Lego Banner

Lego Birthday Banner

Today I’d like to show you a Lego birthday banner that I made earlier this year. 

Lego Birthday Banner

I used the Silhouette to cut the rectangle shape for the banner flag pieces.   Added small holes at the top of the rectangles before cutting the shape so it would be quick to assemble later.   Then used my circle punch to cut out all the circles for the top of the rectangles.  I raised the circles with pop dots to make the shape as realistic to Legos.   The letters were also made with the Silhouette,  I elected a thick font and added a thin black outline printed before cutting the letters out.

Lego Birthday Banner

I love the bright colors that a Lego theme offers.

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Lego Birthday Banner

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

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Today I’d like to share the photos from the Minnie Mouse birthday party.  I enjoyed preparing for this pink & blue party and was excited to see how everything came together for the party.   Last year, I did a Mickey Mouse party that is the most popular content on the blog.  When preparing for Gwen’s second birthday party I knew Minnie Mouse would be a great theme and I am curious to see Minnie will be as popular as Mickey.   I’ll let you know!

Throughout the photos, I’ll link to the previous posts with more details if you’d like to see how I made something.     On the front door, I welcomed guests with a birthday bow-tique sign.    I tied a bunch of balloons to her high-chair and hung some pom-poms from the ceiling.

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I served an assortment of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse foods with food tent signs for added decoration.

Food List:  Goofy’s Grapes, Clarabelle’s chips & Dip, Donald’s Dogs, Minnie’s Bow-tie Pasta Salad, Minnie’s Strawberry Le-Monade, Daisy’s Garden Vegetables, Pluto’s Pirate Booty, Mickey’s Sweet Mallows, Pete’s Oreos and Gwennie Mouse’s Cookies.  Also served cheddar cheese cut out with a Mickey cookie cutter.

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

Delicious strawberry lemonade served in Minnie mason jars with striped black and pink straws.  The kids had small jars and taller ones for the adults.  The lemonade was very tasty with fresh cut strawberries.   Also for adults a splash of Vodka makes it a great afternoon drink!

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Donald’s dogs are made from turkey hotdogs, cut up into small bites and then wrapped with Pillsbury dough.    They turned out yummy and tasted better than the pre-made kind.

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Pirate booty is always a big hit with the kids.  Personally, Clarabelle’s chips & the cheetos were my favorite!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

Chris dipped marshmallows in pink Wilton candy melts and then rolled in pink sprinkles (also Wilton) on the outside.  The Oreo cookies are prepared the same, dipped in the candy met and then pink sprinkles.  The idea came for these from the yummy Fish Marshmallow Pops we had at Gavin’s birthday.    However, the pink sprinkles on the outside didn’t taste good,in my opinion, but the kids did enjoy them.  At least they look beautiful!  I’d recommend trying smaller sprinkles that taste yummy for these to work.  Including something else to balance it out like graham cracker crust or even Oreo crust would make it taste better .

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We served yummy vanilla and chocolate cupcakes.  To get the bright pink color for the frosting I used Wilton icing seen in the Fish Cupcakes.  It’s awesome how many more color options you get with this product.  On top there’s an edible fondant black Minnie silhouette with a cute pink bow, ordered these from Etsy (ClaudiaCupcakeLady).  Then added round sprinkle balls (also Wilton).    Thank you to my awesome cupcake designer Nicole (seen here decorating: owl cupcakes, fish cupcakes, & train cupcakes) she sure creates beautiful creations and is so great with the frosting!

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Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

Ordered two dozen custom Minnie Mouse sugar cookies from Etsy (SugarySweetCookies).  There were number 2’s and also Minnie heads with Gwen’s name on them.  Of all the sugar cookies we’ve gotten for the last three parties, these were the best tasting.    Her designs are beautiful and I hope to have her cookies again.

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Chris made a mini cake with the rest of the mix for the birthday girl.  It was perfect for the candles but too big for her to eat.  She picked at the frosting and then ended up eating a pink cupcake.

