Despicable Me Minion Birthday Party

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Throwing a Despicable Me Themed Birthday Bash? These homemade desserts are sure to thrill your guests for the ultimate Minion party!

***Warning – picture and text heavy post

 

Raise your hand if you tend to go overboard when you are in charge of dessert for a party? [Gulp, raises both hands]

Yup, and it drives my husband totally bonkers. To the point where he is so scared any time there is a party now since I can never seem to bring just one dish.

The Christmas dessert recipes that I shared here are probably only half of what I actually made for my friend’s small gathering of 15-20 people. Hehe, yup, I think I definitely have a problem.

Now imagine how terrified he felt when two weeks ago, it was our turn to throw a party for our little man who was turning 3 for over fifty people.

It wouldn’t be so scary for him if we didn’t just have a newborn.

It also wouldn’t be so scary for him if we didn’t have guests dropping by almost daily to visit us and our new baby – who I wanted insisted to thank with homemade baked treats.

The hubs can’t blame me though. This party was not my idea.  In fact, I even tried to talk him out of the idea of having one.

It was totally his idea around Christmas since he thought it could double as a Full Moon party where people would also get to meet the new baby who would be a month by then.

When he booked the indoor playground for our lil man’s party a few months ago, I don’t think he realized how much harder and less time we would have to put everything together with a newborn and an active toddler in the house.

As if that wasn’t enough, I decided to bake all the desserts from scratch – including three cakes. Yikes – talk about #dessertoverboard.

Since our lil guy is a huge fan of the movie “Despicable Me 2” (he was even a Minion for Halloween) there was no question what the theme would be for his party.

After countless hours and many sleepless nights of working non-stop – we managed to get everything done as a team :) Yay!

We were also able to transport everything you see below including more from our dining room to the party two and a half hours away in one piece thanks to Mr. Hubs careful and safe driving.

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My mother-in-law and mom helped to make the spring rolls, salad and sandwiches while the hubs ordered a few hot dishes and pizza about a few weeks in advance from a nearby restaurant that we were able to pick up on the way to the party:

 

 

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So, with all that said -

 

Assemble the Minions and Let’s Party!!!

 

 

Despicable Me Minion Birthday Party

 

Invitations

The hubs was in charge of putting together the invitations.

He added some minion images with a picture of our lil man dressed as a minion including all the party details and e-mailed them to our guests.

* these were heavily edited with our personal information removed

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Minion Cake Pops

I made and decorated about 40 cake pops.

26 yellow ones and 14 purple that we handed out to every child that attended the party along with extras for whoever wanted them.

They were a big hit and my lil guy especially loved these! He absolutely couldn’t wait to sink his teeth into them :)

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Thanks so much to Bakerella’s fantastic tutorial and inspiration, these were the cake pops I made with some adaptations using what I had instead:

 

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Minion Macarons (recipe to come)

These were also a huge hit at the party and were the first treats to go. It was so much fun bringing these guys to life.

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Minion Sugar Cookies

I made yellow and purple minions with my favorite sugar cookie recipe and royal icing recipe. Each cookie was wrapped up in cellophane with a label we printed with:

Thanks a Minion for celebrating E’s party with us!

 

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Minion Donuts and Chocolate Donuts

It’s no secret that I am totally in love with baked donuts so I just had to try making these scrumptious Double Chocolate Donuts from Joy the Baker for the party as well as a few Minion Donuts (Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Frosting) after spotting these guys on Pinterest:

 

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Minon Cupcakes

No kiddie party would be complete without cupcakes.

I had a mix of vanilla cupcakes and banana cupcakes (since Minions love bananas) with vanilla buttercream frosting and chocolate frosting.

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Minion Loot Bags

Mr. Hubs was in charge of making all the loot bags.

He found a ton of inspiration on Pinterest so he bought yellow and purple gift bags from Dollar Tree as well as blue and black craft paper for the overalls.

The boys got yellow bags while the girls got purple bags.

