For his third birthday my son asked for a Star Wars party; for his fourth – Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. It seems a bit backwards to me, but what do I know.
I decided to keep it small this year since we have a newborn at home. Wanting to make things easier on myself I looked into purchasing the invites. I found lots of options online, especially on Etsy. Most were scary though, and probably not even Disney approved. So I ended up designing them myself. They were printed on really thick textured paper and then taken over to my friends at Lure Design to round the corners. I'm really happy with the way they turned out.
The night before the party my mother-in-law and I made Mickey cookies. Well, at least they looked like Mickey heads before they cooked. They kind of turned into giant blobs afterwards. Oh well, they were tasty, and the kids loved them. The main attraction though, was the cake. My friend Lindsay, with some help from her husband Adam of Hobo Press, made a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cake that the kids gathered around and played with, as if it was a toy. Our son loved it (and protected it too).
Finally, I got some Moleskine sketchbooks from the local Barnes & Noble and customized them with a Mickey stamp and a band. We gave these out to all the children when the party was over. I figured they'd encourage drawing and creativity, after all, that's how my son's very beloved Mickey Mouse came to exist.
I've already been thinking about next year's birthday party. I'm hoping my son will like my ideas.