Monster Party Favors

I had so much fun prepping for Karsyn’s 1st birthday last year! Can’t believe I am already working on stuff for his 2nd. Unfortunately, this one isn’t going to be as big, since we now live 4 hours away from any family ):

Anyway, today I am going to quickly show you how easy it was to “make” the faces on the bubbles and play dough that were inside of the treat bags!

1005490_10201656335708075_19735816_nFirst, I removed all of the labels. I didn’t really care too much about the sticky part; it was only a small line on each thing, but I knew the kids wouldn’t even notice! But, if you are worried about it, make your own Goo Gone to get it off!

Then I added one eye to each bottle.

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Then I went crazy with the faces! I used my treat bag drawings for inspiration (;

1186161_10201656336548096_375161304_nFun, right?

1012491_10201656336108085_1485404366_nI got the packs of bubbles and play dough at the Dollar Tree. It was cheaper {yes, only by a few cents, but hey!} than Walmart.

We ended up having some party packs left over, so I gave them to trick-or-treaters! This would be a way cute {and healthier} option for those little kids.

What is your go-to party favor?

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Monster Party Treat Bags

No Monster Party is complete without some Monster Party Treat Bags!

Monster Party BagsIn each bag was about 10 pieces of candy that I bought at the Dollar Store.

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Monster Party Bags 3Along with a cute little Monster coloring and activity book.

I hand-drew every single monster! One on each bag. And there was about 30 bags! I was inspired by each of the monsters in the activity book and the stamp I used for the invites/envelopes. Then, of course, I added a googly eye to each one! (:

Monster Party Bags 2Then I just folded the top down and stapled it. I had orange, blue, green, and a few pink bags for the girls.

12807_4747163154902_1632950674_nI thought they turned out pretty stinkin’ cute! I was really in love with each one of them!

I got each of the bags at Walmart. They were about .25 each. The googly eyes in packs of 125 from the Dollar Store. The candy at the Dollar Store. And the activity books from Oriental Trading.

Have you ever made your own party bags? How did they turn out?

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Monster Party Pinata

For Karsyn’s Monster Party, I had a really hard time finding a Monster Pinata. I looked everywhere! The ones at Walmart were just characters, like Dora, Cars, Spongebob. They didn’t even have ANY Halloween ones. Finally, I checked online at Oriental Trading and found the perfect one!

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It was even in his birthday party colors!

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I filled it with a bunch of candy and fun little toys that I got in this assortment bag.

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And I thought this cute little guy was missing something, so I added some googly eyes to him, of course!!
{Sorry for such crappy pix. It was REAAALLLY late!}

The kids enjoyed breaking him open! And I was so glad that I was able to find one!

Where is your go-to place for pinatas?

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Googly Eye Picture Frame

Another fun and super cute thing I made for Karsyn’s Monster Party was this picture frame.

Eye Frame 6As you can see, I sat it on the table with the goodie bags {tutorial on those to come!}.
{Get the FREE printable here.}

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What you’ll need:
-Googly eyes {I used about 4 bags from the Dollar Store – 125 pieces each}
-Unfinished wood picture frame {Mine is from Walmart – The opening is 5×7.}
-Green paint
-Paint brush
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks

First off, paint your frame! I just did mine inside on a piece of cardboard. Give it two or three coats. And make sure you get the outsides and insides. The back doesn’t matter.

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Next, after you’ve given the frame plenty of time to dry, you’ll glue the eyes on. I used the same method for gluing down the eyes as I did on the Googly Eye Wreath – where’d I’d draw on some glue, then lay down the eyes.

Eye Frame 3Then when you’re all done gluing the eyes on, you should have yourself a cute googly eye frame!

Eye Frame 5Now all you need to do is add a picture or printable to the inside!

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And as I said when I made the Googly Eye Wreath, the best part about these decorations is that I can use them for Halloween, too!

Eye Frame 2Tutorial coming on how I made the garland as well! (:

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FREE Monster Party Printables

I made these fun printables for Karsyn’s Monster Party and I figured I’d share them, just in case anyone else wants them!

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This one, I hung on the door, right as you walked into the party.goodie bag


And this one, I put on the table with all of the goodie bags, inside the Googly Eye Frame.