He printed the goggles from this template and used double-sided tape to stick them on the gift bags.

He printed labels with each child’s name on it and stuck another label at the back of the bag with:

“Thanks a Minon for coming to E’s party!”

The loot bags were filled with candy, stickers and little toys. The kids couldn’t wait to open them as soon as we handed them out near the end of the party.

 

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Minion Cake

 

And finally, this cake was the star of all the treats we made!

It was a true labor of love and what I was the most excited to make. After seeing how happy my lil guy was with his robot cake I made for him last year, I couldn’t wait to see his reaction when he saw this cake.

I started searching online for Minion Cake ideas a few months ago and found this tutorial from Sugar Sweet Company that I wanted to try making so I got started a few weeks ago and made a few batches of my go-to marshmallow fondant recipe and baked the 6″ cake layers and froze them.

I was super excited a month before our little man’s party when I first saw my good friend, Zainab had also coincidentally made her adorable niece a Minion Cake!

Hers turned out beautifully and super adorable!!! Be sure to check out her awesome tutorial for making her cake!

I totally wish I had covered mine in buttercream instead of fondant too since it would have saved a lot of time rolling and plus, most people – including me – usually peel off the fondant anyway before they eat the cake.

But since I had already gone through the trouble of making the fondant way ahead of time, I didn’t want it to go to waste.

 

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We decided to make Mr. Hubs favorite chocolate cake recipe with a slightly adapted version of Jaclyn’s Vanilla Buttercream frosting.

  1. Two days before the party, I thawed out the marshmallow fondant and cake layers.
  2. I assembled the cake and put a crumb coat of icing and parked the cake in the fridge.
  3. Then I started kneading, rolling and covered the entire cake with yellow fondant.
  4. Next I molded the arms, legs and shoes. I cut out the overalls, goggles, eyes and tongue with more fondant and used black licorice for the hair.
  5. I used Americolor Soft Gel Paste to color all the fondant.
  6. I cut out a big E and stuck it on the Minion’s overalls using black fondant for my little man’s first name.
  7. I glued all the details using a brush with almond extract and stuck the arms, legs, shoes and goggles using a tooth pick.

 

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You can see that the edges of the fondant weren’t entirely smooth – it didn’t bother me since I knew not everybody would notice at the party.

 

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The second cake I made was the same chocolate cake recipe made in a 9″ cake pan that I wanted to use as a base for the Minion to sit on.

Since the Minion cake body was pretty heavy I didn’t end up putting him on the base until we go to the party in case it toppled over in the long car ride.

 

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I also had to stick the Minion goggles on the morning of the party since they were pretty heavy and I didn’t want to risk it falling off and breaking so you will notice that some pictures have the goggles and some don’t.

 

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All the boys at the party couldn’t wait to demolish the Minion Cake – including my lil man. He was absolutely in awe of the cake and enjoyed every.single.bite. at the party.

Most of the kids had finished their pieces and went off to play on the playground while he sat at the table just soaking in every last bite. It was too cute and well worth all the hard work.

 

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Swirled Rose Cake - (recipe to come)

I really wanted to make a cake for Evelyn as well since it would be her Full Moon Celebration so this was the third cake we also served at the party.

It was a light Vanilla Cake with strawberry filling and white chocolate frosting.

All the little girls at the party wanted a slice of this cake instead of the Minion cake.

They all thought it looked pretty like a bouquet of flowers and told me that they couldn’t bear to eat the Minion cake since they thought it would hurt him. Haha – my heart melted with how cute they all were :)

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Phew! That’s all folks.

So after:

28 loot bags,

15 pounds of butter,

10 bags of flour,

10 bags of sugar,

8 bags of marshmallows and

umpteen hours of time spent – was it worth it you ask???

You betcha!

Especially after seeing how happy it made my little man who gave me this big hug and kiss after he saw everything I made – it was truly priceless!

