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Some of y’all might remember that it took us quite a while to have our little boy, Jackson. We were so excited to become parents and since I had been dreaming of my little guy for years and dreaming of the day I would get to throw my child birthday parties, I started planning his 1st birthday party while he was still a newborn.
My first birthday party was Mickey Mouse themed (in the 80’s haha) and since he was a September baby I knew I wanted a fall theme and maybe even a pumpkin patch theme which ultimately turned into a Mickey Pumpkin Birthday Party!
It has take me almost a year to get this post onto the blog. I don’t know why it has been put on the back burner because I loved everything about his party. I probably could have done more decorations and such but we had just moved into our new house and well my mom energy was lacking haha.
Mickey Pumpkin Birthday Party
Mickey Pumpkin Party Decorations
Let’s start this guide to throwing a great Mickey Pumpkin Birthday Party with the decorations!
I had no interest in spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on birthday decorations for Jackson’s 1st birthday party. Is he worth it? OF COURSE but let’s be real, I can think of a ton more things to spend hundreds of dollars on for my little man.
Also, to be honest, there just aren’t that many Mickey Pumpkin Birthday Party decorations out there…. like um, pretty much there are NONE. Thomas picks on my because I tend to like to throw parties that don’t have easy to find themed decorations haha. (We had a dumbo baby shower and had to make almost everything haha)
So, this is what I made and bought for this Mickey Pumpkin Birthday Party…
Homemade Mickey Mouse Pumpkin Wreaths decorated the gazebo and the patio for the party. At first I thought that maybe a site like Etsy would have some homemade wreaths that I could buy. I only found one Mickey Fall type wreath and it was over $100 and I knew that wouldn’t work for my budget.
So I decided to make my own.
They were way easier to make than I thought they would be and I’ve got an entire step by step Mickey Pumpkin Wreath DIY Tutorial to show you exactly how to make one of these pretty wreaths.
As soon as I made one I posted a photo of it on my personal Facebook and people went crazy over it! I knew that it would be a perfect decoration for the party after that!
For the Mickey Pumpkin table decorations I tried to keep it kind of simple because I didn’t want a ton of stuff on the tables where people were going to be eating and chatting.
Jackson’s birthday was in September but it was still pretty hot so I wanted to make sure that I had something to shade the party guests while they were eating. I bought this 10′ x 20′ Party Tent Gazebo from Amazon. I can’t lie, it was expensive to me at about $120 but I plan on using it over and over again for parties until it falls apart.
I bought a few strands of hanging Orange Pom-Pom garland strands from Dollar tree, fluffed them out and hung them around the tent since it was pumpkin theme party.
The table decorations were pretty simple too.
I bought a few orange mums from a fundraiser for the party and set them on top of these felt pumpkin place mats that I picked up from Dollar Tree and added a few small pumpkins that I found in the floral/wreath section of Hobby Lobby.
I would perhaps suggest something small than the mums though because they were a little hard to see over if you’re short like me haha.
Orange Mickey Mouse Sign
This Mickey Mouse Sign was pretty easy to put together.
I bought 3 wooden circle pieces from Michaels craft store and painted them orange with paint from there was well.
Then I hot glued them together into a Mickey Shape and hot glued them to a stake that I also bought at Michaels.
I was going to get my sister in law to write something on it (because she’s got pretty handwriting) but I couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted it to say so I ended up just leaving it blank. However it would be super cute to use as a Welcome Sign.
Mini Mickey Pumpkins
These little Mickey Pumpkins were easy to make too!
I made a few of them and set them around on end tables and food tables that I had set up.
If you want to see how I made them and what I used for them I have a tutorial for making these Mini Mickey Pumpkins on the blog too!
Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch and Decoration Station
I’m trying to do at least one kid activity at Jackson’s birthday party for the kids to participate in. So for the pumpkin party, I knew Jackson needed to have his own little pumpkin patch.
I bought the little white plastic picked fence from Lowes and found the Carvable Foam Pumpkins at the Dollar Tree. Y’all, get them from the Dollar store if you’re going to get them! I’ve seen these EXACT same pumpkins on Amazon for $8 a piece! They’re so not worth $8. haha
They’re cheap-o foam pumpkins but they’re perfect for kids to decorate.
I found the little scarecrow and the pumpkin patch sign at the Dollar Tree too. I’ve seen both at our local Dollar Tree again this year. The little hay bales came from Hobby Lobby as did the little wooden wheelbarrow.
I set up a little craft table with everything the kids needed to decorate their own little pumpkins to take home.
- Pipe Cleaners
- EyeBall Stickers
- Googley Eyes
- Glue Sticks
- random stickers from the dollar store
The kids picked out their own little pumpkins, decorated them and took them home!
We barely had any pumpkins left when the party was over!
Pumpkin Patch Photo Opts!
The Pumpkin Patch was also the perfect Photo-Opt spot for the party!
I think that almost every kid had their photo taken in Jackson’s pumpkin patch.
I found these Orange pumpkin cutouts at Hobby Lobby as well as the twine.
Since this was Jackson’s first birthday I wanted to show off his cute little month photos. haha I started taking them when he was 1 month old and had one for each month up to 12 months.
I just glued the photos to the pumpkins and then hot glued the twine to the backs of each pumpkin to make a banner.
More Mickey Pumpkin Party Decorations
I bought these Jumbo Pumpkin Classroom Cutouts from orientaltrading.com and just stacked them against the house in the flower bed to look like another pumpkin patch.
Then I decorated the gazebo and other areas around the back yard with more orange pom poms from the Dollar Tree as well as green and orange balloons.
