Our contributing editor and party expert Carole Middleton covers everyone’s favourite mice, Mickey and Minnie
What is it about the theme of classic Disney that is so enduring?
Given that Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse nearly 90 years ago, in 1928, I think it has a truly timeless quality as a party theme. It works so well for both boys and girls, it appeals to all ages and has a lovely wholesome quality to it. The children love it and it just never seems to go out of fashion.
Do you think parents like to reflect current trends when planning a party?
Definitely! And Mickey and Minnie are definitely having a moment right now, with international brands – like Vans and Samsonite – using the images on their products, and artists like Damien Hirst following in Andy Warhol’s footsteps by creating Mickey Mouse artwork. Mickey and Minnie are global icons, and we love to help parents channel their cheerful sense of fun and energy into a party setting.
What’s your secret to a successful Disney party?
Start by sending out Disney invitations, in the post or online, to give guests a taster of what’s to come. And for the big day itself choose a colour scheme based on either Mickey or Minnie, with gorgeous decorations to set the scene. Make sure you have some activities planned – anything from traditional party games to Mickey cookie decorating – to keep everyone busy, and a centrepiece cake to fit the theme is always a nice touch.
And your top party tip?
Why not make your Disney party a fancy dress party? Guests will jump at the chance to dress as their favourite Disney icon and the more creative the better.
From games ideas to styling suggestions, Carole Middleton shares her wealth of party-planning knowledge and some inspiring hints and tips for throwing the perfect outdoor party on hosting a magical summer party in the great out doors – click here