As you know, my oldest daughter turned 10 last week.
I know, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact
that I’m now the mom of a 10 year old!
Daisey just loves Minnie Mouse and she requested a Minnie Mouse Party.
She also wanted a Bowling Party. Unable to pick just one theme
we combined the them both.
Having the party at the bowling ally made things a little easier for
me since I didn’t have to come up with games,
make the cake or decorate the house.
However, it made some things more difficult. For instance, the invitations
were included in the Bowling Party package.
After showing them to Daisey, I was quickly met with
the mother of all pre-teen meltdowns because the invitations
were ugly and boring and she wanted Minnie ones instead.
You wouldn’t think such a little postcard would cause so much
drama, right? Well, at our house it did.
So, I scoured the city for Minnie Mouse invites. But, there were none
to be found. I saw some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse invitations but passed
because I knew we’d have an even bigger meltdown if
I came home with “baby invitations.”
She had also specified that she
wanted the original Minnie Mouse that wears red with white polka dots,
NOT the Minnie Mouse that wears pink and purple.
It was up to me to come up with my own Minnie Mouse invitations,
and I was up to the challenge.
If you’re having a Minnie Mouse Party at your house and you
want to whip up some Minnie invitations for your kid,
then this is the tutorial for you.
To begin you will need something to create your circles with.
If you have a circle cutter, awesome!
If not a couple different size bowls work great,
especially a Dora the Explorer cereal bowl!
Using your largest circle (enter Dora cereal bowl)
trace onto the black cardstock.
Next, trace the small bowl.
Do this two times, about an inch apart where the ears would be.
Now it’s time to cut out your Minnie Mouse shape.
Trace a large circle (Dora bowl) on the red polka dot paper and
cut the paper in half.
Using adhesive squares (or an adhesive of your choice) attatch the
edges of the red half circle to the bottom edge of the
Minnie Mouse shaped cardstock.
You only want to attatch the edges because the
half circle will serve as a pocket.
Now you’ll want to cut your ribbon into 10″ strips.
Tie each strip in to a basic bow. Cut the edges of the
ribbon at a slant and seal with Fray Check.
Using the glue gun, glue the bow onto Minnie’s ears.
Next glue 2 buttons about an inch apart on the red half circle.
Now you’re ready to put something inside the pocket. You could add the
party information or a picture of your child.
If you’re like Daisey you can put the “boring” invitation inside of it.
The Minnie Mouse Party invitations were a hit!
And, the girl was happy.
Ribbon Laced Goody Bag
As far as the party goes, I only really had to worry about party favors and goody bags.
The Bowling Ally took care of everything else.
For the goody bags, I bought some basic red paper bags and
dressed them up with Black/White Swiss Dots Ribbon.
I’m sure many of you know how to do the whole ribbon laced through
a hole punch thing. But, for those of you that don’t, I’m happy to show you.
Cut the ribbon into 10″ strips. Cut the edges at a
slant and seal with Fray Check. Let the Fray Check dry.
Meanwhile, put your party favors in the goody bag.
Fold the top part of the bag over and punch 2 holes in it.
Make the holes an inch or two apart.
Thread the ribbon through the right hole, guiding it from the back of the bag.
Then thread the ribbon across the front of the back and into the left hole.
Both ends of the ribbon should be in the back now.
Try not to rip your bag like I did!
Turn the bag so the back is facing you. Cross the right side of the ribbon
over the left side and back through the hole and into the front.
Repeat this step by threading the left side of the ribbon through the right hole.
Turn the bag back around to the front. Adjust the ribbon so it looks pretty.
There is no need to tie the ribbon, it will stay put.
Repeat about ten times, then arrange them in a way that will make the little girls squeal when they see them.
Do you want to know what’s in those pretty little bags?
Pretty little party favors!
Minnie Mouse Rosette Headband
To make the Minnie Mouse headband I made three fabric rosettes.
The large rosette will be for the head and the two small rosettes will be for the ears.
The first thing you need to do is cut your fabric into strips. This isn’t an exact
science but if you want all of your headbands to be the same
size then you’ll want to measure the strips.
I cut one 30″x2″ strip of fabric, and two 21″x2″ strips.
Take a fabric strip and knot the end of it.
Using the hot glue gun dot a tiny bit of hot glue on the knot and
begin wrapping your fabric around it.
You want to hold the knot in one hand and twist the strip of
fabric with the other hand.
Continue twisting and gluing every so often to hold the rosette together.
This feels kind of awkward at first but you’ll get the hang of it as you go.
Be careful and only add a tiny dot of hot glue or you’ll get burned.
And it will hurt.
When you reach the end of the strip just turn the rosette over and
glue the excess fabric on the back.
Press and hold until the glue dries and the fabric is secure.
I apologize for the bad picture. My 5 year old is a photographer in training.
You will need 2 large felt circles and 2 small felt circles.
Hot glue the 2 small circles on the large circle, as shown in the picture.
Now begin gluing the fabric rosettes on to the felt circles in a “Minnie Mouse fashion”.
Press and hold.
At first I thought that was it, but when I picked it up the ears drooped.
So, make sure that you glue the small rosettes not only to the felt circles but to the large rosette, as well.
Cut your ribbon to 10″. Tie it into a bow.
Cut the ends at a slant and seal with Fray Check.
Glue the red bow to your Minnie Mouse with a small dot of hot glue.
Now, lay the remaining felt circle down on a flat surface.
Cover the circle in hot glue and lay the elastic headband down on top of it
Quickly, before the hot glue dries “sandwich” the
elastic headband between the felt circle and the rosette Minnie Mouse.
You don’t have to, but I covered the back of the rosette Minnie Mouse with black felt.
Because it was ugly and I couldn’t leave it that way.
It turned out pretty darn cute, if I don’t say so myself!
I think it would be really cute to add the Minnie Mouse to a clip, as well,
or add a safetly pin on the back and wear it as a brooch.
You could pin it on a hat or a back pack, the possibilites are endless!
It was so cute and fun to make I thought I’d make another ten of them!
I hope that this post can inspire you to throw a fun Minnie Mouse Party
for the little girl in your life! I had a lot of fun making these
things and even more fun seeing the excitement on the girl’s faces!