Terrible Twos Monster Party!
This Saturday was my son's 2nd birthday. I don't really know how it happened. Especially when I strictly forbade him from getting any older back when he started sleeping through the night. But, alas, he went on and aged another year.
However, as sad as I am to have my baby growing up so quickly, I certainly do love some things that come with turning two. Not only is my kiddo almost completely potty trained, but he is talking up a storm! It seems like in the last couple of weeks he went from saying just a few words to repeating everything (and I do mean everything--yikes!) that I say. He is becoming a full-fledged little human and it is so fun to watch. So much fun, in fact, that it makes the not-so-enjoyable aspects of having a two-year-old bearable.
With that in mind, I decided that there is only one way to celebrate a Terrible Twos party---monsters! It is even better that his birthday is in October, meaning that there is no shortage of monster anything in stores right now.
Lucky you, if you are wanting to throw your little monster a birthday party like this, feel free to follow my lead and copy whatever you want. Because, honestly, I got like 90% of these ideas on Pinterest anyway.....so share away!
I designed this invitation using the Canva app. It is incredibly easy and free to use. Because we did a much smaller party this year, it was only used digitally, which made sharing it much easier than going through the printer and the mail.
A party is only as good as the food being served. Because our party was from 2-4 p.m., I decided to stick to offering appetizers and finger foods rather than a full meal option. I'm not kidding you when I say I have five--yes, five--crockpots and you bet I use them all when we have parties. They made it so much easier to prepare the food ahead of time rather than last minute.
Monster Eyeballs: Beef Meatballs served in both Hot Buffalo Sauce and BBQ
Monster Fingers: Celery with Peanut Butter and an Almond Finger Nail
Mummies in a Blanket: Mini Pigs in a Blanket
Monster Cheese Tray with Eyeball Grapes
Monster Juice: Green Fruit Punch with Floating Decorative Eyeballs
My favorite cupcakes to make have always been monster cupcakes. There is something about the vibrant colors and how easy they are to create that make for one adorable cupcake. Of course, I had to make them for my little man's party.
However, I have a friend who is a whiz at making cake pops. So much so that they never last an entire party. So I was happy to ask her to make the main attraction to the party. They turned out so stinking amazing.
The cupcakes were chocolate with pudding inside to add moisture to the cakes and the frosting was plain buttercream. The cake pops were funfetti.
For the main entertainment of the party, I decided to make a monster pinata. Since I have never done paper mache anything in my life, I had to enlist the help of a friend. Though it was fun and easy to make, I had no idea how long, or how messy, the process would be. Overall, from start to finish, the pinata took me the full weekend before the party to make.
However, it was all worth it to watch my little guy and all his guests take a whack at it. In the end, my husband had to take the final swing to bust it open, but the kids each had a turn hitting the pinata and all cashed in on the candy payout.
My mother came down the day before the party and brought with her a Monster Cookie creation set and these adorable googly eye glasses. We made the cookies the day before the party and set them out on the table, because, you know, I didn't have enough sugary sweets apparently.
I also snagged these amazing monster temporary tattoos that provided a nice blast from the past for me as well. Bonus, because there were so many the trick-or-treaters that come to my door this year will be getting tattoos along with their candy.