I apologize right now for posting SO many pictures...but this is the most fun thing I have done in a long time. Most of my ideas came from reading other blogs:)
Now for the good stuff...
First I ordered THESE monsters as JPEG files from etsy. Then I went crazy with invitations, signs, pictures and labels.
Happy Birthday little monster:)
I got the idea for balloon garland idea from THIS blog post:
I dressed up all Jay's stuffed animals in his Monster clothes.
We had lots of balloons around thanks to the balloon time helium tank- which Jay LOVED until he got tangled up in them:)
John and I had our monster shirts (which I made with iron-ons).
We also borrowed a friends "monster mix" CD and listened to it, but it wasn't very loud so we kind of forgot about it after a bit.
Our Monster Meal:
Monster smiles were Croissants, monster eyes and noses were the fruit(with a fruit monster watermelon), monster teeth were Doritos, monster fingers were veggie sticks, monster toes were carrots and dip, monster juice was lemonade. We also had monster cookies (oatmeal cookies with M&M's), and monster nibbles (a family recipe), and string monster cupcakes.
The snack table:
I enjoyed creating monster eyeball cups (with lids and straws) for the kids.
I made 12 string monster cupcakes...
and then my hand started hurting from frosting too much...so I made some normal ones:
The cupcakes were delicious- apparently:)
We had Monster bean bag toss
Which was a hit with some of the kids.
We had Monster Bowling. (one of my favorite .25 garage sale purchases)
Silly Monster Grins
(thanks for modeling- friends of Jay:)
Jay modeled his last week:
and Pin-the Eye on the monster
and in case they didn't know what to do...I made a list (I'm such a teacher!)
People came with monster gifts:
And the kids got party favors: Some of the stuff was from Oriental Trading Company. I had soft books and a beach ball for the "under 1" kids:)
We sang him Happy Birthday but he has just woken up 5 min. before so he was kind of out of it.
Our little man had an awesome party.
I know I will probably never do a party as elaborate as this one again...but it was so much fun. If you are looking for more great ideas for Monster parties-click on the links throughout the post. What do YOU like about the party?