Friday, October 25, 2013

It's a Mickey Mouse Party!

My grandson Lucas loves Mickey Mouse, so of course it had to be a Mickey Mouse Party for his 2nd birthday! Many of these ideas can easily be adapted to a Minnie Mouse Party. "Oh Toodles..."

We did a Minnie Mouse Party for granddaughter Aleyna's 2nd birthday just 6 months ago, so I was excited to be in the "Clubhouse Spirit" again! The party was scheduled for Saturday, so my husband and I left Thursday so we would arrive with plenty of time to help with the party preparations! Being retired does have its perks - no grading papers on this flight!

Up, up, and away to the party!
Welcome to the party!
My daughter-in-law Natalie did a super job on the decorating, She used a Mickey Mouse Personalized Printable Party Package from Etsy for the banners, placards, and signs. Natalie used a Mega Craft Punch to make the scalloped circles for the cupcake picks.

Natalie found the inspiration for making the adorable Mickey Mouse Centerpieces on Pinterest. She painted Styrofoam balls black and glued them together for the head and used dowels to insert them into flowerpots.

The beautiful fabric tablecloth was made by a friend/neighbor, April Ross. She also made the cute Mickey wall wreath. 

          Mickey Wall Wreath with Buttons
Mickey buckets hold utensils.
The balloon door wreath, which was made by Natalie's friend, Lindsay Tedrow, was inspired by this website:  
The Chenille Stem Curlicues and Mickey add extra pizzazz!    

I followed the recipe and directions on the Wilton pan for baking and decorating the Mickey Mouse cake. The included recipe for the decorative icing worked great.

 Funfetti Cake is fun to make and eat

Black frosting with lots
of added color!

My masterpiece! Lucas recognized it as
Mickey Mouse - Mission Accomplished!

One word of caution: It takes a lot of black color to make the icing black. The guests who ate this cake had unexpected fun with black lips and teeth!

The recipe for the "light and fluffy" frosting for the cupcakes was Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

Creaming the butter for the icing
Yellow swirls with sugar sprinkles!

Most cupcakes were decorated with yellow or red icing. As with the black, it takes a lot of color to get a true red. I used Wilton Red Red, but Christmas Red works well, also. I piped the icing with an M1 Wilton tip and disposable icing bags. I also put matching sugar sprinkles on top of the red and yellow cupcakes for extra "sparkle". 

A tower of delicious cupcakes!
I left the icing white on some cupcakes to accommodate guests who cannot tolerate artificial colors. 
No artificial color in this frosting!
Lucas enjoys a cupcake.

And now for the main dishes. Lucas's Grandma Wanda made tasty Barbecued Wings. Joshua made Sausage Balls from my original recipe.

Sausage Balls

The savory Macaroni and Cheese Bites were adapted from this site:

Kids love Macaroni & Cheese Bites!
Joshua's, or should I say "Pluto's" Cheese and Cheese/Chicken Quesadillas were  mouth-watering delicious. 

These were so scrumptious,
it was hard to keep "Pete" away!

"Oh, Toodles!" sticker makes
water taste great!
Happy Birthday to Lucas!

Daddy helps Lucas with birthday cake!
Lucas intently checks out my gift to him -
the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!
Mommy, Daddy, and Lucas pose with Mickey. 
Thanks for coming to the party!
Don't forget your treat bag!

Hot Diggity, Dog! It was a great party! Oh, Toodles!

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