Who says kids, and especially girls, don't like monsters? Amnah threw a terrific party for her little monster Maysoon: With Maysoon as our resident baby monster, it was obvious what the theme would be. However I struggled to find anything appropriate for a girl's first birthday. So I did what anyone desperate for cute and unique would do, I turned to Etsy.
I found seller A Million Ideas and was able to customize the listing for a monster party to our color scheme.
Decorations were all handmade weeks in advance. As a busy mom of two, one being a monster, I wanted to make sure that all the details were taken care of ahead of time so that I wouldn't be rushing later on. Outdoors it was a crepe paper bunting inspired by Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day and crepe paper wind socks as seen in Better Home and Gardens. Indoors a sewn punched paper garland, a few paper lanterns, and photos from her first year hung from ribbon. I also picked up some fresh flowers that morning. Total cost of handmade decorations: $12
With over 20 kids in attendance, entertainment was a must. Using the monster images from A Million Ideas as my inspiration I made games to match. There was a knock out game using puff cereal containers instead of tin cans, pin the hat on the monster, croquet, a photobooth, coloring pages, and a monster bean bag toss. I made bean bags from leftover fabric from the gift bags. I intentionally made the games reusable to cut down on waste and to give my girls something to play with all year long. Plus I had a huge stash of felt that I wanted to put to good use. Total cost of games: around $35
I decided to make simple drawstring bags to hold the goodies for the favors. I figured the kids could always reuse them to store toy cars, doll clothes, puzzle pieces, or anything else their little hearts desire. The fabric was on clearance as well as all the goodies inside. Cost of each bag including goodies: $2.65
A "splurge" purchase was monster themed mini beach balls from Oriental Trading Company.
Since it was essentially an all day event I made sure that the food would be plentiful and filling. I was blessed to have some friends and family bring some dishes with them. My cousin's 7 layer dip, my mom's macaroni salad, my best friend's rice. I provided baked chicken, fruit kabobs, snack bar, drinks and dessert. With exception of the smash cake, all the desserts were handmade. My total cost for food: around $100
For roughly $300 the party was a great success. Not bad for a party with almost 50 guests.