The first thing I did for party prep was make him a themed t-shirt. I again used the same method as his 2nd and 3rd birthday shirts. You can see the zigzag stitch really well in these pictures (the buttons are hand-stitched). I just took this picture today, so this is how it looks after a year of use and washing/line drying (he only wore it while he was four) – it held up well though!
His 4th birthday party was actually a shared party for some friends that were moving, so I struggled with the invitation a bit, but was happy with the final result:
We had the party at a mutual friend’s house, so she said she would make the food if I brought the dessert. You know I had fun with the dessert! I had the cake made at a local bakery (Snickerdoodles for those in the general Baltimore area – they’re delicious; I definitely recommend you check them out!).
I made the cupcakes, and topped half with a sugar cookie (using this cookie cutter) of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (“the UP” is what cool kids call it 😁), for our friends that were moving there. I topped the other half with Mickey-shaped Oreos. I just got some mini Oreos and used a single chocolate cookie for each ear (used a butter knife to scrape off the frosting). Tip: Use double-stuffed Oreos for the Mickey head – normal Oreos don’t leave enough of a gap for the “ears” to fit in the middle. Trust me on this one. 😉 I also cut a bit of each main cookie off, since the flat bottom helped it stay securely in the cupcake frosting.
Using the same methodology as I did for the Mickey cupcake toppers (except for cutting off the bottom third), I create some Mickey Oreo pops. I’ll admit, these were a bit tricky, but not bad once I got a method down (again double stuffed Oreos for the head are KEY). First, I dipped the top half of each head in chocolate, then let them dry on wax paper. Once dry, I held each cookie at the top and dipped the bottom half into red, chocolate melts (Michaels sells chocolate melts in every color!). While the red coating was still wet, I inserted the cookie/cake pop sticks, and set them down to dry on wax paper again. Once fully dry, I piped two white chocolate “buttons” on the red half. Done! (If you make these, don’t forget to taste test one immediately- just in case. 😉)
Here’s a few pictures of the birthday boy blowing out the candle (he actually blew it out near the beginning of the song – both the fact he did this and his reaction were priceless! Hahaha).
For his 5th birthday, we were actually in Disney World, so we celebrated with a cake (I ordered through the restaurant in advance) during a character meal – the Ohana breakfast with Mickey and Stitch at the Polynesian Resort. I HIGHLY recommend this one if you go; they have POG (Passion fruit, Orange and Guava) juice! Need I say more?!
We went to Animal Kingdom on his actual birthday, and it was perfect because Goofy is his favorite character- and we met him and Pluto that day! Note that I didn’t make him a shirt for his 5th birthday – I picked one up Old Navy by chance (divine intervention? haha) about a month beforehand, and used it. Leading up to his 5th birthday, I didn’t end up having time to make a shirt because of an unexpected series of (very fortunate) events that happened. (We bought a house, got our current house ready to sell, found out I was pregnant with our 3rd child, flew to Florida for our Disney trip, and sold our current house. In that order, in one week! Let’s just say – sleep was not a priority that week; at one point the hubs had to get some rest after he discovered he was “phantom painting” – literally painting the air in front of a cabinet door. hahaha!).
Wow, it’s so crazy to look back on how much he grew from year 4 to 5 (but then again, every year is shocking to me)! Anyone else celebrate a birthday in Disney? Or try their hand at making Oreo pops? So good, right?! ☺️