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Minnie Mouse Birthday Party--DIY Decorations

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For Hazel's half birthday party, I have some store bought Minnie Mouse decorations and some from Oriental Trading to review that Hazel picked out. However I wanted to keep costs down and make some of our own. I have seen so many fun ideas on line and have been pinning them to my Minnie Mouse Party Pinterest Board. I loved the idea of making Minnie head decorations from styrafoam balls. The first time I saw this was on The NY Melrose Family's Minnie Mouse Centerpieces. We did this. I glued them and Hazel painted them black. After the paint dried, I stuck a lollipop stick into each one.
If we wanted Mickey Mouse, we would stop here. However Hazel wants Minnie Mouse, so I made some bows and glued them on.
We also made some from pink ping pong balls. I found a pack of Hello Kitty pink ping pong balls. We used pom poms for the ears. Hazel helped me make these. After the glue dried I cut a hole in the bottoms and stuck the lollipop sticks in. We played around with the color of the pom poms.

Again for Mickey we could stop here (and probably would have done a color besides pink). We are doing Minnie though and added bows as well.
I have them all together in a jar for now, but plan to stick them in different things just to help add the Minnie Mouse theme.

Another simple DIY decoration we made is a garland. To do this I used scrapbook paper and punches. I used a scalloped punch, a 3-inch circle punch and I tried to use a Mickey Mouse punch. I used two Mickey Mouse punches and only was able to get one Mickey punched out of computer paper. Then they just would not go down enough to punch. I figured after two defective ones to give up. I used the hole of the one punch I got as a template and used a black paint marker to color the head on the circles. Then I added a bow.
I strung them with a ribbon and I put beads in the back of each hole so they will not all gather in one spot. I put the end of the ribbon through the bead in both directions to "tie" a knot to keep the bead in place.
I will hang them on the stairs next to the patio probably. I like how it came out.

If you do not have the punches to make this, there are some free printable garlands floating around on-line as well. Here are two I found at Peonies & Poppy Seeds: Minnie Mouse Bowtique Birthday Banner and  Minnie Mouse Bowtique Birthday Printables.

I still need to make the Hazel's Bow-tique Sign I saw on The Lovebugs Blog: Lovebug's Bow-tique Birthday Party. She provides some of the printables in jpg form so you can adjust them and personalize it.

Finally I bought some of those small frames (think placecard frames) at Michaels on clearance and I made a few of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Minnie Bow Toons sayings with pictures to put in them. Here is what I came up with and if you want to download it, click on the picture.

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Minnie Mouse Party Food

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 So the party is this weekend and we finally figured out what to serve. Our menu includes:
  • Minnie's Bow-tique Pasta
  • Mickey's Meatballs
  • Hot Diggety Dog Hot Dogs
  • Oh, Toodles! Pizza
  • Daisy's Garden Vegetables and Donald's Dips
  • Goofy's Grapes and Fruit Bow-quet
  • Minnie's Bow-tique Fruit Bows
  • Minnie's Pink Polka-Dot Punch
  • And of course a Minnie Cake!
I shared two types of printable food labels when I shared our DIY Easy Minnie Cake Plates. Now some of these food ideas came from what I found on-line and pinned to my Minnie Mouse Party Pinterest Board. Some Hazel and I came up with. Now I do not have many pictures, but will explain what each is and of course there will be after the party pictures later.

Minnie's Bow-tique Pasta is quite simply bow tie pasta with sauce. And yes, I use a jarred sauce since I am trying to simplify my prep time. I got the idea from Spoonful, but now the link is not working. Hazel had the idea of making Mickey shaped meatballs. I made them tonight using my usual meatball recipe with a twist of using ground oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs. I know one of the children coming is gluten free. Shaping them was easy, however getting them out of the pan in one piece was not as easy. Several lost one or both ears. Oh, well, we tried.
Before the party I will heat them in some sauce and then put them in my slow cooker on warm. 

Hot Diggety Dog Hot Dogs came from several places on line like Itsy Bitsy Foodies: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party and CatchMyParty. And of course, Mickey Mouse always says Hot Diggety Dog! and they do the Hot Dog Dance at the end of every Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode. I bought a pack of our favorite hot dogs (Nature's Promise Uncured Beef Hot Dogs) and a can of crescent rolls. I am going to wrap each dog in a crescent roll and bake them. 

The idea of Oh, Toodles! Pizza came from Crafting When I Can: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse - 2nd Birthday Party. We are going to have one big Oh, Toodles! Pizza. I bought pre-made pizza dough, sauce and cheese. I bought two packs of dough so I can roll one out to be the head and the other split and roll to be the ears. I will definitely get a picture of it. 

Daisy's Garden Vegetables came from several places as well. One is Spoonful or Disney Junior. Some others are Disney Donna Kay and Catch My Party. I figured it would make sense to have Donald Duck with Daisy, so I added Donald's Dips. I bought a store made dip and a hummus. I also bought a two-pack of black trays and black salsa dishes at the Dollar Tree so I can put the vegetables on the tray and use the salsa dishes for ears with the dips in them.

The idea for Goofy's Grapes and Fruit Bow-quet came from Pennywise Cook: Affordable Mickey Mouse Party, or I should say the Goofy's Grapes came from there. I wanted to make a fruit bouquet, because Hazel loves them and I have a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter as well as a small butterfly that I will use as a bow. I recently saw the amazing Mickey Mouse bouquet available at Edible Arrangements. I love the clubhouse vase for it, but am not going to spend the money to get it.  I added the bow-quet to Goofy's Grapes. I however kept the Minnie's Bow-tique Fruit Bows separate. The idea for these came from Creative Kid Snacks and my pin of them is my most repinned pin ever I think! They are a blueberry between two strawberries with a toothpick going through all three. Hazel LOVES fruit, so she likes both of these ideas.

For a beverage I bought some strawberry lemonade (because it is a pretty pink) and then have been making ice cubes with miniature marshmallows frozen in them. The marshmallows will be the white polka-dots Minnie loves. I have a nice clear glass pitcher to serve it from. Hazel has been helping make the ice cubes. I also put some labels on water bottles for the parents and any children who do not like the strawberry lemonade. 

Tomorrow Hazel and I will make the cake. I am keeping it simple. We are making the strawberry cake Hazel always wants to have for her birthday. I am going to make one regular 8 or 9-inch circle and two small circles and make the shape of the head. Then I bought chocolate frosting to cover it. Finally I am going to add a tissue paper bow. I'll share pictures once we make it tomorrow. 

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Minnie Mouse Party Foods and Activities -- The Details

Since the my post the other day became so long with sharing our decorations, I thought today I would share the details of what we served and what the kids played. Let's start with the cake since every birthday party needs a cake. Our cake was the strawberry cake we have made for most of Hazel's parties. The original recipe is found at Confections of a Foodie Bride. I have made changes over the past couple of years. At some point I will have to actually write down my changes and post about them. We made an eight-inch round cake and three small round cakes. I bought these pans at Joann Fabrics with a coupon for the ears.  We bought a container of chocolate frosting since black frosting is hard to come by and has so many chemicals for colors. 

DIY Easy Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse Cake Plates & Free Food Label Printables

So when I bought all the Minnie Mouse stuff on clearance I did not get cake plates. I had pink cake plates we could use and Hazel was willing, however I kept seeing plates with ears on them as I researched for ideas. I realized how easy it would be to make them. I bought a pack of black cake plates at the Dollar Tree. Supplies to make the Mickey Mouse plates is just a pack of plates, black construction paper (two large sheets gave me enough ears for sixteen plates), a 3-inch circle punch and a glue stick.

I decided to use glue stick instead of craft glue so there would not be excess on the plates. To make Minnie Mouse plates you also need pink polka-dot paper (I found a pack of bright polka dot paper at Target--it was the only place I could find any) and scissors. I used the free jpg of bows at The Lovebugs Blog: Lovebug's Bow-tique Birthday Party.  Since I got them as a jpg, I was able to shrink the size for the plates. I am providing the new size of bows, but go check out her site for other great printables!! Here are the bows I used.

To make the plates, just punch two ears for each plate. I folded my large construction paper in half and did both sheets at a time so I got enough for two plates each time. Take two circles and put a little glue on one edge. Then glue to plate in appropriate places. Hold for a few seconds since it takes a bit of pressure to get the glue stick to stick. Let dry and do the next one. These will give you Mickey Mouse cake plates.

Mickey Mouse Cake Plate
(Sorry for the poor quality picture. My camera is acting funny!!) To make Minnie Mouse print out the bows using the template shared above on your bow paper and then put a small amount of glue stick on the back bottom edge of the bow and hold in place on the plate. You could also glue a ribbon bow on, but this would take longer and seeing how they are cake plates that will end up being messy and thrown away, I didn't think it was worth the expense or time.

I think they look cute and Hazel loves them! Since we are talking cake plates, I thought I would share our food labels with you as well. I will explain the food that goes with them in another post. I gave Hazel the choice of two types. I am providing you with both!  Just click picture for each type.
Food Labels Using Characters and Clip Art Found On-Line
Mickey & Minnie Mouse Food Labels
To make the Minnie Food Labels, I added bows again. I used the same template, but slightly larger. You can find them here.

So that is our newest installment of our Minnie Mouse Birthday Party series! For more posts check out:

Minnie Mouse Party & Decoration Product Review

 Disclosure: I was sent the decorations to review free of charge from Oriental Trading. All opinions in this post are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review. I added links to the particular products for your convenience, but not for any compensation.

So yesterday was the Minnie Mouse Half Birthday Party. Hazel had a blast. Now we spent a lot of time getting ready for this party and have posted many DIY ideas already. We also received five items from Oriental Trading that we used for the party. A few weeks ago we shared our Minnie Pinata and the black streamers we used to make it.

DIY Pin The Bow On Minnie Mouse Game

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We have been working on final things for the Minnie Mouse party. It is this weekend! Today among other things, I made the Pin a Bow on Minnie Mouse game. Hazel really wants to play this one! To make it, I used a piece of black poster board, a white piece of paper and some polka-dot cardstock (I found it at Target). I used a large bowl and a small/medium bowl to make the head and a yellow-green colored pencil to show up on the black poster board. On the back of the poster board I traced the large circle bowl. Then I put the small bowl roughly where I wanted an ear and I had it overlap the large circle just a bit and traced it. Then I put it on the other side for the other ear. Once I got it how I liked it, I cut it out.

Then I played with the size of the bows I found at The Lovebugs Blog: Lovebug's Bow-tique Birthday Party. I made it so there was two on a page. I printed one page on white and added "Bow goes here" on one of them and cut it out and glued it on to the head with a glue stick. Then I put the children's names on bows and printed them out. I used pink polka-dot for the girls and red polka-dot for the boys. 

Now I just have to cut out the bows for the children and put either tape or use Hazel's sticker tool so they will stick. Hazel is very excited for the game! You can get a copy of my white bow here.

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DIY Mickey and Minnie Mouse Ears and Free Printable Party Signs

Our next craft for the Minnie Mouse themed upcoming party is ears of course. I tried to make ears last year before we went to Disney World. However they came out floppy. I decided to go back and figure out what I did wrong. I followed the tutorial at The Suburban Mom: How to Make Mickey Minnie Mouse Ears for a Party. She provides a free downloadable pattern. I used this pattern with some adjustments. I found the space between the two circles was too big for the size headband I used. I folded my pattern a bit to shrink it. This definitely helped in getting them to stand up. I also used the foam this time. I used two pieces of sticky foam and I used my 3-inch punch to make the circles instead of her pattern (which is a 3-inch circle).

Modeling the Mickey Ears
Since it is a pain to cut felt with a pattern, you need to trace the pattern onto the felt. Since black is hard to trace on to, I used my sewing chalk tracer. I cut the felt folded over so I got both ears for one headband each time. Then I stuck on the foam. Then I put glue on both sides, around the foam and on it and on the space between. I folded each one onto the headband leaving a few inches inbetween. Then I let them sit for a bit. To make the Minnie Mouse ears, I made a bow. After several attempts at bows, I followed The Suburban Mom's tutorial again and used a thinner ribbon to tie the bow. Then I cut the ends of the thin ribbon and glued the bow on.

Modeling the Felt Minnie Ears
I wanted Hazel to have a special pair of ears for her party. We decided to buy a sparkly black headband for hers (for $1 at Joann Fabrics). Since this headband is wider, I used the pattern as The Suburban Mom posted it for this one. I also picked up a 1/4 yard of sequin black fabric. After making the felt ears the same as above, I cut the same pattern out of the sequin fabric. Then I folded it over itself and sewed along the curve. Then I cut the fold and turned it the correct way. Next I folded the foam ears and stuffed them into the sequin cover. I am very happy with how they came out and so is Hazel.

Now I plan to leave a basket of the ears out with a sign. My plan is to leave them on a small table on the driveway, so the kids can pick them up as they come back to the yard.  I made two signs and am going to let Hazel pick out the wording she likes better to go with it.

I printed out the signs and cut one of the Mickey heads out. Then I traced it on the back of sparkly scrapbook paper and cut it out. Once she chooses the wording I'll glue the sparkly pink head on and frame it. If you want a copy of the signs (both in one pdf with different color choices for the words) click here or on the picture above. Here is a quick look at the sample display.

While doing my signs, I made a "Thank you for coming" sign similar to what I saw at Catch My Party. Mine is just smaller and has more characters on it.
I also did the words in different colors in case anyone wants to use it for a Mickey themed party.

To download your own copy (in all three colors) click here or on one of the pictures above. Stay tuned for more Minnie Mouse fun!!

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Mickey and Minnie Mouse Tote Bag Craft

So for Hazel's actual birthday party we had received these wonderful yellow tote bags from Oriental Trading for us to review. Our plan had been for guests to make handprint flamingos on them, however the guests did not want to, so we still had many of the bags. I thought they would be great favors and we could paint Mickey and Minnie Mouse heads on them. My original idea was to get a large sponge and cut it in the shape of a Mickey Mouse head, however I could not find a sponge large enough. Then I thought of the bottom of cups or plates or jars. I tried a few and asked Hazel which size she liked best.

DIY Minnie Mouse Napkin Rings for Party

Well, Hazel's half birthday is at the end of June. Because of school ending mid-June and some of her friends take off for the entire summer the day school is out, we are having her half birthday party in the beginning of June. (We decided to have a half birthday party for her since her birthday is in the middle of December holiday season.) She decided ages ago that the theme for this party will be Minnie Mouse. (Unfortunately there many more boys in her class than girls, but they will have to deal with lots of pink.) When she made the decision last summer, it happened to be when they were changing the Minnie Mouse theme party supplies and I was able to buy a bunch on clearance. We got the invitations and thank you notes, dinner plates, plastic cups, and a banner as well as treat bags. As we were looking at what we have and do not have, we decided we could use some of the other supplies we have and do some do-it-yourself projects. Today's is a simple one. I did not buy any of the napkins and decided not to buy special napkins. I did however have some bright pink napkins left over from her flamingo party (well actually I bought them for either party). Since this is her first child-focused birthday party, it is a lot of fun to plan.

As I was looking at ideas on line, I thought of making individual silverwear settings with a Minnie Mouse head on a napkin ring. I bought one of those Mickey Mouse head punches ages ago with a coupon and when I opened it yesterday, it did not work. Ugh!! Then the idea came to me to use pom poms. I searched for black pom poms last night and found three. I found some pinkish polka dot scrapbook paper and cut some strips. Then I glued the two smaller pom poms onto the bigger one and got a Mickey head. Then I glued the whole thing to the paper. (This was my first one and of course I had the head spinned in the wrong direction, but it was actually easy to spin after it dried.) I left it out to show Hazel and of course she asked if we could add a bow to make it a Minnie head. I explained I just didn't have the ribbon yet. Today I went to Michaels and bought two pacakges of black pom poms (small and the next size), some skinny pink ribbon and I found some cell phone charms shaped as bows in a clearance bin. I showed Hazel how to make the Mickey heads and she glued most of them for me though she did say it was boring. I poked the plastic charms through the paper to add the cell phone bows.

Then I wrapped a spoon and a fork in a napkin and wrapped the holder around it and sealed it with a piece of scotch tape. Didn't they come out cute?

If you do not have the cute bow cell phone charms, a small ribbon bow works great as well. The hardest part is tying the bow. Then you just glue them on. This is actually easier than the others since the others are a pain to poke through and get to stay in (I didn't want to glue them in case anyone actually wants a bow cell phone charm) and they break rather easily. I made a few of these as well since I only found ten of the charms (five packages of two at forty cents each).

Now we are set to have the tables set for the kids and possibly for the parents though I probably will need to make a few more. Since she wanted a Minnie and Daisy theme, I used lavender plasticware.

I think they look great with the Minnie plates. What do you think?

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Shindigz Party Supplies & DYI Ideas Review

Disclosure: I was given a gift certificate to purchase the items I share here. All opinions are my own.

Now those of you who have been following know how excited I get for Hazel's birthday. I tend to go overboard with the party. I jumped at the opportunity from Shindigz Party Supplies to be given a gift certificate to review some of their DIY Supplies. Now Hazel's birthday is not until December and we often have the party in January--well New Year's Day. This year we are planning on the big family and family friend party then and doing a half birthday party for her school friends (and friends her own age). 

Minnie Mouse Ears and Dress for Doll (and Girl) Crafty Weekends Projects and Link Party

Oops!! With the spotty internet on our vacation I missed writing my review for Earth Day!! Be sure to check out tomorrow's post for some great Earth books!!

Disclosure: Target links in this post will give me a small percentage of your purchase at no cost to you. 

After the crazy March we had weather wise and for Steve work wise, I really needed to get away to somewhere warm. Steve on the other hand just wanted to stay home and rest. We decided Hazel and I would go down to Florida (we have a time share there) and he would stay home. Since we were going to be in Florida we decided we would spend a day at Magic Kingdom and a day at Universal Studios. I found this fabric in my stash. It has beautiful flowers and Minnie Mouse heads on it. I showed it to Hazel and suggested I make a dress for her to wear to Magic Kingdom. I used Butterick Pattern 3860 to make her a dress. Since Hazel wanted to bring two of her dolls with us I thought I would make her doll a matching dress. I checked out the patterns I have downloaded and found one that used the slip pattern from Molly's Pretty Clothes. I didn't put on a ruffle and lengthened the pattern for the dress. I also wanted her doll to have Minnie Mouse ears.