We had the unique situation that our daughter’s first birthday also fell on our 10th wedding anniversary. We always talked about having a small, 10 year vow renewal ceremony, never dreaming it would also be on our baby’s birthday! So how to plan around these special occasions? I couldn’t find anything online about a dual vow renewal and baby’s first birthday, so I made up my own rules. And, if you’re here to read about all things orange and blue, the ideas I used could easily be interchangeable with Gator-related items! Read on for all the details:
Since we had our wedding on Disney property at the Buena Vista Palace hotel, it was the perfect opportunity to revisit where we said “I Do” and this time, celebrate Lily’s birthday! We love Disney of course, which is why we chose to be married there in the first place. And what better way than with a Minnie Mouse-themed party?! The venue called for classy decorations, so rather than focus entirely on the character image, I focused on the colors: pink, black and white and the polka dot pattern and went from there.
In my book, all those little details add up to a big bang, so I focused on small little touches that brought the theme together. I am a scrapbooker, so I had a lot of supplies already to work with, and just had to buy a few items to tie it together. Needless to say, Michaels, Joann’s Fabric and Hobby Lobby were my friends.
And it paid off… BIG TIME! While we were setting up, the hotel staff kept coming in to see the decorations. And when they left, more came because the others had told them about the party. A few asked where I worked and if I did event planning as my job. What a compliment! The best compliment of the day though was from Lily herself… her eyes lit up when we walked in and she kept pointing at everything. And at the end of the day, she thanked us in her own way (see end of post).
TIP: Little girl’s birthdays that take place the first quarter of the year are in luck! It was the perfect time to find pink decorations because of Valentine’s Day. Since Lily’s birthday invitations went out right before Valentine’s Day, I was able to get pink heart postage stamps at the Post Office that matched nicely. I also saved a lot of money on pink candy for her sweet table since it all went on sale on February 15!
I custom-designed the invites and matching address labels in PhotoShop and then printed them through Shutterfly‘s print your own feature.
I wanted to add color to the tables in an inexpensive way. Rather than renting linens, I went to Joann Fabrics and bought some polka dot fabric to use as table overlays! It was the perfect way to infuse the polka dot pattern into the decor. I also bought a large piece of pink polka dot fabric and used this as a backdrop for a photo prop station.
Balloon bouquets and a Minnie Mouse balloon figure brought height, color and a festive touch to the room. Orlando Party Store delivered the balloons, and they are just awesome to work with! I placed the balloon weights into small metal black and pink tins I found in the $1 bins at Target, added a logo’d sticker to them, tied some polka dot ribbon, inserted some pink tissue paper and…instant centerpiece!
We hung up her photos from her monthly pictures. I bought polka dot ribbon, and found some cute Valentine’s clothespins at Michaels that I added Mickey Mouse rhinestones to. It was a fun visual to show how much she’s grown.
We made sure to bring her high chair since that would be a focal point for cake and gift photos. A chair tutu and fabric/tissue pom poms from Hobby Lobby rounded out the decorations.
TIP: Place a sheet on the floor for easy clean up post-cake smash! And in this case, it protected the carpet that wasn’t ours.
Baby’s 1st Birthday Outfit
Tickle Pants on Etsy designed her whole outfit including onesie, tutu, socks, bow, diaper cover and party hat.
On the welcome table, we had a guest book I created on Shutterfly that alternated between Lily’s photos and our wedding photos. We also had Mickey and Minnie ears for guests to wear (purchased from Etsy). I placed these in a Mickey-shaped basket I already owned.
I put up a bulletin board filled with some of her photos from the past year. I had already created the photos at Polaroid Fotobar (see this post), and they worked nicely!
I included framed photos from her 1st birthday photo session and also designed a stats sign in PhotoShop that I then printed at Office Depot.
Minnie Mouse signs: I printed out the sayings and adhered those to cardstock which I then adhered to small white greeting cards. I then added polka dot washi tape. I bought a Mickey Mouse punch, added 2 small pink rhinestones as a bow, and adhered using a 3D glue dot.
