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Modern Minnie Mouse Party: Decor + Favors.

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The moment you've all been waiting for...okay, just kidding.  It's been forever since I shared the first glimpse of Genevieve's Modern Minnie Mouse Party and I thought it high time I shared the rest of the party with you.  After the numerous posts on Nadia's Party, I wanted to keep this short and sweet and only do a couple of posts.  It should have been a bit easier considering this was a smaller low budget "family only" party versus the production that Nadia's party sort of accidentally turned out to be. ;)  Buuuut...it's me.  So I have to add a third post of party people and the invitation process.  I can't help it; I'm long winded!  Here's a look at the decor and favor table.

Decor {Details}: 

Descriptions (from left to right):
-I used printables from here for the welcome sign.  I threw it on the Christmas wreath that was already on our door.
-The fireplace wasn't a focal point of the party but since I already had the ruffled streamers I didn't use at Nadia's party, tons of frames, and all the photos of Genevieve from the "shoot" we did for her invitation, I figured I'd put it all to use.  The Minnie Mouse plush was an easy addition.
-Before kids, we had what we called "the red room."  It was a modern office/guest room with red walls and black and white decor and photography.  I loved the red room [sniff sniff]!  The little red/black/white houndstooth suitcase used to live on a shelf in the red room.  I was psyched when I remembered it and easily found a use for it.  The black and white polka dot napkins were $1 at Wal-Mart.
-I made the menu using PicMonkey and used the ubiquitous Ikea frame (purchased off of eBay) to display it.  -One of the factors that led to me throwing a red, black, and white Minnie party (vs. a pink one) was the classic Minnie and Mickey dishes I picked up at Target forever ago.  I didn't photograph it all but a cute Minnie and Mickey tray housed mini chicken salad sandwiches and a Mickey bowl held hummus.  This cup was perfect for the paper straws.
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Descriptions (From Left to Right):
- I always try to frame the invitation for an easy decor item.  (I did the same for Genevieve's pumpkin party and Nadia's dedication).  I got the idea to add ears and a bow when I had leftover ribbon and glittery card stock. After that, I sort of wanted to add ears to everything.  Even Joe.
-I loved this simple backdrop.  
-I was inspired to make the personalized Minnie Mouse letter after seeing a similar one over at Paige Simple.   It was really easy. Surprisingly, I remembered to take photos of the process so perhaps I'll post a quick tutorial soon eventually.
-I didn't get to use the ruffled streamers at Nadia's party because it was soooo windy!  So I decided to make up for it by using them behind the photos over the fireplace. 

Decor {Backdrop}:
Minne Mouse party backdrop
This may be the easiest backdrop ever.  Foam Core + Wrapping Paper + 3 circles as Minnie + Rosettes and Hanging Fans from here.  Although I'm tempted to pass it off as my own, I got the idea from this party.  {Hoping the blog gods smile down at me for giving credit where credit is due}, but added the background "board," as my own twist.  

Decor: {Banner}:
Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Ideas

Minnie Mouse Party Ideas

I knew I wanted to use the extra hanging fans somewhere and over the food table seemed like a good place.  I'll post more about this banner separately because it was so cute and inexpensive! The Minnie photos were a part of a calendar that cost $1 at Target.  I just glued two photos together to make a mobile.  I loved that the photos were more modern than  your typical Minnie Mouse image.

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Ideas
I really loved the way the banner turned out!  Unfortunately, the room it hung in has terrible lighting and is a very narrow room which made it tough to get great photos!

Count out how many letters "Happy Birthday Genevieve!" is.  I dare you.  Exactly.  So I had to improvise with "Genevieve is three!" I actually might just like that better.  

Decor {Favor Table}:
See, the backdrop was so easy I made two of them!  Again, poor lighting + lack of photography experience (or equipment) make for the occasional crappy photo.  Boo to winter birthdays and indoor parties! How embarrassed should I be to tell you the frame still hangs there today? The rosettes and fans are off but the frame lives on.  It has somehow become a dry erase board which could be cute except for that frame is not an attractive one and red and white polka dots--while fun for this party--do not match my kitchen.  Not even a little bit.  Oh well.  I've admitted to my procrastination at least.  And hopefully I'm scoring "keep it real" points.  Or am I the only one who keeps track of those?

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Favors
I loved these favors.  The tins are from Target's $1 section and I filled them with gumballs--that may or may not have been leftover from Nadia's party.  The mini gumballs I got from here.  Oh c'mon pure sugar doesn't go bad does it?!
Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas
The gumball dispensers are from the Dollar Tree.  Can you believe it?!  Okay a tiny part of me is hoping they don't contain lead or some similar poison.  While I'm willing to sacrifice for a party, that may be taking it a bit far.  But my nephew did say--and I quote-- it was "the best party favor ever."  Oh, and one more thing--I saw the exact same one (packaging and everything) at TJ Maxx for $12.99 around Christmas time.  And I gave myself a mental pat on the back.
Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Ideas
You can't tell from the picture (and I'm shocked that this is the only one I took) but the books have little Minnie Mouse combs and mirrors attached.  I got it all from the $1 of Target.  Yes, this was a low budget party.  Ain't no shame.
Mickey Mouse Party Favors
 Just a close up because I like close ups. :)
Can't get over the ears on this frame.  Too cute.

If you'd like to check out other Modern Minnie Party Posts, here they are:

Well that's all she wrote.  I had a really hard time finding ideas for a modern red, black, and white Minnie Mouse Party so I'm hoping this helps others looking.  And you know I'm all about doing things on a budget so this fits that bill as well.  We're all in this together!
Happy Party Planning Peeps!

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5 comments

  1. Wow! This is awesome!!! Thanks for all the ideas!

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    1. Thanks Ashley! Good luck with your Minnie party!

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  2. I just found your blog, and this was the second post I clicked on. Your family is ADORABLE!!! I'm throwing my daughter a Minnie birthday party next month. She turns 2, but it happened so fast! I am way out of my league when it comes to parties and planning. Your ideas look great!

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    1. Hi Shawnda! Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm glad you found us! If your little one is just two, I'll assume you haven't thrown too many parties--I felt SO out of my league with my first one too! It gets easier, you get more creative, and it gets more fun! I learn something new with each shindig I throw! Good luck and thanks so much for your kind words!

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  3. Oh my these are all adorable! I was confused between Minnie and Hello Kitty but both are fine for a little girls party since they are pinkish. But seeing your helpful Minnie Mouse party ideas , I think I'm gonna suggest this to my friends!
    I will be exploring more maybe I could add them to my own compilation. thank you so much!!

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