 

 

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Hope this helps anyone looking for ideas for their next party and feel free to drop me a line with any questions :)

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Marion - Make This Dish says

    Kelly, I am in shock – everything looks outstanding!! You have truly outdone yourself with all the attention to detail – happy birthday to your son and I’m so glad to hear the party was a big success!

  2. says

    Wow Kelly I am blown away! You made all of this with a new born baby in such a short time! You go girl!!! I think I would have pulled my hair out. The cake is amazing and came together nicely!! I know your getting request to do friends parties now!! Very creative Kelly!! :)

  3. says

    Where to begin! WOW! I am floored, as in eyes popping out of their sockets, jaw dropped to the ground, kind of way, Kelly! Your kids are officially the luckiest on earth and you are clearly mother of the century. This is an incredible amount of work – not just cakes (layered cakes!) and cookies and pops but decorated to the nines like this…it is ALL really amazing, my friend! Have you slept at all in the last month or so? It’s just not possible. : ) And 80 people? What an amazing party – memories for a lifetime for everyone, I would think. You have set the bar very high for those other ‘poor’ parents in attendance. ; ) I seriously couldn’t do 2 of the things you did and I’d probably be a nutcase. And kudos to your husband for being such a great partner; I can tell you guys make a great team. Your son is such a cutie. 3 is such a wonderful age. And that rose cake for gorgeous. xo

    • says

      Aaw, thanks so much Monica! You are too kind and sweet since you always make everything look amazing too! Haha – there were definitely many all nighters involved to prep and bake for the party but I’m finally catching up on a little bit more sleep now that the party is over and the visitors have stopped :) Thanks again my friend and so glad you liked everything :) xo

  4. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says

    You deserve an award – WOW!
    Kelly what a fantastic job!!! Now tell me – you do own your own bakery right?
    Those cake pops, macaroons, donuts and cupcakes are fantastic – you put so much effort into these – but you didn’t stop there – you made THREE – THREE – Cakes!!!! And not just any cakes either – the minion cake is incredibly gorgeous as are the base and swirled rose cake. And you did ALL this with a new born! You re amazing! I am honored to have “met” you sweet, INCREDIBLY TALENTED, lady!!
    <3

    • says

      Haha, oh girl, you always say the nicest and sweetest things! You are the AMAZING one who inspires me so much every time I visit your blog with the fantastic way you are raising your daughter and the uplifting stories you share. Thank you so much for always being so supportive – so glad you liked everything and I am honored to have “met” you sweetie :) xo

  5. says

    WOW…. Kelly, you amaze me and what a fantastic recap, I love lengthy photographic posts! You did a brilliant job and I’m so happy to hear that the party was a success! These homemade desserts look as gorgeous as you and over 80 people – that’s crazy! You did a brilliant job making him this gigantic Minion cake – I love the elegant swirled rose cake – it looks so beautiful! Happy 3-year-old to your sweet son and thank you so much for sharing this memorable day with all of us! x

    • says

      Aaw you are always the sweetest! Thank you so much Rika and so glad you liked everything :) Hope you have an amazing rest of the week! x

    • says

      Aaw, thank you, right back at ya pretty lady! YOU are an incredible mom! – I am amazed with everything and how often you post and everything always looks stunning and I love that you share so many healthy recipes too! Your family is so lucky to have you :) Thanks again Chelsea and so glad you liked everything :)

  6. says

    Holy moly, Kelly! You (and your husband) really went to town with this party. You guys did a PHENOMENAL job! You should totally consider being a party planner as a professional job. Seriously! All the details were perfect – I loved all the themed treats, especially the macarons. And the CAKE! It looks like it came from a professional bakery. My hats off to you!! And congrats to your son and daughter for their respective milestones. Hooray!

