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My little girl was turning one. The inspiration for the entire party stemmed from the cozy coupe car I saw on Pinterest and decided to replicate.
While the entire party was a huge success I will say the best investment was hiring a photographer! Since I knew her only job was to take great pics and not miss a moment I was free to chat with guests and enjoy the party. When it came time to so presents and cake I wasn't screaming at my husband to get the camera and pay attention lol. Plus she got all those before shots of the tables, serving area and cake/cupcakes that I'm usually too busy with last minute prep to get.
Watching her try to delicately eat her cake was too funny!
What People Ate
We went with a Mickey Mouse clubhouse theme for the food. We had hot diggity hot dogs, goofys grape salad, oh toodles noodles (pasta salad) mouse munch ( chex mix) mickey ears ( chocolate covered Oreos) mouse Krispy treats and Minnie muffins ( cupcakes).
What People Drank
Plutos punch ( fruit punch) and Minnie's cup of tea were served in beverage dispensers topped with mouse ears.
Activities / Games
I created a photo book at walmart using pictures from throughout this first year. I left a few pages in the back blank for friends and family to write Charlie a message. I also had who does charlie look like game. On a corkboard I posted baby pics of my little girl myself and my husband. Guests voted by placing a push pin under either my picture or my husbands. For the little ones I just brought a huge basket of our toys from home and set them out in a corner of the room. This seemed to work really well.
I made hats with mouse ears. Some also had red polka dot bows for Minnie. Goody bags had crayons, coloring books, puzzles and bubbles all in a mickey/Minnie theme. For our youngest guests the goody bags contained a mickey bath book some toddler snacks and a sippy cup. We also had mouse ear suckers and red swirl suckers. Each child also got a personalized sticker that read "thanks for sharing my first birthday with me. Love Charlie". Adults were given a 5x7 photo of my little girl. The pictures had a birthday border that said "I'm one" at the top. At the bottom it read " Charlie January 2013". Friends and family were so excited to get this!