Turning THREE with Minnie

So once upon a time, I thought I’d start an event styling business. I still may. I actually still believe in my vision for it very much – it just didn’t feel like the timing was right… At the time of this party, I shared all the details here, but I want it to have a home here with all their other parties before I move on to the next celebrations. So we’re going waaaaayy back to when The Kraze turned THREE.

I had so much fun planning this one! Mickey Mouse Clubhouse was a definite favorite at the time, but I had a deeper meaning behind the execution of this one. We’ll get to that. Being that Minnie was their favorite character and pink and purple were (are still) their favorite colors, we turned it into a MINNIE Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally (based on this episode). I’m breaking down all the details because there was a lot more strategic planning for this one because of what was surrounding the event. Scroll all the way down to the finish line to find out!

Location

Having an October birthday and living in the south, I’ve been able to host all their parties outside and the weather is pretty mild – not too hot, not too cold… well, except for this year when it turned out to be almost 90 degrees! Main takeaway from that experience: keep the cake in the shade. In these early years, when your guests are quite active, nothing beats being able to run off that sugar high outside. In order to execute my vision, I needed lots of green space, so we took full advantage to play at lots of different parks to find the perfect location. This was exactly what I had in mind, with a big, open field right across this little walking bridge and just 10 minutes from our house (I highly recommend choosing a location close to home in case you forget something).

 

The Team

Assembling a team of those who can do things I want done much better than I can do them is a pretty critical component to pulling off this kind of celebration. First, I grabbed my longtime friend, Rachel of LovedBaby Designs who designed such a fun invitation then a whole suite of signs and notes that really made everything cohesive! Next on board was our photographer, Mary Catherine, whose work is as beautiful as she is.

 

Planning the Party

This party was all about the activity (Road Rally), so that’s where most of my time and energy was spent. I knew I wanted to keep it simple with the food and have just a few finger foods that would be a big hit with the little ones and hot dogs were not just a Kraze favorite, but went perfectly with the theme. I usually have a baker do the girls’ cakes, but the budget was tight because we had a big surprise at the end of the party for the girls, so I had Publix create this one. Their bakers are more than happy to work with you to make a custom creation – you aren’t limited only to the cakes from the books! And have you ever tried their cakes with cream cheese icing?! That’s exactly what this was and it did not disappoint in taste or execution!

As far as decor, I kept it consistent with polka dots, these great mickey labels to stick on everything and a pink and purple color scheme throughout. The rainbow balloon bouquets and Mickey Hot Air Balloon centerpieces were directly inspired by the show.

 

Popcorn in pink party cups

Close up of food and table decor
These adorable pink gumballs are clearly too big for 3-year-olds but they were left over from a previous party and looked cute on the table, plus the parents enjoyed them!

 

Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake

This is THE simplest DIY so I’ll share it with you really quick

  • 1 large + 2 small styrofoam balls
  • Paint them black (don’t spray paint – it will melt the styrofoam – some things you learn the hard way)
  • Insert a small wooden rod into each ear, then place on large ball
  • Cut out bow on cardstock of your choice and glue a toothpick to the back to insert in between of the ears

 

 

Full view of set up
We placed the food and bev table under a 10×10 tent – reference above “keep the cake in the shade”

 

A photo banner with photos of them together from each month over the last year is a sentimental piece I put together for their  party every year

 

I was so happy to find these dresses in each of their favorite colors

 

Each little guest receive a pair of Mickey or Minnie ears to wear and take home. I like to make the favors part of the experience.

 

Closeup of Mickey shirt
Seriously love it when the other mamas get into the spirit. I just wish this was my shirt!

We DIY’d these adorable bags for all the littles to carry during the race, then take home as their favor bags

 

Let’s start the race

At the starting line and at each stop, there’s a clue to tell them what they’re looking for at the next stop.

 

Once they figured out the clue as a team, someone would hit the button in order to open the box

 

Up floats a balloon with one of the characters’ faces on it and inside the box is their prize for solving the clue!

We had helpers waiting on the sides of the finish line to pull confetti poppers as soon as the group ran across!

This is the face you make when you’ve made it across the finish line and theres a special present waiting for you to open… inside is a Magic Band because you’re going to Disney World for the first time right after your party!!

 

 

The best kind of friend – one who takes you seriously even when you forget you have Minnie ears on your head

Minnie Mouse Clubhouse Hot Air Balloon
I took most of my inspiration directly from the show, like The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse hot air balloon


 

Shop the Style

Party decor & supplies: Mickey Mouse silhouettes, Polka dot tablecloth, Minnie Bow Napkins, Purple plates, Pink polka dot cups, Pink planter, Mickey gloves

Favors: Favor bags, Minnie & Mickey EarsStamps, Zipper pulls

 

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