Kevin Henkes Mice Birthday Party

About 2 or 3 years before our daughter was born, I bought a bunch of Very Hungry Caterpillar birthday stuff because I knew that one day we would have a baby, and one day that baby would have a first birthday party.  And we did, and she did, and I fell in love with the idea of children’s literature themed birthday parties.  So then came a Madeline party and a Curious George party.  They were so much fun to plan!  I was a little worried that I was on borrowed time to get to pick the theme this year for the 4th birthday party.  After all, four year olds have OPINIONS about pretty much everything.  But I REALLY wanted to do a Kevin Henkes themed party (he’s my favorite children’s author!), so I started trying to get our daughter excited about the Kevin Henkes mice about 6 months ahead of time.  It worked!  We got to have a wonderful Kevin Henkes mice party… and the birthday girl enjoyed it too!

I had a ball making purple purses for the invitations.  I folded card stock so that it opened like a purse and filled the inside with 3 quarter stickers, music notes, and sparkly sunglasses – just like Lilly has in her story!

Purple Plastic Purse Invitation

Purple Plastic Purse Invitation

Inside Purple Plastic Purse Invitation

Inside Purple Plastic Purse Invitation

All of the food was Kevin Henkes mouse themed – mouse cake, meringue mice, chrysanthemum cupcakes, Cheetos, cheese, mouse cookies, and fancy little sandwiches as featured in Chester’s Way.  I put pictures of the inspirations for the snacks from the books on the food label cards – because they were cute and also because without them no one may have know what I had been thinking since I do realize not everyone has every tiny detail of every Kevin Henkes book burned on their brains as I do.  Many of the ideas came from Pinterest, but I came up with several of them on my own too.

Mouse Party Food

Mouse Party Food

More Mouse Party Food

More Mouse Party Food

Chrysanthemum Cupcakes

Chrysanthemum Cupcakes

Mouse Cookies

Mouse Cookies

Mouse Cake

Mouse Cake

For the decorations I used brightly colored polka dot napkins that reminded me of many of the outfits that Lilly wears.  I used purple paper plates and cups, red tablecloths, and crowns to match Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.  I also got artificial chrysanthemums and put them in purple Ball jars to represent Chrysanthemum.  Finally, I put laminated book pages around, once again to look cute and to help the guests understand what was going on at the party.

Mouse Party Table

Mouse Party Table

The party activities included a pin the blanket on Owen game, a bucket of dress up items that represented the mice in all of the different Kevin Henkes books, a game of Parcheesi like Chrysanthemum plays, and a make your own mouse craft project.

Pin the Tail on Owen

Pin the Tail on Owen

Mouse Dress Up

Mouse Dress Up

Parcheesi Game

Parcheesi Game

Make a Mouse Craft

Make a Mouse Craft

The favors were purple plastic purses on top of baggies filled with Cheetos and nifty disguise glasses – right up Lilly’s alley!

Purple Plastic Purse Favors

Purple Plastic Purse Favors

I even found perfect mouse themed clothes for the birthday girl to wear… not that she would actually wear them on the day of the party.  Oh well.  Don’t these go perfectly with Lilly’s clothes?  Thank you Hanna Anderssen and Gymboree for unwittingly coming out with perfect Kevin Henkes themed clothes just in time for our party!

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Lilly Birthday Outfit

Lilly Birthday Outfit

Hanna Anderssen Mouse Shirt

Hanna Anderssen Mouse Shirt

All bets are off for next year.  I’m pretty sure this was the last of my children’s literature themed parties, so I made it count!  But it’s ok.  I had a good run.  I can’t wait to see what she chooses for the big 5!!!

 

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