    • says

      Thanks so much Eva – so glad you liked everything :) Hehe, I told my husband that we are definitely not throwing any more parties for a long time – it was insane but worth it to see how much fun my son and everyone had in the end :)

    • says

      Haha it was definitely insane but we all had a great time in the end :) Thanks so much Christin and hope you have a great rest of the week!:)

    • says

      Haha – yup my husband calls me crazy (in a good way – sometimes hehe) all the time too lol. Aaw thanks so much friend, so glad you liked everything :)

    • says

      Hehe – he was really excited and couldn’t wait to demolish the cake and the cake pops:) Thanks so much Natalie and hope you have a wonderful rest of the week:)

  7. says

    I’m completely in awe, Kelly, COMPLETELY! All of those goodies look bakery worthy, decorated beautifully, and I’m sure they tasted equally as good. I love those little yellow guys, and you sure did them justice! Your son must’ve been over the moon. That will be a birthday he’ll never forget!
    marcie recently posted…Brown Butter Hummingbird Cake

    • says

      Aaw, thank you so so much Marcie – that means so much coming from you:) He had an incredible time and still talks about the party and all the minions so all the hard work was definitely worth it :) Hope you have a great rest of the week Marcie!

  8. says

    Wow, look at that giant minion cake. You amaze me, Kelly! And minion macarons. Stop it, I love it! Your boy is so cute! You made sooo much!!! I’ve always wanted to make a fancy character cake (especially one that stands up) But wow, all the work. not sure I have it in me :). It’s great that everyone had a good time, boy and baby! You did a great job and if I were in attendance, I’m sure you’d make me feel bad as a parent. No, just kidding! I’d totally ooooo and ahhhhh.

  9. says

    Whoa!
    I’m in awe. What an awesome job you did on everything!! I can’t believe you made cake pops AND macarons. That would take me forever!!!!!! I’m planning my daughter’s fifth party in June. Frozen theme, of course. I think you have inspired to me to macarons to go along with the cupcakes and other stuff I’ll be making.
    Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat recently posted…Golden Coconut Bars

    • says

      Thank you so much Shannon! So glad you liked everything – I had a lot of fun making and decorating the cake pops and macarons:) Hope you have a great time planning your daughter’s party, a Frozen theme sounds perfect! My nieces are obsessed with that movie too :) So glad I could inspire you and if you have any questions about anything I made or with the party planning – feel free to drop me a line :)

  10. says

    What a magnificent party! You went all out and everything looks perfect!!! I always make way too many dishes for any gathering…I think it’s part of being a food blogger :)

    • says

      Thank you so much Liz :) You always amaze me – I totally wish I could be a part of your book club or parties because everything you make looks mouthwatering and hehe yes – you make a feast to feed an army every time too – I love it though :)

    • says

      Thanks Deb, he was so excited to see his favorite character everywhere and had a wonderful time which made it all worth it :) Thanks again Deb and hope you have a great rest of the week!

  11. says

    Ohmahgarsh! Kelly, you are such an AMAZING mom! Just think of the incredible memories you are creating for your children. This Minion Birthday Party Bash looks like it was a smash hit! Thanks for sharing all of the fabulous and colorful photos. You rock! xo

  12. says

    Holy heck, when do you sleep, woman?? That is one incredible spread, and you are one talented lady. Your boy must have been so thrilled! He looks so adorable in his minion outfit, btw. And has it really been more than a month since that precious girl was born? Wow, time flies. Unbelievable job on the party, Kelly. You are a superstar!
    Allie | Baking a Moment recently posted…Almond Joy Brownie Bars

    • says

      Hahaha, I have to admit I don’t think I slept much at all during those two weeks of prepping for the party but I definitely caught up on some rest and sleep last week which was nice. Yup, she’s eight weeks already – I can’t believe how fast they grow up too. Aaw thanks so much Allie, so glad you like everything – that means so much coming from an extremely talented lady yourself :)

    • says

      Haha it was tough – every free chance I got when both the kids napped and in the middle of the night when they both slept. It was worth it to see how much fun the lil guy had though but definitely no more parties for a long long time hehe :) Thanks so much Chastity, so glad you like everything and hope you and the kiddies and precious baby are doing well :) We are finally getting some sunshine with a few showers here and there but I think the snow has finally left for the season :)

  13. says

    That must have been the best birthday party ever!!! You really know how to keep with a theme :). I am pretty sure your little man will remember this forever. Love that you’re making such fun and super delicious memories.
    P.S. I want that cake for my birthday!!!