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If you want to save these, just right-click, and save!

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Googly Eye Wreath

Last year, for Karsyn’s birthday, it was Monster theme.

I love everything about the whole “Monster” theme!

It’s all so cute and there are SO many ideas!

I wanted to incorporate googly eyes on everything I could, so I made this fun wreath!

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And you wanna know what the best part of all his birthday decorations? I can use them for Halloween decor! SCORE!

What you’ll need:
-Googly eyes {I used about 1 pack from the Dollar Store – pack contained 125 eyes!!}
-Wreath form {I got mine from the Dollar Store.}
-Spray paint {I used white, but I would suggest black.}
-Coordinating ribbon
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Eye WreathFirst off, I spray painted the wreath form.

Eye Wreath 8This was about 3 coats later. As you can see why I suggested to use black spray paint.. The white just wasn’t covering the green very well.

Eye WreathThen I just glued, and glued, and glued the eyes on.

Eye Wreath 5One thing that I found very helpful, was to draw a glob of glue down and then stick on the eyes. But you have to do it quick because the glue dries fast and the plastic eyes will pop right off if it’s not hot.

Eye Wreath 9Keep on gluing until it’s completely covered! But don’t worry about the inside or outside, just the top.

Eye Wreath 2Next, I drew a line of glue along the outside and glued down a piece of ribbon. I chose to do three different ribbon, to incorporate many of his birthday colors.

Eye Wreath 7Then I would wrap the ribbon on the glue, glue a line, wrap the ribbon, etc. until it was covered all the way around.

Eye Wreath 10I did the same thing with the next two ribbons.

Eye Wreath 3And I repeated those same steps to cover the inside.

Eye Wreath 6And there you have it!

Eye Wreath 11A fun Googly Eye Wreath!

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RAOK Birthday Giveaway

Have you ever done something nice for someone else, just because? Has someone else ever done something nice for you? It doesn’t have to be a big thing; letting someone who is in a hurry cut in line, or bringing an elderly neighbor flowers. Just something, random, that brings a smile to someone else’s face.

I’ll admit – I haven’t done as many random acts of kindness as I should, but I do try to be friendly at all times. I smile and say hi to someone I pass in the store or hallway at school. I have been thinking for a while that I need to pay for the meal of the person/people behind me in line the next time I go out to eat. Because that’s a nice thing to do.

That’s what the RAOK (Random Acts of Kindness) Giveaway is all about. It’s Rayven from Stay a Stay at Home Mom‘s birthday this month, and she is celebrating by giving away a $100 Amazon.com Gift Code to one lucky viewer. But her birthday wish is more than that. Read her story:

I am celebrating my 34th birthday this month! Yay! Ok, so maybe not “yay”. I’m getting old enough that birthdays just aren’t all they are cracked up to be anymore. It gets somewhat depressing when there are enough candles on the cake to set the house on fire. But I love the feeling of birthdays. The joy others have in wishing you well. And so, I am challenging everyone to take a moment this year, on your own birthdays, to find a way to bring a little joy to someone else. Here is a list of “34” things I have done this year to brighten someone else’s day. I’d love to hear yours as well.

1. Help Someone Move
2. Pay the Toll for the Guy Behind You
3. Pay Double the Cost for a Field Trip to Help Another Student
4. Pick Up Trash at a Park or the Beach
5. Thank a Police Officer
6. Bring a Small Gift to a Shut-In at Christmas
7. Stop to Help Someone on the Side of the Road
8. Smile at Everyone You Meet
9. Leave a Comment on a Blog You Enjoy
10. Donate to the Salvation Army or Goodwill
11. Compliment a Stranger (Nice shoes!)
12. Forgive Someone
13. Offer to Babysit for a Friend
14. Practice the Golden Rule
15. Rescue an Animal
16. Volunteer
17. Be an Organ Donor
18. Be Happy for Someone Else’s Accomplishments
19. Invite Someone Alone to Thanksgiving Dinner
20. Introduce Yourself to All Your Neighbors
21. Make an Old Fashioned Thank You Card
22. Buy Candy from a Child’s Fundraiser
23. Pick Up the Tab at Lunch
24. Donate (and Volunteer) to Your Food Bank
25. Donate Your Car or RV (I’ve done both)
26. Listen
27. Help Someone Find Something (I helped a woman find her diamond rings last month)
28. Donate Blood
29. Call a Manager About a Good Employee
30. Leave a Basket of Food/Paper Products (anonymously) at the Door of Someone who is Unemployed
31. Let Someone Cut in Line
32. Take a Moment to Talk to a Child
33. Buy Supplies for a Teacher
34. TAKE ACTION

