The lead up to a kids birthday party is quite full on for a mother. There is so much to think about; do you do a theme, what food to have, who do you invite, where do you have the party and the most important, what cake will you do? Also how far do you go for a little ones party? Being a child that went on many family picnics, holidays down the coast and lovely low key birthday parties and having the best memories of all of this, I opted for low key. I first thought of a theme for a one year old and being a boy, I thought that I should really make it a "boy" theme. So I decided on a monster party. Once I decided on the theme it all really just fell into place. The invite was first to be done and was sent out to our family and close friends. Then it was onto the cake.... the main focus of any child's birthday party. One thing I kept in mind was that it is about the little people, so the visual aspect of the cake was very important. Being a creative person, I decided on making the monster I did for Taj's invitation.
Keely helped me make the cake (good old Betty Crocker mud cake-probably should say I made it)! It is so nice making little projects for the bigger kids when it comes to organising a party. I also got Keely to help me make party bags. I sourced some cool monster paper from my favourite shop Pulp and we got the glue out and made the kraft bags into the monster theme. The party bags had craft projects for the little ones, smarties, small pack of natural lollies and a tattoo from Mini Stylista.
For those of you planning a monster party, there is not much out there when it comes to the whole monster theme. So I went for colours to base my theme off. I had the help from the lovely girls at Details Details who sent me the best pack of party goodies to help out with Taj's party. This was a beautiful act of kindness after our websites had server problems last week and were down for 3 days. They knew that this took up so much of my time, that I had not had anytime to organise the party accessories, so to my surprise I received a beautiful package in the mail. This included paper lanterns in monster theme colours, which we hung from the trees.
The rain held off on our outdoor party and as you can see from the photos we all had a wonderful time... especially the birthday boy!