I can’t believe I already have a three year old (and Claire turned two months today)! We had a small party last weekend with family to celebrate Evan’s birthday. He picked out a Mickey Mouse theme. His obsession with Mickey began during his first visit to Disney World when he was 18 months old.
Evan didn’t have any current Mickey shirts that fit him, so I got this one this one from Amazon. A few reviews mentioned that Disney shirts run small so I got a size up in 4T. I am glad I did. He would have quickly outgrown the 3T size, if it fit him at all.
I found Claire’s outfit on Target.com. It was on clearance at the time and is no longer available.
My mom came to visit for Evan’s party and to meet Claire. Evan and I baked the cake and she decorated it with fondant.
The bottom section was created by stacking three layers of vanilla almond cake. I got the recipe from Around My Family Table. My mom iced the layers with a vanilla buttercream frosting, then covered it with a sheet of red fondant. She wrapped the bottom with a ribbon of yellow fondant and made two buttons from white fondant to place on the front.
I let Evan decide on the flavor for the top section. I offered a few ideas and he chose this Peanut Butter Yogurt Cake from Technicolor Kitchen. He always starts his morning with yogurt and loves peanut butter sandwiches, so no surprise with his choice! We did a test cupcake since I had never tried the recipe before and it was perfect! I made two layers and my mom added a little peanut butter to the buttercream frosting to ice it. She covered the cake with a sheet of white fondant, then wrapped a yellow ribbon of fondant around the bottom. She used a “3” cookie cutter to cut a three from red fondant and covered the rest of the section with small red, yellow, and black circles. She made the two ears attached to toothpicks a couple of days ahead of time so they would be hardened and stand up on the top.
Even though he picked out the flavor, Evan still wouldn’t eat his cake. Three birthdays now without trying the cake. He did blow out the candle for the first time!
He also hates singing and got mad when we sang happy birthday. He told us to stop it.
I used this set of Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutters to cut out Mickey shapes from cheese slices. I arranged them on a platter with crackers. Evan was a huge fan.
I used the same Wilton Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter Set to make Mickey shaped Rice Krispie Treats.
I used the recipe from Pink Parsley for Salted Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats, from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. Once everything was mixed, I formed the rice krispies treats into a large sheet slightly thinner than the cookie cutters. I cut out the shapes before the treats hardened completely (I took a break in the middle of cutting them out to tend to Claire and the last couple were more difficult to cut). Once the treats were completely set, I dipped the ears of a few in chocolate, drizzled chocolate over a few of the others, and left some plain.
My mother-in-law brought over some Pancit (Filipino noodles) and Lumpia (Egg rolls). No birthday is complete without long noodles.
Since it was a Mickey-themed party, we grilled hot dogs and sausages to make a Hot Diggity Dog Bar. Chad grilled hot dogs, spinach and feta chicken sausages, bratwurst, vegan dogs, and Italian sausages.
I served raw vegetables, chips, pretzels, and a Spinach Dip to go with the hot dogs.
For the banner: I printed off a Mickey Mouse Head, traced it onto black scrapbook paper, and cut out 17. I downloaded the Waltograph font in Microsoft Word and used Word Art to make it an outline. I rotated it X:180 degrees and printed the letters on yellow scrapbook paper. I cut them out and glued them to the Mickey heads. I glued red scrapbook paper on the bottom of each Mickey and topped the red paper with two white circles for the buttons. I attached the Mickeys to a red ribbon with tape to make the banner.
I used the Waltograph font in Microsoft Word again to print Handy Helpers and Mouskatools signs for the utensil holders. I glued the signs to colored scrapbook paper and wrapped them around small glass bottles, then secured with tape.
I arranged the smaller plates above the large plates to make a Mickey head.
I bought red paper cups and glued two white circles to each one.
Along with water, I made an Orange Cinnamon Iced Tea from Anja’s Food 4 Thought.
My dad and stepmom brought over balloons from Party City.
They were a huge hit.
It was a wonderful day and everyone had a great time! I can’t believe how big my baby boy has become. And, of course, Claire is growing so much too.