“Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog!”
Come on mamas, admit it, this song has been stuck in your head at least once or twice! It is one of the many catchy things about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse that our toddlers love, so we in turn love it ourselves (potty break!). Mama Leslie and her son Gavin are no exception, so picking the theme for his first birthday party was a no-brainer for her!
This party is chocked full of awesome details and cute ideas… thanks for sharing, Leslie!
What inspired the theme of your child’s party?
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is the only show Gavin has ever shown any interest in watching. Since the first time he heard the “Hot Dog Song,” he was hooked. All he needed was to see a picture of Mickey Mouse, and he would start bouncing and smiling. It made choosing a theme very easy.
What was one element of the party that you are particularly proud of?
That’s hard to say, I was pretty pleased with the whole set up! I guess the part I was most proud of would be the wall with his monthly photos (decals from LittleBabyBumblebee on Etsy). It was amazing to see how much he changed over the past year.
Did you work with any vendors? If so, who? And what did you like about them?
My sister-in-law and her husband were kind enough to let us use their home for the party. We had a friend of our family take pictures. For food, we purchased a sandwich platter from Publix, and we prepared the rest of the food ourselves. Some family members brought sides. I baked his smash cake myself and purchased cupcakes from Publix bakery for everyone else.
Many of my purchases were from Etsy shops: Invitations – jilliansawyer ,”Happy Birthday Gavin” banner – APaperPlayground, Straws – shoppe3130, Cupcake toppers – HeathersBlankets, T-shirt decal – MissMorgan.
I was happy with every one of my purchases, all of my vendors were great to work with and I would highly recommend all of them to anyone.
What was your favorite moment/part of the party?
My favorite part was watching him destroy his smash cake. All of the memories from the past year came back to me and I had to fight back tears a couple of times. I’m so proud of the smart, funny, sweet little boy he has become.
What was your birthday boy’s favorite part?
Gavin’s favorite part was seeing all of the guests. It was the first time all of his favorite people had been in one place. He just walked from person to person, getting hugs and “talking” to everyone.
Can you give any advice to mamas that are planning a party for their little one?
Decide on a theme and start early. I began working on some of the decorations three months before his party. It let me focus on the things that had to be done at the last minute, such as food.
Budget – $$$ – 301-450