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A Double Birthday Celebration

Mickey Mouse birthday party centerpieceMy little sister had one of those BIG milestone birthdays this weekend, and my father’s birthday is this coming Friday.  I knew we wanted to do a dinner for the both of them, but I wanted needed a direction for this celebration…something that would work for two birthdays.  And good gracious did I wrack my brain for an idea!  After MUCH deliberation, a Mickey and Minnie Mouse party seemed to fit the bill (especially since my sister and her husband are major Disney fans.)  I told them I was just taking them to their second childhood. 🙂

front door sign

Somehow in the planning of this party, my brain decided that this celebration needed to be held in my husband’s home office upstairs. (Oh my aching legs..)  I thought it would be fun to surprise my sister and my father with the location.

rocking chair signSo I found these arrows at Target and used a chalk marker for the messages that directed them to the party.
sign on columnMy sister told me that when she was following the signs she kept thinking….If Kelly is doing a surprise party, I am going to kill her! (I wouldn’t do that to her. 🙂 )

stairsWhen they finally reached the top of the stairs, they were greeted with these signs on the door….

Mickey Mouse party door signsand the party was set up in the room – minus the balloons. 🙁 That was the one thing I did not get done, but they did it for me and had a hilarious time filling them up with helium and tying the ribbon on them. (My sister can be quite crazy at times!)

Mickey Mouse party upstairsMy red dishes worked well again for yet another party. I found the black and white polka dot gift wrap at Party City and just added the kraft paper on top to tone the pattern down a little.

Mickey Mouse party table settingThe cabinet my husband built worked wonderfully as a beverage area.

party table

beveragesThis was my first attempt at trying a Disney font for a chalkboard.

I’ll keep practicing.
serving bar

Mickey Mouse birthday menuMore balloons in the “living area” of the room.  (The color scheme in that room is not red and black.  It just needed to be that way for the party.  I am changing it back to yellow and black this week. 🙂 )

balloonsAs I was planning this party, I thought it would be fun to have old vintage Disney cartoons playing on the television.  Luckily, our oldest son is also a Disney fanatic and had these collectible dvd sets that I borrowed from him.  My father joked that the cartoons were the best part of the evening.  (I told you I was sending them to their second childhood!)

Walt Disney TreasuresWalt Disney Treasures – Mickey Mouse in Black and White, Volume Two

(My Amazon Affiliate link.)

Besides the cartoons, I also wanted Disney music playing during the party.  So I purchased this music:

Jim Brickman Disney Songbook The Disney Songbook

It was very pretty…but it didn’t sound like a celebration. It sounded…romantic. 🙂  (And I teared up every time I listened to Reflection…the Mulan song my daughter sang in her high school musical. 🙁 )  So I went back to the Amazon site searching for more authentic Disney.  I hit the jackpot with this 4 disc set:

Disney Classics

Disney Classics

It has all the movie and television theme songs I wanted (except for Part of Your World and Beauty and the Beast.) And it even has the music from all our favorite rides at Walt Disney World!  So it was exactly what I wanted for the evening. 🙂  (If you ever need music to get you energized just listen to Circle of Life from The Lion King and Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride from Lilo and Stitch.  I’ve had them on repeat for days now!)Anyway, everyone enjoyed the music – especially the music from the rides.  🙂

Okay enough about the music.  Here is my attempt at a caramel cake for their birthday cake. (My mom made the layers. and I did the icing.) I had not made that icing since I badly burned my hand making it when I was a teenager.  This cake looked rough, but it tasted good. (And I guess that’s what counts, right?)  I am so not a cake decorator!

