Oh TWO-odles, Brayden is 2!

Another amazing, crazy fun, busy year has flown by and we have just celebrated our sweet baby turning TWO! For the last 6 plus months Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has been his favorite obsession, so naturally I spent the last few months pinning and planning all things Mickey and friends for a Brayden’s Clubhouse theme party.

If you know me then you know I don’t like to buy decorations from the store because I love making my own and have a lot of fun with them. First I wanted the theme to be clear right from the front door; I decided to make a sign for the front door saying ‘come inside its fun inside.’ I had some pallets I thought I could use (like I did for his party last year) but unfortunately they weren’t in very good shape so I had to go buy some. Michaels has some great plain wooden pallet looking signs that have become my favorite for projects like this so I grabbed a couple. I started with dry painting on some white chalk paint for the background, and then used some stencils I already had to draw them out. Because we were doing Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, I went with their very colorful look as opposed to the traditional Mickey colors of just black red and yellow. After I painted in the stenciled words I decided they needed a little something extra so I hand painted on some Mickeys and Handy Helpers. Additionally for the entrance I hung a Mickey cutout on the door (inspired by some pinterest ideas) and then added some colorful balloons.

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I loved the sign for the front door so much, I decided to make a second one and painted it to say ‘Brayden’s Clubhouse’ and had that on our entry table. I also had a couple yards of burlap left over from other projects, so I cut out one of my signature banners and painted on ‘oh TWO-odles.’ More pinterest inspired projects were the colorful Mickey hanging garlands and decorated utensils. For the garlands I cut out different sized circles and Mickey shapes and hung them from some black ribbon I already had. For the utensils I wrapped black forks and knives in red napkins and glued on some Mickey hands that I cut out. These took forever to cut, but they looked really cute!

Of course the party decor would not be complete without one of my moms hand painted photo booths! She painted Mickey driving Minnie, Daisy & Donald Duck and we cut out the Mickey face for the kids to put their faces in. It was a huge hit again this year!

Being pregnant this year, I tried to keep the party a little bit smaller and food simpler. Our gift to Brayden was a personal bounce house, so we had that out in the backyard for the little kids, and we rented a larger bounce house for the older kids. Bounce houses are the best for keeping kids entertained the whole time! We did manage to pull them all out for a few minutes to sing happy birthday and eat (a super cute) Mickey Mouse cake. The party was so much fun, and we so appreciate all of our friends and family who came out to celebrate our little guy turning 2! I think my favorite part was just seeing how much he enjoyed it this year, and how he loved all the Mickey décor!

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For his actual birthday we kept with the Mickey theme, and celebrated with family. We started the day at brunch with both of his Nana’s and his Grandpa at our favorite little bakery and picked out his birthday dessert. In the evening we had his Nana, Papa and Uncle Damien over for dinner and more fun. We made a super yummy lasagna with our homemade pasta sauce, and then sang happy birthday (and blew out the candles multiple times because he’s 2 and thats his favorite part). This spoiled little guy got lots of cute new clothes and jammies, a tool set, sheets for his big boy bed thats coming soon, and from his Nana & Papa a big play set for the backyard.

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We had such an awesome birthday week, and I can’t believe it has come and gone now! We officially have a 2 year old, and another on the way, I don’t know how I ever got to be this lucky!

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