The party came and went in a matter of hours but all the crafting was worth it! The party was a success and the monster theme was a big hit! Here is a round-up of all the monster crafts I worked on for the past couple weeks. And some party pictures as well!
Monster Cakes and Cupcakes:
I took the shortcut and ordered the cakes and cupcakes from Albertsons. But I did decorate the cupcakes with monster faces using the same technique as my Shamrock Cupcake Toppers. I melted Almond Bark (or Candiquick), put it in a pipping bag and traced an image of the mouth. I made circles for the eyes and used M&M's for the eyeballs.
Monster Goodie Bags:
You can read all about how I decorated and what I put inside the goodie bags HERE. At the last minute I found these awesome Monster Name Tags created by Will Strong who is giving these away for FREE on his blog! Thank you Will! I picked out a couple that I liked and colored them in Photoshop. Printed and cut them out and glued them to the back of the goodie bags. Now everyone had their own bag that wouldn't get confused with anyone else's.
Monster Party Hats:
I never did get a picture of someone wearing a party hat, but I guarantee you they did! These were so easy and cheap to make! You can read all about them and find a tutorial HERE.
Remind me to have a Piñata at every party! It was so fun to see the kids swinging and trying their hardest to smash it open. You can read about where I bought the piñata and how I transformed it into a monster HERE.
Monster Birthday Number Shirts (as seen above):
No need for a sewing machine with THESE easy DIY no-sew birthday number shirts, decked out in monsters of course!
Here are my boys with their matching monster shirts having some fun in the bounce house! Thank you Portland, OR for giving us a nice day to play outside!!
Monster Birthday Invites:
Not much to brag about HERE. But you may get a good laugh reading all about how this project went all wrong. I didn't mention this in my original post, but one reason I chose to send out invitations instead of an Evite or e-mail was because I wanted to included a note and pictures about a special boy and family friend named Hank. In lieu of gifts, we asked for small donations to 24 Hours for Hank, a nonprofit foundation established by friends and family of Hank Sturgis to raise money for Cystinosis research. You can read all about Hank and the rare genetic disease he lives with every day at www.24HoursforHank.org.
Monster Crochet Hats:
One of my first monster themed projects were crochet monster hats. I used a picture of my boys wearing their hats for the invitations. Check out how I made them and find links to the patterns I used HERE.
I hope you've enjoyed all of these monster crafts. Maybe I've inspired you to throw your own monster party!