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Inside: Super cute little monster birthday party that boys and girls will absolutely love. Here you will find ideas for monster themed food, decorations, favor bags and printables. This is an easy DIY party full of googly eyes and lots of fun.
I LOVE holding birthday parties. I think I get just as excited about them as my kids. It’s not just the party I get excited about, but it’s also the designing, the planning and then finally putting it all together and seeing all the ideas come together.
Sometimes those ideas just gel, and that’s exactly what happened with this monster birthday party.
It was held for my son’s 2nd birthday and the end result was exactly as I had wanted it to be.
My son is a cheeky little man, so I didn’t want anything bold or scary. I wanted his party to be bright, breezy and fun, just like his personality.
This monster birthday party kept to the colors of blue, orange and green which was perfectly bright but not too in your face. I think these colors work beautifully together.
Monster Birthday Party Decoration
With every party I hold, I have a party backdrop behind the food table. This has now become my signature backdrop for a couple of reasons.
- It is easy to make and can look so different by simply changing up the colors of the tablecloth’s.
- It is CHEAP. It’s made from plastic tablecloth’s that are bought from the dollar store.
CHEAP and EASY is my language, and so I am sticking to this party backdrop for as long as I can.
At the top of the backdrop I added a couple of white plastic plates and drew a black circle in the middle to act as some monster eyes.
Every year I buy a paper mache number and paint it to match the color scheme of the party. This is then displayed on the main party table.
This number 2 was painted orange and I added some googly eyes, and a cheeky mouth to turn him into a little monster.
To the side of the main food table I have a couple of wine barrels which I always stand the water bottles on.
I decorated these with a couple of monster’s which I made out of cardboard. They looked adorable guarding the table.
The other thing that I always do is to have a set of party printable’s. These are a great way of proving a pop of color in the form of water bottle labels, food labels, cupcake toppers and candy bar wrappers.
Monster Birthday Party Food
Wherever possible I like to try and “theme” my food.
I do this as long as it doesn’t create too much stress in the preparation, because let’s face it, stress is NOT want you want when putting a party together.
So, think monster themed snacks. It’s actually super easy and there are lots of options available.
I can tell you that preparing monster birthday party food was SO much fun. The food just looked adorable and like you wanted to gobble it up. However the best part was that it was all so easy to do too.
If things are easy, it makes things more fun.
We are not trying to preparing a magazine worthy party spread. We are looking to prepare something that us mom’s can easily whip up whilst the kids are playing next to us. Trust me when I say that this can be done for this selection of food. If I can make it whilst having an almost 2 year old playing at my feet then you totally can too!
So, what did the monster themed snacks look like?
I always have chocolate popcorn and this was also super simple to make into the monster theme.
Think cookie monster popcorn and there you have it. It helped that one of the party colors was blue as this popcorn fitted right in.
My son’s favorite biscuits are chocolate chip and wafers. So I literally turned these into easy monster cookies. They were incredibly effective and the kids enjoyed tucking into them.
My son also loves his fruit and his crackers so I wanted to incorporate these into the food table somewhere, but also still having them as the monster theme.
I decided to make two monster face plates and I was thrilled with how they turned out.
These monster themed snacks were all very popular and looked so much fun too. Of course because the food looked fun, it was also eaten and enjoyed by the kids. It’s a total win win.
Other food included fairy bread, jello and candy bars with a monster printable around them.
Monster Birthday Cake
I have to admit that there is ONE thing that I splash out on for my kids birthday parties, and that is their cake. There are two main reason’s for this.
- I’m not confident when it comes to making cakes, so I like to choose the stress free option and have it made for me. That way I can concentrate on all the other fun themed mini food.
- I just LOVE cake, and I enjoy not only the professional look of a cake, but I also really really really enjoy eating them. What’s the first thing I do after the party when it’s all cleared up and the kids are in bed? I sit on the couch with a cuppa and a piece of that yummy cake! t’s my treat and I’m not going to give it up!
This amazing cake was made by the super talented Nes at Sweet-Nes Cakes. Seriously, how adorable is it.
The only problem that I do have is not wanting to cut it (but that’s not something I have worked out a solution for yet).
We used the bottom layer for the party and then put the top layer in the freezer, which I got out for my 41st birthday a couple of months later. Everyone has a monster birthday cake in their 40’s right?
Plus, it’s another justification for splashing out on a professional cake.
Anyway, I digress. If you don’t want to spend the money on a professional cake, then you really don’t have to. You can achieve an amazing cake too with your own hands.
Remember that I said I get stressed when making big cakes? So you can believe me when I say that YOU CAN make this easy monster cake.
It is the cake that I made for my son’s actual birthday, but it would also have looked stinkin’ cute on the party table (if I had been willing to give up my professional cake that is!).
Monster Party Favor Bags
I like to give the kids a favor bag at the end of the party, but I also like to do this a little bit differently. Rather than hand the kids a lolly bag when they leave, I incorporate the favor bag into a game.
A treasure trail is organised where the kids have to find 6 points in the garden and at each point they receive a little prize for their favor bag.
The kids have fun, it double’s as an activity and they all have a favor bag to take home. It works every time!
The party favors are kept simple, and for the monster birthday party we handed out the following:
For the observant among you, yes they are dinosaur stickers and not monster ones. I lost them at the last minute, so these dinosaur stickers had to do. The kids didn’t notice so it was all good!
At the same time as handing out the bags, I also gave out monster party hats to each child. They wore these on the treasure trail and they looked simply adorable.
The hats were easy to make and cheap too. I purchased the hats from the dollar store and added a printable for the monster eyes, which are available for you to download absolutely free from the free printable library.
Monster Party Activities
Aside from the treasure trail I kept the party activities pretty low key to let the kids play. I did however set up a coloring station with some monster coloring sheets and we had a feed the monster game.
I have to say, this monster birthday party was one of the favorite parties I have held.
Not only was it a lot of fun to plan, but it was easy to put together, the result looked amazing and the kids had an absolute blast.
I can’t say that party planning is always stress free, but this one really was. It all came together so well with ease and it was the perfect theme for my little bundle of trouble.
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