A year ago this coming week will mark the anniversary of my very first blog post on Sprinkled Sunshine. The fact that I’ve been at this a year now seems unreal, as does Jack turning three yesterday. Time seems to creep by when you are living in the unjoyful moments, but man, it sure is the opposite when you are living in what brings you joy.
I was sitting at a table in Cream & Flutter this past weekend chatting with some other area bloggers when it hit me that I was coming up on a year mark -and that ironically, my first blog post was surrounding Jack’s second birthday. Well ladies and gentleman, here we are again! Same sweet boy, a year older, and a big fan of Mickey Mouse.
Jack was set on a Mickey party beginning back in November so I’ve been throwing around ideas ever since, you’ll note the rabbit hole I went down on my “Happy Birthday” Pinterest board. I actually really enjoy putting together parties, back in my undergrad days when I was studying tourism management I dreamt of owning my own event planning company. That has yet to happen, so instead you’ll find me mulling over details for my kiddos’ birthday parties and getaways like my sister’s bachelorette party, which might even be better considering these are people I adore.
So, if you ever want help with an event, I’m probably in! I recently had someone reach out for recommendations on where to have a party for a one year old in Champaign and I’ve gotta be honest, I just don’t feel like there is much out there right now. For the most part we’ve had our boys’ birthdays in our own home, with the exception of Chase this year as he enters into the “friend” birthday party stage. This hasn’t always been ideal because we haven’t really had the space to fit all of the family comfortably, but it is my preference nonetheless; I can control everything #controlfreak (sometimes). No, really I just mean we can provide food at a more reasonable price, let our kids run wild, and decorate to my taste without having to worry about what is allowed and what isn’t.
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Well guys, I gotta tell ya, I had a LOT of flops with this birthday, but nevertheless, we had fun as a fam and that is all that matters. Jack gets excited over a single laytex balloon so really he is not hard to please…generally speaking.
For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you probably saw in my stories last week that my first problem was overflowing cakes in my oven. I was trying to amp up a box cake mix and must have used something that didn’t agree well -hence why I’m not sharing the recipe. Luckily, you can always trim off the cake tops with a serrated knife and luckily, the actual cake didn’t suffer taste wise.
Next issue came with the frosting, what a mess. I wanted to make a cookies and cream type frosting for in between the layers of cake and for the first layer over the whole cake before putting on the “pretty” layer. I had regular buttercream mixed up, and in the midst of letting the boys help, instructed them to dump two packets of Oreo pudding mix in the bowl. Ugh, sweetness overload. After multiple attempts of adding additional ingredients, I dumped the whole bowl out and started over when I really kinda just wanted to go to bed.
Second time around, I just crumpled a handful of Oreos into the regular buttercream frosting and that worked much better. Oreo pudding mix would have worked too had I used much less…but I was out of that so had to improvise. This worked fine until I ran out of frosting. I got all of the layers frosted and about a quarter of the top, nothing on the sides. No powdered sugar left…what the heck was I going to do. Staring into my pantry my only choices were flour and white cake mix…so yes, I went there. I used white cake mix and butter as the base for yet another frosting and you know what? It actually wasn’t that bad. It frosted on so much easier than the one with Oreos and it also helped I only needed a very thin layer of this.
The next day I got more powdered sugar and made MORE frosting, frosting the final layer like so. I twisted the Oreos so that I was just placing one side of the cookie on the side of the cake with a little bit of icing for some extra “glue.”
As I made this cake, I thought to myself, “lawd, I would never take this cake to someone else, but for my family it will be just fine.” Why in the world am I putting this out on the internet then? Plain and simple, this is a Mickey cake that anyone of you can make. For the mom or dad that is out there trying to find a reasonably priced Mickey Mouse cake -here you go! I could have avoided all of my problems had I just went with a recipe I was already familiar with or simply followed the directions as is for the box cake mix. Ya’ll don’t have to make your own frosting either, just buy it at the store if you are more comfortable with that. Then you just have to stick some Oreos on and you are golden. I think the candle was under $3 and I just used a Mickey figurine that we already had at home. Cake stand is from the Target dollar section for $3! With it being red, I know I’ll use it for Valentine’s Day and Christmas treats at some point.
You guys, Jack absolutely loved it! “Mommy, you make the best cake ever,” I’ll take it. After now having 2 small slices myself, I can’t say it is my all time favorite cake, but I might take back what I said about bringing it to someone else, not half bad after all.
While I’m on the topic of food, we made a whole day of it. Ben made Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes in the morning for breakfast and we made Mickey Mouse shaped pizzas for dinner.
For the pizza, I just grabbed mini pre-made pizza crusts and we cut shapes from those. I just used a glass to cut the ears out and Ben carved out the little bowties. Both boys loved making their own pizzas, but struggled to eat them because all they could think about was cake, cake, cake.
I started the details of this post with food because naturally my mind just wanders there, but I neglected to say that we decided to keep things very low key at home for Jack’s birthday. Just the four of us spending some quality time together. Long story short, we’ve had a lot going on and this just felt the most enjoyable. We played Bingo…
Tic Tac Toe and the Memory Game…
Made pictures with foam stickers…
Colored giant coloring pages…
Even got some tattoos…
The night ended tucked in bed with story time and Mickey and friends lit up on the wall. It was a perfect night in with our three year old.
All of our activities I found at Michaels, with the exception of the tattoos that I got at Party City along with the balloons. Original plans were to make Bingo cards, I’ve done this before for Chase…but my printer ran out of ink the night before Jack’s birthday. Michael’s saved my life with 3 games in one -they are sold out online right now, but you might be able to snag in store. Lack of ink caused a problem with my backdrop idea on THE CHEAP. I had used black circles in two Word documents to create two 8×10 sheets of paper with Mickey Mouse ears on them. The idea? Just print out enough to tape together at backdrop size. I made it two rows before running out of ink gosh darn it. Then I just started throwing things on the wall because I was fed up and didn’t want to go get an ink cartridge at midnight. Why do I still share these photos? Because someone out there has a full ink cartridge, will make this work, and it will be adorable! They also will make sure that all the paper is taped up before snapping a picture…sheesh…I blog so you can learn from my mistakes!
Again, “fails” as a mother usually aren’t really fails at all. Your little one’s smile is going to far outweigh any decoration or prop you put next to them. Although…I am in love with this little sweatshirt I found at Target for him to wear on his special day. Pure happiness!
Momma and her boy.
If you are looking for ideas for a Mickey Mouse birthday party, I hope this gives you a little inspo.
I know we all had fun – Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse!