The treat table is probably my favorite element of a creating a party. Not sure why…most likely because I love sweet treats. This treat table was super fun. As I frequently do, the inspiration for décor came from the printables and I am super excited this is from my new Monster Bash Collection.
We also scored some really cute monster stuffed animals right after Easter for $.30 each. Who would have thought Easter and Monsters? But I am glad someone did. I LOVE the pile of monsters with big eyes trying to claw their way out of the pail
NOW…let’s talk treats! I enjoy finding fun ways to incorporate the treats into the theme. At one point the night before the party, I was up to my eyeballs in eyeballs. One of those eyeball projects was the eyeball brownie pops! I learned before this party that brownie pops do not require frosting to bind them, so I was testing that and it worked and were really simple.
Do I have more eyeballs? Why yes, yes I do! One of favorite treats (if not my favorite) were the cute little monster brownie balls. This is actually a great time saver. I made up a big batch of brownie balls and made ½ brownie ball eyeballs on a stick and ½ brownie ball monsters. These were especially easy with the little candy eyes I got at Michaels. The monsters were all different, so there was no need for perfection.
What is the quintessential treat at a monster party? Monster cookies, of course. DUH! There are a couple of recipes that make me think of my grandma, so these monster cookies were in honor of my Grandma Pilquist! If she couldn’t be there to celebrate this fun occasion with us, at least we were thinking of her…not to get sappy, but I can’t believe she was never able to meet my little ones or even my husband. Well, the good news is that we all loved and adored here and miss her dearly. How sad if no one missed you when you were gone…okay back to monsters.
Eyeballs – check. Crazy monster balls – check. Monster Mouth Candy Pops? Check! I have to admit that my attempt at these wasn’t great. I clearly am not a pro at molds yet…yet! While I was standing in the checkout queue at Jo-ann Fabrics I saw the most adorable Monster Mouth Molds! Of course, I had to have them for the party. I think I need a bit more practice to make them really good, but they were cute!
A few store bought items, I found really cute Monster Suckers on Oriental trading, they were a perfect fit with the theme and colors. We also found these big green apple marshmallows at Wal-mart. I thought they made great monster boogers however my 8 year old wanted nothing to do with gross monster items. Also saw really funny gross monster stuff, but he wouldn’t have it! Party pooper! Also did a super simple candy coated puffed popcorn (details to come).
The back drop is always something that gives me stress. However, this one I happened upon and knew I had to have it. It was just big furry blanket and in this case it was framed by our drapes in the kitchen. I really like how it turned out. The only issue I ran into was the blanket was heavier than the fabric or paper I normally use, so my normal tricks to hang it didn’t work as well as normal.
Okay, now we must talk about the cake. I can take NO credit for the cake, but maybe googling an inspiration cake! My talented friend and chef Carrie made the cake and I couldn’t believe how amazing it was. A-MAZING! The cake was layers and layers high. There several different cake flavors in the middle: red velvet (it was a monster’s insides, so I couldn’t think of a better cake) and 2 types of chocolate. It was a fabulous bright orange hairy masterpiece with giant eyeballs (cake pops). Something I have recently started using as an inspiration board is Pinterest. Have you found this yet? I use it a ton to capture all of the crazy ideas I find. If you’re interested in what my inspiration was for this party, check it out: http://pinterest.com/shindigdiva/monster-birthday-party/
Credits/Where to Find It:
Monster Bash Party Printables: Shindig Diva on Etsy
Monster Mouth Candy Pop Molds: Jo-Ann Fabric’s
Monster Stuffed Animals: Wal-Mart (Super Easter Clearance)
Monster Suckers: Oriental Trading