The first thing we made were the head bands. I wanted to try it out first to make sure it wouldn't take too much time to do. Originally, I wrapped a cheap headband with thin grossgrain ribbon and then attatched a pink and white polka dot bow. My daughter loved it and wore it for a week straight. It didn't take too long doing it this way but I'm a perfectionist so it probably took me twice as long as it should have. After the first one was done, I tried to think of faster ways to do it. In the end we bought some 1 1/2 satin ribbon, folded it in half and then sewed it together. Flipped it inside out and slipped it over a headband. The ends were cut and then heat sealed together. It was a lot faster than the first method! Once all of the headbands were done (some with bows, some without), we cut circles out of black foam and attatched them as ears...it was so cute!
This tree was probably the most expensive part of the party. The original idea was to do a large Minnie Mouse head filled with suckers. Unfortunately, that would have been pushing at least $50 so we cut it back to just this. Again, this was another really easy thing to make. We purchased a large styrofoam ball and pushed dum-dums into it. At the bottom, I pushed in 3 dowel rods to help steady it (it was really heavy). The dowel rods were then stuck thru a piece of round styrofoam that was placed about 1/4 of the way into the pot. The pot was also filled with rocks to keep it from tipping over.
And these are the invitations! Yeah, this probably should have been the first picture but I didn't take a picture of the invites until the day before the party so it was the last pic on my camera. The white cardstock pulls out and gives all the party details. Everyone who got one loved them.
And now I'll have to search for the remaining pics. I'm sorry, my computer is not very organized :(
Other things we did: While at Party City, I purchased a "pin the flower on Minnie" game...which we turned into something else. I taped two pieces of posterboard together and then taped the game to the large board. I went ahead and placed a flower on the spot where the kids were supposed to. Then I took a piece of vellum and traced Minnie's bow. From there, we copied that drawing to pink cardstock and we were supposed to play "pin the bow on Minnie." Unfortunately (actually, probably not) the kids were so into everything else at the party that no one really cared about playing the game...except my son who was upset that we didn't.
I also made some little purses for the girls out of felt and (of course) gross grain ribbon. I tried a few different designs, all of which were cute and my two daughters claimed. For the party, I picked the one that was quickest to sew. Folded a piece of felt in half and then sewed ribbon up each side and into a handle. Very easy...trust me. Before this party, I had absolutely no experience with a sewing machine!
At walmart I found some Cutie Boutique items that were on clearance...nail polish, lip gloss, nail files...and filled the purses with those.
For treat bags, I had a few small Wilton plastic treat bags leftover from a bake sale. I printed out a picture of the Minnie Mouse thank you card front, filled the bags with candy necklaces, candy rings and other various candy (all from the dollar store!) and then stapled the "Thanks" to the top of the bags. Easy, quick and cheap!