Turning ONE is so much fun… but especially so when Mickey & the gang are involved! I was thrilled when Disney Baby asked me to come up with some creative DIY party ideas that complimented the Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Party Collection from Party City, which features adorable illustrations of BABY Mickey & friends. If you’re looking to throw a Mickey themed first birthday for your little girl or guy, you’re in the right place! ;)
Inspired by the color palette of the collection + Baby Mickey’s cute blue and yellow overalls, I set out to create a Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Celebration filled with stylish, playful and very approachable ideas… and with a look that could be appreciated by little ones and grown-ups alike. Let’s face it – the first birthday party is as much a milestone celebration for mom and dad as it is for the pint-sized guest of honor!
Scroll down to take a closer look + find detailed how-to info and shopping resources on all of the individual ideas… from Baby Mickey inspired table settings and centerpieces to simple drinks and homemade desserts. P.S. Don’t miss the links to download all the FREE PRINTABLES from this theme at the bottom of the post too. Enjoy!
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General Look & Feel (intro images)
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This kid-friendly tablescape was so much fun to put together! Each place setting featured the Mickey 1st Birthday Paper Lunch Plates and Party Hats that I embellished with yellow tissue fringe. Yellow buttons were hot glued to wooden forks for another sweet touch.
Inspired by Mickey’s outfit in the design on the paper plates, I used strips of light blue felt + big yellow buttons to give the wooden folding chairs a “Mickey overalls” look. The same idea was incorporated into the DIY Mickey table centerpiece too, which featured a Mickey ears silhouette displayed in a gold-painted mason jar that was also dressed up with felt overalls. You can make the Mickey ears silhouette by hot gluing 3 small embroidery hoops (available at craft and fabric stores) together and spray painting them black.
On either side of the centerpiece were small, playful jars holding themed mini banners that read “SMILE from Ear to Ear” and Happy FIRST Birthday”. You can download these banners with the rest of the free printables below! Just cut them out and and hot glue them to decorative straws.
Small pops of glitter and gold can go a long way in making an occasion feel extra festive… just like a first birthday should be! To add some festive touches to the table, I glittered a wooden 1 (purchased here), added glitter tape to the jars, and punched star shaped confetti from glittered paper to scatter across the table.
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The drink station was simple and fun! I made 2 more of the Embroidery Hoop Mickey Silhouettes to decorate this area, but covered them with tissue fringe this time for a very playful, festive vibe. Printable patterned paper was used to make the triangle garland that hung across the top of the table, between 2 wooden dowel rods. This added some nice height to the overall display.
As far as drinks for the little ones, there’s no need to get complicated! Just give tried-and-true beverages fun names like “ONE-derful Water” and “Oh Boy! Fresh Squeezed Lemonade”. (Download the labels for these below.) You drinks will also look super cute served in beverage dispensers embellished with decorative paper details and tissue fringe.
Straws are another fun way to quickly dress up your drinks! (Grab the free printable for these straw party flags below as well.)
Last but not least are the cups themselves! I created this super quick & easy “semi DIY” cup by hot gluing some of the Baby Mickey Table Confetti from the Mickey 1st Birthday Decorating Kit to the cups:
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Instead of ordering one giant (or extra expensive) cake for kids birthday parties, I like to set up a table full smaller, themed treats that guests can enjoy throughout the party. The other added bonus to setting up a dessert station is that it easily doubles as great “decor” for your party, and almost always turns into the focal point of the room!
This particular dessert table is full of homemade and very inexpensive (hooray!) treat ideas like cupcakes with DIY toppers (made from more of the themed Table Confetti), Baby Mickey Dipped Cookies and Oh, Boy! Pudding Parfaits:
These Mickey Mouse Sour Lollipops are another fun idea for a themed treat that could easily double as a take-home party favor for guests:
To make these Mickey “lollipops”, I rolled Sour Gummy Belts (in Berry Blue and Green Apple flavors) into tight circles and secured them with toothpicks and bamboo skewers.
To make the display boxes for the pops, I spray painted 5″ wooden boxes black, then added felt and buttons to create the Mickey overalls look again. The inside of the container is filled with floral foam that’s covered up with a layer of black sugar sprinkles.
Now let’s talk about the 2 elements that are super important to the look of the dessert table, even though they aren’t edible: the backdrop and the supplemental decor…
The focal point of this dessert table backdrop is another Mickey Embroidery Hoop Silhouette… by far the largest one of them all! Repeating the same type of ideas in different sizes & styles throughout the party is a fantastic way to keep the look of the overall party coordinating and tied together. For this Mickey silhouette – which was centered between the two 36″ polka dot balloons on either side of the table– I added a DIY “birthday hat” topper made from patterned paper + gold glitter tape with a little tissue fringe “pom”. Again, these are all decorative elements that were used elsewhere in the party. :)
For the centerpiece ON the table, I used 12″ tall paper mache letters that spelled ONE. (You could also feature the birthday boy’s name or initials to further personalize the design.) These letters were spray painted & embellished with a mix of patterned and glittered paper + buttons. I lined the back of 10″ white wall cubes with gold chevron paper and used them as “risers” for the letters. To really play up the theme, I also added a few of the Mickey 1st Birthday Character Cut-Outs to the front of the wall cubes, and hung star confetti on fishing wire above them so that it would look like the characters were reaching up for the stars. ;)
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Last but not least, we can’t forget the all-important! Smash cakes are such a fun tradition at birthday parties, and – lucky for us – the simplicity of the famous Mickey silhouette makes it super easy to create a themed smash cake at home.
To make this one, I used a small 6″ cake pan + 2 standard ramekins for the ears:
Once your cake pieces are baked and cooled, I’d recommend frosting the pieces separately first, and then placing them together into the Mickey form on a cardboard cake board (as shown here). I embellished this cake board with a tissue fringe rim (adhered with hot glue) + more of the sparkly star confetti. The DIY portion of the cake topper is made from a printable mini banner, more star confetti, and a piece of character confetti (from the Mickey 1st Birthday Decorating Kit).
I also ordered an acrylic glittered “1” cake topper that tied in quite well to the DIY version of a glittered 1 on the table!
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