Very early on I knew I needed to do a Monster Party for Greyson on his first. Completely Necessary. I also needed it very budget friendly. Join me on a little tour…
First ~balloons. Did you know that Walmart sells polka dot balloons for just $1.50? Also, Party city sells their balloons~ by the balloon~ for just .$.19. Blow ‘em up yourself and hang upside down and there is no need for expensive helium. Plus, you can choose which ever colors you actually want instead of buying a million of one color or those bags of assorted. It’s like a balloon buffet, really.
Pinterest led me to some free monster inspiration from this genius woman. She shared her darling monster coloring sheet. I was able to copy it onto a transparency and armed with a sharpie, an overhead projector and some white paper from Lakeshore Learning (all of which I had on hand), I was able to bust out the monster banner for free.
I also made copies of the original sheet and included a couple of crayons with it in the goodie bag. Monster flyers and sparkly bouncy balls were purchased at the Michaels 70% off toy sale and joined them in a clear cellophane bag, which was given to all the munchkins who helped us celebrate.
Back to the dessert table…I made Greyson his very own monster cake to smoosh and eat. First attempt at cake pops. Those little suckers are not as easy to make as they seem.
I served monster marshmallows ~made with marshmallows, coconut and Wilton chocolate.
There were Monster cupcakes for the guests and
A jar of lollipops that I collected from Staples…completely free!
($3.00 off any purchase coupon and the lollipops were .50 each)
The birthday cake dip from Pinterest quickly upstaged the entire table. It has three ingredients. THREE. It took approximately 46 seconds to make.
Try it. Don’t delay.
* Tip~ always make a DOUBLE BATCH!
Some chocolate covered pretzels, caramel corn mix and pixie sticks were all purchased from Target at the 90% off of Halloween sale.
The 50 napkins, 50 plates, and tablecloth were all purchased from Walmart for just $9. Amazing price difference from the pricey party stores.
I purchased the case of short water bottles for just a few dollars at Costco and wrapped them in aqua duct tape.
Then I purchased a couple of packs of googley eyes from the Dollar Tree to put on the oranges and the water bottles.
My girls and I created a monster banner from construction paper that I had on hand. Again FREE and they loved helping.
We played Pin the Eyeball on the monster. It was made with left over white paper, scrapbook paper, and duct tape from the water bottles.
The highlight of the party was watching a one year old who was given an entire cake to
destroy eat, at will.
My little guy was quite polite and didn’t get too messy.
This little guy was showered with gifts.
I can not believe a whole year has passed since I met him. It hardly seems possible.
Sometimes words just are not enough. They do not do justice in this case. Not. what. so. ever.
Your family loves you Greyson Michael, SO MUCH.
Happy First Birthday ~my sweet sweet little Boy.