I love to throw parties, and while many of the parties I have thrown have been inspired by Disney including my daughters’ Minnie Mouse Party and The Little Mermaid Party, I’ve never thrown a Mickey Mouse Party. (Mostly because I have girly-girls who are into all that sparkles and glitters.)
So when I was asked if I would like to host a DisneySide party the answer was, of course, yes, and immediately I knew it would be Mickey Mouse themed. Being provided a package of Disney party decorations that were also Mickey Mouse themed sealed the deal. Since I am also in the process of planning an Octonauts birthday party for my daughter later this month, I also knew it needed to be low-key — well, low-key for me.
My solution — a block party. Or as they are known by my friends, a “driveway party.”
It doesn’t sound very glamorous, and it isn’t, but I throw driveway parties several time a year, and they are always a hit. The best part is that since no one is in my house, I invite everyone. To the tune of about 50 people (which includes 30 children).
Since this was a themed driveway party, it was my most complicated to date (yes, even more complicated than my food truck party). Complete with a fancy table top display — in my garage.
Everything was Mickey Mouse, I even invited guests to show off their DisneySide by wearing their favorite Disney clothing. Isn’t my Minnie Mouse adorable?!
Even though it was a “casual” party, I had plenty of special touches including handmade crafts and deserts. (I love to craft so that is no surprise, but I am not a cook, so the deserts were a big deal!)
When I found red and yellow deco mesh on sale two weeks before the party, I had to have it. Originally I planned to make a wreath, but K pointed out there was no where in the garage to hang a wreath. So I designed a topiary instead. It was a bit of a trial and error piece, but I love the way it turned out so much that I am sure I will be making another one in the future. (I plan to post a tutorial about how to make your own soon.)
While the Mickey Mouse shaped sugar cookies turned out cute (and delicious), the Mickey Mouse marshmallow treats did not turn out as cute as they were in my head. Having never actually worked with candy melts and melted chocolate before, I wasn’t quite expecting the mess I encountered. But the idea was there, and the kids gobbled them up begging for more. So I am sure someone with more skill than I could make them look a bit more presentable.
For the cupcakes I designed red and yellow Mickey Mouse cupcake topper printables to coordinate with the Mickey Mouse cupcake wrappers, which turned out adorable. I love cupcake toppers, because they dress up a simple cupcake with your theme. Plus they are so easy! Tip – if you do these yourself, get the 4 inch lollipop sticks. These the 6 inch and they are really too tall, but I ran out of short ones.
The toppers turned out so well, I decided to share them as a free printable so you can show off your DisneySide! Print the toppers on white cardstock paper, then cut them out with a 2 inch punch. I used a scallop punch, but a circle punch works too. Then glue them to a lollipop stick.
Free printable Mickey Mouse Cupcake Toppers here.
And, of course, I served the kids favorite — Mickey Chicken! (Available at Costco, these are Kirkland brand.)
My favorite craft was the Disney Photobooth & Props.
The backdrop is just a plastic tablecloth tapped to my garage. Then using my Cricut, I cut out Disney Photo Props. I had Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald. The shapes all came from the Disney Mickey and Friends Cricut Cartridge. Plus my chalkboard sign I made for our Christmas Cards. (Get the tutorial for the chalkboard sign here.)
Showing off my DisneySide!
Of course, K had her own ears. I made these for her 2nd birthday — she’s almost 6! Minnie Mouse Ear Tutorial.
The party was a big hit! Everyone had a great time showing off their DisneySide, and generally running around. As daylight turned to dusk, this was the scene in the front yard. Chaos and fun!
Printables are being shared free of charge, please do not attempt to sell them. Bloggers, if you wish to link to the printables please link to this page not the printables themselves. Thank you.
Super cute stuff! I had similar cupcake toppers and looked everywhere for shorter sticks and ended up with the 6″ ones also. Not what I wanted, but better than nothing.
PS I love the random golf cart – I know people drive them around in FL!
Funny! I had the short & long ones at one point, so I didn’t buy any. But I guess I used up the short ones because on the day of the party, they were no where to be found. Grrr…
Not so random – we live on a golf course 🙂
Love this!! GREAT job!!
courtney hennagir says
I am planning my daughter’s second birthday and we are doing Mickey & Minnie themed! I love the toppers!Love the photobooth idea too.Thanks for the awesome ideas!
You are most welcome! Have a great party! BTW – did you see my Minnie Mouse party? Lots of ideas there too 🙂
Cynthia C says
Love the “ears on a stick.” The cupcake toppers are adorable, too. Great party ideas!
Lisa Brown says
Oh, the outfit is adorable, she looks darling in it.
MJ Dee says
Love all these ideas, but especially love the cupcake toppers! Everything is so well pulled together! Will definitely share this page!
Margaret Smith says
Looks like this was a great party. My kids would love to have a Mickey themed party. Great idea!
Betsy Barnes says
What a cute party! I loved your table, so adorable, my sister would love this idea 🙂
Julie Wood says
A Disney themed party! How adorable. I just love a Disney party and it is really colorful and the cupcakes look so delicious. Looks like every one had a blast!
Cynthia R says
how fun! all the mickey ears in the food, decoration, on your head. So cute!
Those are some cute ideas! I love the cookies.
I love your pictures! We had a DIsney Side party and it did not look half this nice!
alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says
Dianna Thomas says
oh this is so cute for any little princess– how perfect the ears are and the cupcakes are really cute– must have been a fun party for all
This is super cute. A great theme for any child. You can find so many items that are disney related that allows for some great ideas.
Janet W. says
This is such an adorable party!! My grandson would have loved to attend as he loves Mickey Mouse, too! Cute decorations!
Susan H. says
What a fun looking party. I love Disney. All your decor was so cute. I’m sure a good time was had by all.
Mary Beth Elderton says
How fun! This would make a great party theme anytime. Sometimes I like to set something like this up for the kids when we have “grownup/family” BBQ’s just to make it more fun.
Cynthia C says
The Mickey cut out cookies are cute.
Michelle L says
Thanks for the chance.
Amy Orvin says
I love all of these cute ideas. I was a huge Mickey Mouse fan as a kid and still am, but never had a Mickey Mouse party. I would have loved one though.
Jen Rodrigues says
This is so adorable and such a great idea for a kids party or birthday. Love it. Thanks for sharing.
Lesley F says
Super cute ideas and I love that out fit she has on
Allison Downes says
These are really nice ideas. I love the Lollipop sticks! So cute. Thanks for sharing this.
Laurie Nykaza says
A Disney party looks so much fun. The kids would love making all the decorations and who does not love Mickey Mouse!
Tammy S says
It looks like everyone had a blast. I love the decorations. Plus Minnie Mouse has on the cutest shoes. Thanks for the printable!
Sarah L says
Mickey chicken? Who knew? Cute party. Really? Micky chicken?
Ann B. says
I love the idea of putting the tablecloths up on the walls to really give it a nice backround. Great job!
Danielle Porter says
Jessamine D. says
There’s such a thing as Mickey Chicken?? Are those Chicken nuggets? My daughters would love those! 🙂
Jessamine D. says
I can’t believe there are Mickey Chicken. Those are sooo cute. 🙂 Love the Mickey mouse theme and the backdrop. Instant photobooth! 🙂
I cannot find the printable for the mickey mouse ears.
The Mouse Ears tutorial and template is in this post http://www.thesuburbanmom.com/2010/06/16/how-to-make-mickey-minnie-mouse-ears-for-a-party/.