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What to do when you’re soon-to-be one year old daughter loves Mickey but you want to throw a girly first birthday party? Easy: you compromise and throw a DIY 1st birthday Minnie Mouse party complete with all the pink, polka dots, and flowers you can possibly fit in one room.
Sounds super easy right? No. It was hard work, but it was all so, so worth it to see that little girl happily flinging around the pink, polka-dot balloon that her papaw tied to her wrist.
Oh and that smash cake? She smashed it for sure with a huge smile on her face the whole time.
Planning this party was so fun. I’ve never been so creative in my life and seeing it come together on party day was the highlight of my week (maybe my month). It was also the first time I have gotten to use my photo backdrop, (best investment ever if you want really nice pictures of that dessert table setup) which was pretty necessary in this old, brown colored building.
Seriously, every surface in this place is brown. Oh, and carpet covers the walls. Brown carpet. On the walls.
We just really need new event venues in my little small town.
But hey, it makes you really work with what you have. If you can make a party look pretty here, you’re a pro!
THE DIY 1st BIRTHDAY MINNIE MOUSE PARTY DECORATIONS
The tulle skirt really added something to this party, and man-oh-man am I glad I invested the time. To DIY it, it cost around $17 worth of tulle and took about an hour. If you want to just save yourself the time, I’ve linked a tulle skirt here that is even better than this one!
Just make sure you have a good measurement of your table before you go buying one. And make sure to account for the sides of the table if you want those covered in the measurement, too!
These letters were definitely in my top three favorite details for this party. I bought the paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby. (Similar letters linked here.) All I had to do was paint them and then use a cricut to cut the circles and bows. They turned out so cute!
Originally, I wanted to put them on the dessert table but thought they fit the gift table better.
The streamers really added a lot to this party. Hanging those was the defining moment the party went from looking amateur to looking much, much more professional. The items I used to create this are listed here:
These signs are all over Pinterest but we just couldn’t refuse. Layla’s clubhouse was, indeed, fun.
This tulle high chair skirt was so a must have for a fun, heavily photographed smash cake session. It was very simple to make! Although I am still finding glitter everywhere in my house and on my scalp! It’s fine. Comes with the job I suppose!
*All of the paper goods were made with scrapbook paper and a Cricut.
Same, Layla. Same.
First of all, the cupcakes at this party were the real MVP. I loved the cute little oreo and bow touch that perfectly themeified them. Is themeified a word? Well, I just made it one either way.
My grandma actually made the cupcakes and I iced them. Then we had a team consisting of my friend Sierra putting oreos and bows on them.
Man, these cakes were so much fun! This is my favorite icing cover on any cake: it is the cutest and simplest way to make professional-looking cake. I firmly believe anyone can do it, and I am working to perfect my technique of “flowery-pretty cake”.
I used fondant to make the cake toppers. The bows tried my patience but ended up looking super cute! I’m happy with how these cakes turned out. I think Layla was too…
Happy first birthday to my sweet niece, Layla. I love you so much!
This is why I love doing this. (Leave it to my brother to ruin a great picture.)
What a party! I love how everything turned out and I had so much fun using decorations that were DIY 1st birthday minnie mouse party.
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Thanks for stopping by, and as always: happy hosting!