Monster Birthday Bash: Love Monster's University? Try this Birthday Party!

For Crew's first birthday I thought it was a bit {ahem} fitting if we threw him a monster-themed bash. I had a lot of fun planning the invitation and decorations. One of those times when I laugh at myself for putting so much effort, though, because we only invited one family to come and celebrate with us. It was a great evening, though. The memories are absolutely worth the effort. As one of my friends so perfectly put it, "LOVE IS IN THE DETAILS"! So this is how I show my baby how much I love him :). I would like to claim all these ideas as unique to me, but I have realized my talent lies in duplicating what others have come up with and making it mine :). Such is the case with the invitation, which I loved loved loved:

Monsters and googly eyes were everywhere:

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For party favors we handed out bubbles to all of the kids (even with just our family and our friends, we still ended up with 8 kiddos!)

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Activities were simple. We colored pictures:

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Played a Monster Toss game:

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Ate dinner (sandwiches with "monster faces", plenty of kid-friendly snack foods ~ pirate's booty, pretzels, goldfish crackers, soup, and salad). And of course we finished up the meal with birthday cake. My favorite "cake person" from The Cakewalk Shop made the most amazing cake. Probably my favorite she has ever made for me. SO super good. Lemon with fresh raspberry and cream filling:

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Then we ended the evening by letting the kids watch Monsters, Inc. Best part? This kiddo was happy all evening long. Glad he enjoyed his birthday bash :).

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