Oh Toodles! Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake

There was a mouse in the house last weekend! We had a blast celebrating John’s 2nd birthday with friends, family, cake, and a bounce house! I just can’t believe my baby is 2 already! They told me it would go by too fast, so I savored every moment trying to make time stand still, but it’s all flying by faster every day. He promised me he’d stay my little baby forever and somehow, all of a sudden, we’re celebrating his 2nd birthday! sniff, sniff

I slowly, but surely converted our home into a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse birthday party. Our get together was on Sunday afternoon, so I started decorating on Friday evening. Every morning, John would come out of his room saying, “this, this, this” and pointing at the new decor. I tried to explain to him it was for his Mickey Mouse birthday party, but all that really registered was Mickey lol.

Last year, for John’s lemonade birthday party, I cared way too much about getting everything perfect – the food, the decor, the cocktails, the pics – everything! This year, I decided to just let go and enjoy myself. I did a lot of pointing, rather than jumping up, when someone needed something. I also had a friend take over bartending the margarita machine, so the adults had a great time while I just made my rounds enjoying everyone’s company! I think everyone, especially “baby” John, really enjoyed his Mickey Mouse birthday party! I hope you enjoy the details below.

Mickey Mouse Birthday Invitation

I love these chalkboard, vintage style, Mickey Mouse birthday invitations found at the PartyPrintouts Etsy shop. They were only $13 for a fully customizable printable that I was able to download and take to Staples for printing and cutting. I think I paid $27 total for these super cute invitations!

Mickey Mouse Door Sign Come Inside It's Fun Inside

I love this Mickey Mouse door sign, saying the popular clubhouse phrase, “Come Inside, It’s Fun Inside” courtesy of LittleDawgDesign at Etsy! This set the tone for our party goers as they arrived at the “clubhouse”. Tiffany also made the fireplace banner featured below.

Mickey Mouse Garland

Once inside, the main entrance of our home and kitchen was draped in this festive Mickey Mouse garland, courtesy of DCBannerDesigns at Etsy. Our invitations had a vintage feel to it, rather than a clubhouse feel to it, using just black, yellow, and red color palette and flat shapes rather than 3-D objects, so I loved that these colors and the flat shapes were worked into the garland and the cake.

Mickey Mouse Party Favor Bags

The Mickey Mouse banner was customized for John, also by LittleDawgDesign at Etsy! I think you can also use it as a high chair banner, if you’d like.

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas Polka Dot Balloons

I picked up these red and white polka dot and black and white polka dot balloons at Hobby Lobby. We added 3 to the mailbox and the rest floated around our party area in the screened in back porch.

Mickey Mouse Birthday Balloons Polka Dot Balloons

The birthday boy getting ready for the festivities.

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas Table Runner

A lot of the party decor for our back porch was inspired by the Bower Power blog including the Mickey Mouse fabric featured in the table runner found at Hobby Lobby, the coke bottles {because they’re Mickey Mouse colors}, and the favor bags {below}! She had so many amazing ideas that I didn’t even have time for, so make sure you check out her blog for more inspiration! I filled a small ice bucket with juice boxes and a trifle bowl full of squeeze pouches.

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas, Printable Place Cards, Food Cards and a Free Downloadable Mickey Mouse Font

I picked up a bit of inspiration from Play.Party.Pin as well, including the food place card printables. I used the blank card printable and the Walter Mickey Mouse font. Our Mickey Mouse food included Clubhouse Cupcakes, Ludwig’s Lemonade, Minnie’s Mac and Cheese, Sparky’s Sweet Tea, Pluto’s Potato Salad, and Butch’s Baked Beans. We also had a main dish of Hot Diggity Dogs, all served in these fun {and color appropriate} red and white paper food trays.

Mickey Mouse Red Velvet Birthday Cupcakes with Oreos Ears

The Mickey Mouse cupcakes were inspired from my friend Lyuba at Will Cook For Smiles! These red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and Oreo ears were delicious and festive. Lyuba’s frosting swirl looked WAY better than mine, but I’m just happy the ears stood up outside on a warm Florida afternoon lol. I picked up the red cupcake cups, paper fans, and black cardboard cupcake stand at Party City. The Mickey Mouse sing and giggle doll was a gift to my kiddo and decor for the party.

Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake

Sneaking in a little taste test before we served the cake.

