My little man turned two just a couple of weeks ago. Since he loves Mickey Mouse, it seemed only natural to choose everyone's favorite mouse as our birthday party theme. I posted a free printable template for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party Invitations - and now that the party is done, I have several new, fun posts to share with you! Today I'm talking about toddler-friendly Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party food ideas!
I had big dreams of making a cake like this one that I found on Pinterest, but finally came to the realization that it was impossible while also taking care of two kids and trying not to spend a fortune on the party.
Instead, since I was "being sensible," I took on far more projects than I intended and stayed up far too late multiple nights in a row (and forced my poor husband to help). Not really a good plan - I keep hoping I'll remember how stressed out I get when it comes to last-minute party planning. Next year, Andrew may not let me do anything more than cake!
Instead of a cake, I opted to make cupcakes because they would be much easier. My mom actually found a Wilton Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Cupcake Set at a local thrift store for $5! I was excited about that (so was Lincoln - when he saw it all set up, he declared "howwwwwwse!" over and over until we let him touch it).
The cupcakes were inspired by Disney in the Desert and Disney Family. I made both chocolate and vanilla cake and used Oreos to top the Mickey-theme cupcakes. I also made some normal Wilton buttercream frosting to top the rest of the cakes - in case we had guests who preferred something other than Oreos. The Mickey cupcake toppers were part of the Wilton Clubhouse kit.
Since I'm dairy-free right now, Oreos are one of the very, very few snack items I can consume. I absolutely could not resist making some Oreo pops (even though I actually couldn't eat them because the candy coating contains milk). I am so thrilled with how cute they turned out! I combined a few different ideas, which I found at Sew Divertimento, The Idea Room, and Ms. Fox's Sweets. If I had not been crafting these at 1am the morning of the party, I likely would have tried different designs. Example - isn't the one Minnie Mouse cute?!
Just about anything can be turned into a Mickey-themed food if you have the right tool! If I had been really motivated, I would have made some dairy-free Rice Krispie treats so that I could eat them as well - but these were just the normal variety. The large Mickey Mouse cookie cutter was purchased on our trip to Disney World in 2010. The small one I found for an absolute steal (less than $1 at the time I purchased)! It was so fun to make Mickey-shaped food!
When we made a wedding registry back in 2008, Target was stocking a fabulous set of Mickey Mouse tableware. We registered for some bowls and appetizer plates and received them - but have never used them until now. I was so excited when I remembered that we had them the week before the party!
The cheese was easy to cut into a Mickey Mouse shape - but we found that we could only get a few Mickey heads from each slice, and ended up with a whole bunch of random shaped pieces. Solution: we ended up putting cubes of cheese in the bottom of the bowls and just layering Mickey heads on top. It worked out really well!
We received multiple compliments on the punch - it's called Luscious Slush Punch and is our go-to recipe for any birthday party, baby shower, or other punch-worthy event. Andrew is actually the punch-maker in our house (we've made this recipe probably ten times, but I've never been the one to put it together). And he is awesome. It does have to be frozen overnight - something to keep in mind if you choose to try it out.
|Just adding "Mouseke-" to everything gives the party some Mickey flair!|
The birthday boy wasn't really old enough to appreciate all of the time that was spent creating this food, but he was pretty excited to see it all. He really doesn't have much sugar in his diet - so he was also pretty excited when we gave him his very own cupcake and Oreo pop to gnaw on.
The Oreos were the biggest success. Why? Because, as he calls them, they are "TIRES!!!!"
|Happy Birthday sweet boy!|
Our Mickey Mouse party was a blast - and everyone seemed to really enjoy the Mouseke-snacks!