My 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.
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.
So I found these arrows at Target and used a chalk marker for the messages that directed them to the party.
My 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.)
When they finally reached the top of the stairs, they were greeted with these signs on the door….
and 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!)
My 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.
The cabinet my husband built worked wonderfully as a beverage area.
This was my first attempt at trying a Disney font for a chalkboard.
I’ll keep practicing.
More 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.)
As 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!)
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Besides the cartoons, I also wanted Disney music playing during the party. So I purchased this music:
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:
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!
A last look at the room before it goes back to its office mode.
If 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.
And 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!
Until next time…