Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Neon Silly Monster Birthday Party

We chose the theme "Neon Silly Monster Party" for Trey's birthday.  How's that for adjective overload!?  Our middle man turned three this August and I'm just now getting a chance to tell you about it!  (But the party was super cute, so maybe you'll forgive me for being three months late.)  

I get asked all the time how I plan my parties, so here's a little behind-the-scenes, hopefully this former event planner can pass on a few tips that might be helpful for you...
When I get an idea for a party I jump on Pinterest first to see what other people have done.  I get the best ideas for color schemes and special touches that way, then I put my own spin on it.  In this case, there were plenty of monster parties out there, but I wanted it to be so colorful that my camera would scream for mercy!  (My Silly Monster Pinterest Board)

I always sketch out what I want my focal points to look like.  It helps me because I am so visual.  From there I can write "to do" and "to buy" lists.  I usually shop my own house first after I decide on a color scheme and that's when I found some neon pipe cleaners and glow sticks... it went crazy from there!

One pack of neon poster board became place mats and thank you notes.  

My sister-in-law owns a cookie business and they make the most amazing sugar cookies.  Usually sugar cookies look pretty but taste gross and are so hard you might just chip a tooth... not so with Southern Sugar Bakery!  These cookies taste even more amazing than they look!

She has a tiny projector and can project any image on to the cookie... custom logos, monograms, even Lilly Pulitzer fabric!  You've got to check out their Facebook page for more pictures.  (They ship anywhere in the world!!)  The cookies really took all of my meager decorations up to another level!
On to the table... lots of layering going on here.  It's a yellow table cloth, my poster board monster place mats, and the runner is just some wrapping paper that I liked folded in half, easy peasy!
 See what I mean about those cookies stealing the show!?  I know!
The cake was so much fun to make (and eat)!  It's just a ton of piped orange icing piled up in heaps on top and the eyes are blue dum-dums with peach rings wrapped around them.

There's the party animal right there, our silly monster three year old!  (Looks like my camera finally gave up on all of that neon!)


Chris Scheuer said...

Sarah, this is the cutest party idea for a little boy I've ever seen. I love it all and know that you are not only creating fun but also wonderful memories! :) Chris

Anonymous said...

Sarah the tablescape looks amazing! Everything from the colourful tablecloth/runner to the placemats and the napkins/cutlery, and that CAKE! It looks so yummy and monster-like!

Merce said...

This is the cutest birthday party design I've ever seen! :O

Erin Cole said...

Did you have a pattern for the placemats? I love the idea but am not crafty/artsy AT ALL! Any kind of template would be helpful! :)

zerry ht said...

Amazing post. This birthday bash looks fabulous and all colorful foods are crave-worthy but dear at some domestic corporate event venues San Francisco I am going to host a business event and want to use a simple menu for the dinner. If you have any ideas for tasty yet simple menu then please share.