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After baking the cupcakes I put them into pink & blue polka dot cupcake liners.  They look so beautiful & colorful because they aren’t stuck to the cupcake like the liner it’s baked with.   Not to mention the added liner makes them look great for photos!

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The kids loved the Minnie piñata.  There are strings hanging from it, each kid takes one, they all pull at one time and the candy falls to the floor.  It was really exciting to open it up and it looked so pretty hanging from the ceiling.

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The dessert table with lots of sweets!!

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The birthday girl’s blue chevron dress and Minnie Mouse polka dot hair clips.   See this post for more info on the dress & hair clips.

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A table with the paper purse favor bags.    Inside the bags there are the DIY Minnie Mouse water bottles & a plush Minnie or Mickey.

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Made a favor sign for the party favors and also displayed the party invite on the table.  We had two bigger Minnie dolls for Gwen & her best friend.

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Hung colorful pom-poms and swirl decorations.  Tied the balloon bunch to her high chair and a few other bunches were around the house.

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Hung the pink & blue Minnie ribbon wreath in the hallway.

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Hung the scalloped birthday banner above the fireplace.

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

Made some extra paper bows after the door sign & cut a big Minnie silhouette out to play pin the bow on Minnie.

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You can create & cut the Minnie with the Silhouette Cameo.  I explain how to make the Minnie/Mickey shape in the water bottle post.    After making the shape for the bottles it was easy to enlarge it to 12 inches.   The kids had fun playing this game.

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Happy Birthday Minnie subway art.  It’s fun to mix fonts & colors to create a cute sign.

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Ordered a big Minnie mylar balloon and took it to the party store to have it filled with the rest of the balloons.   The kids loved playing with the life size Minnie balloon.

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Here’s the front side of the chevron dress, the flower & sash are very cute!

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Borrowed a pink polka dot table cloth for the gift table.  Thank you Alita!  Here’s a link to Alita’s Minnie party.

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Hope you enjoyed seeing the photos from the Minnie party!    We certainly enjoyed the Minnie birthday bow-tique!

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Minnie Mouse Food Signs

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This is the last post showing the decorations I made for the Minnie Mouse Birthday Party.  Today I’ll show the the quick & easy food signs.  Adding food cards to your party food is a great touch to tie everything together with the party theme.  Not to mention, food cards look wonderful sitting in front of the food. 

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I printed the digital paper onto 12×12 white cardstock.  The paper used for the cards was left over pieces from the other paper decorations (such as the Minnie banner).  The white squares were made with the Silhouette software, added a simple pink border to the rectangle shape.  The white piece of cardstock is then mounted on black cardstock.  I punched the Minnie head from the pattern paper with a circle punch. 

Here’s a sneak peek at Gwen’s party dress.  As I’ve shown in the wreath & banner, I didn’t want to have too much pink so I was thrilled to find a sweet blue dress.  Found this cute handmade blue chevron dress with a sweet pink & white polka dot sash on Etsy (SweetBClothing).  There’s even a pretty white flower with a button center that pins onto the sash.   For her hair, I found these cute polka dot clips also on Etsy (dylivingston).     Picked up enough for her girlfriends at the party so everyone can wear Minnie clips!

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Food label cards are very simple, quick to make and they are my favorite paper piece from this party.

DIY Minnie Mouse Birthday - Food Tent Cards

Last year I made Mickey Mouse food cards that were similar to these.   I used a lot of the same food name ideas for the Minnie food cards.  The biggest difference with the Mickey cards is that I printed the circle box onto the paper while printing the pattern.  The entire piece is just one piece of paper.   