Mickey Mouse party birthday cakeA last look at the room before it goes back to its office mode.

birthday partyIf you have been reading here lately, it seems like I have been in a birthday/Disney/celebration mode since late February. Between my husband’s birthday, our trip to Disney, our trip to Celebration, and the blog’s birthday, we’ve been celebrating quite a bit!   I think this party wraps it all up for a good conclusion. 🙂

Mickey Mouse centerpieceAnd I want to leave you with one last reminder to enter the giveaway (a birthday present so to speak!) that ends at midnight Thursday night (April 23, 2015.)  Details here. To enter, just leave a comment on any/or all posts that publish between 4/16/2015 and midnight Eastern time 4/23/2015 (on the blog – not an email reply please)- one comment per post please.  Good luck!

giveaway at Talk of the House

Until next time…

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Hailey~FurnishMyWay - April 29, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Your husband’s office is incredible and if it were mine, I would become a workaholic! The party looks great. I love how all of the lettering was done so with the classic Disney font! Now I want to go to make a quick trip to Disney Land!
Too funny! Thank you for your sweet compliments Hailey. I need to practice that font some more so that it can look more authentic. Definitely make that trip to Disney Land! 🙂

lori lucas - April 25, 2015 - 10:07 am

We had State Testing this week (HUGE UGH!) so I am a little late getting around to reading. As always, loved your post. This is what I imagine: Family and/or friends hear that the party is at Kelly’s house and everyone is instantly happy! Who wouldn’t be happy to get an invitation to a party at your house? — The hostess that plans down to the smallest details…..Which makes it all just spectacular! One more thing–Right before Christmas, about 10 years ago I came home from school and my Hubs had the dining room table set in new red dishes. (Believe me, this is SO NOT my husband.) Anyway, he had bought me a 100 piece set of solid red dishes. I mean that set has everything! ha! Anyway, instead of just leaving them under the tree for me to open, he had come home from work early and set the table using as much of it as he could. He had two of our sons help, and they even did cloth napkins, centerpieces and party favors (which told me he DOES pay attention to things i do!) Anyway, the whole point of that, is that I have used those red dishes in so many different ways, combined them with so many other dishes and just loved them. (How does a person live without red??!!) Thanks for another great post. Lori Lucas
We’ve had state testing for the last 2 weeks, and you are so right. It is certainly a big ugh! The poor children. I think we are testing them to death. 🙁 Your husband was a super sweetheart to not only buy you the red dishes, but to set it all up for you. WOW! And it sounds like he spared no detail in getting it ready to surprise you. How sweet!! Yes, those red dishes are perfect for most every celebration. Great minds think alike!

DeAnne - April 24, 2015 - 7:25 am

Very creative idea, as always.Was wondering where you purchased the wicker drink dispenser?

Wanda - April 23, 2015 - 11:46 pm

Your “Disney” font looks great! I love all of your Mickey and Minnie Mouse inspired decorations. Sounds like it was a fun party. I’ll bet the cake was tasty too.

Ashley - April 23, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Kelly if this is what you put together while you’re still working, I can’t wait to see what you create and post when you retire soon!

Vickie White - April 23, 2015 - 10:07 pm

You are so creative!!! Love the “Disney” party! I am going to pin some of these ideas for future use.

Lanita Anderson - April 23, 2015 - 4:33 pm

I SO loved your creativity for the birthday party – the table was beautiful!! I, too, have red dishes and got some great ideas for setting the perfect party table. I really liked the idea of using gift wrap and craft paper for the table runners…. Thanks for sharing and for all of the great inspiration!
Blessings to you!

Renee Cook - April 23, 2015 - 4:09 pm

I am always so wowed by your creativity! You really mastered the Disney font and I noticed it right away on the directional signs. Good job, as always! Thanks for sharing!!

Becky in 'Bama - April 23, 2015 - 3:51 pm

what will you do with yourself when you ‘retire’ from teaching? Maybe teach people (like me) on line or travel and do crafting seminars? Your eye for design is impressive, equal to your love for your friends and family – hope they ALL know how blessed they are. AND that school of yours better give you a send-off to remember.

Michele - April 23, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Kelly, your blogs are a breath of fresh air. Thank u for sharing your wonderful ideas.

Julia - April 23, 2015 - 11:12 am

Kelly – what a party!! So cute and fun! Thank you for sharing your family’s celebration with us.