Mickey Mouse Birthday Cake

The cake, the cake, the cake. I am so sorry to anyone that has ever made me a chocolate cake because I declare this cake by Tiniest Empire Cupcakes the best chocolate cake I have ever had in my entire life, and I consider myself a chocolate cake connoisseur. For the Mickey Mouse birthday cake, I opted for a design found at Cake Central that coordinated with the vintage style invitations, using solid red, white, and black colors, and flat fondant dots and Mickey heads that matched the garland. My boy doesn’t get sugar often {at all really}, and he sucked his fingers clean lol. I mean, he really went into a trance over this chocolate cake that was topped with a super thick ganache layer and then a yummy fondant!

Mickey Mouse Birthday Bounce House

The joy on that kids face. Pure joy when he is in a bounce house. He lived in this thing the majority of the party and slept so well that night lol.

Mickey Mouse Birthday Bounce House

John’s friend helping the birthday boy put his shoes back on as he exited the bounce house. How sweet are little boys??? Sugar!

Mickey Mouse DIY Birthday Party Favor Bags and Ideas

The Mickey Mouse favor bags were also inspired by the Bower Power blog. I picked up red and white polka dot ribbon, 3 sheets of black paper, and two sheets of white paper for 12 party bags. The bags are just inexpensive paper lunch bags, rather than the pricier kraft bags sold at Michaels. For the dots, I used a round medium circle punch.

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas

According to John, his best buddy and neighbor must arrive before the party and stay after everyone has left, and should preferably be at our house at all hours everyday lol. If they’re not together, John is crying his name. By request, they’re having their own little after party here with cereal bars, because clearly there wasn’t enough to eat at the party lol.

Sunday Funday Linkup And A $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Blog Hop And Linkup

Happy Sunday everyone! Welcome to the 11th edition of our “Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup”! Please say hello to my fellow hostesses and friends, lifestyle maven Kristin of Bon Bon Rose Girls and looks for less guru Dianna of The Budget Babe. These ladies inspire me daily, and we’re hoping this linkup series will inspire us all to, as I always say, “try something new today”!

Every Sunday morning at 8 am we’re hoping to meet new people, get to know each other a little better, and have a whole lotta fun! Bloggers, please share your “best of the week” post in the linkup below so that we can all see what you’ve been up to. Our fav linkup each week will be featured at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs in next week’s Sunday Funday bloghop!

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning our “Sunday Funday – Best Of The Week”, as well as each hostesses’ top 5 fav linkups every week! Also, we’re giving away a $100 Kohl’s gift card! Bloggers, readers, and everyone in between are welcome to enter for a chance to win!

Hostesses – Best Of The Week

Nail Polish Storage Guest WiFi Sign Olivia Palermo Look For Less

Fab Fatale
Fab Fatale is showcasing all of that beautiful Manicure Mondays nail polish in her super stylish acrylic {shoe drawers} nail polish storage!
Bon Bon Rose Girls
Help your guests feel right at home with this wifi password free printable framed on a side table, designed by the Bon Bon Rose Girls.
The Budget Babe
Spring weather can be unpredictable, which is why we’re loving this Olivia Palermo Paris fashion week look for less, courtesy of The Budget Babe.

Sunday Funday Linkup – Best Of The Week

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Ahhhhh, this outfit of the day by Fabulously Average is anything but average and has us dreaming of warmer days! Joanne was inspired to add a hint of spring to her Saturday style and we are loving her white sweater layered over a floral peplum top combo! Thank you so much for sharing your look with our readers, Joanne! We’re so happy you stopped by for a #FundayLinkup!

Fab Fatale’s Linkup Favs

It was nearly impossible to narrow my favs down to only 5, but here’s what really caught my eye this week:

Please check out the Bon Bon Rose Girls’ and The Budget Babe’s favs of the week for more inspiration!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

One lucky reader will win this $100 Kohl’s gift card giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. US and Canadian residents only please, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on February 27th.

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Rules Of Engagement

No spam or inappropriate linkups, they will get deleted. Link to a post, rather than your homepage. Please include recent posts, preferably from this season. Please don’t link and run, stick around to check out your fellow bloggers’ linkups. Not required, but lots of love for following your hostesses at their socials linked below.

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Jennifer @FabFatale
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Share Your Best Of The Week

Use the hashtag #FundayLinkup to share your “best of the week” linkup with other party goers at Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram {and anywhere else you may be inclined to use a hashtag}!

Please head over to Bon Bon Rose Girls to add your “best of the week” linkup.

