Willow is turning two and we decided to go with a Minnie Mouse inspired birthday as Minnie is her FAVOURITE cartoon character right now. I began my pre-planning by hitting up Etsy and for ideas. I didn’t want to go overboard, as I know sometimes birthday party themes can get that way, but I also wanted it to be fun for her.
I made Willow’s invitations myself using Photoshop. I designed the invitation, printed them on card stock and then my husband and I punched holes where the ears met and tied ribbons on to mimic Minnie Mouse’s bows. Here is the digital file before we added the bows, etc. I blacked out our address and telephone information so imagine it without the unsightly black bars
For her cake, we decided to go with a Costco cake simply due to the fact that it is inexpensive and delicious! The only downside is that they don’t do custom requests so we just went with one of their stock layouts. For Willow’s birthday, we went with a ballerina inspired cake in chocolate.
My husband Steve decided to make a banner for the party using inspiration I found on Pinterest. We started by printing out a Mickey Mouse ear silhouette and cutting it out to use as a stencil. We used her bathtub alphabet letters as stencils to cut out the pink letters. We then strung it all on pink ribbon (with the help of my sister!) and hung it on the wall using 3M removable wall hooks.
We also got a simple cluster of balloons from Party Mart in Kanata, which was affordable and fun!
I ordered a personalized, embroidered onesie for Willow from SusieQutestitches on Etsy. I fell in love with her work because it was clean, gorgeous and filled up the space on the shirt whereas other Etsy sellers did not. It was also extremely affordable and Susan was absolutely amazing to deal with! Highly recommend.
I had ambitious thoughts when first planning her party but decided to just go with easy foods and snacks. We did hot dogs, fruits & veggies, cheese & crackers and other easy-to-snack-on snacks. We set it all up on our diningroom table so people could snack throughout the party.
To entertain the younger kids, we printed out some Minnie & Mickey printables and included pencil crayons in their party loot bags. We printed the colouring pages off at Coloring-Pages-Kids.com.
Speaking of loot bags, here’s what we put inside:
We made the loot bags ourselves using a brown paper bag and gluing Mickey Mouse silhouettes onto them. We punched two holes near the top, after folding down the flap, and tied red ribbon onto it.
I also picked up some masks at the Dollar Store for the kids to put on and play with. My mom also volunteered to do some face painting for the kids and they all really loved that! They loved getting their faces painted and then checking themselves out in the mirror.
All in all, we had a fabulous day and Willow really, really enjoyed herself. I was never one for elaborate birthday themes before but I’m so glad we put the work and effort into this one as it was SUCH a cute theme.
Here are just a few more pics from the day: