My love for all things Disney apparently is genetic. Will is obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. It’s a really cute tv show that has absolutely nothing scary (no nightmarish foxes that keep my little man up at night) or inappropriate language or situations for toddlers (yes, I am overly protective of Will). I love how encouraging the whole gang of animated characters is and how different they each are with their own personality, plus it helps that they solve problems with the help of their mousekatools. One time, Will accidentally knocked over his blocks and he immediately called out “Oh TOODLES!!” for help 🙂
So when we asked him what kind of party he wanted for his third birthday, I was not surprised when he said “Mickey Mouse Cwubhouse! It’s ma fav-o-wit!” And I sortof went radio silent last week trying to get ready for it….but now I get to share all the little details in our Tiger’s big day…
The invites were homemade. I just whipped them up in photoshop and used a free online font. I decided to run with the red/white/black color scheme and use polka dots whenever possible. I bought most of the supplies for the party at Hobby Lobby (including these dotty balloons).
My mom gave me an old chalkboard that I used outside to welcome our little guests.
My trick for party success is only decorating one table all out. That way I get the party-decor-ants out of my pants but don’t need to invest a month in planning. I had a lot on hand…like paper for the starbursts and gray fabric (I got it at Goodwill in a giant bag of scraps), and borrowed Will’s stuffed Mickey (it was mine growing up!). The one craft I did need to buy stuff for was the styrofoam Mickey head in the tin pot. It cost me about $5 at Walmart for all three pieces of styrofoam and I put it together with toothpicks before painting it black.
The other food was on another table that had a red sheet draped all over it. I wish I had taken a photo of it. I guess I was busy socializing 🙂
We served Hot Diggity Dogs (hot dogs & brats), Chip’s Dip & Dale’s Veggies, Pluto’s potato chips, Toodles Noodles (pasta salad), Goofy Salad (fruit salad), Mickey Pops (oreos covered with chocolate), and clubhouse cubes (cheese cubed).
The outside was decorated with a ton of balloons and a table runner. I found the red Mickey fabric at Hobby Lobby at $5 a yard so I got three yards and cut it down the middle for a runner on the outside table and the dessert table.
Oh and we made little bags for the kids to take home. I found a ton of Mickey Mouse stuff at Dollar Tree. I got each kid a 24 piece puzzle, stickers, magic towel, glow in dark whistles, and candy. Most of the parents hated me for the whistles. The kids loved me though 🙂
When the kids arrived, they all rode around outside on powerwheels and tricycles. We borrowed our neighbor’s extra powerwheels and it was pretty much the cutest thing ever when all the kids paired up and drove around the yard. Then we broke out the food.
Right after eating, we started our games. The first was pin the ears on Mickey. I painted a piece of posterboard without the ears (all the parents would stare at it and ask me if I knew that the ears were missing. I played dumb.).
After that we did a Birthday Bash with Mousekatools. Basically the show has a premise of problem solving using tools…and in each episode the characters get a big task and have to choose which tool (which are brought to them by a beloved floating head called Toodles) will help them solve the problem. Our bash involved finding clues and had four tools (toothpicks, streamers, a bucket and a mystery mousekatool – matches)…so the first clue said to find your clue in something round. The kids immediately knew that it was the balloons tied to the fence and popped the balloons with the toothpicks before we had a chance to snap a photo.
Then the clue we found in the balloon told us that Daisy needed us to collect all her duck eggs (the kids decided to put all the eggs in the bucket!). We have a tradition of hunting eggs on Will’s birthday – we’ve done it at every one of his parties and I hope we can continue that tradition for a long time!
After we collected all the eggs, we found the next clue….where Minnie asked us to put bows on Will’s birthday tree. Minnie owns a bow-tique (in case you need that bit of info for trivia night).
The kids decided to use the streamers to put bows on Will’s tree. This was a tree we planted when Will was born (and then transferred to our new house when we moved).
The next clue was taped on the back of the tree tag and told us that Goofy wanted cake but needed something to light the candles…the kids didn’t even ask…they just took off running yelling “CAKE! CAAAAAKE!!!”
We use extra long sparkler candles. We learned that they don’t really sparkle (?) but they are a little harder to blow out…which is good when it comes to toddlers. Will gets to blow them out a couple times then 🙂
Oh and the cake toppers are also mine from childhood. Like I said….obsessed with Disney.
Will was super excited about the presents. I think that’s kinda obvious.
I’m kinda disappointed that Will didn’t wear the pair of Mickey ears that I made him…but I guess he was wearing two Mickey shirts so that’s gotta count for something.
Cole gave him his old VTech stuff…Will is still trying to figure it out (he keeps trying to control the game by sliding his finger on the screen….dangiphone).
And Boots broke out the remote control Angry Bird balloon…which is hilarious and awesome at the same time.
One of Will’s favorite parts was handing out the favors at the end of the present time. He would go up and then give them a big hug and say “you are my fav-o-wit.” to every single person. What a little politician 🙂
Overall, it was bittersweet. I can’t believe my little guy is three already. It seems like just yesterday we found out we were pregnant with him. And I know that I will blink and he’ll be graduating. And then I’ll go through menopause and then I’ll die.
That’ll be my life.
Not exactly the way I planned to end this post but it’ll work. Oh Toodles!
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