How to Build a Taco Bar
Since the party was around dinner time we decided to serve dinner at the birthday party.
I wanted something simple and easy for everyone to “make their own”, so we decided on a Build Your Own Taco Bar. That way our guest could make burritos, tacos or taco salads.
More pom poms from the dollar store decorated the food area. Plus all of the plates, napkins and plasticware is from the Dollar Tree. If you can’t tell, I like the Dollar Store for birthday party stuff haha.
We set out hard taco shells and soft taco shells for everyone to make their own taco creations. I also provided bowls for everyone incase they wanted to make taco salads instead.
For Taco toppings we set out:
- Diced Tomatoes
- Sour Cream
- Black Beans
We also had a make your own street corn section on the food table and rice as a side item.
I LOVE street corn haha so I knew I had to have it with the taco bar.
We kept the mini corns on the cob in a slow cooker to keep them warm.
We bought the bags of mini frozen corn on the cob for the party and cooked it first.
Then we set out Cotija cheese and mayo! So good!
Pssst. If you like street corn and Cotija cheese, check out this recipe I have for Cotija Cheese and Corn Dip!
The white mickey bowl that we used for salsa and tomatoes came from Target. I got it on clearance when all of the summer stuff was going on sale.
Of course if you can’t find that one you can always make one by getting a big bowl from the dollar store and two small ones and gluing them together.
The big orange Mickey Mouse Pumpkin candy bowl came from Disney but I can’t remember if it came from our Disney World trip or a Disney Store. It looks like the online Disney store has them for sale.
Mickey Pumpkin Cake and Dessert Table
Behind the food table on the upper patio is where I set up the dessert table for Jackson’s party.
For the background I used two poster boards from the dollar store and covered them with 2 yards of pumpkin fabric that I bought at Hobby Lobby. I used hot clue to glue it to the poster board and it made a great background for the cake.
I also set up a few of the smash cake photos that Mariah from Mariah Springs Photography took for Jackson’s 1st birthday. The frames came from the Dollar Tree (of course they did, right? haha)
I am totally not a cake maker but I love trying my hand at them. I’ve been making my god-daughter’s cakes for years so you can imagine how excited I was to make my own child’s first birthday cake.
I even made a practice one for his “6th month birthday” haha because I wanted to make sure I could make it. I was surprised at how easy it was.
I didn’t take photos of making it but it was easy.
It’s basically two bundt cakes stacked together with the flat parts touching.
I used my favorite white cake recipe but you could really use any cake recipe that you like.
I did put a layer of frosting between the bundt cakes and then covered the entire cake in chocolate ganache.
I let the Chocolate ganache sit over night and then I covered the entire cake in homemade fondant that I colored orange. The Stem is just green fondant and the ears are round rice marshmallow treats that were also covered in orange homemade fondant.
If you want to do a pumpkin cake without fondant, MomLovetoBake.com has a great tutorial for one.
I stuck them into the cake with chopsticks.
I have a a post on the blog on how I make my tiny pumpkin bundt cakes if you want to check it out to get an idea on how to make this large one!
I also made this amazing Pumpkin Patch Eclair Dessert for the party. I think it probably everyone’s favorite dessert at the party.
By the end of the party there was only about one or two servings left.
Mickey Pumpkin Party Favors – Mickey Pumpkin Cookies
A few years ago I saw that my friend Terri from, Love and Confections, had a tradition of making sugar cookies for her daughter’s birthday parties as favors. I fell in love with this idea and tradition and decided to start it for Jackson’s parties!
So I made Mickey Pumpkin Cookies for his party and they were a hit! There were NONE left when the party was over.
I set them in a pretty pumpkin basket and just added a printed sign in a frame under the basket so that everyone knew what they were for.
Pumpkin Smash Cake Chair Banner Decoration
This was Jackson’s little high chair for the party for his smash cake.
I made a giant mickey pumpkin cake for the party but since it was his first birthday, I made Jackson is very own little smash cake.
The chair needed decorations too but I kept it simple with a sweet little homemade ONE banner.
I bought the Burlap Banner at Hobby Lobby and painted the Pumpkin, N and E on it with acrylic paint. I’m not a great artist in my opinion so I used a pumpkin cookie cutter and a pencil to draw an outline for the pumpkin one and just free handed the rest.
Mickey Pumpkin Party Smash Cake – 1st Birthday Mickey Pumpkin Smash Cake
Jackson’s little cake for his party was the second smash cake that I made. This is the first one that I made for him and we used it for his smash cake photos that Mariah from Mariah Springs Photography took for us. I got the idea/design/inspiration for his cake from seeing this Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake from Liv For Cake.
I used my favorite cake recipe just like with the big cake except I tinted the cake orange so it would show up good in the photos. I frosted it with cream cheese icing. Then I made the little pumpkins with homemade marshmallow fondant.
Can you spot the hidden mickey pumpkin that I added into the pumpkin patch?
The cake I made for Jackson’s actual party was much smaller haha but he loved it.
Of course I can’t forget his little Mickey Pumpkin shirt! I designed the shirt and then sent the design over to my friend, Angie (yep, same name as me haha) and she made it for me. I love how it turned out!
That, my friends, is how I threw my son’s Mickey Pumpkin Birthday Party for his first birthday! I love how everything turned out and wanted to write this post because I couldn’t hardly find any Mickey Pumpkin Birthday Party ideas or decorations when I was planning. So I wanted to give y’all some ideas in case you wanted to throw an awesome Mickey Pumpkin Birthday Party!
If you have any ideas for more Mickey Pumpkin Party food, decorations or games let me know in the comments!
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