  14. says

    What a fab and wonderful spread you put on, all those minion goodies look amazing. Well done with all the careful decorating you did no wonder it took you days to do everything. I am pleased for you that your lil’ guy was pleased (I know I would have been!) and congrats to your hubby for transporting everything with no breakages, he must be a really careful driver :D Have a fab week!

    • says

      Haha yup, we kept worrying whether everything would make it to the party without getting smashed but luckily nothing did :) Thanks so much Emma – happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend!

    • says

      I think there were around 80 people – it was a joint Full Moon (One Month) celebration for our baby girl as well and so we had a lot of my husband’s family there. Thanks so much Zoe, happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

    • says

      It was so much fun to see everything come together, thanks so much Cindy – so glad you like everything :) Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend!

  15. Karen says

    Wow…everything looked amazing!!! Great job on putting everything together with a newborn at home. I’m not sure I could sacrifice sleep to do all that. I went to a minion-themed shower and the hostess made little minion pops using a giant marshmallow for the body. You are all so creative!

  16. says

    Oh my gosh!! Kelly this party is amazing. You definitely out did yourself. I love all the little details that made everything go together. Those macarons?? Adorable. I can’t wait fir the recipe post. Your minion cake was so cute!!! I know how much work goes into making one so I bow to your fully amazing fondant cake. Good job Mommy!! So happy to see your little man excited and having fun.
    Zainab recently posted…Coconut Key Lime Bread

    • says

      Aaaw thanks so much Zainab! Your cake looked out of this world amazing lady!! I wish I had thought to use buttercream instead of fondant before I made the fondant a month before the party hehe – it would have saved so much time and labor haha – you are so smart and creative :) It was a ca-ray-zee few weeks making everything but totally worth it seeing how excited he got over everything :)

  17. says

    OMG Kelly, what an amazing post…everything look so pretty and perfect…I love all the steps…I do not know how you manage all this baking and decoration…with two little ones. The cake for Evelyn is beautiful I love the color of the roses.
    Thanks for this fun post…hope you are having a fabulous week :D
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  18. says

    You are a sheer genius for pulling that off!!!!!!!! It must have taken a toll on you and you did every single thing so beautifully! I LOVE THAT MINION cake! And the best part is you took care of every single detail from the invites to the loot bags! Those cutesy macarons have won my heart, I can’t stop looking at them!!!! Your baby is going to be so proud of you! :) <3
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  19. says

    Oh my gosh, how adorable…you did such a great job with this theme, Kelly!! Not to mention you’re a superstar if you were able to make ALL these desserts with a newborn. Holy cow. And your little guy is SO CUTE!!! :)

  20. says

    I am totally blown away by this! How in the world did you manage to make ALL of that?! This is really amazing! I will probably already be so proud of myself for managing to make the cupcakes alone! Let alone all these other wonderful creations! Great job! And I’ll save this for the next minion fan’s birthday!
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  21. says

    Holly molly! May I say you are CRAZY!!! In a good way, of course! You can start a special birthday business. He’s one lucky boy whose mom is an excellent baker. I’m still speechless. I wanted to be invited! =p

  22. says

    wow – this is amazing! we recently threw a school bus themed birthday party for my 3 yr old son too – and we made a few things – including a school bus cut out that was a great picture booth. It was nothing as awesome as this! and you did all this with an infant – I’m just so impressed!

    • says

      Wow that’s amazing Archana, a school bus theme with a picture booth sounds like so much fun! Aaw, thanks so much – the hard work was all worth it to see how happy it made my lil guy :) Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comments :) Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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