For my son Brycen’s first birthday we decided to go with the theme of one of his favorite shows: “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” on Disney Junior. I wanted to have a theme, but seeing that he was only turning one I didn’t want to go too overboard. So here’s what we did:
I made this invitation in Photoshop. The pants and buttons are drawn on. We had the party at “Brycen’s Clubhouse” (Brycen’s house) and invited our immediate family. We fed all the party guests “hot diggity dogs” (hotdogs) and had a few people bring a few different salads. For dessert we enjoyed homemade Mickey Mouse cupcakes. It worked really well!
- A quick and easy way to get more of your theme in the room without going crazy is balloons. I bought one large Mickey balloon and some colors in the show to make that bouquet seen above. I did more balloons on the other side of the room. Balloons on the floor are another good way to decorate, especially when little kids are invited to the party. They’re a big hit!
- Bright table cloths add color and a lot of good contrast for an easy and fun look to your décor.
- We already had a stuffed Mickey Mouse so he was an easy decoration!
- I put a picture of the birthday boy on this table. His bright smiling face lit up this table even more.
- Those little boxes are the “Mouseke-Tool” boxes for the kids coming to the party.
- The dessert tower is holding two dozen homemade Mickey Mouse cupcakes. It’s amazing what a little crushed up Oreo and a couple of vanilla wafers can do!
- Below the dessert stand sits a pile of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” coloring pages and Crayola crayons.
- And can’t forget a “Happy Birthday” sign and Mickey Mouse ears for the birthday boy!
- one chocolate cake mix
- eggs, according to box directions
- vegetable oil, according to box directions
- 1 c. buttermilk (Use buttermilk instead of water when building on top of a cupcake. They will hold together better. Buttermilk can be found by the milk in a small container)
- 1 box vanilla wafers
- 1 package Oreos
- 1 can chocolate frosting
- 24 red cupcake liners (I purchased mine at Zurchers Discount Party Supplies. If you don’t have a Zurchers near you or can’t find any at another store, you can buy them from Zurchers online. You can find them other places online as well.)
- 48 white buttons (I found mine at Walmart.)
- hot glue gun and glue
Bake the cupcakes the night before you need them to ensure they are cool. There’s nothing sadder when baking than frosting a cake or cupcake when it’s not cool. You end up with a melted mess. Remember to fill them 2/3 full and no more or they will look like funny mushrooms.
Time to get decorating! I did a horrible job with taking pictures of the process. If truth were told, I got to into making them and forgot to take pictures. BUT I do have a picture of the crushed Oreos! My mom and twin sister helped me put the cupcakes together and we started with the Oreos.
We first scraped all the cream off the cookies to make sure the crumbs were completely dark. We put the cookies in my little chopper and pulsed them to crumbs. **We crushed up an entire package of cookies and didn’t use all of it. I’ll be using that for a dessert in the near future. If you don’t want to have leftover cookie crumbs, I would start with half the package or go row by row so you don’t end up with a ton leftover.
- We began by frosting a cupcake and dipping it in the cookie crumbs. We moved the cupcake around in the bowl till all the frosting was covered on the top.
- Next we took two vanilla wafers for the ears on the cupcake and frosted one side of them with chocolate frosting. Then we dipped the frosting side down into the cookie crumbs to coat the ears.
- For a cupcake with tall ears: After dipping the ears in crumbs we pressed them into the cupcake a little and right next to each other. If we pushed too far down the cupcake started to break, so we put them in the fridge to help hold together.
- For ears lying down: After dipping the ears in crumbs we put a little frosting on the back of each ear and laid them flat on the top of the cupcake above the middle and placed them in the fridge to set.
- When the ears were all on I got my glue gun out and glued on white buttons to the front of the cupcakes to make them look like Mickey’s pants.
I really wanted to put something together for the kids to take home some mouseke-tools. A couple months before Brycen’s birthday I received a magazine in the mail from Birthday Express with a whole bunch of ideas for a first birthday theme. I hopped on their website, looked up the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse section, and found a whole bunch of fun things that we could use for his party. I ended up buying two packages of four party favor boxes (shown above). I bought the empty ones so I could fill them with what I wanted, but they also sold them with favors included. Click here to check out the boxes with included favors.
As far as the child’s name on the side with the Toodles (he’s a character on the show and the mouse-shaped thing on the side of the box), I uploaded a picture of Toodles in Photoshop and just added the kids’ names. I made five separate .jpg files.
After looking through the Birthday Express website I drove back over to Zurchers and hit their Mickey Mouse Clubhouse section to find my mouseke-tools. They had a whole bunch of options, it was great! The mouseke-tool boxes included:
- paddle ball
- jump rope
- candy necklace kit (actually found at Walmart)
- tattoos (for the older kids)
- bouncy ball (for the younger kids)
The boxes were a big hit and really fun to put together! Like I said before, you can find all of these fun things and more at Zurchers website or at Birthday Express! Even Walmart has a few fun things to help with the party.
And it’s not a Mickey Mouse party without some ears! I found these at Birthday Express as well. They fit perfectly for his first birthday, but I don’t recommend getting this specific pair for anybody older than probably two or they’ll most likely be too small. They did, however, have an option of Mickey ears for an older child.
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