Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

It has literally taken me all week to download and edit the crazy amount of photos I took at Little Man's birthday parties last weekend.  I'm beginning to think I have a real photo problem.  Photographers Anonymous, perhaps? Anyway, there were so many fun things I wanted to share about this party, so this post is a long time in coming!

We had SO much fun with this Mickey Mouse theme!  Are you ready to {finally!} see the details??

Who hasn't had a Mickey Mouse birthday party?!  This was my dilemma in planning this party.  I wanted to steer clear of the commercial Mickey party gear and somehow reinvent this classic party.  It took some work and planning, but I think I was more excited on party day than Little Man!

Isn't he the cutest little Mouseketeer you've ever seen?!

Little Man's favorite part were his Mickey gloves!  I sewed them out of white felt and simply used a sharpie to draw on the lines.  Little Man wore these for 3 days straight!  He loved them!

Mickey Mouse invite with stitched pocket!  You can see the full tutorial for our Mickey Mouse invitations here.

Our party was all about red, black, and white with polk-a-dots!  We decorated our "un-mantle" with a quick pennant banner, some wooden letters, my mason jar apothecary jars, my wooden frames from Cut it Out, and of course Mickey!

This is my favorite part!

I created a Mickey Mouse backdrop for our food table using a vinyl tablecloth.  I love the paper lanterns with the buntings and the Mickey shape!  Can I tell you my secret to cheap party decor??  Wrapping paper!  I love using wrapping paper as my go-to source for decor.  There are 3 types of wrapping paper in this photo!  I use it for everything!

Our party table!

Just like last year, I created a birthday subway art centered around the birthday theme.  Did you know that there are real Disney fonts?  This Walt Disney font and these Mickey Mouse fonts were the stars of this subway art!

Edited to add:  Yes, I do sell a digital version of this Mickey Mouse subway art.  I can customize it for your child's birthday.  Please e-mail me for details!

On every.single.picture of Little Man in the house, we added little Mickey Mouse ears!  I keep finding random pictures around the house with Mickey Mouse ears!

This sign was propped up outside our front door.  I created this image in Photoshop and just modpodged the photo to a wooden plaque.

Remember this chicken wire frame?  I displayed pictures of Little Man from the last year and used the buntings to tie in the colors of the party with polk-a-dot ribbons.

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Christmas Book Advent

Alright folks.  It's the day after Thanksgiving, so I am in "go" mode for Christmas!

Do you have that silly rule about not listening to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving?  I do!  Today I can listen to Christmas music guilt-free!

How do you look forward to Christmas?  We have several Christmas advent calendars:

* We have the Christmas tree countdown that I shared last year.

* We also have the classic felt Christmas tree calendar.  We will be pulling a felt object out of the calendar each day and pinning it on the tree!

* Of course we are continuing the Santa Beard tradition by adding cotton balls to Santa's beard every day until Christmas.

* Last week, I also shared this Super Saturday story book binder we made at my ward's Super Saturday.  We will use this as our family scripture study, sharing a scripture, song, and special Christmas story every day until Christmas.  (By the way, I have received tons of e-mails requesting that I share this with you.  I love sharing ideas with you, but I don't feel right about sharing someone else's work.  I simply made the binder cover in my class--the content of the binder was created by someone else.  Feel free to take this idea and make it your own!)

* Just like last year, Little Man is SO excited for our Christmas Book Advent.  I am sure many of you do this very same thing!

Every day during the month of December, Little Man will find a book wrapped up underneath the Christmas tree.  I don't know about you, but I LOVE Christmas books.  I can't wait to share some of my favorites with Little Man.  So several days ago, we wrapped up all of our books so they're all ready to go!   I combined several of my favorite books from our own storybook library along with a few books we'll be checking out from the local library.

Here are some of the books that we'll be reading this year:

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Merry Christmas, Curious George

The First Night

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

Santa's Toy Shop

Gingerbread Man

Here Comes Santa Claus

Mortimer's Christmas Manger

Little Robin's Christmas

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree

The Baker's Dozen

Franklin's Christmas Gift

Jingle Bells

Frosty the Snow Man

Froggy's Best Christmas

Polar Express

A Piggie Christmas

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell

What Santa Can't Do

Snowmen At Christmas

The Biggest, Most Beautiful Christmas Tree

Rudolph

The Mouse Before Christmas

Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad (Little Critter series)

Twas the Night Before Christmas

Room For a Little One

The Little Drummer Boy

You might notice that there are more than 25 books on my list because I am having a difficult time narrowing down the final book list!

I wrapped up our books in plain brown paper and used scrapbook paper scraps and my scalloped paper punch to dress them up a bit.  We plan to work on number recognition with the number/date tags on the books.

 

You may remember last year's book advent.

