Careful readers might have noticed that the last few parties I’ve blogged about have all been for my oldest daughter. What about the younger one?
Well, we didn’t actually have a party for her 2nd birthday (gasp!!) We were planning on it, and I even got some super cute Minnie mouse ball jars from Etsy, but life happened. Anyway, for her birthday this year I managed to get good use out of those ball jars because… the whole party was Pink Minnie Mouse themed!
(It was a tossup with Frozen, but her favorite color is pink and she loves Minnie Mouse too, so that’s what we went with.)
All my parties are vegan and gluten free, and I always TRY to be as eco friendly as possible, but this year I really made that my goal. From the compostable plates and cutlery to the non-plastic Piñata filling, I thought about the impact of everything we had.
(I know balloons are a contentious topic for eco-conscious party hosts. But really.. it’s a kid’s party. I had some balloons and a balloon artist. The balloonist used eco-friendly biodegradable balloons and for the party I got a few mylar balloons that I made sure ended up in the landfill, not the ocean.)
So here’s what we did!
Minnie Mouse Cake
The baked goods all came from my friend Yvonne of Yvonne’s Vegan Kitchen. They are all vegan and gluten free, but the guests had no idea! (You might recognize her work from my other daughter’s Vampirina party!) Yet again, she did such a great job. Everything looked amazingly adorable and tasted SO yummy!
Minnie’s Mini Cupcakes
Chocolate (with the white tops) and Strawberry (pink!) flavored vegan & gluten free cupcakes!
Minnie Cake Pops
I feel honored. This was Yvonne’s first foray into cake pops, and they turned out delicious and absolutely adorable! They were SOOO cute!
Organic grapes with a fun name, what could be easier?
Tickle Me Pink Punch
Blended fresh & frozen organic watermelon chunks makes a yummy drink and less landfill of little boxes or pouches of juice and WAY healthier too! And easy. The only work it took on my end was just throwing it in the blender. This water dispenser was a nice way to display it, and had a container for water to avoid plastic water bottles! The cups were made of paper.
Donald’s Cheese & Quackers
My signature platter! Most of you know by now, I always do this for every party. It’s easy, fun, cute and healthy. All you need is a cookie cutter and a watermelon for this easy, fun treat! (Kids can even help make this one too!)
So, technically these are Bearitos veggie puffs, but popcorn works too! (Have you heard about not letting little ones not eat popcorn because they can choke? Yeah… I felt it just wasn’t worth it. My daughter is actually the oldest in her class so I went with puffs instead!)
Pin the Bow on the Minnie Mouse
Another game that has been a running tradition for us since it’s easy, fun and fairly eco friendly and has luckily gone with every party theme I’ve done! Just print and tape or glue. I had an eye mask and cut out big pink paper bows. All paper so another plastic free idea! Easy, inexpensive, and fun for the kiddos!
Minnie Ears Piñata
This was our very first party piñata! It was ‘almost’ too cute to hit! Luckily the kiddos were so young they didn’t end up smashing it to pieces and I’m either going to re-sell it for someone else to enjoy & use or most likely I will take the front off and frame it or hang it in the girls bedroom. REUSE and RECYCLE! Win/win! 🙂
I gave the kiddos pink biodegradable bags and filled the piñata with more sustainable, eco-friendly & healthier organic (non-sugar-sweetened) treats:
- Wooden spin tops
- Organic Sugar Free Lollipops
- Organic, Non-GMO Heirloom Veggie Seeds
- Organic Fruit & Veggie Roll Ups/Strips
- Felt Finger Puppets
- Non-Toxic Tattoos
Minne & Mickey Mouse Ears
Sometimes party favors can be enjoyed AT the party too, and not just as a take home gift. I love getting everyone in the spirit of the theme, and for this party mouse ear head bands did just the trick! Amazon sells bulk Minnie & Mickey ears, for a little more festive flair. Everyone was also able to take them home to continue to enjoy and wear! I love things that you can use more than once and aren’t disposable! Maybe some kiddos will even use this for Halloween… I know we might! 🙂
(Once the girls decide what they are dressing as!)
Take-home Party Favors
I really am not a fan of giving plastic toys (or sugary, toxic dye-colored candy) to kiddos so in keeping with my eco friendly, sustainable theme and not purchasing or giving more plastic that will just remain on this earth forever, I went with these adorable Vintage style Mickey Mouse/Disney character books.
They were a fun way to remember the party, since the kiddos are at an age (2 and 3 years old) that they still think getting books is cool. The parents loved them too! Each child got to pick out which book they wanted to take home (there were 5 different books to choose from) and I put a label on the front thanking them for coming to the party.
It may be fall, but it’s Southern California, after all. A little variety pack of Thinkbaby, Kiss my Face kids and Goddess Garden. Make sure you check your sunscreen with the Environmental Working Group‘s annual sunscreen ratings!
Lawn Tic Tac Toe
Finally, I brought out the lawn-sized tic tac toe game from the Vampirina party to get ‘reused’ for another round! 🙂