Gah. I’ve been away a while. I’ve had some crazy stuff going on in my life, between school and family. I also suck at taking food pictures, so even when I make things I can’t always manage to blog about them. However, I do have a couple things I need to post on.
We’ll start with the most time consuming: my son’s 2nd birthday party. It was a small party, at our house, for a dozen of our closest friends, but I still wanted to show off some of my Pinterest-mom skills and make the decorations nice. Alex loves Mickey Mouse, so I decided on a Mickey’s Club House theme.
Now, I know I could go to Walmart and buy a bunch of themed decorations, but that’s not how we roll. First of all, I wanted my theme to be a little more subtle, since the guests were adults and I’m fairly competent person, so I had faith that I could pull together the look I wanted on my own. Besides, I had Pinterest to help me. My plan was to go with the Mickey colours of red, black, white and yellow and a few Mickey-isms and work from there.
A quick search of Pinterest gave me the idea of a hot dog bar, or a “hot diggity dog” bar to be more accurate. Last summer, we went on a family vacation to Cleveland and ended up checking out Happy Dog, seriously if you’re ever in Cleveland, check them out. I loved the idea of countless toppings on a hot dog and I thought I could have a lot of fun with it as a party theme.
I hit up the local gourmet store, but also my local superstore, since PC brand has a lot of cool condiments. We went with 27 different toppings which included things like garlic mayo, jalapeno ketchup and feta cheese. The toppings were all a huge hit and it was a pretty no-fuss party food idea, especially since I did the dogs in the slow cooker and just brought them out when it was time to eat (and they were SO good).
Food was easy, but what about decorations? I have a small living room, but I wanted to make it as Mickey-ish as possible. I saw some cool ideas for backdrops and banners on Pinterest and took what I saw to do something that would work for my space. I don’t have a lot of wall space, so a full backdrop wouldn’t fit, so I decided on a small-scale one. I wanted to twist the crepe paper, but after 45 minutes of attempts, I was just ruining the crepe paper, so I gave up (that’s why the red looks so odd). The balloons were almost my undoing, but thankfully Mark came up with a way to make them stick.
The backdrop was behind the table (folding card tables are awesome) that hosted the hot dog bar. It was pretty simple, just the toppings, the plates and napkins (in Mickey colours, of course) and my Hot Diggity Dog sign (thankfully I had a cheap frame laying around that I put to good use). Oh and my son’s Mickey doll that I borrowed for the occasion. I actually quite like the visual. This is it all set up, just missing the salad, appetizer and hot dogs.
My final touch of decorations was the birthday banner I made. Mark used his circle cutter to make the circles and I traced and cut out the letters and clued them to the circles. It was definitely time consuming, but I really like how it turned out. Because of that and because I’m lazy, it is actually still hanging up in my living room two weeks later. I pretty much think it’s staying up until I put up the Christmas decorations.
This was really my first attempt at decorating for a party. I’ve done party food for years, but until now I’ve had mostly adult parties and haven’t really bothered with decorations. My baby shower was decorated of course, but I didn’t have much to do with that, and we had Alex’s first birthday at a park, so minimum decorations. Now, though with kids’ birthday parties, I’m placing more importance on decorations and I think I did ok my first attempt out. I could do better on the backdrop, but other than that, I’m pretty happy with the result, though it was definitely time consuming.