Best Kids Parties: Monsters

My Party

Name: Ella (6)
Location: Midwest, USA

We're a pretty crafty family, with a definite weakness for paper! Every once in awhile I feel the need to purge the supply drawers a bit and start fresh. Being pregnant with my second child as my oldest was about to turn six made that purging/nesting instinct that much stronger! As I cleared out stacks and remnants of paper and magazines and art supplies I started thinking about how to put them to good use. Around the same time, Ella started thinking about her upcoming birthday. She declared she wanted a "Monster Art Party." At first I assumed she just meant a really large art party, but no - she really meant an art party...with monsters.

We found some cute monster plates at the store, and started from there. Over the summer we collected our art remnants and some recycled goodies too - like pop bottle tops and aluminum foil. Plus lots and lots of paper and plastic grocery bags. We assembled giant brown paper monsters with scissors and glue, and stuffed them all fluffy with plastic grocery bags. In the heat of the summer, as we retreated more and more indoors, we'd listen to music and cut letters out of those soon-to-be recycled magazines. We had quite the collection.

Her invitation was crafted from all of these magazine clippings, and we painted up a few sample monsters for decoration. We asked her friends to clean out their art drawers and recycling bins, and the kids showed up with bags of their own - half used paint containers and mixed up vials of glitter. We had large picnic tables covered in newspaper and the kids painted giant sized monsters and ate cupcakes for dessert. When the party was over, we swept the scraps into the recycling bin and headed home - happy and full of cake - to our much more manageable art supply stash.

Thanks Kristin! Readers, check out much more of Ella's party at third story(ies).

(Images: Kristin of third story(ies))

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.