Gavin is a HUGE fan of Mickey Mouse. He doesn't watch a lot of TV, just snippets of what Zach watches here and there, but apparently Mickey has a lot of charisma because he was saying "ICK-EEE!!" when he saw the mouse on TV at like 9 months old (he's an early talker, errr, chatterbox). So naturally, we went with a Mickey theme for his birthday party.
As with Zach, I tried to do some stuff DIY so it wasn't *all* matchy matchy party store deluxe. The only difference is, babies don't play a lot of party games, so it was pretty much just decorations and cake.
Use the googles people! I found some super cute Mickey/Disney themed fonts that I used the heck out of for party decorations. The banner was just super-sized "Mickey Ears" font and then I cut out circles and glued to some construction paper. I used one of the magazines that Gavin had "overly-loved" (aka torn most of the pages out of) and cut out some pictures of Mickey from that and glued them on.
I made some signs and decorations for around the house with the fonts I downloaded and some Mickey pictures I found on the interwebs. Thoroughly using my recently discovered poster-printing abilities.
|Really proud of my cornball humor here, put this sign by the hot dogs we served :)|
|Everybody always asks where the bathroom is so I labeled it :)|
Lastly the cake and cupcakes. We all know I am NOT a baker by any stretch of the imagination. So, I got myself some boxed cake mix from Trader Joe's and used that to make cupcakes. Then I made a sheet-type cake and enlisted the help of my very talented friend/neighbor Rena to make the smash cake. She did a FANTASTIC job, and as she knows, she's now hired to decorate our birthday cakes ;).