Friday, October 26, 2018

Marlowe's 2nd Birthday Dinner!

Thought I should finally get around to sharing Marlowe's 2nd birthday party dinner!  She turned the big TWO on August 2nd, and we decided to throw her a last minute birthday dinner at our house.  I didn't want to spend a fortune on a party, but still wanted to do something special for her with immediate family and friends.  We literally had a handful of people over and put out a couple tables in our side yard.  Marlowe finally has opinions about things she likes and dislikes, so I knew she had to have a Minnie Mouse themed birthday party no matter how many times that theme has been done!  I decided to try and make it as modern as I could while still using pink and black!  I've linked everything below!
I found this digital invitation on Etsy, and had the seller customize it for me! We didn't mail anything, just used  Paperless Post to send out these through email.  

I wanted the focal point for the party to be a simple floral Minnie head.  I hot glued some wreath rings together, added some flowers, and then hung it from the curtain rod.  

I stumbled upon these peach bow balloons and I thought they added the perfect Minnie Mouse touch without being too much!

I made a very simple balloon runner for the table.  There are several  tutorials out there for balloon arches and I just followed those instructions but set it on the table instead! I ordered a couple packs of smaller sized balloons, made my husband and brother-in-law blow all of them up, and then simply tied them to a piece of yarn. 

Marlowe had a special Minnie Mouse plate from Target!  The rock candy was a fun touch for everyone's place setting and I taped a piece of polka-dot washi tape to each one with a water-color Minnie Mouse label!

The cake was a literal disaster, but let's just say I tried to save money by making it myself.  This was the SECOND cake, after I turned my head for one second and let my husband try and frost the first one.  That will NOT ever happen again...ha. My sister-in-law came to the rescue and baked this one quickly! We also took a red velvet cupcake recipe and made "pink-velvet" instead by adding less red food coloring.

I tried to go with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme (the one all of us parents know SO well!) and made "Hot Diggity Dogs" for our dinner.  Super simple and everyone likes hot dogs!  I also made some "Minnie's Bow-tie Pasta Salad".  

We had the dinner guests wear Minnie and Mickey ears, and take a pair home with them.  We also set up a little photobooth inside with an Instax Mini Polaroid camera for guests to take a picture home with them and one for Marlowe to keep (I'll be adding them to her baby book!). 

It was such a fun dinner and Marlowe loved seeing all the people who love her so much!  I learned that a birthday party doesn't need to blow the budget, and that you can take ANY theme and make it your own.  

Here's the links to all the things below!

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