We went for kid-friendly foods such as burgers, hot dogs and chicken fingers. Salads and fruit rounded out the food. I made themed food signs to tie together such as Hot Diggity Dogs, Pluto’s Potato Salad, Le-Minnie-Aid, and more.
I wanted to have glass milk bottles for guests to sip out of. I watched for when Starbucks frapaccinos went on sale and followed these instructions to remove the labels. I then stuck on labels I designed that I bought at Michael’s, tied a ribbon around the bottle neck, bought some retro polka dot straws… and instant fun decoration! Plus, I can reuse the bottles for future kids parties, and just swap out the labels.
This was fun to put together! I used my scrapbook supplies to make little tags and they turned out great! I custom-designed a Sweet Shop Sign, and bought pink/black/white candies. I bought pink paper bags from Michael’s for guests to use to fill with the treats and added the same logo’d sticker to those that I used on the milk bottles and on the centerpiece tins.
Minnie Oreos: My friends and I followed these directions and made these adorable cookies!
Dipped Marshmallows: Dipped into Melts candy, and then dipped into pink sugar. I bought a Styrofoam circle and added Minnie Ribbon along the edge to display the marshmallows.
Mickey Mouse chocolates: I looked everywhere for a candy mold and could NOT find one. A very helpful Disney cast member suggested to use the silicon Mickey ice cube tray. It worked perfectly!
And of course… the cupcakes!!! Sweet! by Holly are the BEST cupcakes around. As a three time winner of Cupcake Wars, there was no question as to who would be providing the cupcakes for Lily’s party. We had them design a small smash cake for her as well. It was all so delicious and Miss Holly and her team were fabulous to work with.
I bought frames for guests to decorate with stickers. I designed an insert and printed off copies through Shutterfly and inserted those into each frame.
Guests could then take their photo against a backdrop and insert those photos into the frames after the party.
So how did we incorporate our vow renewal into the big day? Well, first we wore our Minnie and Mickey wedding ears we had since our rehearsal dinner 10 years prior. Then, our Rabbi joined us for a brief recommitment ceremony at the gazebo where we were married. It was beautiful to share the day with our daughter this time. Ironically, the wind was blowing just as much as it was on our wedding day. Our kiddush cup broke before the renewal ceremony so we actually had to drink our wine out of one of the milk bottles haha!! Our Rabbi had Lily join us and we blessed her. At the end, we kissed and then Lily kept giving us kisses– her way of saying thank you for such a special, fun day. That’s why we’re laughing/crying so much in these photos!
SUPPLIES and VENDORS
- Party Location: Outback Verandah at Buena Vista Palace hotel
- Birthday Girl Outfit: Tickle Pants on Etsy
- Balloons: Orlando Party Store
- Cupcakes and cake: Sweet! by Holly
- Mickey and Minnie ears: Uniqueboutiquebygami on Etsy
- Mickey Mouse ice cube mold: Mickey’s Pantry at Downtown Disney
- Dollar Store: Black picture frames, Valentine’s stickers (hearts) for frames
- Target: Plastic bins and metal pails, pink tray for Oreos
- Michaels: Pink paper bags, clothespins, Mickey rhinestones, rhinestone tags for candy table, styrofoam circle, marshmallow sticks and melts, small pink “L”
- Hobby Lobby: Pom poms; polka dot ribbon of assorted sizes used on bottles, pails, cake stands, candy labels, to hang pom poms, to hang monthly photos; chair tutu; large “L”, stickers for my Minnie wedding ears, bulletin board
- Joanns Fabric: photo backdrop, table overlays
- Birthday stats sign: Downloaded Chalk styles here, downloaded various fonts, designed in Photoshop, and printed at OfficeDepot
- Queen & Co: Washi Tape used on small signs and as a closure for the sweet bags.
- Shutterfly: Printed items such as Sweet Shop sign, monthly 5 x7 photos, guest book, invitations, address labels, and photo inserts.
- ProOne Video: Our videographer 10 years ago, and now our friends, they took video of our special day once again.
Supplies for Sale
I am selling many of these Minnie Mouse party supplies… Send me a message to inquire.
Update: Supplies have been sold.
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