Unlike last year, I knew pretty early on (like April) that we were throwing Ty a birthday party this year. I also knew that he was getting to be old enough to have a little input. And that it would come down to either Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Jake. Considering my nephews (the Wonder Twins) had just had a Jake party in February, Mickey it was. Our house was temporarily turned into Tyler's Clubhouse and we all had a blast.
Lets start with the food. The food table always goes in the dining room, and you can kind of see the cardboard standup I found online (here) that provided a fun backdrop for the food.
The centerpiece of the spread were Hot Diggity Dogs, a mini hotdog bar filled with beef hotdogs and bratwurst sausages. Ketchup, mustard, spicy mustard (for the brats), saurkraut, chili, and relish were the topping options. We rounded out the meal with Minnie's Bowtie Pasta Salad, Pluto's Potato Salad, Birthday Baked Beans, Donald's Deviled Eggs, and Goofy's Grapes and Melon.
Drinks included Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy (aka lemonade), along with Capri Suns and small bottles of water.
Really cute, right? Even better, they tasted as good as they looked. Just almondy and delicious.
For (unlabeled) favors, I packaged up some sugar cookies and displayed them along with some noisemakers. In case you're wondering, the favor tags would've said "Thanks for Celebrating Tyler's 3rd Birthday! See Ya Real Soon!" Either way they were easy and effective. I've already mostly let it go that I didn't get those favor tags designed in time.
Deliciously prepared and presented food will always happen at one of my parties. Decorations? Eh, some years they're better than others. This year I approached decor the way I approach the food...and recruited some assistants (Thanks Auntie Naima and Auntie Rachel!) to decorate. We had wall hangings, balloons, things from the ceilings. Ty woke up from his nap and was transported to his own clubhouse!
Behind us, you can see our Pin the Nose on Mickey game. When it was time to play, we'd gathered all the kids around and realized we "didnt have what we needed to play the game." After an enthusiastic "OH TOOOOOODLES!" Toodles, via Auntie Rachel, delivered the Mickey noses we needed to play the game. Three year olds are surprisingly willing to blindfold themselves, spin around, and stumble around in the dark. It was hilarious.
After the game there were cupcakes to eat, presents to open, and general shenanigans to get into. According to Ty, it was his birthday almost every day for the remainder of the month. He graciously let Daddy's birthday be Daddy's birthday. The decorations finally came down right before Labor Day and while he was a little sad, he still talks about how much fun he had at his party. I'd call that a complete and utter success.
Until next year's (hopefully outside) party...