Debra - April 23, 2015 - 10:27 am

How cute to have a “surprise” location for this sweet party. It was nice of hubby to allow a party in his hideaway, I mean, office. 🙂 Hope that table wasn’t too heavy to move to the room. What fun it must have been with all those wonderful “Kelly details”, music to old cartoons. I must say from the fun polka dots to the Momma/daughter cake effort, your a great hostess!

Donnamae - April 23, 2015 - 10:21 am

Everything looks fantastic! What a wonderful idea…great execution on your part! You made me realize…I need to plan a party! 😉

Amy O'Quinn - April 23, 2015 - 10:02 am

Oh wow! You should so totally add ‘party planner’ to your list of professional credentials and qualifications! I have just a little over 2 more years until I hit that same BIG milestone, but I am absolutely envious of your sister’s and dad’s party. A celebration like that would certainly make the transition fun and easy. 🙂 Perfect! You did a wonderful job on the Disney font too…so talented!
Have a lovely day!

kathy - April 23, 2015 - 10:02 am

I love the Disney themed party. Someday I will do a Disney cake and party .. maybe for a grandchild… that I don’t have yet. I love polka dots. The wrapping paper on the table was cute and the Oreos on the cake, great idea. I will use those ideas. You did an excellent job with the Disney font on the chalkboards. You are right, Disney music does energize, especially The Circle of Life. Super job, Kelly.

Paula B. - April 23, 2015 - 9:51 am

How wonderful, what a celebration. I hope the birthday folks are enjoying this special time. You certainly showed them how much they mean to you. I loved the tablescape, just too cute, Kelly!

Nicola - April 23, 2015 - 8:50 am

Love the party decorations! I am trying to put together a graduation party, I may need to borrow the table runner idea! The room is fantastic, it looks very inviting and tasteful!

Lauren - April 23, 2015 - 7:32 am

What a fun and fabulous birthday party and your husbands office was such a perfect spot for the event, so beautiful and cozy! You are so talented and creative – love all of your ideas for celebrating special occasions!

Dawn S - April 23, 2015 - 7:27 am

I cannot remember when a blog post made me feel this energized or excited about undertaking a new project. Two of my children share October as their birthday month, 10 years apart. I have struggled with trying to have a party that would appeal to both, and, thus have always had 2 separate gatherings. This party concept is tasteful, fun and the answer I have been looking for! I so look forward to putting this party together for my children and I’m certain for the foreseeable future, it will be the “Talk of the House!” Keep up the awesome work!!!

Lindy James - April 23, 2015 - 12:55 am

What timing that your blog today was Disney themed as we just got home an hour ago from Disneyland in S. California! This time it was just my daughter, myself, and my two grandaughter’s who are 2 and 3. One was dressed as Elsa the other was Cinderella. Of course, all the frozen themed shows we saw again, I think that was the third time! Your husband’s office looks great, thanks for the giveaway. Take care, Lindy

Terry Pitzer - April 22, 2015 - 11:57 pm

Such a fun Disney-themed birthday party!

Mary Hanson - April 22, 2015 - 9:51 pm

Love the Disney theme birthday. What better than being young at heart everyday but especially on a birthday. Thanks for sharing!

Peggy - April 22, 2015 - 9:39 pm

Kelly- you are so talented. Loved the party ideas. I’ve had jury duty all week and checking out this posting has helped my week be much brighter. Love your blog!

PATTI - April 22, 2015 - 9:30 pm

I need your “recipe” for all the energy! 🙂

Susan - April 22, 2015 - 8:59 pm

Kelly you have the best ideas – looks like a great birthday celebration.

Theresa in Nebraska - April 22, 2015 - 8:48 pm

absolutely great! love, love, love that disney theme.

Barbara P from Ma - April 22, 2015 - 8:47 pm

Hi Kelly, Just absolutely LOVE your husband’s office! You are SO LUCKY he is so talented! That cabinet he built that you used for your buffet is fabulous! Looks like you knocked it out of the ball park once again! The party décor was perfect! Everyone must have had a wonderful time!

