Family

Lion Guard Themed 1st Birthday Party

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Lion Guard pin he got at Animal Kingdom!

Last October, our little love nugget turned a year old, and we were ready to party.  Of course, the tricky part of a baby party is how on earth do you make it fun for both the baby AND the adults invited?

Our answer: Theme it with the baby’s favorite Disney Jr. show, and gear the games towards the adults!

My parents agreed to host, but everything else, from set up to clean up, was up to me and my husband. Of course I started by pinning all the Lion Guard and first -birthday party ideas I liked on Pinterest.  

I worked with a really good print shop on Etsy  to get the invitations.  I told them what I wanted the design to say, and they did the arranging part.  Then I printed out a bunch on cardstock at the local office supply store.  Voila!  Cheap invitations.

A family friend is a fantastic cake baker and decorator.  She even made it gluten-free, so I could eat cake, too!

She sculpted a Kion for the top, and a ton of flowers, foliage, and grubs galore!

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I bought the action figures at Toys R Us.  IMG_9536

I made a simple photo backdrop by hanging different colored streamers and taping up balloons, all from Party City!

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With his Granny and Grandda.
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With his (Great-) Gramma & Grampa.
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With his Donk (Downton Abbey fans…you understand.)

The first party game was “Name The Baby.”  I asked all the guests to bring a baby picture of themselves, hung them up with numbered clothespins, and had them write down who they thought each baby might be.  It was a good “get to know you” kind of game for those who didn’t know each other well, and I tossed some Disney babies in there for bonus points.

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I gave out the little notebooks and pens as party favors, along with a Lion Guard plastic cup.

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Cups and pens make good drums when the grown-ups are busy playing games!  (Mickey Mouse safari romper was on clearance at the Disney Store – shopping win!)

We also played a 10 question trivia game about Baby Flynn’s first year, mostly multiple-choice.  Things like “What was his first finger food?” (A sweet-potato fry!)
I bought a cute little chalkboard from Target that was the winner’s prize.

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Of course, I couldn’t resist buying him Kion.
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I know it’s blurry, but I love this pic!
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Family photo.  I have no idea what I was laughing at.  Probably something my husband said.

I made the cake repellent wall protector high-chair backdrop from a plastic tablecloth.  The banner was from several packs of colored burlap banners, and I hand-lettered them with paint pens.  Mini clothes pins and twine came helped finish it all off, and all taped up with painter’s tape, strategically hidden behind the balloons.

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YAY!
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I can’t believe they bibbed me…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Man even got a smash cake covered in “grubs”…

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Though he was given a more appropriately sized piece to cut down on crumbles.

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So yummy.

Meanwhile, the grown-ups dug into the big cake.

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Someone decided to trust me with cutting the cake.

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A double-disaster because a) I love blades, and b) I cut cake pieces WAY too big.
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He definitely enjoyed his cake.
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Cutest OM-NOM-NOM.

Something that isn’t pictured is the giant letter “B” initial I bought for guests to sign with a little birthday message.  I used scrapbooking pens, laid them and the white letter out on the table, and guests could just sign whenever they got a moment.  It turned out well, though I recommend either using sharpie or paint pens if you do this. The scrapbooking pens were colorful, but took a LONG time to dry and smudged a little.  But it still turned out cool, and is part of my son’s bedroom decor!

I also bought a Lion Guard table cloth for the food table, to keep the theme going.  We had simple food: a veggie tray, a fruit tray, some chips & dip, and the cake.  (I mean, it’s really all about the cake, right? Right.)

I hope you enjoyed the look into his party (only 7 months later… Better late than never)!  What are some of your favorite party themes for littles?

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Writing

Disney Housewife gets a makeover!

Pic: My boy and his dog.

Quick post today, y’all!

You may have noticed that not only has the title and layout of the blog has changed, but also the web address!

Why The Merry Mousewife?

“Mouse” is for two things: it’s in honor of Mickey Mouse (or as my son likes to say, “Mi-Mouse!), still sounds like “housewife” (since that’s my primary job that I love), and also reminds me of the Churchmice from Robin Hood.  Much of my growing up years were spent at church as both parishioner and as a musician, including many Holy Weeks where I would be at church every day, often more than once! My faith is still important in my life today, and a huge part of who I am, and I wanted to find a way to honor that as well.

So there you have it: Mickey, being a housewife, and my faith all came together to form this revamped blog.  I think the change will help me open up a new world of writing for myself, and I hope you enjoy!

Disney World, Halloween, Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary 2016, AKA Roger & Anita Re-Take the Magic Kingdom (with some new companions!)

(Eight months since my last post… so I’ll have to do an update soon.  Life has had some major happenings for our little family, and there’s catching up to do!)