Sunday Funday Linkup & $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Blog Hop And Linkup

Happy Sunday everyone! Welcome to the 10th edition of our “Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup”! Please say hello to my fellow hostesses and friends, lifestyle maven Kristin of Bon Bon Rose Girls and looks for less guru Dianna of The Budget Babe. These ladies inspire me daily, and we’re hoping this linkup series will inspire us all to, as I always say, “try something new today”!

Every Sunday morning at 8 am we’re hoping to meet new people, get to know each other a little better, and have a whole lotta fun! Bloggers, please share your “best of the week” post in the linkup below so that we can all see what you’ve been up to. Our fav linkup each week will be featured at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs in next week’s Sunday Funday bloghop!

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning our “Sunday Funday – Best Of The Week”, as well as each hostesses’ top 5 fav linkups every week! Also, we’re giving away a $100 Kohl’s gift card! Bloggers, readers, and everyone in between are welcome to enter for a chance to win!

Hostesses – Best Of The Week

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Fab Fatale
Fab Fatale is sharing her beach wedding airplane ticket invitations and passport as a free printable. Customize the text and colors for your destination themed party!
Bon Bon Rose Girls
Feeling a bit snowed in, the Bon Bon Rose Girls whipped up a “visions of warm weather” Miami Iced Tea cocktail to add some fun to their (yet another chilly) evening at home.
The Budget Babe
The Budget Babe, our super stylish personal shopper, scoured the racks of H&M and delivered the best of their Spring fashion to her latest edition of Off The Rack.

Sunday Funday Linkup – Best Of The Week

modernKitchenMakeoverBudget

We love a good home decor renovation, especially when it looks this good, AND on a budget! We’re taking notes on this kitchen makeover by No Small Life, featuring her journey from Oak to Kona, Tuscan to Glam. The results are impressive! Megan proves that, even on an tight budget, if you’re willing to put in the work, you can make a MAJOR impact. Thank you so much for sharing your modern kitchen makeover with our readers, Megan!

Fab Fatale’s Linkup Favs

It was nearly impossible to narrow my favs down to only 5, but here’s what really caught my eye this week:

  • I’m so in the mood for spring thanks to Jan Loves’ lace dress and chambray top outfit of the day!
  • I’m not sure if Funky Jungle is one of my favs because of her all black outfit or her super short red hair. Both are fab, bold, and so worthy of a mention!
  • I love a good mix of neutrals with a splash of light blue chambray! My Rose Colored Glasses is so spring stylish in her gold, white and blue.
  • If you love her style, as I do, then you’re probably going to love the blogs that inspire Oh to Be a Muse daily.
  • For those of you that think navy and black don’t mix well, the Librarian for Lifestyle would like to prove you wrong!

Please check out the Bon Bon Rose Girls’ and The Budget Babe’s favs of the week for more inspiration!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

One lucky reader will win this $100 Kohl’s gift card giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. US and Canadian residents only please, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on February 27th.

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Rules Of Engagement

No spam or inappropriate linkups, they will get deleted. Link to a post, rather than your homepage. Please include recent posts, preferably from this season. Please don’t link and run, stick around to check out your fellow bloggers’ linkups. Not required, but lots of love for following your hostesses at their socials linked below.

Join Your Hostesses At:

Jennifer @FabFatale
Kristin @BonBonRoseGirls
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Share Your Best Of The Week

Use the hashtag #FundayLinkup to share your “best of the week” linkup with other party goers at Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram {and anywhere else you may be inclined to use a hashtag}!


DIY Printable Passport Invitation

DIY Free Printable Airplane Ticket Invitations Download Beach Wedding

If you are a frequent reader of FF, then you’ve probably noticed my printable airplane ticket invitation post trending in my sidebar nearly everyday. That post has been such a big hit, that by popular request, I thought it was time to also share my beach wedding passports that were sent along with my invitations.

I’m so happy to offer up all of my passport files for you to download for free, but please note that Photoshop skills are a must to customize these for your big day! Also, the centerfold is a map of where our wedding and reception took place that I created in Illustrator and Photoshop. I really don’t know the first thing about Illustrator, but I figured out the brush tool and added a stroke to it to create the roads. Once I had all the roads worked out, I opened the file in Photoshop and then added in some Microsoft clip art, where I literally copied the clip art from a Word file and pasted it into my Photoshop document.

DIY Free Printable Passport Invitations Download Beach Wedding

I’m sure this entire project could have been pulled off in a more sophisticated way, entirely in Illustrator and/or InDesign, but I worked it out and I’m happy to share my printable passport invitation with you all.