Every day in December, I shared ideas for crafts and activities based on our Christmas book for that day.

We will be repeating many of those same activities this year!

What books will you be reading this Christmas?  Do you have some good recommendations?

PS Don't forget about the Black Friday sale on the Silhouette!  Check out the secret page for the Silhouette Cameo here.  Almost everything in the Silhouette store will be 30% off.  If you use the promo code "OOPSEY", you will score an extra 10% off, for a total of 40% off!  The deals will be good from 12:01 AM on November 25th until 11:59 PM on November 28!  Maybe you can go do a little shopping??  :)

A is for Apples Wrap Up

We finished up our A is for Apples Mommy School unit just in time for Halloween.  Even though we did this same unit last year, we added so much more this year.  I am such a Mom... I am so amazed at all the new things Little Man can do.  I love how Little Man loves to learn.  Every day when he wakes up from his nap, he will march down the stairs and announce, "Let's do Mommy School!" And that, my friends, makes all the work worthwhile!

 

Here are just a few of our favorite crafts and projects:

We also bobbed for apples

Did a bit of fingerpainting - for the very first time!

Another first!  Little Man ate his first caramel apple.

We created our own sidewalk chalkboard apple tree

We learned a lot about Johnny Appleseed

And did a little more eating!  This time, we munched on apple Oreo pops!

We cut out our own apples out of apple pie-scented playdough!

Painted our own paper plate apple pie using red paint, cinnamon, and nutmeg!

Made apple "muffins"

(I made the real deal while Little Man made his own version!)

Cooked up our own crockpot applesauce

You can download your own A is for Apples Mommy School packet here.

Now hopefully a new unit will magically create itself very soon! :)

Have a happy weekend!

I is for Insects Wrap Up

We've gone a little buggy lately! 

We have had SO much fun with our I is for Insects Mommy School unit!  We have actually spent an entire month having all sorts of fun with bugs, bugs, bugs!  Before we started this unit, Little Man was pretty squeamish when it came to insects.  Now he's at least a little more friendly with these creepy crawlies!

Using a little spray adhesive and felt (plus some very necessary antennae!), we had fun dressing up as some of our favorite bugs...

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A Little Hoot Kind of Day {Kiki Creates}

Happy Friday!!  Here to welcome the weekend is Kiki from Kiki Creates.  I adore Kiki's blog and her fantastic etsy shop.  I simply can't believe the inspiration that has come out of this Summer Camp series!  I am learning about even more children's books than I knew existed!  Kiki is sharing some absolutely adorable stuff today!

Hi everyone!  I'm Kiki from Kiki Creates and am super excited to be here for this series.  Oopsey Daisy was one of the first blogs I came across while blogging, so it is an honor to be here!  Kiki Creates is a blog filled with tutorials,free printables and the inspiration where it all comes from. I keep myself busy with my blog and etsy shop, but my greatest excitement and love for life come from raising my 3 little munchkins and being a wife to the best husband on earth.

I am so excited to show you the incredibly fun day my kids and I had recently all based on the book "Little Hoot" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace.  Have you ever read a book and said, "I want to have that day with my kids?!"  This is exactly what I wanted to do!

To give you a little background, Little Hoot is an owl like a lot of owls in so many ways except one. He doesn't like bedtime..and not because he doesn't like going to bed, but because he is an owl, and owls HAVE to stay up at night!  This fun little book goes through the activities his mom and dad get him to do to stay up as long as possible..and with that let me tell you about our day, which definitely ended up being:

based on the book "Little Hoot" by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

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Dr. Seuss Comes to Summer Camp {The Creation Corner}

Are you loving this Summer Camp series as much as I am?!  Each week, I live for Fridays so I can share another talented guest with you!
I am thrilled to share one of my very first blogging friends with you.  Tasha is an incredibly talented gal who I absolutely adore.  I am DYING to share her idea with you today... I know you'll love it!  Go check out The Creation Corner for more creative ideas.
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A well loved book at our house is One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.  We love Dr. Suess.  The book is warn and weathered and as I like to call it..."Loved".   So, for our fun Summer Camp day we sat down to read and love this book one more time.

We started by reading the book together under our big front tree.   My favorite thing about reading Dr. Seuss books are the questions you can ask along the way.   They are filled with questions.  Silly, weird, fun questions.  It leaves room to ask what they would do.  Or if they would even want to do the things the characters in the book are doing.  I love the responses I get.

Then we got to work making these fun fish cupcakes that go along with the fish at the beginning of the book.

The fish cupcakes are simple to make.  You choose your favorite cake mix and make it according to the boxed directions for cupcakes.  Buy or make a white frosting, seperate into 2-4 bowls, and dye each bowl a different color.  Then use M&M's and different colored orange slices candy to decorate them.

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