Name: Grant, 4
Location: Los Angeles, CA
For my son's 4th birthday he asked for a monster party, so I went a bit crazy searching Pinterest and using Google for monster party ideas.Somewhere along the line I came across a party that used printables from Amandas Parties To Go. I loved her printable set, because she includes "monster parts," (eyes, noses, mouths, etc.), which we glued to colored lunch bags to make monster puppets. The kids made their puppets as they arrived, then used them later as bags to collect treats from the pinata.
We spruced up our condo's rec room a bit with streamers and cute monsters, banners, and garlands from the printables package. I also made a simple monster face for the fireplace with paper plates and poster board. We kept the food simple by ordering pizza and making a few sides. We added googly eyes on a stick to the dishes to go with the theme (later the kids took them outside to make an eyeball garden). Grandma made an adorable monster cake.
In the week before the party, the birthday boy and I made the piñata together. Or, he ripped the paper up and abandoned me to do the rest—but he was thrilled with the final product. (But not so much that we wasn't willing to attack it for the candy it held.) The night before the party I went a bit insane and stayed up way too late: wrapping juice boxes in paper and gluing googly eyes to them; making monsters out of shoe boxes, googly eyes, and, tissue paper; and sewing the birthday boy's monster-four shirt.
Thanks goodness for my Amazon Prime membership; for favors I found lots of cute monster stuff on Amazon including beach balls, stuffed monsters, and fake tattoos.