 Mickey Mouse Party Food Signs

Supplies:

  • Cardstock – white Bazzil used to print all patterns and colored backgrounds
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)
  • Font – Luckiest Guy

Minnie Mouse Favor Bags

DIY Polka Dot Minnie Mouse Favor Purse

These are the favor bags that I made for the Minnie Mouse birthday party.  I’ve had fun making birthday party favor bags in the past and was excited to try a new technique to create these bags.  This time I made my own bag by using a 3d shape from the Silhouette store.  This is a great way to do it if you have the supplies and would like to use a custom pattern.    It’s also very rewarding to make the entire bag and I loved doing my first 3d shape on the silhouette!

I wanted the the bags to be as large as they could in order to hold a water bottle and a plush Minnie Mouse so I enlarged the cut file on a 12×12 page to the biggest size.  I printed the polka dot pattern from the digital papers I’ve been using for this party and cut out the two pieces.

Here’s what it looked like after I cut the two pieces.  It’s very simple to assemble:  fold on the scored lines and then add glue dots.   I like using glue dots more than glue because it’s instantly dry and you skip the mess.  The glue dots hold very well too and don’t ever come apart. 

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Here’s the finished polka dot purse.  Isn’t it cute?   You can put various party favors inside and it’s the perfect size for little hands to hold. 

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I put small plush Minnie’s inside the bags for the girls.    This is the same Minnie that I used on the ribbon wreath

DIY Polka Dot Minnie Mouse Favor Purse

The boys got a small Mickey in their bags.  The polka dot bags were a little plain with just the polka dots on the outside.

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I added a scalloped circle and a big number “2” on the front of the purse.    The scalloped circles were left overs from the birthday banner.  I love that I was able to use them again here, it wasn’t planned and I was thrilled they were the right size.  I popped the “2” up with pop dots so that it has dimension.  I also put the Minnie Mouse water bottles inside the purses.   I love how the colorful patterns look next to the black and white polka dot and then the cute Minnie’s peeking out.  Which one is your favorite?  

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Here’s the favor sign that I made to go next to the bags. 

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If you’ve been following my posts this sign may look familiar from the Mickey Mouse party (seen below).   The best part about making digital signs is that you can reuse them over & over.  I already had the hearts and stripes paper printed, that are the two background pieces.  All I had to do was open the file up from the Mickey favor sign, change the yellow & red to pink & blue and then print.  It was so quick to be able to leverage this past sign!    I punched out a circle Minnie from the cupcake digital files that I also used on the Minnie mason jar drinks and added it to the sign.  Easy and quick!   

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Sign

Supplies:

  • Purse shape – 3d purse: part 1 and part 2 (silhouette store) by Lori Whitlock 
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)
  • Font – Luckiest Guy
  • Cardstock – Bazzil

Mickey Mouse Party Sign

Here’s where you can see the Mickey Mouse Birthday Party where this sign was used. 

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party Sign

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This is the welcome sign I made for the front door of the Minnie Mouse Birthday party.  I printed & used the same digital paper seen in the birthday banner and other items.

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I cut out the letters with the silhouette and put them on large squares.  This is the same font used on the banner.  It’s a much smaller size here but still works because it’s a thick style.

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The round Minnie bow silhouettes are from the pattern paper in this digital set.  I punched them out with a small circle punch and then used it as the O’s.

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I made the paper bows with with the silhouette. This is my first time making a cute bow and I love that it’s 3d.  The bow pattern cuts three separate pieces.  It’s easy to assemble, just add some glue and it’s complete.  I also made a set of these bows for the party so that we can play “pin the bow on Minnie.”   I got the idea for the multi-panel rectangle Minnie party sign from the post Melissa did on Bless this Mess.   Thanks for the inspiration and great idea!    I made my sign large because I wanted the bows to be big.  They are 4 1/2 inches from edge to edge and the bottom panel is just about 12 inches wide.

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After the party you can hang the sign on your child’s door.  We’ve been enjoying seeing the colorful party sign on my daughters door.   She talks about the Minnie “Birthday Bow-Tique” every time she passes the party sign.

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Next I’ll share another paper project from the second birthday party.

