In the age of Pinterest-y birthday parties I’m going to give you a non-Pinterest one. More like a Dollar Tree meets DIY party. But it’s one that my four year old loved. And it’s one that we didn’t spend our life savings on. Drew adores Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and watches it every day so we decided to host a little Mickey party for 10 of his friends and none of their parents (that was a first!). Our table wasn’t anything elaborate mostly because I knew it would be ruined in two minutes after the kids sat down (I was right)… I just used Drew and Elle’s Mickey and Minnie stuffed animals and propped them in the center of the table. Within a minute they were in the kids’ arms. Plastic tablecloths were used for a quick clean-up and the Mickey cups were $1 from Target. The cups also doubled as their favor cups after a quick washing…. everything was done for ease and affordability for this party, not because it looked fabulous (ahem, icky plastic tablecloth).
I’ve been so accustomed since reading blogs and looking at Pinterest to believe a party has to be perfect and gorgeous to be worth sharing… and in my former life I was an event planner so naturally I thrive off gorgeously implemented parties. But then it’s a lot of stress to plan an incredible celebration while trying to manage your home and family at the same time. I could have made a replica of Mickey’s Clubhouse for the party but my kids would have been screaming bloody murder for me to pay attention to them and it just wasn’t worth it.
I focused instead on making a party run as smoothly as it could with 10 three and four year olds. I made a mini treasure hunt and had the kids run around to different parts of our house collecting candy for their favor cups… they loved moving around and it gave them something to do instead of sitting at the table eating.
I knew four year olds wouldn’t notice the party’s imperfections or that my DIY Pin the Ears on Mickey had a spray tan or that my treasure hunt was out of order (after all, they couldn’t even read the clues!). I made a big cake and we sent home pieces to siblings of the kids at the party… Drew helped decorate Mickey with the sprinkles the night before the party.
The party was so easy to throw together and Drew loved it. That’s what matters, not having an incredibly “pin”-able image.