Minnie Mouse 1st Birthday Party

Welcome to Harper's Clubhouse! Come inside, it's fun inside...

Bet you didn't expect to have that song stuck in your head today. Well, let's be real, it's stuck in my head everyday. My little girl LOVES her some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so I knew we had to theme her first birthday party around her favorite pals.

We celebrated at our local Gymboree play center, which was clutch with taking care of basic setup and cleaning up after a group of babies. They also led the group in singing songs, chasing bubbles and getting under the giant rainbow tent.

Of course I wanted to add my own touches of fun! I recently gifted myself a Silhouette Cameo precision cutting machine, so this was my first chance to try it out. I ambitiously attempted to create my own toddler mouse ears, which turned out to be quite the saga and took away from other projects I wanted to tackle. So while I didn't get to create all the fun little details I wanted, I was able to add a bit of Minnie magic to my little girl's party.


The Birthday Girl had a blast! Seeing her devour watermelon and her first (dairy free!) cupcake made my mama heart swell with joy. We were so thankful for all our baby friends who joined us in the celebration. And one of the best parts? NO cleanup! ;)

Straws, Platters, Glitter Paper, Tulle, Felt: Michael's
Mouse Ear headbands: Amazon
Cupcake Liners: Wilton, found on Amazon
Mickey Mouse cookie cutter (used for watermelon and rice crispy treats: Wilton, found on Amazon

If you're curious about how I created any of the details, just pop me a message!

Summer Garden Party with a Modern Hawaiian Twist

Summer garden parties are just a little bit more magical, dining under the stars on a warm night, surrounding by good food and great friends. Every year, my parents host the Annual Summer Garden Party in the middle of summer for our friends that we call family. While I can't be in attendance this year, I love helping plan the menu, theme and (of course) create the invitations. This year, my mom was stumped on the theme, so I started digging around for inspiration. Target is always great at being on-trend and inspiring easy get-togethers with their affordable outdoor entertaining pieces. The trends popping up for this summer are giant palm leaves, indigo blue linens and bright pink accents. My mom also picked up a great set of chevron striped napkins with shades of tan, pink, blue and green that helped inspire this invitation design.

Garden Party Printable Invitations

The result was a modern twist on a Hawaiian party, perfect for a menu filled with fresh fish, grilled veggies and refreshing cocktails. Accents will include those chevron napkins and some amazing flamingo mini lights (because why wouldn't you have flamingo mini lights??).

My parents and their friends look forward to the Summer Garden Party every year, and I can't wait to hear about the great conversations that inevitable form during an evening under the stars. A big shout-out to my parents for being my biggest fans, loyal customers, and for teaching me how to throw a great party!

Modern Hawaiian Summer Garden Party Invitation available on Etsy

You can find this new design in my Etsy shop, just in time for the LIMITED TIME MAGIC Event! To celebrate Disneyland's 60th Birthday, all items in my Etsy store are 60% OFF through July 31st, 2015! This is a crazy big sale that won't happen again, so if you have you eyes on an art print or have a party coming up, make sure to order now!