I’ve been MIA for the last week-ish, with a house crammed with stuff to organize and clean, a computer full of craft files and 2 years worth of work and pictures that decided to completely CRASH, Many tears shed (over the death of that computer), and another birthday of my own came and went without a huge fanfare of celebration (which is just fine!) Plus I did end up with a new computer.
So here I am, with nothing new and exciting to share…having to start from scratch. So something old and exciting it is! Here we go.
Last October I was lucky enough to celebrate two beautiful little girls’ birthdays with a Purple People Eater Party. It was a one eyed, one horned, flying monster themed DOUBLE party for the sisters.
Looking back, there are so many things that I’ve learned since then, and if I could go back in time and tweak, I totally would. So Keep in mind, this was literally one of the first parties I had ever thrown, I had a 3 month old and 2 year old, who highly impacted the amount of time I had on the “party day” to set up and focus on the event. (Long story, overwhelmed mommy. period.) But that’s not to say the party wasn’t a success, it was! the kids and parents who attended had a marvelous time, filled with activities, fun, and sugar. 🙂
The Party rundown goes something like this!
First, When guests arrived at the party, the were greeted with a *Warning* sign and Monster Feet to wear. (I thought it was a cute substitution for party hats!)
I made them by creating a “template” on paper (it took a few drafts to find a shape I was happy with), and then using sheets of craft foam, I traced and cut them out. I cut three triangles for the toes (cutting one in half) and hot glued them on! I made two sizes also, just because friends of both girls (one turning 2 and the other 4) would be there.
They were a huge hit!
Once the guests were settled into party mode, they all sat down and were able to make fun Monster Masks!
(I bought a mask making kit from Oriental Trading Company, and added fun accessories like eyeballs and other monster “parts” for the kids to use on their masks. (it was nearly Halloween, and I was able to find lots of monster accessories at the local craft store)
After the Mask Making – I swapped out the setup from masks to delicious monster shaped cookies.
Each kid received three monster shaped sugar cookies (made the that they could decorate to their hearts desire. (When they finished, we assigned the “grandmas” to bag them up in cello with ribbon for guests to take home at the end of the party)
Now, Onto the decorations.
I ended up using my “Mini Monsters” Cartridge and my Cricut Mini to cut out the Monster shape, I had to alter them a bit myself in order to get the single horn on top) I also used my Cricut to cut the letters and pieces for my banner (this was before I realized how easy printables were)
There was also a PhotoBooth, which consisted of lots of circles glued together with a strand of thread sandwiched between them. Did I mention…LOTS of circles. 🙂 It was easy though, I used a 2inch circle punch, hot glue, and black thread.
I simply taped up the strands of the backdrop to the wall on the day of the party.
I also made some simple triangle bunting, again using the circle punch for the polka dots, two layers of purple paper (one color slightly larger than the other), and some cute ribbon glued over the top.
There were a few “mini party stations” where guests could play with the singing Purple People Eater doll we found at Wal-Mart, leave the girls a birthday message, and of course eat, eat, eat.
I can’t seem to find all my pictures from this party, BUT, sloppy joes, chips, veggies, and other typical party food was served. I glued leftover googly eyes onto paper party cups because… well, who can resist.
Onto the Sweets:
The cake was made by a local woman who makes cakes in her spare time and did a totally rad job!! It was so cute, I love the little bite taken out of it. I passed along some pictures of the décor as I was working on the party, that way she could have a jumping off point to create the adorable cake.
The rest of the table consisted of:
Blueberry Cheesecake Fudge (with toppers, of course) purchased from a local candy store. Chocolate covered Oreos, Popcorn (aka Monster Munch) with paper cones, and an assortment of candy dressed up as Monster Parts (like toenails, hair, tails etc). Also some cute Monster cupcakes (I almost forgot about them!)
After the party guests were pumped full of monster sized amounts of sugar and party fun, they were given little mini bucket favors, (that I also ordered from Oriental Trading Company for super cheap) and dressed them up by gluing white triangle teeth and googly eyes on them. They were filled with monster tattoos and other misc. little party goods.
The adults that attended the party were walking away with a delicious monster cupcake, which were all boxed up and ready to go for them.
And before all the guests were gone, we rallied them up and snapped some fun photo booth pictures.
Well, that about wraps it up. This party was such a blast, and I really did learn so many things while planning and prepping for it. Like, ELEVATION! Your dessert table NEEDS elevation, even if is just a wrapped box for under your cake. Also, it takes a really long time to set up, from packing up the car, hauling it and unloading at the venue, unpacking, set up, pictures, etc. etc. So plan accordingly and stay organized in order to make the day of set up a breeze… well that’s an exaggeration, I’m not sure it’s ever a breeze, but definitely less stressful!!
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