This year, what with the school issue, I wanted her to have a special party. I asked her if she would like a huge soft play party for all her school friends and some others like she had last year but she said she wanted family and some friends at home. Now we've moved house we have a lot more room and our kitchen is large and great for social gatherings so I figured why not?
"What sort of party would you like?" I asked her only a couple of weeks before her birthday (Last Minute Lucas!).
"Minnie Mouse!" she grinned.
I repeat….I've not thrown a big party for the kids at home… never mind a themed party!
I could do this I said to myself. After all, I'd been to two great themed parties at Susanne's house over the past few months.
I Googled some ideas and created some of my own too and within a couple of hours I had a plan of attack.
The Minnie Mouse themed party was on!
I simply invited family and friends in person, via text or Facebook rather than send invites out so that saved me a job straight away *wipes brow*
Next I decided that I wanted to make the cake. Not only had I not thrown a party for the kids before but I hadn't baked them a cake myself before. I know! I know! Mummy failure but, in my defence, I hadn't had the right tools. Matt bought me a KitchenAid mixer for my birthday last year and I adore it - and baking.
I set off Googling recipes and decided on adapting a recipe from Sweetapolita (if you haven't discovered Rosie before then go check out her amazing delicious recipes) which I liked the sound of. I did consider trying to construct some sort of Minnie Mouse decoration for the cake myself but having never worked with fondant icing or anything like that I was reluctant to let MC's birthday be the guinea pig. So, I admit it, I bought a bow and ears already made from eBay. BUT the cake itself was all homemade by my own fair hand and my awesome Sister as my sous-chef for the day.
The cake was delicious. Everyone commented on how lovely it was. It wasn't the best looking cake. I've never piped icing before and I have never frosted either - I actually had to borrow a cake palette knife from my neighbour - but I was impressed with our awesome work for beginners. I have since learnt that trying to frost a cake with your neighbours large old palette knife is seriously hard work. You'll be pleased to know I've now invested in a new small one and it will be having it's first outing on Thursday in readiness for TC's 2nd Birthday on this Friday.
I'd bought some rice paper cupcake decorations that were personalised with MC's name and age but instead of using these on the cupcakes I baked, I cut them out and stuck them to some pink card I made into little tents. They were perfect for writing the food descriptions on and everyone thought they were fantastic. The food I prepared (with help from my sister again on the morning of the party) was really simple to do. A lot of it was just pre-bought things and the rest were simple things to make but the food cards made it all so much more special.
So here's the 'Minnie Mouse' theme menu (the ones I can remember!):
- Hot Diggity Dogs - mini frankfurters in finger rolls (cut in half)
- Donald's Cheese & Quackers - selection of BabyBel, Cheese Sticks etc, with cheese biscuits
- Minnie's Bow Pasta - farfalle tricolore pasta
- Mickey's Sandwiches - a selection of filled sandwiches cut with a Mickey cookie cutter
- Pete's Popcorn - Butterkist popcorn and salted popcorn
- Minnie's Mallows - heart-shaped pink and white marshmallows
- Clarabelle's Cheese Puffs - bowl of cheese puff crisps
- Daisy's Garden Veggie's - cut carrot, cucumber and mini breadsticks
- Chip's n Dale's Dips - Pringles with some dips
- Boo Boo Chicken Nuggets - breaded chicken nuggets
There were more adults than kids at the party so I also prepared an absolute huge pot of chilli con carne and rice and also made some barbecue pulled pork and hot rolls. These were wolfed down by everyone.
In fact, all the food went down a treat! I'd got a small kiddies picnic table and set it up in the kitchen for the really small ones to eat at and it was perfect.
It wasn't much to look at but it was a high hit!
I made 12 large Mickey shaped cookies the day before the party with the largest Mickey cookie cutter I had. I wish I'd made more as I got asked later in the party if there were any more cookies. How bad did I feel?
I had put a small table in the corner of the dining room and bought some different decorations and put them in bowls along with icing writing tubes in different colours. The kids could then go and decorate a cookie (and make a big mess). It was brilliant and they all loved it.
I'd highly recommend this for ANY kids party. If it's not themed you could just make simple round shaped cookies and do the same. It's a good alternative to your usual party game and keeps the kids very entertained.
I did organise one party game though...
'Pin The Bow On Minnie'.
I had got some large black card and some pink card and made a Minnie silhouette. I used a large pizza tray to draw around for the head and a plate to draw around for two ears in black. I then cut out lots of bow shapes in the pink card and wrote all the kids names on them. The bows had a blob of Blu-Tack on them, the kids were blindfolded and turned then asked to 'pin the bow on Minnie'. The closest named bow won. Simple! The kids seemed to enjoy it.
So, that was it in a nutshell.
Would I host another themed party at the house?
You betcha! I loved it.