How to plan a Mickey Mouse Birthday party celebration for under $200

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My little girl was CRAZY about Mickey mouse and his clubhouse friends.  So when it came time to organise my daughter’s first birthday party, it wasn’t a surprise that we decided on the Mickey mouse clubhouse theme.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse First Birthday party

But with money tight, we knew we couldn’t spend 100’s of dollars on our child’s birthday party, especially when all she will be interested in is playing with her friends and eating her cake for the first time.

So when the time of her party came closer, we decided to do things DIY and on a budget.  $200AU budget to be exact.  Of course, mom still wanted it to look cute and not make it look like it was on a budget (as it’s her daughter’s first birthday after all).  So I decided to start “pinning” ideas on what I could do myself.  And that is how it all started and was the money saver!  Doing everything myself including the invitations (digital), centrepieces and cupcake wrappers.

I do have a background in cake decorating, so the cake part was easy for me and I didn’t have to pay anyone to make it for me, which worked out in my favour with our budget.

But how is this only going to cost me under $200, your thinking??

Well, Ellie Rose Party Designs has decided to share all of the Mickey Mouse decoration templates  for you to enjoy for FREE.  Step-by-step instructions are included.  Some templates are the exact same as in the pictures and some I have changed and come up with other ideas.

So the only money you’ll be spending is on your food/drinks and printing and putting together your decorations and of course the party favors.

The only things I would say that might take it over the budget is if you choose to have a backdrop, have someone make your cake for you (maybe you have a family member or a friend that can help make and decorate a cake) or if you have rented a space for the party.

The backdrop we had for our party, I purchased off a lady on Etsy and then had it printed and laminated at our local printing shop.  It cost about $60.  The size of the backdrop was  AO size which is aprox 33″ x 46″ or 841mm x 1189mm.

The cake I made for my daughter’s party (as seen in the photos) was a “dummy cake”, which meant that no one could eat it.  It was only for show and for great photos when blowing out her candles.  It was a HUGE “cake” and knew that it would’ve be way too much if I made a cake and cupcakes.  The other reason I made a “dummy cake” was I find kids tend to enjoy cupcakes a lot more.  Plus they are easy to eat and you don’t need plates or forks and minimal cleaning.  Another bonus tip.  =)

The location was at my parents house.  So there was no renting fee.. bonus ✔

IMG_3672Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cupcake party setup


Mickey Popcorn boxes Favour bags

Mickey Mouse clubhouse yearly monthly photo banner



Looking for the free printables?

The free Mickey Mouse Surprise Boarding Passes printable from this blog post is located in the Ellie Rose Printable Library.  The library is a password protected page for all subscribers.  Not a subscriber?  No problem! Just enter your details below and you will receive a welcome email with the password to log in!


Well I really do hope you like this blog post and it helps you with your Mickey Mouse party planning.

Make sure to share you party setup and pictures with me over in my private Facebook Group.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below.


Sam xx

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18 thoughts on “How to plan a Mickey Mouse Birthday party celebration for under $200”

  1. Love the idea Sam, thanks for sharing!! My son’s first birthday is in 4 months and he LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I will definitely be using your insirations! I’m no decor, my husband got that gift!

  2. Absolutely LOVED everything. You have done made i’m sure so many others a huge service.

    Thank you and love your blog.

  3. Francisca Riquelme

    Thank you very much, I couldn’t find anything for my daughter birthday until now. She´s turning 3 on august.

    Greetings from Chile

  4. Your setup looks like a few thousand bucks!! Beautiful! Can you share the name of the lady from etsy?

    Thank you!

  5. Hi admin,
    Thank you very much for sharing the printables, you have nearly sorted all my efforts of DIY for my son’s first birthday.

  6. I am so happy I found your blog I find up for hear emails I’m planning my daughter 1st birthday and this is exactly what I’m looking for on a budget I so appreciate you sharing this and I’m sure other families do as well. I’m a new fan so I certainly will be following you.

    1. I had a look and your email address needs to be confirmed. It says that it has not yet been confirmed by you. Once it has been confirmed you will start to receive the emails.

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Hey, y’all! I’m Sam!

Welcome!  I am so glad that you’re here!  I’m a stay at home mom, kids parties fanatic and small business owner. I create free party printable and crafts for you to use at your events or as fun activities with your kids. I’m always planning my next celebration and figuring out how to bring fun into the everyday!