After Lincoln's first birthday bash last year, I knew I was going to want to plan another elaborate theme with tons of decorations and pretty food and all of the other good things that come along with birthday parties. I'm about a week out from the party and the things I have done so far include: send invitations and order balloons. That's it. I'm in trouble.
The weekend promises to be busy, as we are having Lincoln's 2-year-old portraits done tomorrow (by Lisa B. Photography here in KC) and then I will be trying to get everything in order while I have Daddy at home to help!
In the meantime, I thought I would share about the invitations I made for Lincoln's party this year! We are doing a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme (in spite of how I'm sometimes weirded out by the mouse and friends) and I had so much fun putting together these invites!
I started off looking at some standard Mickey Mouse party invitations, but couldn't find anything that I loved. I browsed Etsy and various websites and blogs for a long time before I came up with this simple plan. Thankfully we had a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter / pancake maker from our trip to Disney in 2010 - it made everything easier! If you don't have one, don't worry! At the end of this post, I've included a printable template!
DIY Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party Invitations
-White Buttons (2 for each invitation)
-Adhesive of choice (glue stick, glue dots, roller, etc)
-Hot Glue Gun
1. Print Mickey Mouse Template on Black Cardstock. You can fit four Mickey heads on one sheet of paper. You should probably be able to print on black cardstock and cut along the lines - but if they don't show up well enough to cut, you can always cut just one from white paper and use it as a stencil. Cut out as many mouse heads as you need; 1 per invite.
2. Print and Cut 2.75" Circles on Red Cardstock If you're lucky enough to have a die cut machine like a Cricut or a Silhouette, you can complete avoid cutting these by hand! If, like me, you don't have a fancy machine - I promise it didn't take long to cut them. You only need to print HALF as many circles as the number of invites you are making. Why? Check the next step!
3. Cut Red Circles in half and adhere to one side of invite.
4. Add Party Details. The way I did this was to create a circle shape in Microsoft Word sized at 2.75". I centered it over my text area and made sure I could fit all the information I needed, then duplicated the circle several times to print multiples on one page. If this sounds like too much work, you can always write hand write the party info instead!
5. Use Hot Glue to Attach White Buttons to Front of Invite. A word of caution: do this while your toddler is napping, or he may get tangled up in the cord. Scary.
And that's it! Super easy, right? These are sized to fit in a 4x6 envelope - I found a box of 50 at Walmart for around $5 or you can grab them on Amazon.
And now, the freebies:
Here is the Mickey Mouse printable template/stencil.
Here is the 2.75" circle!
I hope you enjoyed this invitation idea. Please leave me a comment or repin this post - I would love to hear what you think!
Planning a party for a Minnie Mouse fan? I have a couple of Minnie inspired headbands available in my Etsy shop!
|Pink Minnie Headband|
|Red Minnie Headband|
Happy party planning!