Little Jo, like most toddlers, loves Playhouse Disney and in particular, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. So it came as no surprise to me when I asked her what type of birthday party she wanted she answered, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!” immediately. With party theme in hand, I set about gathering my supplies for a fun and memorable Mickey Mouse Clubhouse birthday.
When I have a lot of invitations to do, I usually order them from Shutterfly.com. This time, I took a picture of my daughter dressed up like Minnie Mouse and holding all of her Mickey Mouse Clubhouse stuffed friends. I uploaded the image and found a cute background and added all of the party information. This is such an easy and economical solution for personalized invitations no matter what the occasion.
For the other invitations, I used the Disney Friends Cricut cartridge and my Cricut machine to make the front of the card. I chose the standing Mickey Mouse and then did a 3 in coordinating colors. I enjoy making handmade invitations when I don’t have 30 or more to do! I only had to do eight of these for this particular party. For the inside of the invitation, I used a Mickey Mouse font that I found on Famous Fonts to type the information at the top. For the picture at the top, I printed out the image from the Playhouse Disney site and then had my daughter color it. I scanned her colored version into the computer and printed it out for each invitation. You can also just have your child color the invitations once you print them out. If you like the style and layout, here is the template for your use: Mickey Mouse Invitation Template
Oh Toodles! Draw different sized Toodles onto foam core or poster board. You can even print one out and paste it to some cardboard if you don’t want to draw. Hang the images all around the party area. Kids must then find Toodles and when they see him, they yell, â€œOh, Toodles!â€ throughout the party and everyone can be a winner.
Duck, duck, Donald: The classic game of duck, duck, goose with a little name twist. To add a bit of extra fun, we had the child drop a stuffed Donald into the lap of the kid chosen as the “goose”.
I also ordered an inflatable kid roller and an inflatable bowling set from Oriental Trading Company. We let a kid get into the inflatable and had another kid roll him down the bowling lane to knock over the pins. The kids had more fun “falling” out of the roller and then hitting each other with the pins but hey, that’s okay!
- Hot dogs for the hot dog song of course!
- Mickey Mouse shaped sandwiches or Rice Krispie treats. Make the sandwiches or treats and then use a metal cookie cutter to cut out the shape.
- Mickey-shaped chocolate lollipops that I made with a mold.
Foam core stand-ups: I did this decorating trick before for Little Jo’s Candyland themed birthday party. I used the following PDFs that I found on PlayhouseDisney.com for for projecting onto the foam core: Mickey Mouse pdf, Minnie Mouse pdf, Donald Duck pdf, Daisy Duck pdf, Goofy pdf, Pluto pdf, Pete pdf In the picture on the left, you can see just the pencil outline on the far left, a partially completed outline in the middle and the completed Donald Duck outline on the right. I used a Sharpie to trace over the lines I had drawn on with the pencil when I projected the image. When you outline the image in black, you can fix any small mistakes you might have made originally. My daughter is still too young to help color in the images nicely but I had a lot of fun doing it. Older kids in the house would also enjoy the coloring part of this project.
The work was well worth it because the kids loved taking pictures next to the cut-outs as they arrived at the party.
Personalized Banners and Wall Decals
Kids always love seeing their names on party decorations. That’s why a personalized banner is always a big hit! It comes in a Minnie only version and one especially for a first birthday as well.
These removable wall decals weren’t available when I did my daughter’s party but I would definitely get them if I did another Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party.
I used my daughter’s picnic table for the kids to have their dinner and cake. I decorated it with some Mickey and Minnie head balloons as the centerpiece, a Mickey Mouse patterned fabric for the table cloth, Mickey Mouse melamine plates for each child that they got to take home later, lots of candy, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse napkins and the chocolate lollipops shaped like Mickey’s head. I ordered most of my party supplies from Oriental Trading Company and then found a lot of fun toys and Mickey themed prizes on eBay for the party favor bags.
I finished off my decoration by going to Birthday in a Box, they had a lot of unique Mickey Mouse Clubhouse items that I hadn’t seen on any of the other sites. I especially liked the centerpieces they had.
The final touch to the party was the music and the “show”. I downloaded episodes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse from iTunes and also downloaded the soundtrack from iTunes. I had the soundtrack playing as the guests arrived and we let the kids watch episodes of the show while they ate their dinner. This gave the adults a little break to enjoy our own dinner! Overall, my daughter and her friends had a great time at her party. The spirit of the event is still lingering on in the form of those mylar balloons. Those things never seem to deflate!