I could tell you our little monsters birthday party for Scooter Britches and Little One went off as planned.
I could tell you both girls were smiley, happy, and felt great all through the party.
Or that we had perfect weather for all of the outdoor activities I had planned.
Instead, I’ll keep the details of the grumpy baby with teething-induced diarrhea and fever and the toddler’s whiny attitude to a minimum.
But can I just take a minute to complain to you about the weather? I mean for months we have had little to no rain. Bone dry. And the weekend of our scheduled outdoor party, it rained cats and dogs. How dare this weather take control of
my the girls’ party! This type of thing is totally not cool for a type A mama! I only get to plan one birthday party a year since the girls’ birthdays are only two weeks apart. Total bunk!
The thought of 16 small children and 20 or so adults in the house during a rain storm was overwhelming. Into the steamy garage everything went. This meant I had to cut out several of the yard games and activities. And let me tell you, this relocation really put a damper on the decorations. Have you ever tried to make a party look cute in your garage? Yeeaaah. Plus, with the rush of cramming everything into the garage, picture-taking took a backseat.
I guess I was most bummed because this was not only a party to celebrate SB turning 3, but it was LO’s first birthday which is a coveted birthday milestone in my book. I wanted it be extra special. But it is what it is, and we made the best of it.
Oh, and did I mention that SB has had three birthdays now – all of which have been dampened by rain? Do I dare make that pumpkin patch party reservation for next year as I have been considering?
Okay. Rant over.
At least, with the party being the week before Halloween, there was no shortage for decorations and ideas for a little monsters birthday party. I had been stocking up on various sizes of googly eyes for a while now, and they sure did come in handy. I found all the favors – little monster wind up toys, monster slime, monster coloring books, and monster googly eye board books – in the dollar aisle at Target.
For the color theme, I chose bright colors of hot pink, bright yellow, lime green, orange, and turquoise which was a take off of the little monsters birthday party invitations I made.
The vanilla and chocolate cupcakes were frosted with plain turquoise, hot pink, and lime green buttercream frosting. The tables were set up with candy googley eyes, pretzels, marshmallows, and candy corn so the kids could make their own monster cupcakes.
Other snacks included “monster balls” and some really lame “monsters” made out of powdered donuts which wound up looking a bit too much like snowmen.
My friend, E, and I had a crafting night ahead of the party. She made this cute monster wreath which was supposed to adorn the front door originally. Since the party was moved to the garage and the garage door was up the whole time, I knew most people would bypass the front door and come straight to the garage so I hung the wreath on the wall above the gift table.
But I did ask my sis-in-law decorate the chalkboard at the front entrance, just in case.
Our friend, P, provided musical entertainment. He played his guitar and sang songs such as “Monster Mash.”
One of the biggest hits as far as activities included the giant coloring wall I made. This was actually a last minute idea I came up with once I realized there was rain in the forecast and we would probably be shifting things to the garage. So glad I took the time to trace the monsters onto butcher paper because it really did keep the the little ones busy.
A week before the party, I tasked The Hubs with making us a monster out of wood or plywood that could double as a bean bag toss and a photo prop. He answered the challenge, and his monster was another big hit of the party. We found the cutest little monster socks at Walmart and filled them with black beans for the bean bags.
After the party, we realized we forgot to add pupils to Mr. Monster. The kids didn’t seem to mind his slightly incomplete look!
At the very last minute, I had the idea to turn last year’s Pin the Bow Tie on the Bookworm activity into a Pin the Tail on the Monster activity. With a little cutting and gluing, my Mom turned the bookworm into a cute monster.
I think the party guests had a good time, and our little monsters managed to have a good time anyway despite all the challenges. At least I think they did. I mean one cried on and off throughout, and the other had a blank look on her face the entire time, but surely they had fun, right?
Clearly, there was no shortage of birthday gifts.
We have far too many birthdays (my mom, my dad, SB, and LO) combined with Halloween, fall fests, and our anniversary for a one month span. October and early November are absolute crazy town for us which would explain why it took me three weeks to write this blog post. One small win is that we are able to reuse our birthday party decor at our church’s fall trunk or treat booth which often falls the same weekend as our birthday party.
Hope you enjoyed the peek at our little monsters birthday party!
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