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!
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