My daughter played the role of a mouse in the Nutcracker this past Christmas and was in tears the whole way home from her final performance, sad that she wouldn't be seeing her "mouse" friends anymore. The only thing I could think of was, "we'll throw a mouse reunion party!" which changed her focus from the sad to goodbye to eager anticipation.
I had the idea to tie the theme into the Laura Numeroff book, "Happy Valentine's Day Mouse." We love all of her books, full of fun and colorful illustrations and cute storylines.
Our party was simple with a few activities planned and a combination of boutique-bought and homemade desserts.
I designed this invitation to be reminiscent of the book.
Below, I used the invitation artwork on an overhead projector to copy the design on to our large chalkboard.
Our very simple dessert table consisted of
- -Homemade heart-shaped French Macarons(thanks to the direction of "Gourmet French Macarons by Mindy Cone"
- -Homemade heart shaped cookies with icing
- Cupcakes by The Fondant Ribbon
Our party activities consisted of
- Decorating little, pink mailboxes - we filled each mailbox with letters to spell the child's name and additional stickers. Chalkboard labels also served as placecards.
- A candy heart hunt - each person could find 10 candy hearts and there was a special prize for the person that also found a mouse
- Each person had a favor basket to take home with the "Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse" book, a mouse craft made out of Hershey kisses, cookies, macarons, M&Ms and their decorated mailboxes.
Cupcakes: The Fondant Ribbon
Party Favors, crafts and candy: Target