I have to admit that when it comes to planning my kids’ birthday parties, I tend to be a bit of a slacker. Occasionally, though, I come across party inspiration that is so fantastic, I am throttled in to wanting to plan the best parties I can imagine. That’s how I’m feeling after reading Mena’s post about her daughter’s It’s a Small World party. After getting fed up by “cool” versions of commercialized characters, she decided to devote the party to something her daughter loves: the It’s a Small World ride at Disneyland. Only mildly daunted by the fact that she landed on a theme with no purchasable decorative components, she went on to create one of the coolest birthday ensembles I’ve ever seen. Read on to see how she pieced together a fantastic backdrop, decorated cupcakes and made personalized handmade party favors for each child.