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.
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.2