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Minnie Mouse Water Bottles

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Here’s the DIY Water Bottle party favor that I made for Gwen’s Minnie Mouse Birthday party. It was my first time cutting vinyl on the Silhouette and I was excited to try it out.  To be honest, I was a little nervous because I didn’t know how it would work and didn’t want to ruin the vinyl.  I found some great vinyl tutorial videos on YouTube and learned all the tips that I needed to start my first cut. 

I first saw this cute Minnie water bottle on Etsy for $6.00 (thank you for the great idea Angela!) and was planning to order them for the party favors.  While I was shopping at Michael’s craft store for some craft supplies, I came across a bin of these water bottles for just $1.25 each.  I still had a HUGE list of things to create for the party, it was a bit ambitious but I couldn’t resist having the chance to make these myself.

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Before starting you’ll want to adjust the white plastic guide, brining it into the middle to hold the 9 inch piece of vinyl.    I kept the vinyl on the backing it comes on and didn’t use the cutting mat.  Inserted the vinyl right into the machine.  It was so easy and fun to cut vinyl.  I was relieved that it went well and I didn’t ruin the first piece of vinyl.

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If you’ve searched for a Minnie Mouse or Mickey Mouse shapes in the silhouette store you won’t find any.  The great news is that you can create one on your own in just a few steps.  I created the Minnie head by adding two ellipses to a circle and welding them together. 

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Then I placed the thick chunky letter inside the shape.  The font is Luckiest Guy, also used for the paper letters in the circle birthday banner.    I was able to create all the vinyl decals with just two pieces of vinyl.

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On the side of the bottle I added two smaller silhouettes. 

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All done, this is such a quick project!   It felt good to try a new medium that I hadn’t used yet.   I can’t wait to do my next vinyl project. 

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I did a mix of blue and pink bottles.  For siblings I did one pink and then the other blue.

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The kids loved their new personalized Minnie water bottles, they are a great size for their little hands.    Warning, don’t put these in the dishwasher they are hand wash only.  The vinyl won’t survive and neither will the bottle.  You might ask how do I know?  My hubby didn’t realize their sensitivity and we lost two in the dishwasher!  Thankfully I had a few extras and could make two more for Gavin & Gwen.

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Next I’ll show you the bag that I made to hold the water bottles. 

DIY Minnie Subway Art

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For Gwen’s second Minnie birthday party I created a subway art print to celebrate.  I came across a cute Minnie mouse subway print on Etsy and craft-lifted the design to create this subway art piece (thanks for the awesome idea!).  For those of you that don’t want to DIY your print you can always buy one!   After the party you can hang it in a frame in your daughters room so you can enjoy for time to come.

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I have a huge stash of fonts (over 1,000) on my computer and love a project where I can mix & match fonts.  I spent a lot of time selecting the fonts.  Try one and then if it doesn’t work you can select another.  It’s a lot of fun!  I worked on it, took a break and then came back a few times to see it with fresh eyes.  I used the same digital paper you’ve seen in the banner and other pieces.  I used Photoshop essentials to create this print.    If you are looking to download some new fonts, here’s a link to my favorite fonts on Pinterest.

I layered two of the pattern pieces for the background (striped & dots).  When complete I added a piece of blue & black cardstock but the rest of the piece is just one piece of 12×12 white paper.  I incorporated the “bow-tique” theme into the subway art that was first used on the invite.   For the Minnie mouse silhouettes I took the shape from the cupcake topper, removed the words and added the letters on top.  Using the Minnie heads worked well because Gwen’s name has just four letters.

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My favorite font is used is “Cheri” with the cute hearts for the I’s and hearts inside of the O’s.

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This is a super fun project with so many possibilities.   Here’s a link to all the rest of the Minnie Mouse Birthday decorations.   Next up I’ll share more Minnie decorations!

Supplies:

  • Fonts – various
  • Minnie silhouette used for Gwen’s name– digital cupcake toppers from Lane + May Studio (Etsy)
  • Minnie Mouse Digital Paper Pack – Lane + May Studio (Etsy)

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