6 Inexpensive Ideas for a Disney-Themed Birthday Party

From the decorations, to the snacks, to the fun, each element of your little one’s birthday party is planned to bring a smile to the face of the guest of honor. Check out these ideas for a magical first birthday!

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Rock the spots at your little one’s first birthday with a simple, and yet modern, color scheme of black and white. Serve up hot dogs or bone-shaped sandwiches for an easy meal no one will bark at.

For party guests, make DIY dog ear headbands or dog collar necklaces. Another inexpensive craft is to make balloon dogs by attaching long crepe paper ears to a white balloon. Don’t forget to make a loop for tethering the dog’s leash to your wrist!

Finding Nemo

Dive into the Big Blue for a fin-tastic first birthday. Give the appearance of water by twisting two shades of blue crepe paper streamers together. Goldfish crackers, blue JELL-O, and punch in a fishbowl are totally worth swimming across an ocean for.

Guppy-sized guests would think inexpensive bubble party favors “so totally rock.”

It’s a Small World

Invite party guests with postcards similar to those found in the Disney ride it’s a small world. Once guests’ boats have arrived for the party, consider coloring pages featuring the children of the world. To personalize it, select the children that are representative of the birthday child’s heritage.


Lots of color in geometric patterns should fill your party decor. An easy party decoration would be saying “Happy Birthday” in several languages.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Oh toodles, Mickey is a fun theme! Add ears to circular photographs of your child throughout the first year for a garland you’ll cherish. Speaking of ears, you can make them yourself with thick black foam & inexpensive headbands (pre-made ears are also available at most party stores). Mini Oreo cookies stuck in chocolate cupcakes make for easy Mickey-themed cupcakes.

Because Mickey’s a well-loved mouse, you’ll find him everywhere! I nabbed some party favors from my local dollar store. Adorn your clubhouse in black, red, and yellow to remind party guests to “Come inside, it’s fun inside.”

Mary Poppins

It’ll be a jolly holiday with a Mary Poppins party. Party decorations could include pictures of carousel horses, parasols, and city skylines. Bert would love it if you entertained guests with sidewalk chalk and musical instruments.

A spoonful of sugar is always appreciated. You may also consider serving guests tea and small sandwiches. Don’t forget the tuppence (gold coins)!

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh’s snuggly appearance makes for a sweet as honey first birthday. Stick with soft yellows and touches of red for this silly old bear.

Inexpensive flower pots can be painted to resemble honey pots. In addition to honey, consider veggies from “Rabbit’s garden,” or Tigger’s Bouncy Pasta Salad made with spiral noodles. A Hundred Acre picnic certainly won’t have you saying, “Oh, bother!

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