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So last weekend we threw my daughter’s 2nd birthday party. She specifically requested a Minnie Mouse birthday. I thought I had at least a couple more years before I would have to begrudgingly peruse the overwhelming character aisles of the party supply store. Of course there is nothing wrong with character parties. If the character decor they carry in the store suits your style, then by all means go for it! But if you are like me and the thought of hot pink and bright purple character posters and streamers plastered all over your house sends you into a panic, then you can probably understand where I’m coming from.
But I know this girl’s love for Minnie Mouse (She met her at Disneyland last month and stared at her in awe and hugged her six times and kissed her little nose and giggled uncontrollably). I see her dancing all over the living room to “The Hot Dog Song” when Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is on TV. Who am I to deny a two year old her birthday party dreams? I set to work to create a fun, girly, stylish Minnie Mouse Birthday Soiree that she would love even more than a store bought, commercial character party (and that didn’t send my simple, neutral loving heart into freakout mode). With some time, effort, and a whole lot of DIY, I made it happen. And you know what? She LOVED it! She has been raving about her Minnie Mouse Birthday party every day since, and it feels so good knowing that I created that for her.
Enjoy these photos from our little lady’s Minnie Mouse Birthday Soiree, and be sure to check out my tips below for creating your own classy, stylish character party! You can also find ready-to-shop sources for most of the party supplies and decor in the “Shop the Post” section at the bottom of the page.
I designed the invitations using Photoshop so that I could match it exactly to the color scheme and patterns that I had in mind for the party. Then I used the same design to create signs that I framed and used throughout the party space. If you don’t have Photoshop or you don’t feel comfortable making your own, Etsy has some really cute options too!
Some simple blooms, a custom sign, and a pair of ears for each child on the entry console set the tone and welcomed guests to the party.
A few simple pink balloons led guests up the stairs to the main party zone.
The dining room was the center of the party, and I decorated it with a DIY Birthday Banner, DIY tulle pom pom balls, more simple blooms, and a tasteful Minnie Mouse balloon (the only actual store-bought character item at the entire party!) I kept it simple with a white tablecloth draped with a silver sequin table runner, and carried the pink, white, black, and silver color palette and the stripe and polka dot theme from the invitation throughout the table.
I had a local bakery make these cute little mini Oreo ear cupcakes for me, and I just adore the way they turned out. They give a sweet, subtle nod to Minnie Mouse without being totally over the top. I simply didn’t have the time to bake, but if you do I’m sure these would be super easy to make yourself too!
They aren’t pictured here, but we had little mini bagel dogs on the table to snack on too, so of course it was only fitting to have framed lyrics from our girl’s favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse song framed next to them! “Hot dog hot dog hot diggity dog!”
Downstairs we set up a little play room and craft area for the kids, and put our own spin on Minnie’s Bow-tique.
I made some giant felt bows and the kids had so much fun decorating them with felt stickers. They looked so cute with their own little “Bowtique” creations clipped to their Minnie ears. (And of course the boys looked so handsome with them clipped to their shirts as bowties.)
I decorated this space with a simple glittery flag banner and more DIY tulle poms and a little tulle bow.
And of course, what Minnie Mouse birthday party would be complete without a round of Pin the Bow on Minnie?
I DIYed the sign and the Minnie Silhoutte. I just traced a large tray and two smaller bowls for the ears onto a large silver glitter posterboard and cut it out. So simple! And the bows are actually gift bows, so they have a peel and stick backing which worked out perfectly!
Let’s be real though – organizing party games with a group of two-year-olds is a little bit like herding cats, but they had fun peeling the bows off the wall and sticking them to everything and everyone anyways!
The grown-ups gathered in the living room to chat, so I wanted to be sure to carry a little bit of they decor through in here as well. I kept it simple with some balloons and a little tulle pom garland I made.
I carried the party colors into our hallway alcove as well with this cute little banner and we used this area as the gift table.
As you can see, our little Minnie Mouse was totally smitten with her sweet birthday party modeled after her polka dotted hero. I love that even though she chose such a popular theme, I was able to create a fun and unique party for her. It not only suited our home and style, but also saved us some money. I can’t wait to continue to challenge myself to create other stylish character parties throughout the years as she grows. I’m sure she is going to keep asking for them!
Of course I have to give a shoutout to this handsome photobomber. I was the brains behind the party, but he was the muscles. Thanks babe! 🙂
Are your littles are asking you for a birthday party featuring their favorite character (whether it be Minnie Mouse or Batman or anything in between)? I have put together five simple tips to help you throw a classy character party they will love that fits your style and is easy on your wallet.
Tip 1: Start by picking a simple color scheme and a couple of patterns that relate to the character. I chose Minnie’s signature pink and white polka dots paired with a fun and modern black and white stripe and sparkly silver accents.
Tip 2: Step away from the party store character aisle. Instead, stick to solid or patterned plates, cups, etc. in the palette that you chose in the first step. This will be a lot more subtle than having the character’s face plastered all over every single napkin, but it will still have the effect you want. I used black plates, pink cups, black and white striped napkins, and pink with white polka dot dessert plates. My favorite way to bring in the actual character is by using a silhouette like I did on the invitation, signs, and pin the bow on Minnie. Just google images for your character’s silhouette. You are bound to come up with some free clip art you can use or at the very lease an image you can trace to make your own. Which brings me to…
Tip 3: DIY, DIY, D…I….Y. The best way to ensure that your character party is unique and unlike every other character party in the history of ever, is to make a lot of it yourself. I made the tulle poms, striped banner, party games, and signs. That really helped to give the party a more unique and stylish feel than if I had just used traditional store-bought party decor.
Tip 4: Think outside the box. Instead of a birthday cake with Minnie’s face plastered on it, we did cupcakes with pink frosting and mini Oreos placed on top as ears. It isn’t overwhelmingly cartoonish, but you know immediately by looking at them the they are Minnie Mouse cupcakes. Pinterest is always a great resource, and you can find tons of ideas for unconventional ways to incorporate your character. And of course it doesn’t hurt to have the actual character pop up once or twice in your party decor (I used a simple Minnie Mouse balloon in the vase of flowers on the table, and placed one of my daughter’s Minnie stuffed animals next to the sign in the kids’ “bowtique” area). The point is simply that the character doesn’t need to overtake the party in order to get the theme across.
Tip 5: Shop online. Etsy and Amazon are my two favorite resources to buy party supplies. Sure, party stores are packed to the brim with supplies, but they can be limited in terms of stylish, subtle decor (I had a really hard time finding anything in blush pink there). Target and Hobby Lobby are good options for plates, cups, and certain decor in cute colors, and I would definitely suggest looking there for those first. But for all of your other needs, Amazon has a plethora of supplies in every color scheme and pattern imaginable, and Etsy has adorable and unique invitations, supplies, decor, etc. It is a really great option if you aren’t very confident in your own DIY abilities. Plus, supporting small business is always a win in my book, so I can’t recommend that option enough.
I hope these tips help you with the next party you throw, and assure you that it is totally possible, simple, and even affordable to throw your kids parties that you love as much as they do. If you have any questions about our Minnie Mouse Birthday party, my DIYs, or any of these tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below or find me over on Instagram @belleamourblog.
Happy party planning!
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