One of my favorite birthday party theme ideas for kids is silly monsters. Imaginative, googly-eyed ogres are more screwy than scary, especially when they are rainbow hued. The bright colors and fun textures that decorate a silly monster party add to festivities in the best way. And since there is no “right” or “wrong” way to make a monster, you can let your creativity run wild. A colorful Monster Bash will have kids wide-eyed with wonder…and screaming for more!
Every great party starts with an eye-catching invitation. What makes an invite more exciting is having a treat or themed trinket attached. We attached little candies. Brightly colored foil wraps and a taste of birthday cake with a satisfying crunch would be a super attention grabber for any birthday invite. It’s easy to create.
As far as decorations, a silly monster theme just has to look like fun! Stick with a favorite color duo or incorporate every bright you can get your hands on. Whether you color block or mix ‘em up, don’t forget to include interesting texture.
That might mean using faux fur instead of a tablecloth, featuring a shaggy fabric strip monster decoration and having a bushy papier mâché monster piñata.
And don’t forget the googly eyes! Googly eyes can transform just about anything into party décor. Balloons, cups, plates, water bottles, chair backs, silverware wraps and even birthday cake can all get the monster treatment.
Arrange desserts, treats and possibly the beverages in this area. Stack wrapped boxes, crates or interesting containers and top them with your desserts. Guests will be thrilled!
A Styrofoam ball cut in half makes a base that’s simple to push lollipop sticks into. Add miniature googly eyes and a few wisps of paper hair to lollipops with colorful wrappers. Add a little paper shred between the lollipops and you’ve got an easy, themed way to display one of your treats.
Paper cones make another fabulous display for candies. Again, those googly eyes and a tuft of paper hair can transform the cones into friendly monsters willing to share their treats. Bunch the finished cones in a jar. Or, add chenille “arms” to the monsters and position them around the party space, holding onto handles, latches, etc., just waiting to be discovered by delighted guests.
Add party sparkle to the dessert and guest areas by using table scatter. Confetti and ribbon curls will add to the fun but the most desirable treasures are colorful candies. Glue dots make it easy to add googly eyes to the candy wraps and the candies add to party décor!
These colorfully wrapped candies would be great to use for your monster piñata fill, too. It’s hard to find filler for many themes and these candies in cute colors work perfectly. Best of all? Everyone loves these candy choices!
For additional party activities, young guests adore classics like themed coloring pages and Pin-the-Eye on the Monster. Have a music play list waiting and get everyone dancing “like a monster”. Be sure to have your camera ready. You’ll get some great facial expressions!
Another popular hands-on activity is Monster Factory. Pre-bake and frost cupcakes before the party but let the kids create their own edible, take-home monsters. No one cares if the kids eat a few pieces while they create!
Don’t forget to send guests home with a special favor. It’s easy to make monster-faced treat bags (which you can pre-make or also do as a party craft). Kids are thrilled to choose their favorites and fill their bags!
Make your little one feel extra special on their birthday. Friends, birthday cake, treats, decorations and a few silly monsters are just what you need for some monstrous fun!
BONUS: Here’s my favorite way to make Monster Cupcakes.
Easy Monster Cupcakes
- 1 box vanilla cake mix bake into cupcakes
- 4 cans of vanilla frosting
- food coloring
- piping bags
- piping tips
- 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolates
- 48 googly eyes
- glue dots/stick
- TWIZZLER Nibs
- Divide the frosting into 4 bowls. Add food coloring to each bowl and mix until you reach your desired color. Place in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to slightly harden.
- Glue googly eyes onto the bottom of each HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolate.
- Fit each bag with a frosting tip and fill with frosting.
- Pipe frosting onto each of the cupcakes. Make one flat layer and build on each layer until it reaches the height you want.
- Place the HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolates on each of the cupcakes for the eyes.
- Cut Twizzlers into small pieces for fangs.