Emma’s Minnie Mouse 2nd Birthday

This party proves that you don’t have to have a huge budget to host an amazing party! I absolutely love the colors and the décor that mama Samantha chose for her beautiful little girl. I love this down to earth mama’s motto and ideas… thanks for sharing this super fun and budget friendly party with us, Samantha!

What inspired the theme of your child’s party?

My daughter loves Minnie Mouse. We were planning on using a different theme a few months prior, but then she showed this huge interest in Minnie Mouse and we decided that would be the perfect theme for her party. It was a small party held at our home, guests included her grandparents, great grandparents, aunts uncles, and two cousins. Small and intimate is the best way to go, in my opinion!

What was one element of the party that you are particularly proud of?

I loved that I was able to do everything myself. The entire party was DIY and very cost-friendly.

I was able to use very simple things to create something wonderful. I cut crepe paper streamers in fun ways, I reused tissue paper from birthdays and Christmas to make tissue poms, I used Emma’s Minnie Mouse dolls and stuffed animals as decor, I strung balloons rather than paying for them to be filled with helium, I cut Minnie Mouse heads from scrapbook paper that I had to put around for decor, and I made the cupcakes myself.

Her outfit was even DIY.  She got the skirt as a birthday gift last year and then I bought a simple black shirt and hand cut and ironed on the Minnie Mouse head. I didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg on the party and it still turned out cute. Plus, my daughter absolutely loved it!

Did you work with any vendors? If so, who? And what did you like about them?

The only vendor I worked with was a local business that printed my invitations and banner. I designed them myself, though, and just emailed them the PDF file to print.

For food, we got three Hot and Ready Pizzas and some Crazy Bread from Little Caesar’s and made some frozen wings and taco salad.

For pictures, I took Emma’s birthday pictures and the party’s “before” photos myself, while my own mama took the pictures during the party so that I’d be able to enjoy it by my daughter’s side. Otherwise, everything else was done by myself.

What was your favorite moment/part of the party?

My favorite moment was watching Emma interact with everyone. She was pretty shy at the beginning of the party, which is pretty typical for her, but she eventually warmed up and was having a great time.

And her diving face first into her cupcake following the Happy Birthday song was pretty funny, too! She had been eyeing them the entire day.

What was your birthday girl’s favorite part?

I’d say it was probably a tie between opening the gifts and getting to eat her cupcake. She had one gift she carried around unopened for the entire first half of the party until she was told she was allowed to open it. Then, when she was able to open them, she would take each opened gift to her guests to hold onto (or take out of the packaging) while she moved onto the next thing. And after each gift (for the most part — come on, she’s two!) she would tell the person who gave it to her “thank you.”

Can you give any advice to mamas that are planning a party for their little one?

Typically, my motto is you don’t have to go all out to have a great time! You don’t have to spend a lot on decorations, and you don’t have to have a big fancy party. It’s about your child having a good time and enjoying their celebration.

It’s their happiness and the smile on their face that counts the most! The decorations are just an added bonus. If they’re not done, who cares?!

Food: about $60
Decorations: $10-$15
Invitations: $5
Total: about $80!!!


3 Responses to Emma’s Minnie Mouse 2nd Birthday

  1. super cute party! great job mama!

  2. Totally adorable….

  3. Great ideas! My daughter is also having a Minnie Mouse 2nd birthday :o )

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