Carol - April 22, 2015 - 8:16 pm

I love your birthday celebration. You always come up with the best decorations. I am not that creative but everytime I visit I am so impressed with your creativity and just love your home. You are such an inspiration.


Nona - April 22, 2015 - 7:07 pm

What a great idea to have a party in a non-traditional space! I am going to rethink use of space. Never thought about using an office space or home library, but they will get consideration from now on. Love the red Gerberas(sp?) How festive they are.

Scribbler - April 22, 2015 - 6:19 pm

I think I remember reading that you are going to retire from teaching. Have you considered a second career as a party planner? You definitely should — I would hire you in a heartbeat.

Dawn - April 22, 2015 - 5:57 pm


I would have loved to have been at this party! It looks like so much fun! Your Disney font is perfect by my standards! Have you ever shared your caramel cake and icing recipe? You thought of everything I can tell. The menu, the decorations, the music, movie and snacks it all looks and sounds great! I am sure your Dad and sister loved all the love you showed them! I’d love a milestone birthday planned by you. Thanks for sharing. Take care.

Jerry Stocks - April 22, 2015 - 5:31 pm

You are indeed a very talented decorator. Would you be interested in participating in a Designer Show House in Beaufort, SC? If so, email me and I’ll put you in touch with a committee person.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky - April 22, 2015 - 5:19 pm

WOW!! You REALLY made this party special! It is fabulous! You thought of every detail. I am sure your Dad and sister were thrilled. Everything looks great and the menu sounds fabulous!

Joy Jenkins - April 22, 2015 - 5:16 pm

You are so talented and Fun!

Garden, Home and Party - April 22, 2015 - 4:56 pm

This is so cute. I love all of the details and think you are such a creative person. I was impressed when I noticed that the writing on the arrows was the Disney font. Did you find the font online to use as a guide, or did you remember most of the letters from your visits?
The room is much larger than I realized and what a fun place to have a special dinner.
Great job.

Libby - April 22, 2015 - 4:53 pm

Kelly, you are just full of wonderful ideas! When do you find time to do it all? You are an inspiration. All the celebrations have been fun! Thank you for letting us come along.

Sherry Myers - April 22, 2015 - 4:48 pm

All I can say is you have some very lucky family members. What a special treat! No detail left out, everything is perfect. I love it all. It was such a pleasure looking at everything about this post! Thank you for sharing. It was a treat for me too!

Cynthia - April 22, 2015 - 4:17 pm

Everything looks so festive! I’m sure everyone had a good time!

Peggy - April 22, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Red and black and polka dots! Love it! I think when you retire you should write a book on entertaining. My goodness, it is half written with your beautiful holiday and party posts. I would be first in line to buy it! (Ha, ha! Nothing like me giving you an assignment when you may like to take breather and put your feet up 😉 ). You do have so very, many wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing your lovely party ideas.

Jeanne Bell - April 22, 2015 - 4:02 pm

You have the greatest ideas and your family is lucky to have you.
My grand-daughter will be one in July and you have given me some great ides. Thanks,

Debbie w - April 22, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Loved the birthday ideas…the office seemed perfect!

Bonnie - April 22, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Such an ABSOLUTELY fun idea for a party! Creative and fun! Bless you for your efforts to bless the people in your life, and now all the rest of us who get to step ‘inside’ to feel a part of the times, thoughts and ideas that you share. Thank you, Kelly.

Nancy - April 22, 2015 - 1:52 pm

You are SO talented! Love all your ideas. My favorite blog!

Joyce Ward - April 22, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Kelly, what a perfect birthday celebration-I’m sure everyone appreciated all your efforts.
I do enjoy your posts on your blog…..Make everyday special.
Thank you!

karen - April 22, 2015 - 1:45 pm

What a beautiful space for your party! We are huge Disney fans so I have really enjoyed all of your Disney themed posts. I will definitely be trying my hand at the disney font for the chalkboard.

Bonnie Thompson - April 22, 2015 - 1:18 pm

Happy Birthday and hope you have many more.

