This is a re-post from www.shaybocks.com (my portfolio site).
Last month we had Ronnie’s second birthday party. I wanted to make his party extra special, so I put in a lot of time making sure I didn’t overlook any details. Unfortunately, wind got in the way of most of our decorations. We had to nix the streamers and tablecloths at the last minute because it was so bad. I think the party still turned out well, though. I know Ronnie had a blast – and I have the pictures to prove it!
I am so in love with apothecary jars, but I never thought I’d be able to get them for the party. Everywhere I looked, they were at least $50.00 – that is, until I went to TJ Max and scored these for $6.00 a piece! I was so thrilled that I could do a candy bar for the party! We had homemade marshmallows [recipe by Prudent Baby], cotton candy, party pretzels, caramel popcorn, m&m’s, and orange candies.
We also had sack lunches for everyone. For the kids, we had organic peanut butter & jelly sammies, Snikkidy Snack cheese puffs, and raisins. For the adults, we had ham & swiss sammies, pretzels, and a pickle. I sprung for Panera bread for all the sandwiches and it was well worth it! The stickers were printed on label paper and punched out with a 2″ punch.
No sodas here. We had juice boxes for the kids and for the adults we had tea, lemonade, italian soda, and crystal light packets.
Do you notice the little plaque made by my friend, Megan? She hand painted it to match the invitations!
This mickey decoration was made with floral balls and tissue paper flowers. I followed this tutorial at We Met In A Bar for making the flowers and securing them to the balls. Then I used kebab skewers to connect the ears to the head. My original plan was to make six of these to use as centerpieces for all of the tables, but that didn’t necessarily work out. I underestimated how long it would actually take to make even one. Literally, I added the last flower just before guests arrived.
For favors, I decided to make Mousketools boxes. On the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Mickey and the gang use Mousketools that Toodles brings to them to solve problems throughout the show. I had all the kids scream “Oh, Toodles!” and gave them their boxes. Each box had mickey ears, white gloves, a puzzle, a ball, organic shark gummies, and a coloring page with crayons. The coloring page looked like this:
Although the park served as an activity in itself, I had a few extra things planned for the kids. The first was a Mickey Art craft similar to the car party craft at Jack and Izzy. Instead of a car, I cut out a Mickey shape and instead of frames (which would have cost a fortune!), I used clear photo sleeves with magnet tape attached to the back. This way the kids could put it on the refrigerator. I wish we had taken a photo of one of them, but it got missed.
The second activity was a “photo-booth”. Originally, I was going to make a booth out of a refrigerator box like I had seen somewhere online, but I later decided that it was easier and more practical just to put up a piece of fun fabric for the kids to stand in front of. It worked out better, I think, because the lighting wasn’t restricted and my photographer was able to get some great shots! We put out some hats, party glasses, and a feather boa for everyone to use, but I think this photo of Gracie in her Mickey ears is just priceless. Unfortunately, by this point Ronnie had lost interest in the party and went to play on the park, so we didn’t get any of him.
In researching for the party, I found that there isn’t much out there for a Mickey theme that doesn’t use the licensed junk they sell at party stores. For this reason, I’m sharing some of the printables I created so that anyone can use them. Because things will need to be personalized, you’ll need Photoshop and a working knowledge of how to edit .psd files. You’ll also need the following fonts that I used:
SF Slaptstick Comic
TW Cen Mt Condensed
Fenway Park JF
Click on thumbnails to download PSD & PDF files:
Don’t have Photoshop or would like a customized party package for your next party? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I’m hoping to have a package available soon for purchase, but until then, just let me know what you need and we can work something out.