I started by heading to Pinterest (of course) for some DIY decorating ideas. I had big plans, but was short on time and energy, so I only tackled a few.
First, a photo 2 on display. I couldn't get a good picture. Sorry. Nothing really to do with the Mickey theme, but cute for displaying my favorite moments from the last year.
Next, the favor bags. I went with red, aqua and black for the color scheme, so I just found tissue paper and gift bags to coordinate. I made the name tags using scrapbook paper, Mickey cutouts and glue. A little ribbon on top finished them off.
I also put out Mickey Mouse ears for the kids (and adults) to wear, along with some Mickey Mouse Oreos I made.
Here is a close up. It looks a little strange because it is actually two. One on top of the other. So just ignore what looks like ears on the bottom.
Mom, Jenn and I got a picture before all the craziness began.
Nana (Mike's mom) brought Ben a giant Mickey balloon. He loved it. He ran up to it and gave it a hug. He didn't want to let go.
Tucker was a big fan too and joined in on the hugging.
Here's Mom enjoying a drink before the party. As you can see, I also got some balloon bouquets for the party. (Perhaps a few too many, according to Mike, who had to drive them home. You can also see the new dining room paint color here. It is still a little too blue, so we might be repainting...again. Poor Nana.)
Ben was hot and cold with the Mickey ears. He kept putting them on then taking them off.
Tucker liked them though.
Papa (Mike's dad) and Uncle Dan enjoying the Portillos dinner.
The birthday boy (in his ears now) never grows tired of this slide.
Tucker was ready for cake and ice cream!
My favorite part of the night was singing Happy Birthday to Ben. He LOVED it. They have been singing it in school as kids turn 2, and he was so excited that now it was his turn. He had the cutest expression on his face the entire time.
(Mom, while I thank you for snapping some shots for me, it is interesting how in every picture it looks like the light fixture is resting on Ben's head. I think Mike and Mom took the same photography class.)
Side note: For the first hour or so of the party, Ben clung to me. I had to carry him around while trying to play hostess. It was a pain. Finally Lesli lured him away by asking him to show her and Adelaide his room. Genius! After that, Ben was a social butterfly and Lesli was a new favorite.
Jenn volunteered to feed the birthday boy cake and ice cream.
Luckily I had good helpers because there were a lot of gifts!