First, the invitation:
I designed it myself in Photoshop, using the monster set and the birthday set from KPM Doodles on Etsy. This was really fun for me, and they turned out really cute! I just got them printed as photos from Costco and delivered them as is.
Next, the Activities! I actually put a lot of work into the games & activities for this party. I knew I had to have things for the kids to do or we would never make it through the party!
When the kids came in, I had them decorate paper bags as Monsters. This would later be their favor bags for their candy and prizes.
I may have underestimated how hard this was going to be…since basically I was the only one able to glue! It worked out though since only 1 or 2 kids came at a time and they were actually pretty patient with me. They didn’t turn out quite how I imagined, but I like how they are all different.
All the kids with their bags (minus 1 kid who had to go home, and another kid who preferred finishing his cake to taking a picture with the group! That’s his bag on the end) Making scary monster faces!
My hubby manned the bowling, while I finished up working on the bags. That kept them busy for a while since everyone wanted a turn!
Then we had “Pin the Eyes on the Monster” My monster turned out really cute, albeit a bit more time consuming than I was planning when making him. I sewed ruffles using streamers and hot glued them onto a piece of poster board. I cut out the eyes using my cricut (and SCAL). I plan on hanging him up in Luke’s room since there is no way I am just going to throw away my hard work ;) I noticed later I probably should have hung him lower…I guess I thought the kids would be a little taller than they were!(don’t mind my partially painted wall that has been like that since last September!)And lastly, I spent several days and many newspaper/flour-water mixture layers making a Piñata for the party! Next time I will start a bit earlier and do a few more layers of paper, but he was still fun to whack!
I will also make sure to have a secure way to hang it because I epically failed in that department! My hubby ended up shoving dowels in to hang it from. Next time I will plan a little better and make a secure hook.
Inside the piñata I had these monster poppers, monster tattoos (which turned out to be a good activity to waste the last few minutes of the party until parents came), and lots of candy of course!
The extra blown up balloons also provided some high-energy entertainment! They were pretty happy having balloon wars to pass some time!
And no party is complete without at least a few tears from the birthday kid, right? He was mad at me for taking away his monster poppers so he could open his presents…
And the crowning jewel of the party…the CAKE!! It actually turned out to be not so hard as I thought. I did go through a TON of blue icing. I had Luke pick what color he wanted for a monster and he picked blue. I simply used my star tip and just pulled out to create the “fur” look. It was pretty hot in my kitchen so I had to put it all in the fridge a few times to keep it all from melting and getting ruined. I wanted to do something different than the typical monster cake I’m sure you’ve all seen on Pinterest, but I didn’t have time to do something more creative for the eyes, so I just used marshmallows dipped in blue melted chocolate and dotted it with black icing. Easier than making half a dozen cake balls! Luke was very excited about his monster cake!
Finally, my not so spectacular décor. I decided to keep it fairly simple since nobody really cared anyway! I just kept it very colorful and party-like.
I did make a monster box for the forks, though! Definitely a cute detail that I loved. I had plans to decorate the front door like a monster and make a sign to read “Little Monsters, this way –>” But I didn’t have the time to get those done.
Monster Party Pinterest board. Overall the party was a big success and we had a lot of fun! Luke loves everything about birthdays and so it as fun to do this for him.