Parties make people feel special and I love parties! I love going to them, I love hosting them and I absolutely love to plan them! All the sweet little details, from the invitations that set the tone, foods, cake, games and decorations. It doesn’t have to be expensive. It doesn’t have to be “over the top”. but it should be thoughtful and creative and ultimately make everyone feel happy.
As I’ve mentioned in my post Birthday Party on a Budget, invitations are always the first thing I decide upon because it gives guidance and direction for my theme. Paperless Post has always had fantastic invitations but I was thrilled to find out that they have Disney invitations too! These invitations are simply beautiful. They are classically illustrated but still have a fresh and modern feel. There are even invitations that can be personalized with the birthday child’s photograph.
Oh, to have a little princess! These invites are stunning and feature Disney princesses such as Ariel, Rapunzel and Cinderella. My little boy was in love with the Cars, Toy Story and Big Hero 6 invitations. But ultimately it’s Mickey Mouse who holds his heart. We watched the Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia this weekend and that is the invitation that really drew me in. I love that it has my son’s favorite character but in a more unique theme that can really capture creativity.
He decided that for his 4th birthday, he wanted to have a Sorcerer’s Apprentice theme and I was happy to oblige. He’d already worn the costume at Halloween (see my tutorial for the hat) so it was a perfect party theme!
This is my take on a Sorcerer’s Apprentice birthday party!
INVITATIONS & OUTFIT
Starting with this beautiful invitation from Paperless Post to set the theme, my son needed an outfit for the party. Not his costume but something fun to move and play in. A Sorcerer’s Apprentice theme is appropriate for girls and boys so I added a cute hair bow to this collection (look at the little broom detail!)
This is what I made for him to wear at his party, an appliqued Sorcerer Mickey tee. You can learn more about how to applique via this DIY.
Decorations in blue, gold and silver with lots of stars, of course! Every kid loves balloons and these celestial ones are lovely. I’ve made paper strands before (simply sew the cut out shapes on the sewing machine to make long hanging streamers). A glitter wand is great for each guest. You can also supply simple blue party hats with pre-cut stars for guests to decorate with a glue stick upon their arrival.
We had our party midweek since his birthday fell on the day before Thanksgiving and the weekends were busy. We kept decor simple with a blue table covering and blue balloons on the floor for the kids to play with. His sorcerer hat served at table decor too!
Next up, the food. A few playful snacks included in the theme, too. Who could resist Mickey-shaped cheese or mozzarella cheese and pretzel broomsticks?
Cakes and sweets! These cakes are pretty amazing but you could definitely replicate something on a smaller scale by just taking one of the design elements for your own cake. Love to have cake pops and cookies to give to party guests as favors.
To keep costs down, we didn’t serve a meal, just cake, cake pops and ice cream (nobody complained!) Everyone loved this Mickey cupcakes created with a large OREO and two mini OREO in between.
TREAT BAGS & GIFTS
Sorcerer’s Apprentice themed gifts and party favors for all! A favor bag decorated like the bewitched broom holds tiny trinkets. Game prizes could include Mouse ears, puzzle or a light-up wand.
All in all our party was a success and he adored the theme. That’s all the really matters, right!
What is your favorite invitation in the Paperless Post Disney collection? Share in the comments!