It’s over 2 months ago now, but I can’t believe my baby turned 3. From here it feels like it’s all downhill to grown up-hood. Next it’s four and then it’s the countdown to school and boom, gone is the cute and funny and cheeky. I miss you already little man. haha, just kidding.
We celebrated with a Mickey Mouse themed party – not because Beau is a huge Mickey fan, but because in the months leading up to his birthday he was asking for a Gruffalo Party. I did that already for his brother’s 2nd birthday so although he of course didn’t know that, I told him that wasn’t something I was going to do again. He came up with a few other crazy ideas and then the week before his birthday he suggested a mouse cake. Originally I thought he meant a mouse like the mouse in the deep dark wood, the mouse who saw the nut, and the mouse to whom the nut looked good.
But then he mentioned Mickey and suddenly I knew it was something we could get away with in a short space of time and set to making plans.
I always order invitations from Etsy, it’s cheap and they’re the best way for me to get personalised but fun invites done in a hurry. I just jump online and search for the theme of my party and go from there.
The other thing I love to do is put together a quick Pinterest board of ideas for food and decorating inspo (make sure it’s a secret board so your friends can’t see it before they get to the party). Every celebration I tell myself I’m going to simplify things and although I’m getting better, I still can’t help myself. But that’s OK. There’s only so many years I’m going to be able to get away with this and I really do enjoy it.
We only had a few friends able to come and although initially I felt a little bad for him that most of his buddies (and let’s face it, the third child never has as many as the first two anyway at this age) but in reality, the small number of friends that could attend was perfect. My husband commented on how nice it was with a smaller, more manageable group of kids and it was completely low key because I got to sit in the kitchen chatting with my girlfriends and enjoying the day.
With our renovation I lost the wall I would always use as my party backdrop. I used to always theme my birthday parties with a backdrop and set the food table up against that wall to set the scene. I actually remember being a little distraught when I realised this reality mid-reno, but I’ve adjusted my style of hosting to now set the table for sitting and eating, rather than just as a display table and it’s working well. Of course Shane couldn’t understand my sadness at not having a backdrop so just as well I’m rolling with the punches. Completely #firstworldproblems and I know that. Some of you may sympathise though.
So with setting the table I set a runner down the centre of our 2m long dining table and love coordinating plateware, cups and napkins to match the theme. I went with black and white for this party and got all my supplies from The Pretty Baker. I like to make food look fun for the kids – even though they mostly lick off the icing and leave the cupcake-baked-full-of-love behind. But I have learnt over the year not to go crazy with the food. The amount of time it takes to make a masterpiece spread is never appreciated and there is always so much left over. I got tired of eating leftover cakes and cookies and cupcakes so now I just do as many as I think we’ll need. Unfortunately on this occasion we had a lot of last minute pull-outs so I still was left with sooooo many cupcakes and cake, but it got eaten so all was not lost.
I always put Daddy on games – it gives him something to do, takes the responsibility away from me and the kids seem to love having him take care of this side of things. Mama does food, Daddy does games. It works perfectly for us. After present opening and before food time, they played Pin the Tail on Mickey and Musical Chairs and Pass the Parcel. Games don’t often work for little ones but we had a nice mix of 3 year olds up to 9 year olds so it worked.
Tahlia volunteered to read a Mickey Mouse story to anyone who wanted to listen – so hilarious that it was all girls sitting outside while the boys rough and tumbled inside.
Then it was time to sit down and eat. I served my favourite ever sliders for the adults, along with a cheese board and the kids helped themselves to Mickey Ears Cupcakes, Fruit Platter, Fairy Bread, White Marshmallows, Rice Bubble Cake and Cheerios.
After everyone had stuffed their faces, they headed outside to burn off some energy and then we re-congregated for cake. This was my second attempt at a ‘drizzle cake’ and I was really happy with how it turned out. I made the ganache a lot runnier than the last time and the result was a much cleaner drip. I pretty much copied the same format as I had made for Tahlia’s birthday the month before – throw some hundreds and thousands around the base of the cake, drizzle the top and plonk some candles in it. Thankfully we had a little Duplo Mickey figure to hang out on the top of the cake and make it look the part. I wasn’t up for fondant modelling this time round.
The birthday boy loved it and had such a great afternoon. Everything feels so much crazier when it’s your youngest I think. With your first child you’re so anxious for them to hit milestones and achieve and reach goals… but this time around I’m just savouring everything and begging him to slow down. He’s constantly telling me he’s not my baby and reminding me how tall he’s getting. To me, you’ll always be my baby little Beau Beau.
The perfect family snap right? haha. Closed eyes, silly faces. Real life.
Thanks for reading x