Moose is the cutest when he says, “Oh Tooooo-dles!” and so it only seemed appropriate that we celebrate his second birthday with a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally birthday party. He is big into his bikes and such too, so we figured we would turn it into a little road rally and do all of the things my big two year old loved.
I had the best of intentions for this party, but being pregnant and in the throws of throwing up, being tired and just feeling puny, I wasn’t as on it as I usually am.
When you see the pictures, you’ll probably think that I am not telling you the truth as it all came together beautifully, but the truth is that, I never sent invitations, or event an email and the Thursday before the weekend party, I texted family and two friends to ask if they could come. I mentioned the date to my parents and in-laws, so I knew (hoped!?) they had it written down, but no other details had been sent or anyone else invited and I just swing making them like I normally do.
The Saturday night before the Sunday party, I had not one party supply. Actually, I had a few cake toppers and that was it and then some Minnie and Mickey stuff around the house and some matchbox cars I was going to throw in the mix. No cake though and no real plan – but the toppers I had!
We lucked out as we were at my parents house that afternoon and I asked them if they could keep the kids for my husband and I to make a quick Target and Party City run. They happily obliged (I’m not sure they have ever actually said no) and the hubs and I scurried off to get some party stuff and a gift for our baby boy!
After the Target shopping trip, I got excited. I knew it would be a late night of cupcake making and that I didnt have a real “vision” for the party, but the fun Mickey stuff I grabbed and the cute mixing and matching of party goods made me happy.
Late Saturday night, the hubs helped me clean and put up the decor we could go ahead and prep and then the next morning we went to church. While the kids napped, we finished the final party stuff and set up right before guests arrived!
All supplies above I got from Target and then I cut my own letters and glued on the banner. Easy, peasy.
Plates, cups, napkins, gift bags, and tissue paper below all from yup, again Target! Balloons on the mantle from Publix and road rally flags I made. More details on those below. If you have time to order bags, or don’t want to make your own, THESE from Amazon are similar to the ones you see all over Pinterest.
On party day, the Road Rally part didn’t so much happen as it ended up being REALLY cold outside and I didn’t want to stand out there and watch the kids on bikes and riding toys. We had a ton of plastic Easter eggs and enough baskets to go around, so I hid those for the kids and we turned them loose and then watched from inside through the windows before calling them in to eat and go through their loot!
All in all, it was the perfect afternoon and fun for my baby! Even Champ got in on the Mickey Mouse fun – not by choice, from the looks of his jowls.
Below, I am going to show a few more pics and share a few tricks for pulling off the last minute party! First of all, for the cake, I had nothing. Yall know I like to make my cakes, but I didn’t have time. Instead, I made cupcakes and iced in the color I wanted and then I bought the cake topper pack from Publix.
You know how in the Bakery, they have the cakes you can choose from? Well, you can just buy the themed toppers (I think it was $7 for the pack and had 5 or so things in it). We had other toy matchbox cars and Mickey things around the house, so I added on a few of those, just for fun! Easy, fast, festive and inexpensive!
If you have time to order though, these from Amazon are cute too!
In our last minute haste, we couldn’t find any road rally stuff without other characters (Cars, etc.) on it. I just wanted plain black and white checkered and nada. With no time to run around, I made my own! Thanks to checkered Duct Tape and cake pop sticks, I quickly whipped out a few in different sizes and placed them around sporadically. I put them with the gift bags, around the cars, on the cake and more and it was just enough to be “road rally-ish.”
If you notice on the table, I used one or two Mickey/Minnie character things and then the rest was fun patterns and mixed and matched. This is my favorite thing to do with a party. Its themed, but not over the top but fun colors and happy. We got it all from Target (where I used my Red Card (debit) and got 5% off – making me feel better about my last minute splurges!)
Anyway, if you have questions, need ideas or more details on sources, let me know! It was a fun party and I was glad we pulled it off – even if it was last minute. I had a blast celebrating my happy Moose and was thankful for friends and family who spent the day with us!
Cant believe next year, I will have FOUR kids to throw birthday parties for! Pretty sure thats the most fun thing ever!