Earlier in September, Hubby and I took our son to visit his Aunt Tilly* at Disney World- his first Disney trip, and our first vacation/Disney trip since our honeymoon!  There will be more on that first trip with a little one in another post, but I wanted to share a few pictures of the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

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Hubby and I reprised our roles as Roger & Anita, this time with Aunt Tilly as Cruella and Baby Flynn as our li’l dalmation pup. 
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Roger & dalmatian play at the honey-wall in line for the Winnie the Pooh ride. 
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Baby Flynn’s 2nd character meet-n-greet.
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Can you find the Hidden Mickey? Close-up of the finished dalmatian onesie.  Sewn-on felt collar with painted spots.
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Meeting Mickey Mouse in his Mickey Mouse tailcoat! (He wasn’t scared one bit!)
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Family Pic.

That’s all for now! I’m hoping to be able to write and post more often as we are settling into (yet another) new routine.

*I don’t like to use people’s real names when blogging, so I use nicknames instead.  My husband is usually Hubby, my son goes by Baby Flynn (after Flynn Rider), and my big sister (in-law) is Aunt Tilly, from Sophia the First.

Fantasy Friday

Fantasy Friday: Tips for Embarking on the Cruise

Embarking on the cruise starting rather early for us!  Luckily, since my husband and I were staying at Disney World, we only had a few hours drive to get to Cape Canaveral, where the Disney Fantasy was “parked.” But we wanted to get there early, because a) we needed extra swimsuit things for snorkeling, and b) the sooner you get to the ship terminal, the quicker you get on the ship.

Now I believe my husband selected the earliest possible check-in time for us at the terminal, an option that he told me was on the vacation planning/cruise planning website.  However, I can’t give specifics, since my husband did most of the honeymoon planning, and my job was to help pick activities and excursions, then get back to planning our wedding.

This is definitely not the first you see of the ship.  It's huge!  It can be seen over buildings from quite a ways off.
The first full view of the ship.  It is huge!!

In case you’re about to head on the Fantasy yourself, here are some little tips for embarkation day that really helped us out!

Tip # 1: Continue reading “Fantasy Friday: Tips for Embarking on the Cruise”

Magic Kingdom, Uncategorized

Roger & Anita visit Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

In honor of Halloween, I’d like to share some fantastic photos of the Smuggler (aka my husband) and myself at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

(I do apologize that these come two days after Halloween.  Due to the Smuggler’s work, we’ve been on the road for the past few days.)

Roger & Anita at Cinderella's Castle!
Roger & Anita at Cinderella’s Castle!

Full credit for the costume goes to the Smuggler.

He was quite a hit with the Villain ladies.
He was quite a hit with the Villain ladies.  It’s probably that lovely baritone voice.

We tried to think of something very Disney, but uncommon.  The Disney Cast Members were all very impressed, often calling out hello, or trying to remember Pongo and Perdita’s owners names (most of them got it right).

My puppy hid on this ride.  He was afraid of flying out of the seat.
My puppy hid on this ride. He was afraid of flying out of the seat.

We got applause from afar a few times, for “being original,” and “not Cruella or the puppies!”

The Queen of Hearts.
The Queen of Hearts wanted to take a puppy home.

“Roger” kept getting asked to sing.  Luckily, he had memorized most of his song, and has a rather nice voice.

Don't eat the apples with this many Villains about!
Don’t eat the apples with this many Villains about!

The Haunted Mansion is AWESOME at Halloween!  Extra ghost hosts abounded, fully creepified with makeup and spiderwebs.  One ghost jumped out at us, following me all the way to the Doom Buggy entrance.  I think she enjoyed her haunting.

Visible for one night only! Now you know who drives the hearse.
Visible for one night only!   Now you know who drives the hearse.

My favorite part about the Not-So-Scary Party was the Villains’ Dance Party at the Diamond Horseshoe in Liberty Square.  No lines here!  Just walk in, dance, and interact with the Villains as much as you want.  We did the YMCA with Governor Radcliffe, wobbled with Dr. Facilier, and Lady Tremaine and her daughters hung out the entire hour we were there.

Dr. Facilier saw us, instantly came over and said, “I know someone who will very much want to see you.  Keep your puppies close, she should be here in ten minutes or so.”

(Sidenote: The character attendant was super excited to see our costumes.  He said, “Please, wait just a little longer. I have to see you meet Cruella!”)

If she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will!
If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will…
She was rather happy to see us...
She was rather happy to see us…
...or rather, our puppies.
…or rather, our puppies.
There was one attempt at puppy-napping.
There was one attempt at puppy-napping.
Luckily, she took a photo with us instead.
Luckily, she settled for a photo with us instead.

 

Before she left, Cruella took us aside and said, “Truly darlings, I do love your costumes.  I’ll be sure to tell Anita I saw you.”

She wanted a picture "with Anita," but of course she had to hog the spotlight.
She wanted a picture “with Anita,” but of course she had to hog the spotlight.

Yay!! We impressed even Cruella and the other villains and cast members!  Mission accomplished.

Now if only we could ditch these three grim grinning ghosts...
Now if only we could ditch these three grim grinning ghosts…