After I printed the passport pages {two passport pages will print per sheet to save paper}, I used a Cutterpede Paper Trimmer to trim the edges. You will see three dots in the corner of each page. Align the Cutterpede along the dots, as this is your trim edge. After cutting each page, I used the Cutterpede Perforating Blade, sold separately, to fold each page.

DIY Free Printable Passport Invitations Download Beach Wedding

The interior pages featured local attractions, as well as a wedding timeline of events.

DIY Free Printable Passport Invitations Download Beach Wedding

Additional Tips: The pages will be printed on the front and back and will line up perfectly. So, for example, print the front cover, flip the page over horizontally, and then print the back cover. I used a thick semi-gloss paper for the cover and had it printed at a print shop so the color would be vibrant. The inside of a real passport uses thin paper and faded ink, so it was fine to print these pages at home. Lastly, after all of the pages are lined up, we bound them together with a sewing machine.

DIY Free Printable Passport Invitations Download Beach Wedding

What do you all think of this printable passport invitation? I think another fun use would be for an airplane themed birthday party! Share your thoughts below!

Sunday Funday Linkup

Blog Hop And Linkup

Happy Sunday everyone! Welcome to the 9th edition of our “Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup”! Please say hello to my fellow hostesses and friends, lifestyle maven Kristin of Bon Bon Rose Girls and looks for less guru Dianna of The Budget Babe. These ladies inspire me daily, and we’re hoping this linkup series will inspire us all to, as I always say, “try something new today”!

Every Sunday morning at 8 am we’re hoping to meet new people, get to know each other a little better, and have a whole lotta fun! Bloggers, please share your “best of the week” post in the linkup below so that we can all see what you’ve been up to. Our fav linkup each week will be featured at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs in next week’s Sunday Funday bloghop!

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning our “Sunday Funday – Best Of The Week”, as well as each hostesses’ top 5 fav linkups every week! Also, we’re giving away a $100 Kohl’s gift card! Bloggers, readers, and everyone in between are welcome to enter for a chance to win!

Hostesses – Best Of The Week

Casserole Recipes Blue White Dress Spring Fashion Trends Light Blue

Fab Fatale
Fab Fatale rounds up 5 easy casserole recipes for those weeknights when you want to make something super quick, yet delicious.
Bon Bon Rose Girls
Bon Bon Rose Girls rocks her favorite navy quatrefoil print Land’s End tunic cover up as she takes us on a tour of her happy place in Ybor City.
The Budget Babe
Spring 2015 runways delivered a host of exciting new colors and The Budget Babe is showing off her fav, light blue, in a very fashionable roundup.

Sunday Funday Linkup – Best Of The Week

jacquardSkirtDress

We met Cheryl of Oh to Be A Muse in one of our first Sunday Funday roundups, and we’ve been stalking her blog ever since! We are so ready for Spring and her red Zara asymmetrical skirt jacquard dress has put us in the mood. She was out and about in San Francisco with some friends having a little “treat yo-self” vacation while celebrating her birthday! Her head-to-toe look is perfection and we’re so happy she shared her style with us! Happy Birthday, Cheryl! We hope it was a great one!

Fab Fatale’s Linkup Favs

It was nearly impossible to narrow my favs down to only 5, but here’s what really caught my eye this week:

Please check out the Bon Bon Rose Girls’ and The Budget Babe’s favs of the week for more inspiration!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

One lucky reader will win this $100 Kohl’s gift card giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. US and Canadian residents only please, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on February 27th.

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Rules Of Engagement

No spam or inappropriate linkups, they will get deleted. Link to a post, rather than your homepage. Please include recent posts, preferably from this season. Please don’t link and run, stick around to check out your fellow bloggers’ linkups. Not required, but lots of love for following your hostesses at their socials linked below.

Join Your Hostesses At:

Jennifer @FabFatale
Kristin @BonBonRoseGirls
Dianna @BudgetBabe

Share Your Best Of The Week

Use the hashtag #FundayLinkup to share your “best of the week” linkup with other party goers at Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram {and anywhere else you may be inclined to use a hashtag}!

Please head on over to The Budget Babe to add your “best of the week” linkup.