This last one is the most important. Don’t just talk about doing something, actually go out and do it. There were five frog sitting on a log; four decided to jump off. How many were left? Five. There is a big difference between deciding and doing. Do it.

I wrote this list before the tragedy of Moore, Oklahoma, but it posts just after the tornado. Take action. Donate money to the RedCross if you have it. Donate toiletries to a drop off center if you are a couponer and have a stash. Or, if you are far from Oklahoma, but just want to feel like you are doing something, donate blood. Do something.

There is an old episode of Friends where Phoebe and Joey have a contest to determine if there really is such a thing as an “unselfish act”. Phoebe’s argument is that when you give of yourself to make someone else happy, you feel good, therefore it is selfish. And she has a point. So for my birthday, I’m going to be selfish, just for me 🙂

Enter to win the $100 Amazon.com Gift Code via the Rafflecopter below:
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Eyeball Board + Monster Party Invites

One thing that I didn’t get a picture of at Karsyn’s Monster Party, was of this cute board. It was displayed on the same table as the cupcake cakes.

I got this board from Finger Snapper a LONG time ago. They are having the deal again right now, so click here to get it.

I didn’t take a picture of each step because I made it before I had a blog, but I’ll tell ya what I did.

First of all, I bought the paints at Wal-Mart for .97! SCORE! I love how inexpensive paint is. I knew his colors were going to be orange, blue, and green, so I painted each square a different color. Then the empty one black. I knew I was going to mod-podge a picture of him on it, once I got them done.

It looked cute with just plain paint, but I wanted something more, so I found one of my polka dot stencils and did a different color on each square. It was still cute, but kinda boring. I had a bag of googly eyes laying around, so I added one to each of the bigger circles. And wa-la!

Oh, I forgot to add that I painted around the outside AND inside edges black. And it’s okay if the black gets on your squares. (:

And I never did do a post on the invites that I made..

I had always planned to make them myself with paper and cut-outs and stamps and all of the above, but my creative juices were NOT flowing and I was getting really, super frustrated, so I just went into PicMonkey and made the invites.

Here’s a quick run-down of how I did them..

Click “Create a Collage”. Then click the middle button {on the left hand side} and it will give you a bunch of different layout options. I clicked the Pinter-etsy tab and chose the third one in. Then I saved it and went back to the main screen for just the basic editing. From there I added the words and shapes in each box. The colors I used were supposed to be a LOT brighter, but they never print out the way they look on screen. ):

They were still cute.

Then I stuffed them inside the envelopes, along with this picture…

He’s so cute!

Have you ever bought anything from Finger Snapper? Have you used PicMonkey to create anything before?

 

Karsyn’s 1st Birthday {Monster Party}

*Warning: This is full of CUTE pictures!

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On Saturday, October 27th, we celebrate Karsyn’s FIRST birthday! I made most of the decorations. It was exhausting, to say the least, but VERY worth it. I am glad to have it over with, though. We had a good turnout!

Take a look….

When you first walked through the doors, you saw a sign that said “Beware of the little Monsters! Enter at your own risk!”

Then as you walked in, there was the Pinata hanging from a coat rack. {We had to get creative. Couldn’t hang it very high since it was mostly little kids at the party.}

Then as you kept walking, there was a table with the goodie bags.

In the middle of this table was my cute frame.

On the other side of the table were the bubbles and Play-Doh.

Then once you were all the way in, there were three tables for you to sit at.
These were my center pieces.

Then on the far left-hand side was a table with the cupcake cakes. {They were delicious, needless to say.}

I had Fresh Market make them. I was SO happy with how they turned out. And the frosting is whipped. If you aren’t getting whipped frosting, there is something wrong with you. WHIPPED FROSTING, PEOPLE!!

