Wallingford blogger’s guide to throwing themed second birthday party

For each of my children’s birthday’s I am always planning months ahead. For Gabriella, she has had such a love for Mickey and all things Disney for the past year. What made it extra special this year was taking my kids to Disney where she was able to meet Mickey himself. The smile on her face was priceless and is forever engraved on my heart. 

I always begin my planning with Pinterest and making a board designated to all the details of the party. I also make a ton of lists: what I bought, what I need to buy and items that I already have that I will be using. I actually owe you all a post on that. When it comes down to the actual day of their parties, I wake up a 6am in the morning to decorate. The reason is that I could never get everything done with them awake. Just as I was wrapping up all the last details, the kids were finishing up breakfast and I get to surprise them with the outcome. 

Minnie Mouse Topiaries

For the arrangements, I used topiaries that I already had in my home. I made the Minnie ears out of twine and shaped them accordingly. I simply stuck them into the topiary, which had a foam insert. I have a bin of faux flowers and used three of them for the center of the ears. 

Minnie Mouse Backdrop

I purchased three gold wire hoop wreaths from Michaels craft store for one hoop on the bottom and two on the top to mimic Minnie’s head and ears. I secured the hoops with wire. I then used a glue gun to attach the eucalyptus and flowers to the hoops. I had a wood cut out made with Gabriella’s name on it and used it as an overlay for the hoop wreaths. This was used as her backdrop to the food and dessert table.  


I cut a watermelon out into the shape of Minnie Mouse and scooped out the center to put fresh fruit. I used the ends of the watermelon to make Minnie Mouse’s ears. 

For the desserts, I had a floral Minnie Mouse cake (I made the topper of Minnie Mouse ears and “two” out of wire). The kids and I also made dipped pink candy apples. My friend who always makes cookies for the kids birthdays made the floral Minnie Mouse Sugar cookies. She is incredibly talented and her cookies taste like almond (my favorite). I also had pink Hershey kisses and pink lollipops. 

For the actual food, my mom, Gabby’s grandma, made turkey and cheese sandwiches and peanut and butter sandwiches cut into Mickey Mouse shapes. We also had home made pasta sauce with ziti and a large deli sub for the adults. I put potato chips into prepackaged brown paper bags and cut them short so they were easier for eating with. 


Gabby wore her Minnie Mouse dress for her actual birthday. For her party, I thought it would be fitting for her to wear a floral dress. I was so happy with the quality of the dress when it came in that I bought one for her sister as well. My son really wanted to wear one of his shirts he wore to Florida, so he wore his custom “I'm here for the snacks” tee shirt. I wore a floral dress as well and love the fit of it. It was also very light weight for such a hot summer day. 


We never anticipated the day to be so hot so I didn’t know if the kids would use the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse bounce house, but they did. We also had our waterslide out as well and the kids just went back and forth from bouncing to the waterslide. The kids always get so excited when the bounce house truck rolls up on our street. The wait patiently as the guys set it up and then run as fast as they can to use the bounce house. 

The biggest entertainment was Mickey Mouse himself paying a visit all the way from Disney. My daughter was so excited. Mickey Mouse made his entrance and came out to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song. He gave everyone a hug, took photos and was on his way. Mickey deserved a special reward for coming out in such a heat wave. Props to Mickey Mouse and for making my daughter feel so special. 

A party is never complete without a piñata.

I could not find a Minnie Mouse piñata that fit her party decor, but I did find a custom number piñata that was absolutely perfect from the fluffy tissue to the gold bow. Gabby was so excited to hit the piñata because her absolute favorite thing to eat is candy. Gabby, my kids and all their friends had such a blast. 

The party was an absolute success. The birthday girl even got a nap in after the cake. While it was humid, what saved us was the waterslide and having a tent to keep our family and friends cool.

Amanda Piscitelli is a mom of three from Wallingford, a business owner and blogger of Livingwithamanda.com where she talks about motherhood, lifestyle and home decor. Instagram.com/livingwithamanda

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