Hey party peeps!
Character Week on the blog continues with Minnie Mouse Party Ideas from a party I designed for a friend’s daughter’s 1st birthday. As you know already I usually do not use many commercial party goods in my character parties but instead try to create my own unique look and feel. The problem with commercial party goods for me is I’m locked in to what colors and theme are already imprinted on everything and it cuts down on my creativity.
HOW DID SHE DO THAT?
DESIGN PLAN: MINNIE MOUSE PARTY DECORATIONS
I didn’t want to do the traditional red and black Minnie Mouse party and instead wanted a brighter more girly look and feel so when I found Minnie Mouse plush toys with her in a pink dress…I knew I would incorporate them into the design plan and added yellow as a pop of color to compliment the pink and black. Can you believe that the entire place setting came from Dollar Tree! To give it a high-end custom look, I adhered ceramic Minnie Mouse ears to the drink cups!
Decor highlights include:
• Polka dot sheer curtains draping the entire party space
• Designer printables
• Minnie DIY cups
• Minnie Mouse dress up area with tutus and DIY bow headbands
• Pink & yellow lemonade drink bar
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Ebay is a great place to find plush character toys to use in your party’s decor. They usually are inexpensive and a great way to find characters that aren’t sold in stores anymore. I scored and found matching Mickey and Minnie large plush toys (for a fraction of the cost of new ones from the Disney Store) to use on the gift table. They didn’t match my party’s colors, so I added the colors by having them hold pink and yellow gift boxes.
MINNIE MOUSE DRESS UP AREA
My favorite part is always the area where little girls can dress up. Little girls love to use their imaginations and when they dress up and put on a tutu…they almost always dance around, pose in the mirror and act like little princesses… TOO CUTE…FABULOUS PHOTO MOMENTS!
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Instead of the having the regular Mickey ear headbands I wanted to include a higher end hand-made version for the girls, so I searched everywhere for plain black headbands and couldn’t find them anywhere. So, I just went to Dollar Tree, picked up a pack of 6 multi-colored ones and wrapped them with black ribbon. To finish them off I hand-tied a bow with matching pink and white polka dotted ribbon. The finished look was PERFECT!
PRO GIRLFRIEND TIP: For my party planner peeps…when providing dress up clothes for your dress up stations, make sure that you have atleast one headpiece for each guest so they can take them home. Due to hygiene, you won’t be able to reuse these at another party.
MINNIE MOUSE SWEETS BAR
I designed this sweets table to match the party’s color palette. This can get pricey since usually candy in one color is not readily available in most local stores. It is also much more expensive to purchase candy in all of one color. HOWEVER I totally scored! Using pink and yellow worked to my budget advantage because of the time of year for this party. It was AFTER Valentine’s Day and Easter so I was able to snatch up LOTS of pink candy during all the after Valentine’s Day clearance sales and the yellow candy was readily available during after Easter clearance sales too! SCORE! Add cool sticker embelishments to your candy’s plain packaging to add visual interest and to make it look more customized. Here I added glittery pink and yellow flower foam stickers and rhinestones to add some sparkle.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: When designing your table, it’s important to have varying heights. To achieve this I used old big Lemonade cans and wrapped them in coordinating scrapbook paper and used them as risers for platters.
PRO GIRLFRIEND TIP: As a special touch to my clients, I ALWAYS include the birthday girl’s favorite candy on the sweets bar even if the color of their favorite candy doesn’t match the table. To do this, I simply package the candy inside a box or bag that does match. Here the birthday girl loved fruit snacks that were in a blue and red package…totally DID NOT match. So, I just put the fruit snack packets inside these super cute and sparkly pink boxes and displayed them on a cupcake tower to create a super cute centerpiece.
The full shot of the Sweets Table…had to include it to show you the “REAL” side of what actually happens at real parties outside when the wind is blowing non-stop and you can’t get a good shot for anything! Also, be sure to take photos of your sweets table after ALL your goodies are out. I snapped this one and then realized all the sweets weren’t on all the trays yet! LOL! YES, I TOO HAVE BLOOPER MOMENTS AND AM NOT AFRAID TO SHOW THEM!
I hope some of these ideas have given you some ideas for your next Minnie Mouse party. Have you done a Minnie Mouse party without using any commercial party supplies? What theme did you do? Leave a comment below and share 😉
Designing an unique character party can be challenging, but if you follow my 7 simple steps to pulling off a character party without using any commercial party supplies, it’s easy! Check out this post I wrote a while ago showing how I designed a Lalaloopsy party without using any commercial party supplies.
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