There were also plates, napkins, and cutlery on the table. Off to the side of that table was a round table with the drinks.

We made Fresh Lime.

Above the three tables where people could sit down to chat and eat, was the present table. And above that hung the “Happy Birthday Karsyn” banner.

That was pretty much it as far as details.. I didn’t get all the pictures I wanted, but I can’t complain.

Now on to pictures of the fun {mixed up.. they aren’t in order.. sorry!}

My sister and cousin showing of the adorable Monster suckers!

Karsyn getting the cake smashed in his face.
It’s a tradition, people. Don’t judge.
This is not abuse.
It happens to every kid in our family on their 1st birthday.
Like it or leave it.

“What’s in there?!”

Kade’s family.. Sister Ashlee, Grandma Lenna, and mom Cindy

Hitting the Pinata

He wasn’t too impressed with me.

After they had FINALLY broken open the Pinata.
My brother {in the red.. with the devious smile} broke it with his hand.
He’d had enough of the wimpy hits!

My cousin and sweet baby sis.

Isn’t she cute?
I love her. to. pieces.

Our little niece, Emersyn.

Karsyn, Me, Kade, Emersyn

He was so polite when unwrapping his presents.
He would tear off a little baby piece, had that little baby piece to me to throw away.
And repeat.

Riding his new trike that my dad got him.
He loves that thing!

Emmy hitting the Pinata.

A train set that my Nana got him.
It’s unpainted, so that will be a fun craft for us to do as a family.

Peter {plugging his nose – married to Cherish}. Cherish {Kade’s sister – Emersyn’s mom}, Kade, my dad, Hagun {my bro – in the black}, Tarris {my other bro – in the red}

Isn’t that hat cute?!
My cousin makes them.
Head over to Stitches and Giggles to get ya one!
She has all kinds.


My Nana {my mom’s mom} and cousin Dax

Momma and the Happy Birthday Boy!

Don’t you love his boots?

They light up. (:

Pin the Eye on the Monster

Her face is PRICELESS!

Before his face got smashed in it.

Silly girls!

Fam{ily}

Yummy.
Whipped frosting!

Givin’ the bear loves.

Givin’ Emmy loves

The smash cake

If you made it through all these photos, good job! We had a blast! Karsyn was pooped by the time it was over.

What was your favorite thing about Karsyn’s party?

Pin the Eye on the Monster

Hey lovelies! How are you? Long time, no post.

I’ve missed blogging. Life just seems to get in the way. Plus, I like to do everything on Kade’s computer cuz his is fast. Mine is slower than a turtle. But his charger decided to take a dump {for the 6th time in 4 months}, so we had to wait for a new one to come.

And now here I am. On my computer. Because Kade is on his. Rats!

I am going to show you how I made this super cute game for Karsyn’s birthday!

Pin the eye on the monster! So cute, right?!

You’ll need:
*2 large poster board papers {I got white and green. Two for $1 at Dollar Tree.}
*Black Sharpie
*White paper
*Some form of glue
*Google eyes
*Scissors
*Pencil

The monster shape was inspired by the one I used for the invite envelopes.

I lightly drew the monster shape on to the green poster paper.

{I know.. You can hardly see it. I said lightly!}

Then I cut it out..

He looked a little boring just like that, so I drew an outline on him..

{Crappy pic. Sorry!}

Then I drew a mouth on him.

Now on to the eyes..

I just found some scrap pieces of white paper. Then I got out one of my cups to trace. They were the size I wanted and I knew I wouldn’t be able to freehand a decent looking circle.

Then I cut them out and drew an outline around them.

I picked out the biggest google eyes out of my bag.

Then I just got some double-sided tape and stuck them on!

And there you have it! A super fun game for the kids to play and one that you can easily make!

Oh, and as you can see, I just {double-sided} taped the monster to the white poster board and wrote on it.

Unfortunately, we didn’t play it at the party, so I didn’t get any pictures of it being played. ): All the kids were concerned about was the Pinata.

{And if you look close enough, you can see that the one leg is crooked. Karsyn is to blame. He tore it off and I told Kade to stick it back on. That’s how it looked.