Charlene - April 22, 2015 - 12:44 pm

You are amazing!! I wait every day for an updated post (no pressure!). Your creativity has no end! I love the Mickey/Minnie theme – it turned out beautifully!!

DiAnne - April 22, 2015 - 12:31 pm

What a lovely and thoughtful party! Parties for others are just the best. You make it look easy but I know that putting things together like this takes much thought and effort, especially when you are having the party upstairs.

lj - April 22, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Party and party-giver: Clever, yes….Creative, absolutely…fun, you bet. I’m beginning to understand that you work very hard and maybe play hard too…uhmmm-what you think?
That home office looks fantastic…easy to work in…and I like that comfy chair in the corner.
Good job!

Heather Bass - April 22, 2015 - 12:21 pm

As always, it looks lovely. Your attempt at Disney Font was a success and I think it was the icing on the cake!

Ruth - April 22, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Please tell me that the table was already upstairs!

Your creativity and decorative know-how know no bounds… and neither does your tasteful eye. And apparently, neither does your heart, because it seems that you are Celebration Central for your extended family, always doing for others. Lucky ducks (Donalds and Daisies?) they are to count you among their ranks!

Betty - April 22, 2015 - 12:04 pm

The party looks like a great time! Love the idea of having it in an alternative space.

Helen - April 22, 2015 - 11:55 am

What a fun party – you could do this for a job! Love it!

cyndy - April 22, 2015 - 11:39 am

Everything is amazing! You are so creative and artistic; so glad you share!

Becky - April 22, 2015 - 11:31 am

Kelly, I would love to win your giveaway. However, I consider every post you do to be a gift to us. Thank you again for the gracious way you share your life with us.

Lynn A. - April 22, 2015 - 11:25 am

You did a great job with the Disney font. Looks like birthday fun was had by all. The office looks great. 🙂

Cindy - April 22, 2015 - 11:13 am

You did it again, Kelly! Beautiful, thorough, I mean down to the cartoons and the music. I loved the cookies on the cake, to cute. I didn’t realize that his office was large enough for such a good size table. Works great except for the stairs. I know all about stairs. But I think there will be one more party, you may the quest and not the host…retirement!!!
Thanks for sharing, Cindy

Kristy Woodson Harvey - April 22, 2015 - 11:12 am

Oh my goodness! I’m so excited to be a part of this great giveaway! Thank you so much for sharing Dear Carolina!! Happy birthday all around! xo Kristy

Gina - April 22, 2015 - 10:24 am

Oh wow, your husband’s office made a perfect place for a gathering!! I love your theme! 🙂 I am amazed at your hand lettering of all the signs. You did a great job. I thought you had printed them at first. I’m going to “pin” the cd just in case. I would love to have the songs from the rides. 😀 Now, off to listen to “Circle of Life.” 😉

Monika - April 22, 2015 - 10:17 am

Your double birthday party blog is a great inspiration for one of my next parties, Kelly. Great ideas as always!

Debra C - April 22, 2015 - 9:46 am

I love it! You did a great job as usual.

Shannon - April 22, 2015 - 9:30 am

What a fun way to have a Mickey and Minnie adult party!! The Disney lettering looks GREAT!!

Arlene@Nanaland - April 22, 2015 - 9:18 am

Kelly when your retire from teaching, you need to take up party planning. You do such a great job at themes, food etc.

Cindy - April 22, 2015 - 9:09 am

You are amazing Kelly! I don’t know where you get your energy! You do a beautiful job of planning and decorating. I love the red and black and the polka dots 🙂

Sue - April 22, 2015 - 8:59 am

Well Kelly, you’ve done it again! Every detail is just perfect, including your font. We do a lot of Disney themed meals here and I will be copying many details:-) I love that you coordinated the music and movies.
Your husband ‘s office turned out great too. What a fabulous space.

Stacey - April 22, 2015 - 8:52 am

The whole room is adorable and of course, you covered every detail perfectly. You’ve got mad skills when it comes to entertaining. 🙂

Barbara Hinske - April 22, 2015 - 8:34 am

All of this is charming. Walt would be proud! And I think your Disney font looks fabulous — I’m going to have to try it. Your cake looked terrific, too.

