Anthony is two. I’m not quite sure where time went, or how it went so quickly, but my little guy is growing like a weed.
It took me a good two months to plan his party, and figure out exactly where I was going with the theme, and with the decorations etc. A few Pinterest searches helped me gain some ideas, and then it was ultimately up to Anthony what he wanted. I showed him some Blue’s Clues pictures, and some Mickey Mouse pictures, and he decided to go with Mickey. Which was a blessing in disguise, because after numerous Google, Esty and Amazon searches, Blue’s Clues birthday decorations were thin.
I told my wonderful Mother, who has a shopping problem about the party ideas, and she went shopping. She came up with all sorts of great goodies for the party; balloons, banners, signs, plates, napkins, forks, spoons, knives and party hats! Thanks Mom!
And of course, I need to thank my Dad for all of his help. He made Anthony an awesome sign for the front lawn, letting everyone know where the “clubhouse” was!
After all of the decor was figured out, it was time to think of my favorite part of party planning – the food! I wanted to incorporate the Clubhouse characters into the party somehow, so I named foods after a few of them and created my menu accordingly. It was also a chance to inspire a new recipe creation! (recipe at the bottom of this post)
To finish off the party, I made all of the signs for the food and a couple more Mickey Mouse Clubhouse signs to go with the forks and plates and napkins. If you have a child who watches Mickey Mouse, this will totally make sense to you – if not, they are part of the show LOL.
And last but not least – a couple homemade decorations for the party to just spruce it up a little more!
The only thing I didn’t really have “homemade” was the cake. I’m not the world best cake decorator, and with chances of messing it up – we ordered an ice cream cake. It was a safe bet, and common… who doesn’t like ice cream cake? Dairy Queen did awesome, and made a Mickey Mouse head cake for us, with two individual cups for the ears and a big round circle for the head. Now, they did use some black icing on top, and it stained everyones teeth, and faces, and hands – but it was delicious!
It turned out to be a great party – and Anthony was spoiled! I had so much fun planning the party and prepping the food and most of all, watching Anthony’s reactions to everything, and watching him have a blast!
Minnie’s Bow-Tie Salad
1 box bow-tie pasta, cooked al-dente and cooled
1/2 can black olives, sliced (juice reserved)
1/4 cup chopped sundried tomatoes
1 small jar, marinated artichoke hearts, chopped (juice reserved)
1 roasted red pepper, diced (jarred or fresh… if jarred, save the juice)
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 can chickpeas, strained and rinced
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar (or more to taste)
salt and pepper
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and set aside.
In a small bowl, mix olive oil, vinegar and 1-2 tbsp of each of the ‘juices’ from the olives, artichokes and red peppers.
Pour over pasta and stir.
Season with salt and pepper and taste.
Let sit, covered in the fridge for about an hour before serving.
I can’t wait until the next party I get to plan! What do you do for you kids parties?