Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Riley Mesnick turns 2


My friend Molly and I recently planned a really fun Minnie Mouse birthday for her daughter Riley’s 2nd birthday.  As a self proclaimed Disney die hard, I was thrilled with the theme.


Molly loved the balloon invites Harper Gray had designed for my daughter Ally’s My Little Pony party so we asked if she could design something around a Minnie Mouse theme.  Harper Gray nailed it once again with the cutest Minnie Mouse balloon invites ever!


I love setting a fun table for the kids.  I had planned on getting red & white polka dot fabric to make into table runners and lucked out when I found these red polka dot runners online.  Perfect for a Minnie party!  To incorporate Minnie into the kids table, Molly made Minnie Mouse plates from black paper plates, black paper circles and topped them off with these Minnie Mouse bows.

To keep the kids entertained at the table, I found an inexpensive downloadable coloring sheet on Etsy that we had personalized and printed for place mats.  Super cute touch and less than $5 WITH printing!!


Paper straws are always a fun addition to a party, especially with a personalized Minnie Mouse straw flag by Harper Gray!  We found the most darling red daisy lids for the drinks at Via Blossom.  Their shop is filled with fun party supplies!



The party was held at ROMP playspace in Bellevue, WA.  It was SO nice to have the party in a space that was designed around kids!  Their staff is fantastic and the space is super cute!

We set up a “Hot Diggity Dog” bar for guest with a variety of fun toppings. Instead of plates, we found vintage style red food baskets from Via Blossom that coordinated perfectly with the theme!


Guests were greeted at the party with mouse ears and Mickey or Minnie socks to wear (the play space required no shoes).  The socks and ears put everyone in a party mood!




For my dessert table backdrop, I had an idea and wasn’t sure it would work…but it did.  Phew.  I imagined a large Minnie Mouse head made from tissue poms from Paperwhite Designs.  It was a LOT of “blooming” (like four hours.. ). Thank goodness for the Bachelor finale and After the Final Rose to keep me company.  After all the poms were opened, I attached them to a mouse head shape I cut from heavy black paper.  It was light enough to hang directly on the wall with heavy duct tape.  I love it when things I imagine come to life!

For Riley’s birthday cake, I found a fabulous woman on Etsy who makes fondant cake toppers.  She made a fantastic mouse ear hat with Minnie’s signature bow that sat perfectly on a two tiered red velvet cake (recipe found in my book Eat More Dessert).


With the cake being red velvet, I baked chocolate and white flavored cupcakes with a simple swirl of my buttercream icing and topped them with fondant mouse ears and a bow.


I made Minnie Mouse cake pops for Riley’s table and at the last minute I pulled them off the cake pop sticks and placed them in miniature red and white polka dot cupcake liners.  They made the perfect Minnie Mouse!


And what kid doesn’t love a Rice Krispy treat.  These were simply cut with a mouse ear cookie cutter, dipped in chocolate, sprinked with black sanding sugar and topped with a Minnie bow.  (Bow mold from Maison Du Bonbon)


Since the play space was geared towards the younger kids, we planned a few crafts for the older girls.  The girls designed a bow at “Riley’s Bowtique” and necklaces made from color coordinated beads.


Fizzy Pops has the best selection of beads and awesome necklace chains that snap together without any fuss.  Even the adults got into the necklace making!





Having a photo booth at your party ensures you get a photo of all your guests and it’s easier to get people to pose when you offer them fun photo props.  I found the sweetest gal on Etsy who custom designed these Disney themed photo props.  So fun!



Riley’s Minnie Mouse cookies were the hardest cookies I’ve ever done!!  Typically I would have passed on trying to achieve a character’s face in buttercream, but this time I felt up to the challenge….and that it was.   I’m certain this cookie cutter is being retired in my kitchen, but they sure turned out cute!




We sent guests home with custom favor bags by Sweet Lily’s Confections filled with Minnie Mouse confetti, Minnie Mouse hair ties by BumbleBree Shop and personalized Mabel’s Labels and M&M’s that said Riley is Two!


So much fun planning this celebration with our dear friends the Mesnicks for little Miss Riley’s 2nd birthday.  As always, KCB Photography captured the day beautifully. I think I can check Minnie Mouse off the party bucket list!

Photos by KCB Photography

34 thoughts on “Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Riley Mesnick turns 2

  1. great job Jenny. You are the bomb with all these beautiful stages of deserts. You little mind is so full of ideas that has no end. Don’t stop putting pics up. Lvu, linda

  2. Love all these ideas and it gives me great motivation and ideas for my daughter’s second. I just would love to know where Riley’s dress was purchased. Would you be able to give me the info?

  3. This party is amazing! I love all of the details–my little girl loves Minnie, and I am now inspired for her next party! I wondered if you could share where you found your white button down Mickey shirt/who makes it? It’s adorable! Many thanks!

  4. This is by far the most adorable 2 year old’s party I’ve ever seen! The attention to detail is amazing! Little Riley looks like she loved every minute of it!

  5. Jenny, you did an amazing job. Wow. Very sweet for her.

    The parents though….ugh. it’s a bit much. Get over yourself!

  6. The Minnie figurines on the Kids table, Bowtique, and Necklace bar… where did you get those? I wasn’t finding them in the Disney stores, etc. I collect milk glass and always use it in my decorating, especially for parties. I love how you tied it in here for the party. Great job all around!

  7. Hey I was just wondering what size pom poms you used for your backdrop? I want to try something like that but I’m pretty nervous about it! Also, where did you get the heavy black paper? Everything was absolutely beautiful at your daughter’s party!!!!

    1. Hi Arrika,

      The poms were a variety of sizes from Paper White Designs. There’s really no magic to it, just fluff the poms and stuff them together until it shapes Minnie’s head 🙂 I used a heavy corrugated paper that I bought from a craft/party store.

  8. This party is amazing! I want to make my own cupcakes, but I wanted to know where the little bows on the cupcakes are from (red with white dots)?

    Thank you so much!

  9. Can you or anyone tell me how to get the tissue paper like this? I’m trying to make something like this for my daughters first birthday party on the 17th.


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