Friday’s Fab Five – Baked Casserole Recipes

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti Casserole Recipe

I love myself a good baked casserole on a weeknight, but by the time I search the internet for a few good recipes, then I’m in a massive hurry! I need a recipe picked out before I get off work, a quick run to the grocery store, and then a mad sprint to get everything in a dish before my toddler starts to freak out from hunger. Today’s Fab Five features a few baked casserole recipes I’ll go to next time I’m on dinner duty.

1. Gimme Some Oven touts this chicken alfredo baked ziti recipe as simple to make, affordable, delicious, and picky-eater friendly!

Baked Parmesan Chicken Recipe

2. To make this paremsan chicken bake, throw everything in a casserole dish, bake, and eat. That’s it!

Baked Chicken Marsala Casserole Recipe

3. I LOVE chicken marsala, so I can’t wait to give this rustic chicken marsala casserole a try, immediately if not sooner!

Baked Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe

4. I love making Mexican casseroles for friends and family, so hopefully this enchilada casserole will be a fun and delicious diversion from my usual burrito pie.

Cheesy Bacon Chicken Casserole

5. I’m hoping this cheesy bacon chicken casserole, also known as crazy good casserole, tastes as good as it looks!

Have any favorite baked casserole recipes you like to share? Please tell me below!

Sunday Funday Linkup & A $100 Kohl’s Gift Card Giveaway

Blog Hop And Linkup

Happy Sunday everyone! Welcome to the 8th edition of our “Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup”! Please say hello to my fellow hostesses and friends, lifestyle maven Kristin of Bon Bon Rose Girls and looks for less guru Dianna of The Budget Babe. These ladies inspire me daily, and we’re hoping this linkup series will inspire us all to, as I always say, “try something new today”!

Every Sunday morning at 8 am we’re hoping to meet new people, get to know each other a little better, and have a whole lotta fun! Bloggers, please share your “best of the week” post in the linkup below so that we can all see what you’ve been up to. Our fav linkup each week will be featured at Fab Fatale, Bon Bon Rose Girls, and The Budget Babe blogs in next week’s Sunday Funday bloghop!

Follow our Sunday Funday Bloghop & Linkup Pinterest board! We’ll be pinning our “Sunday Funday – Best Of The Week”, as well as each hostesses’ top 5 fav linkups every week! Also, we’re giving away a $100 Kohl’s gift card! Bloggers, readers, and everyone in between are welcome to enter for a chance to win!

Hostesses – Best Of The Week

hamEggCheeseBreakfastBraidBloodOrangeMimosasTargetFashionSpring2015

Fab Fatale
Fab Fatale’s ham, egg, and cheese croissant braid tastes as good as it looks and is sure to impress at your next brunch!
Bon Bon Rose Girls
The Bon Bon Rose Girls whip up an exciting new twist on a traditional brunch fave! Blood orange mimosas anyone???
The Budget Babe
The Budget Babe takes us to Target featuring their spring arrivals in one of our favorite series, “Off The Rack”!

Sunday Funday Linkup – Best Of The Week

woolMidiSkirtFurVestNeutrals

Before the headline that “head-to-toe neutrals are in” was splashed across major fashion websites this week, Camille at Muse Is A Verb was already setting the trend with her prints charming look. We’re loving her Zara wool midi skirt paired with a striped button down shirt and fur vest! If you haven’t added a midi skirt to your wardrobe yet, now is the time! Thanks so much for sharing your look with our readers, Camille! We’re loving your style.

Fab Fatale’s Linkup Favs

It was nearly impossible to narrow my favs down to only 5, but here’s what really caught my eye this week:

Please check out the Bon Bon Rose Girls’ and The Budget Babe’s favs of the week for more inspiration!

Sunday Funday Giveaway

One lucky reader will win this $100 Kohl’s gift card giveaway! Follow the directions in the RaffleCopter below for a chance to win. US and Canadian residents only please, giveaway ends 11:59 Eastern on February 27th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules Of Engagement

No spam or inappropriate linkups, they will get deleted. Link to a post, rather than your homepage. Please include recent posts, preferably from this season. Please don’t link and run, stick around to check out your fellow bloggers’ linkups. Not required, but lots of love for following your hostesses at their socials linked below.

Join Your Hostesses At:

Jennifer @FabFatale
Kristin @BonBonRoseGirls
Dianna @BudgetBabe

Share Your Best Of The Week

Use the hashtag #FundayLinkup to share your “best of the week” linkup with other party goers at Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram {and anywhere else you may be inclined to use a hashtag}!

Please head on over to Bon Bon Rose Girls to add your “best of the week” linkup.