Sunday, July 15, 2012

Aiden and Isabella's First Birthday - Part 1

I can't plan birthday parties like this every year for all three of my kids, so the hubby and I kinda decided when Connor was born that we'd throw big First Birthday's and then maybe wait a few years. I scoured pinterest for twin theme ideas when I was pregnant, then when they arrived, I settled on a Mickey/ Minnie theme. They actually have some "kits" at party stores with Mickey and Minnie stuff, but I wanted to do my own version of them. So I kinda mixed and matched some stuff together. We also picked the theme because we knew we were going to Disneyland this summer and thought since we were going to be gearing Connor up for Disneyland, it'd be perfect to get all the kids excited about Mickey and Minnie. *A lot of these photos are from instagram!* I will do a separate post with pictures from the birthday party (with actual people in it). These are just the crafts and details!

We got the invitations from an adorable etsy company called Scalloped Acorn. I debated and debated and debated some more about whether or not to do mickey/Minnie shaped invitations, but in the end, it came down to the fact that the end of the school year was fast approaching and I wanted to get invitations out QUICKLY. I ended up LOVING the invitations she made for us and I am so glad time ran out, because I think they were better than the ones I was going to make.
Next, I decided I wanted to make Mickey/Minnie ears for all the kids to wear. I got the idea from pinterest (HERE). My sister, my mom, and I whipped them out on Tuesday the week before the party. It wasn't hard at all, but it was a little time consuming to make 14 of them (we started at about 6:45 and ended at 10pm with 3 of us). But like I said, I really think they were worth the trouble because they turned out so darn cute!
 The boys got Mickey ears (with no bows) and the girls got Minnie ears (with bows)!
When you walked in, there was a table of ears and our invitation:

I was going to order silverware holders, water bottle labels, cupcake labels, etc. and then Mr. Howard (my ever talented side kick) said he could easily design some on his own and he was right! He whipped out about 90% of the tags in one night. They probably aren't as "fancy" as some of the ones I would have ordered, but he did an amazing job! My hands were SO stinkin' tired from cutting out those darn circles though (remind me if I ever go into business, to get a circle punch). Eeek.
Silverware Mickey and Minnies:
 Cupcake toppers:

Last Christmas, I asked for Disney outfits for the kids - not really knowing whether or not they'd wear them at Disney or what. But they were SO cute. She ordered them from an etsy company called Lil Bit of Whimsy and Couture. We got the matching brother/sister set and then added a big brother one.

I made the wreath that was hanging on our front door and then bought the mickey and Minnie from the Disney store. I used THIS tutorial. I didn't want the yellow or the white colors in my wreath, so I opted for red and black. But of course any color combinations would work (and you could tailor this to any theme party too!)

The smash cakes were done by our amazing neighbor (who did Mr. Howard's graduation cake too and Connor's first birthday cake and cupcakes and Cole's first birthday cake). We loved them!!

I can't WAIT to post pictures of them eating their cakes. It was quite funny! Aiden needed an actual bath and we put Isabella in the little baby pool.

I got the gift bag ideas on pinterest, but the link doesn't work anymore. Just know that I didn't come up with this idea.  
 Minnie bags were polka-dotted with a bow and Mickey's were plain.
We got all the stuff to put in their bags in the $1 target bins and the Dollar Store. We got all Mickey and Minnie themed objects except for the magnifying glasses. We just thought those were too cute! And here they are all stuffed!
We had them sitting on a table when you walked into the foyer at the party!

I think everyone liked them! We also gave each kid a Mickey Mouse tumbler (my mom found and ordered them for everyone!! The kids used them at the party!)
I found THIS idea on pinterest to use golf tees to stake balloons to the grass. I thought it ended up looking so cool. The only problem? It was 90 degrees and a few of the balloons popped after only about 30 minutes. By the end of the party, most of the balloons were deflated or popped.
 I used THIS tutorial on making tissue paper pom poms. I did one in red and one in black and we ended up hanging them outside under the canopy where we had the babies do their smash cakes. .
We bought two helium tanks and blew up a LOT of balloons. =) Hobby Lobby had a 40% coupon, so we bought them two different days and got $18 off each one.
 I kept the polka dot ribbon in order to decorate the high chairs. My mother-in-law did this! She made bows, taped the ribbon to the tray, and put balloons on each chair.
I had so much fun decorating and I certainly think it turned out pretty fun!
For Part 2 of the pictures and planning, Click HERE.


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Wow- this is an amazing party! I'm in love!!!

erin - mutterings of eringirl said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

grace and ana's birthday is in november. you are hired.


Vanessa Innes said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

what an amazing party and such a perfect theme! i wish so much we could have made it :-( but i am glad everything turned out so wonderful. you are very creative.

Crystal said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow! You did such an amazing job!!

The Smiths said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Awww, everything looked so cute! I am thinking I'll probably do a Mickey Mouse theme for Jackson's first birthday in Oct. I have a bunch of the same ideas pinned on pinterest! You did a great job on their party. I'm sure they had a blast.

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