One of my earliest memories is of a toy my mother had from her childhood. It was a tiny hand stitched mouse that was kept in a small matchbox and occasionally she would let me play with it. This was the thing I asked to have in her Will but unfortunately it has been misplaced over the years. So it’s no surprise that when I had children and discovered Maileg mice I fell totally in love!
Last year I decided to make some Maileg mice inspired cookies for the children at a large family gathering. First I would have to draw one to use as a stencil to cut the cookies. The cookies were a huge hit and it was then that my three year old asked for a mouse party. The mice were tricky to cut by hand so MACStencils turned my design into a cutter.
I used my drawing again as the base for the invitations. The Maileg mice come in big matchbox beds. I printed out the image on the box and used that to make cards into a slide out bed for the mice. Each mouse was dressed in a mustard yellow dress and the ‘bedding’ was white, blue and charcoal. The white, mustard and charcoal became the colours I would focus on for the party.
As decoration for the feature wall at the party I made a much bigger mouse. I painted her with water colours and used the same material for her dress that I had used on the mini invitation mice. This large mouse was used at the end of the party for a ‘pin the tail on the mouse’ game. The mice gave me a traditional old British feel, so to play on that I added bunting as decoration made from colours that tied into the party and I could buy at my local newsagent.
My child loves party hats but I couldn’t find any in the colours we were after. I bought some cheap ones from Kmart and covered them in brown paper. I found some wool at the local variety store and using the fork method made some pom-poms for the tops which I secured with a glue gun!
The cupcakes were banana and chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream and two Oreo ears. Or you could have a banana cake with vanilla buttercream and a royal icing cheese slice.
Using white chocolate and Oreos I made some chocolate mice. These were a little trickier than expected as my kids kept eating them before I could finish making them!!! I found fruit that I could tie into the party colours, pineapple and rockmelon although it was only the mums eating it.
For party favours my friend @babycakes_newcastle crocheted little finger puppet mice and I turned matchboxes into the party theme with brown paper and some more printing. They looked so cute, I hope our little guests take them home and love them as much as I loved my mother’s little mouse x