid table was decorated with a blue tablecloth, yellow plates and red cups. Shredded green paper was placed in the middle of the table to resemble grass and red apples were placed in the grass and in a clear trifle bowl in the middle of the table. On the wall I hung a yellow plastic tablecloth with red glitter polka dots and a plastic Snow White wall hanging. I printed a title on the computer that said “Mirror Mirror on the Wall Who is the Fairest One of All?” I made a mirror by cutting an oval out of aluminum foil (a real oval mirror would be much better if you have access to one).





When young guests arrived, they were given a beard and a hat. To make the beards, I glued cotton to some felt and attached an elastic cord to both sides. For the hats, I bought bandanas (at Hobby Lobby) and applied fabric glue to resemble a hat.

         

A magic mirror/sword craft table was set up in my daughter’s room. Each girl selected a pre-painted red, yellow or blue mirror (mirrors came from Hobby Lobby and I painted them red, blue or yellow) and decorated the outside with glitter stickers and jewels. Boys were given a cardboard sword (from Michael's) and decorated it with glitter stickers and jewels.


We sang Happy Birthday to Emily and she blew out a "3" candle on her cupcake.Songs from Snow White (from my Disney favorites cd) played on a cd player while everyone ate.


After we ate, I mixed the Queen’s Magic Potion using a cauldron, water, vinegar and baking soda to make a bubble effect. The kids loved it! I don't have any pictures of this activity, but the kids thought it was really neat! I gave each kid a copy of the following instructions so they could make it at home:


The highlight of the party was the dwarf mine! I decorated her playroom with over 1000 newspaper filled brown paper bags to resemble rocks (only cost about $20 for the bags). I hid ring pops, plastic coins and plastic diamond rings.



The kids were all given yellow pails with their names on them. I let the little kids get a minute head start. They got to search through the "rocks" to find their diamonds and coins. The “Dig Dig Dig” part of the movie was playing on the tv while they were hunting. After everything was found, the kids jumped in the “rocks” until they were flat. They had so much fun burying their friends! It was definitely worth all the time that it took to make all those "rocks". If I ever have a son, I see a future dump truck party in his future!





  




Next, we took a group picture and Emily opened gifts while the kids watched and ate their ring pops.




For party favors, each kid took home the beard, hat, pail, rings and coins from the dwarf mine hunt, rock candy and a whistle.
I take advantage of the background with her name on it and her age. We leave the decorations up for a few days so she can enjoy her party even longer.



We didn't have time to do the trivia game with the adults, but below is what it looked like:



One other thing that I wasn't able to do was put yard signs in the grass. The ground was too hard and the wind was pretty wild the day of her party. Below are the signs I made:





I hope you enjoyed reading about Emily's 3rd birthday and I hope that it helps if you're planning a Snow White party, too!