My little guy turned two earlier this month. We celebrated as a family on his birthday and then had a Mickey Mouse birthday party with a few other kids close to his age the following week.
Apparently “make a funny face” means stick out your tongue in our family. We didn’t know what each other did until we so the photo. (Jacob was out of town for this event)
Walt gets upset when we have birthday parties at the house because he says I stress out about them. I tried hard not to get carried away this time. There are lots of great party ideas online so nothing I did was original. I simply selected a few of my favorite ideas and spent time on those.
There are a lot of great invitation idea that you can purchase but since we only invited 5 kids I thought I could easily make the invitations. I got this idea from Maddy’s Invitations. I just needed a few sheets of scrapbook paper, the Silhouette machine and a glue stick and they were good to go.
Mickey Mouse Invitations
We kept this super simple too. We had “Hot Diggity Dog” hot dogs and pizza and added a fruit salad, side salad and a few store bought dips.
I saw these cute hot dog wrappers on Groopdealz (similar ones here) and they arrived just in time for the party. We purchased a few growlers of craft beer, served white wine and lemonade or water for the kids.
I decided to purchase a cake from a local bakery versus trying to make one this year but I did tackle a few cupcakes to supplement the cake.
I used a round 12 tip for the icing and in the future I probably wont use a buttercream icing in the summer. It was pretty warm and the icing was a little droopy. I used mini Oreos for Mickey Mouse ears.
I kept decorations simple and just used streamers, pinwheels, balloons and paper lanterns (left over from Lily’s Sesame Street party).
We had a kiddie pool that we put out for the toddlers and the 2 year olds seemed to enjoy it. I came with a slide but it was deflated so we improvised with this Little Tykes slide instead – kids loved it!
During his last minute errands, Walt picked up this ‘vintage’ Mickey Mouse shirt from Target.
…too bad he didn’t have the Mickey ears to go with it.
I should mention that Townes didn’t have a good nap. He is is scared of lawnmowers and our neighbor was mowing the lawn by Townes’ room during his nap time. He woke up terrified and screaming and I couldn’t get him settled back down so he was a a little out of it toward the end of the party.
He wasn’t really sure what to think about the cake, singing Happy Birthday and blowing out the candles.
With Dollar Tree headbands, felt and a hot glue gun, I made Mickey Mouse ears for the kids instead of party hats using this awesome tutorial and template from The Suburban Mom.
Townes was a little upset when I took the Mickey Mouse car off the cake in order to cut it.
When I wasn’t looking he took it back and started “driving” the car back and forth on the “road” of icing.
I’m glad that Veronica was able to capture pictures of Mickey’s off road excursion.
I made the favor bags by gluing cardstock paper and cut-outs to a black bag.
The party favors included a Mickey Mouse book from the Dollar store, Crayola watercolors from Walmart, Mickey Mouse bubbles from Party City, Mickey Mouse ears that I made, a DIY Mickey Mouse Oreo pop (tutorial), a Take and Toss sippy cup from Target and a small pack of M&Ms.
For the sippy cups, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut Mickey Mouse head shapes from a sheet of chalkboard contact paper. It’s not intended for the chalkboard sticker to last forever, but it was great to have for party purposes.
I can’t believe this little guy is 2!
As the baby, he holds a special place in my heart. While he is all boy and loves being rough and tough, he has a sensitive and caring side to him. My memories about his second year…he loves football and basketball – he can dribble a basketball for several minutes – no joke! He adores his siblings and grandparents. He loves spaghetti, fruits, Mickey Mouse, books and occasionally baby dolls. He hates the loud sounds of lawnmowers, leaf blowers and (thanks to his sister) flushing toilets in public bathrooms. His preference is to wear only a diaper. He is finally sleeping through the night really well even though he can climb out of his crib and open the door. He is attached to his Taggie blanket. When you ask him where something is he says “papa ate it”. He conceals dirty diapers by saying “Layla tooted”. He was bitten by an ant about a month ago and he tells you daily that he has an ant bite on his foot. He can ride the heck out of his tricycle and his sisters princess bike.
Happy Birthday my sweet little boy! Take your time growing up little guy, I’m enjoying watching you learn something new everyday!