Because of the easy search capabilities I was also able to find an adorable Mickey Mouse pull string piñata in seconds. A while back I wrote about why I think pull string piñatas are the way to go these days and the insanely cute piñata from that post happened to come from the same site.
My plan was to make my own black mouse head cutouts to put on the straws so they would go perfectly with the theme and then I remembered just how much fun Kayla had with the DIY crepe paper pom poms I had made a couple weeks ago and decided to use the straws to make mouse head pom poms for the all the kids at the party.
I found a few things like finger puppets, little sensory balls and some silly squishy monsters. My overall feeling was that Oriental Trading hasn’t changed much since I was a kid. They’re still a great resource if you need a ton of items for an event at a very cheap price but as someone who would prefer to pay a little more for quality items I struggled to find a variety of toys that I would feel confident giving to other people’s children.
I did however see a few very neat things that I would not have expected to find, like this super cute parachute. Anyone who has been to a few toddler gym classes or remembers elementary school gym class will probably recall the allure of the giant parachute you all sit inside of and have a little pow wow until it collapses.
All in all it seemed that Birthday Express is a lot easier to search and is a better resource for parents putting together parties for their kids and for celebrations like baby showers. Oriental Trading seems more geared toward teachers and larger groups, like a community organization putting on a carnival.
So now I’m eagerly awaiting Samuel’s birthday party so we can celebrate the little guy, spend some time with his awesome parents and let two little girls run around and just be little girls. I’m hoping Samuel will like the Mickey Mouse decor and I’m hoping the kids will enjoy their little mouse head pom poms. Next on my list? The perfect gift for a super sweet two year old boy…I’ve got a few ideas and I’ll be sure to let you know what makes the cut!
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