My Party: Ronnie

My Party: Ronnie

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Carrie McBride
May 4, 2010

Think "classy Mickey Mouse party" is an oxymoron? Guess again. Shay's creativity and diy spirit elevated what might have otherwise been a cookie-cutter, commercialized party into something special: This is my son's 2nd birthday party. I wanted to give him a Mickey Mouse party, since its his favorite, but without all the licensed character supplies. We had the party at a local park and provided lunch, treats, and activities for all the guests.

I am so in love with apothecary jars, but I never thought I'd be able to get them for the party. Everywhere I looked, they were at least $50.00 – that is, until I went to TJ Max and scored these for $6.00 a piece! I was so thrilled that I could do a candy bar for the party! We had homemade marshmallows (recipe by Prudent Baby), cotton candy, party pretzels, caramel popcorn, M&M's, and orange candies.

We also had sack lunches for everyone. For the kids, we had organic peanut butter & jelly sammies, Snikkidy Snack cheese puffs, and raisins. For the adults, we had ham & swiss sammies, pretzels, and a pickle. I sprung for Panera bread for all the sandwiches and it was well worth it! The stickers were printed on label paper and punched out with a 2″ punch.

For favors, I decided to make Mousketools boxes. On the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Mickey and the gang use Mousketools that Toodles brings to them to solve problems throughout the show. I had all the kids scream "Oh, Toodles!" and gave them their boxes. Each box had Mickey ears, white gloves, a puzzle, a ball, organic shark gummies, and a coloring page with crayons.

Although the park served as an activity in itself, I had a few extra things planned for the kids. The first was a Mickey Art craft similar to the car party craft at Jack and Izzy. Instead of a car, I cut out a Mickey shape and instead of frames (which would have cost a fortune!), I used clear photo sleeves with magnet tape attached to the back. This way the kids could put it on the refrigerator. I wish we had taken a photo of one of them, but it got missed.

The second activity was a "photo-booth". Originally, I was going to make a booth out of a refrigerator box like I had seen somewhere online, but I later decided that it was easier and more practical just to put up a piece of fun fabric for the kids to stand in front of. It worked out better, I think, because the lighting wasn't restricted and my photographer was able to get some great shots! We put out some hats, party glasses, and a feather boa for everyone to use, but I think this photo of Gracie in her Mickey ears is just priceless. Unfortunately, by this point Ronnie had lost interest in the party and went to play in the park, so we didn't get any of him.

In researching for the party, I found that there isn't much out there for a Mickey theme that doesn't use the licensed junk they sell at party stores. For this reason, I'm sharing some of the printables I created so that anyone can use them. Because things will need to be personalized, you'll need Photoshop and a working knowledge of how to edit .psd files.

For Shay's printables and to see lots more photos of Ronnie's beautiful party, visit Shay's blog. You can also find her at Dumplin Design Studio. Thanks, Shay!

(Images: Shay Bocks)

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