Build a Monster Birthday Party
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Build a Monster Birthday Party. One of my friend’s has a little one celebrating his birthday this month. Like many little boys, he loves all things building, with monsters being a close second. Those are both pretty high on my list of likes too…as luck would have it, I met the good people at Houseworks, LTD. when I went to HAVENConf this summer. Houseworks, LTD. makes all the fun Kids Workshop kits for Home Depot. Also, as luck would have it, they just launched an awesome new birthday package, and they were good enough to send me their new birthday package and building kits for the birthday boy’s party. Now, I could have helped his mom host a fabulous building party and it would have been great, but, I wanted to include monsters too. So, we had a Build a Monster Birthday Party.
Houseworks, LTD sent me 12 wooden tool box kits, and a party kit that included paper plates, napkins, cups, plastic ware, balloons, plastic construction helmets, placemats, and a table cloth for the party. Literally, all you would need is a cake, some juice, and a few hammers and your party is good. But to make this party more personal for my little buddy, we made a trip to a craft store and department to gather a few monster supplies. Pipe cleaners, googley eyes, pom poms, glue sticks, stickers, and candy eyes were easily found at the craft store. And the department store had the most fun monster party supplies ever! We got monster serving bowls, a cardboard monster cake stand, and other small monster party favors. We grabbed pre-made iced cookies from the bakery and a small white cake with cupcakes. Pretzel squares and candy melts with eyeball candies were a quick project the night before, and a box of Captain Crunch Berries were a great monster style party treat too!
We hosted the party at my house, since I had most of the party supplies, and half the party was my kids, so I was able to set up the day of the party. Plain teal wrapping paper with bright colored fringe tassels were the perfect dessert table backdrop. To bring in the builder feel, I set up the dessert table on our saw horses. I used a borrowed work bench for the favor table and to hold the building kits. I used a few of my own boys’ Kid’s Workshop tool boxes to hold some party favors. Kid’s Workshop balloons were placed behind the workbench for the kids to take home after the party.
I placed the plates, cups, napkins and plastic ware on the dessert and favor tables since they were side by side. To make it a little easier for little hands, I wrapped the plastic ware in the napkins, and used finger eye rings for napkin rings. The kids LOVED that!
I set up the building and eating table just over from the dessert table, with benches and folding chairs for the kids to sit on. The table was draped with the table cloth that came in the party box, and I placed a placemat and plastic construction helmets at each seat. The table had a tool box with pipe cleaners and glue sticks in it, and several cupcake cups with pom poms, googley eyes, and stickers. In the middle of the table, I placed a white cake stand with a gingerbread monster house and cookies on it for the kids to snack on while they built and decorated their tool boxes.
The cake and cupcakes were fine as we purchased them, but, I wanted to make them more monster like. I scraped the icing off of the cupcakes and piped frosting on them with my “grass” frosting tip. Then, I added gum balls with candy eyes on them to each cupcake. The cake got the same treatment, except, I used a giant googley eye hot glued to a smoothie straw and stuck it in the middle of the cake. I placed the monster serving bowls on simple white cake plates and filled them with the pretzels and the cereal. Cupcake liners filled with colorful gum balls were set up in front of the cake plates. A tray of frosted and eye ball decorated cookies was front and center on the table.
The kids LOVED this party so much. They all built their boxes, made them into monsters and then filled them with fun monster treats. We even turned some of the construction helmets into monster helmets! My little birthday buddy was so excited when he walked in the house and saw what we put together for him!
Many thanks to Houseworks, LTD for sponsoring this post and sending all the amazing products for this party. While I was paid for this post, all opinions honest. I will only work with brands I love.