Louvina - April 22, 2015 - 8:25 am

CLEVER!! I am picturing Mickey and Minnie “blushing and throwing kisses” and saying “ahaa-ahaa” in Mickey’s famous voice!! What a delightful way to wake up in the middle of the week! Makes one want to be a child once more! Really gathered many ideas for some gifts and party ideas! Working on ideas for my daughter’s BIG birthday in Sept. A mermaid theme “just being with my girlFINS”! Get it?!;) And what a great way to showcase your husband’s new upstairs office! The room is perfect and just the right amount of The Kelly Touch! Belated Birthday Wishes to all!:)

Cynde - April 22, 2015 - 8:21 am

Love this!!!! Just enough mystery with following the signs, to the unexpected dining venue! And hubbies office turned out amazing….!!!

Gail - April 22, 2015 - 7:38 am

Hi Kelly: My daughter and her husband are going to love all the creative ideas you used for the Disney theme. They are such big fanatics….how do people get to that point???:-) Of course my first trip to Disney several years ago involved tackling four parks in five days!!!! Too much for my body. And on top of that a husband who insisted on filming every single thing in the park while my son-law was practically running through the place with our grandson in the stroller. I was caught in between trying to make sure we didn’t lose hubby in the journey. I was like the park police:-) And on top of all that, hubby had problems with his feet the whole week until the very last day when he discovered that the new inserts he had bought for his feet were the culprits. No wonder he had trouble walking!!:-) Do you think I should try it again? I’m afraid…just sayin’ Anyway, just loved the post. How did you get all that furniture upstairs? Whew!!! Blessings!

Susan - April 22, 2015 - 7:36 am

Amazing! I really want to be part of your family. You can either adopt or hire me (no $$, just my services and adoration!!) The Disney has been so fun. Cannot wait for the next journey.

DeeDee - April 22, 2015 - 7:33 am

As usual, you left no stone unturned! Such a fabulous & creative Disney-themed party that I’m sure was enjoyed and appreciated by all!

Peggy - April 22, 2015 - 7:31 am

What a wonderful celebration. You have so much energy!

Sherry - April 22, 2015 - 7:28 am

Kelly I love all of your posts! So inspiring! And I really like your chalkboards, menus, and polka dots!

Vicki - April 22, 2015 - 7:20 am

Sounds like a fun party! You family is blessed that you take the time to care so for them and make them feel special. I don’t think your celebrating is over just yet though. Retirement is cause for a BIG celebration and that time is coming for you in just a few weeks!

Joyce - April 22, 2015 - 7:19 am

What a fun and creative party!!! You think of everything!

Julie in Asheville - April 22, 2015 - 6:57 am

Enjoy this blog so much, Kelly. Appreciate your creativity and style, especially checks and chalkboards.

kathy - April 22, 2015 - 6:47 am

Everything came out beautifully and can I say again that I love your photography skills?

donna - April 22, 2015 - 6:40 am

What a sweet party! I love Disney too. What a lucky family you have to benefit from all your creative ideas! Oh, and I’d love to be the winner of your giveaway!
Cheers! Donna from sunny Savannah,Ga

Anne from Atlanta - April 22, 2015 - 6:19 am

You are too clever! What a fun party. I may have to steal that idea. Thanks again for a great post. Anne

Tricia - April 22, 2015 - 6:00 am

Kelly, I LOVE your style so much! How much fun for your guests to walk back into their second childhood. Your Disney font is flawless. I still think you need to publish a book with all your wonderful ideas. Such fun, warmth – no detail is overlooked. A joy to wake up to one of your posts. Thank you!

Sandy - April 22, 2015 - 5:58 am

Your husband’s home office is fabulous. I would duplicate that room in a heart beat. Love those polka dots in your Mickey and Minnie decor. I too will be celebrating my birthday this Friday.Birthday wishes all around.

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