Riley’s 2nd Birthday

December 5, 2011 by Jenny Melrose

I feel as if I have been planning Riley’ birthday party since October and it has come and gone.  I do have to say that this is the first time I planned and executed everything and it was well worth it.  We had a fabulous time with family and friends.  We are so thankful for all the people in our lives that absolutely adore our little girl.  I say “little girl” because she is no longer my baby (tear!).  She is little miss independent if I do say so myself.  Riley’s party was inspired by her love of Minnie Mouse.  I scoured the internet for inspiration and made some great finds.  I used pinterest to keep track of my pictures of inspiration.  I also searched youtube for various videos to help with decorating.  My greatest triumph was the food, which was definitely what I spent the most time on.  I decided on oreo minnies, sugar cookie minnies, caramel apple minnies, minnie cupcakes and cake and zebra caramel pretzels.  The cake had me extremely nervous, since it was my first time working with fondant, but it came out great and actually tasted great too.  I relied heavily on Michaels and Hobby Lobby for decorations.  All of the decorations were handmade by myself and the help of my mom.  We made minnie mouse ears, minnie mouse centerpieces, pom poms that hung from the ceiling, a birthday banner, a tutu for Riley’s high chair and Pin the Bow on Minnie Mouse game.

This was my first attempt with fondat and I thought it came out well.  It has two tiers an 8 inch and 6 inch cakes, which were crumb coated with buttercream frosting.  I made the bows out of fondant and gum paste.  The ears are rice krispies covered in fondant.Minnie Mouse Cake

Here’s a full picture of the snack table.  The banner says Happy 2nd Birthday and was handmade as were the pom poms hanging from the ceiling.
These were so fun to make.  The cupcake is covered with buttercream frosting and topped with a fondant bow and finished with mini oreo ears.

Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

These were also quick and easy to make, but also fun.  These are double stuffed oreos with mini oreo ears attached with buttercream frosting and finished with a buttercream bow.

Minnie Mouse Oreos

I don’t ususally like sugar cookies, but these were delicious.  The frosting is Royal icing.

Minnie Mouse Sugar Cookies

The zebra pretzels are covered with caramel then covered with white chocolate and drizzled with chocolate at the end.
I loved the idea of the minnie mouse caramel apples, but these were a royal pain in the you know what.  These probably took a total of six hours to make.  Crazy!

Minnie Mouse Caramel Apples

I got this idea from an etsy store and decided to google how to make a tutu.  It was so simple!  There is no sewing involved and I can turn it into another tutu for Riley to wear now.

Highchair Tutu

The Minnie Mouse centerpieces were easy as well.  I took multiple ideas from pinterest and made what worked for me.  The minnie head is a styrofoam ball pained with black spray paint.  I attached the ears and bow with hot glue.  The name and number stick were made using card stock and Microsoft Power Point.  The buckets are from Hobby Lobby which I bought off the internet from there.Minnie Mouse Topiary

The Minnie Mouse Ears were handmade and would have made me a great cat burglar the next day.  I literally burnt off my fingertips attaching the bows.  The necklaces, bracelets, and sunglasses were for the guests and went home with the guests as their favor.
I used this website for a tuturial on the how to make the ears: Mouse Ears

Behind Aidan you might be able to see the Pin the Bow on Minnie game.  I drew this and then had foam bows for the kids to pin onto her.  Brenna was our winner since no one else was blindfolded.
My beautiful birthday girl in her birthday dress.  The only “cheese” I got all day on camera.
Aidan wearing his Mickey Mouse ears.
Riley sporting her Minnie Mouse ears.
Grandpa being a great sport and ham for the camera.
We tried to take away her cupcake after she licked off all the frosting, but she wouldn’t let us touch it.
Jesse enjoying his cupcake, which I later got yelled at for at his birthday party the next day because it was one of three desserts he ate, which equaled no nap!
Riley and her adoring daddy!

Riley’s party was well worth the planning and work that went into it.  We had a fabulous birthday weekend!


  • The Wanna-be Southern Belle

    Everyone of your projects turned out perfect!! Love this party and wish we could have been there!

  • Jam, Rio, Bri, Rissa

    Wow. Cute party. Love all the details and work you put into it. Turned out great!

  • Melanie @ bear rabbit bear

    Very cute party! You definitely went more in depth food-wise than I did. I wish I had more patience to make treats like these. Thanks for visiting my blog. Following back!!

    • The NY Melrose Family

      I took the day before her birthday to prepare the treats. Plus, I had help from my amazing mom. Thanks for following.

  • Brigit

    I love all the party decorations, you and your Mom really did an awesome job, I can't even pick a favorite, just beautiful!!

    • The NY Melrose Family

      Thanks! I was probably the most proud of the cake because it was my first time using fondant. The oreos definitely came out super cute though and they were simple to put together.

  • Lauren

    Oooh! I love Minnie Mouse! I always did as a child and finally figured out why, polka dots and bows are her signature style. What a cute party! You pulled out all the stops and it shows! You've got one lucky little girl!

  • The NY Melrose Family

    Thank you so much. It was so much fun to plan and so worth it. She had a blast and so did everyone at the party. Thanks for stopping by.

  • ~Randee@Randee's Organized Chaos

    OHHHHHHH EMMMMMMMM GEEEEEEEE!!!! This is ADORABLE!!!! I LOVE the high chair!!! 😉

    • The NY Melrose Family

      Thank you! The high chair was my favorite too because I turned it into a tutu she could wear after the party.

  • Shantalle @

    This ALL looks AMAZING! Great job Momma!

  • Monica

    Great looking party! That food is amazing! Definitely more intense than anything I have ever done! Thanks for checking me out and becoming a follower 🙂

  • Susan-The Weekly Sweet Experiment

    Adorable party. So glad I found you – we are doing a minnie party for my daughters 2nd birthday this March! I am your newest follower 🙂

  • The NY Melrose Family

    Thank you so much! Let me know if you have questions about anything you see, whether it's how to make it or where I got the supplies from. I'm following back!

  • Heather @ Raising Memories Blog

    This is so adorable!
    Thanks for linking up 🙂

  • Andrea

    Well Done! SO glad you commented on the Pink Princess Pirate Party I put on for my lil one. I can't believe how well your first fondant cake turned out!
    SO Super cute!

  • Deana

    Thanks for Linking up @CountryMommaCooks….Have a wonderful week!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Very cute party. Love the cupcakes. 🙂 Thanks for the visit today!

  • Love Sweet Love

    Thanks so much for stopping by bloggy for a visit! Your party turned out SO super cute(little details are my favorite part too!). Those cupcakes are adorable!!

  • Kayla Danelle Anderson

    Such an adorable party for you little girl! I love all the details and that you MADE the Mickey ears!! Nice work, mama! 🙂

  • Tabby

    Adorable party! I love all of the details. O and I returned the favor of following. I love all of the party details and we played pin the bow on the Minnie at my daughter's birthday! I'm so excited to get to know you through your blog! 🙂

  • Tracey Davis

    looks great! Thanks for commenting and following my blog. I've followed you back.

  • petite hermine

    Awww, this post is too cute! 🙂

  • Julie E

    Your littles are precious. Birthday girl looked very lovely in her dress. 🙂

  • Alison

    Great party – love the tulle on the highchair!

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