For invitations, I decided to skip out on personal mailers and just used an Evite to spread the news. Unfortunately, several people had technical difficulties RSVPing, so next year I may use Facebook or another method.
|The party was actually on a Saturday, but we did limit the time to 2 hours to accommodate for naptimes.|
For decorations, the poster board monster cutouts we made really brought the party theme together. Balloons, streamers, banners, and DIY tissue paper pom-poms were also hung up around the house.
|Decorations on the floor, waiting to be hung up|
To complete the party scene, K chose the perfect background music – a cheerful but not too kiddy Ultra-Lounge album.
I thought it'd be fun for us to dress up in monster-themed clothing, so we encouraged our guests to do so as well. Most people didn't, but there were a few parents who actually obliged us. :)
|Dexter's outfit was slightly preppy but still fit the monster theme. Other kids went all out with their costumes. :)|
To entertain the young kids, we placed a giant toy chest indoors (which also served as a childproofing obstacle in front of the TV) and various activity stations outside (such as the incredibly popular kiddie pool full of toys).
|Oops, didn't think that the kids would actually try to get in the pool. O_O|
We served a buffet of toddler-friendly finger foods that were not only delicious but also relatively mess free (mmm, pigs in the blanket). Dexter really enjoyed his smash cake – the one-eyed monster cupcakes.
|I think Dexter's birthday wish was for a bigger mouth so he can stuff in more cake at a time.|
For party favors, we set up an "Adopt-a-monster" box, so that the kids could take home their very own crochet monster plushies. A couple of the adults in attendance even asked if they could have one as well, so I guess they were a big hit! :)
The party was a huge success! If you're interested in doing something similar, I would say it took us a week of preparation and a total budget of about $60:
- $30 for food and snacks
- $20 for decorations, disposable tableware, and kids' games (courtesy of the Dollar Store)
- $3 for Walgreens photos of Dexter that we used as thank you cards
Thanks to all you old and new readers who have been here supporting me throughout Dexter's first year. I was packing away some of his old onesies and I can't believe he used to be that tiny. We're so blessed by God to have him in our lives! :)
|Dexter - 1 day old|
|Dexter - 1 year old|