Mike and Sully are a couple of monsters that are cute enough to plan a whole party theme around. For my son’s third birthday I did exactly that, a Monsters Inc. birthday party. I was able to find many coordinating Monster Incorporated party supplies to use as decorations. However, I still wanted to put an extra special touch on things.
I was able to get my hands on an 8’ x 4’ corrugated cardboard panel to make a custom party back drop. By utilizing my overhead projector, I was able to make precise outlines of Mike and Sully standing on a giant present. Once my outlines were in place, I used tempera paints to apply the color. After the paint was dry, I used a Permanent marker to go back and make bolder outline marks over the dried paint. As a little added fun, I decided to cut out Mike’s Eye so that guests could pop their faces out through the hole for pictures. I also could have easily replaced the eye, and have the guests stand in front of the party back drop with the birthday boy for a fun picture. I like to send these pictures to the guests along with the “Thank You” notes. This way guests have a memorable reminder of the party, along with a short sweet note of thanks and appreciation for taking part in the celebration.
The papier mache piñata was a “big hit” at the birthday party. I veered off from my usual way of decorating the outside of the piñata. I decided to color this piñata using tempera paint rather then tissue paper. Traditionally tissue paper or crape paper is used to create the colorful exterior of a piñata. However, because Mike Wazoski appears to be a bald shiny monster I stayed away from the tissue/crape paper technique. I didn’t want the piñata making him look like a hairy monster.
One of the games played at the party was pin the eye on Mike. It was made on neon green poster board and the eyes were made out of recycled card board. Yeah, turns out those round card boards from the bottoms of frozen pizza pies are perfect for eye balls. All I needed to do was paint it white, using Tempra/ Poster paint
and add in a blue center iris. I went back in with blue permanent marker to add in detail in the blue iris part of the eye.
The age group of this party was pretty young, so I opted to go without the blind fold for this one. But it was cute to see them all concentrate so hard on just getting it inside the circle. I couldn’t help myself, I awarded every player a prize.
I sometimes like to make fun name tags for each of the attending guests. For this Monster theme, I decided to make “Monster in Training” name badges. The badges were created on the computer and measured to fit inside of a baseball card plastic sleeve. Then I popped a hole at the top and strung neon plastic cording through so that they could be worn around their necks like a necklace. I made all the badges in advance of the party. As guests responded with their RSVP to attend, I then added the names on to the badges using Print and stick tags made with my nifty DYMO LetraTagmachine. I used Blue and white colored labels to coordinate with the color of the Badges.
A few months prior I picked up some plain tin lunch boxes from a Dollar Store and used them as loot bags for this party. I personalized each lunch box with neon sticker letters, and then filled them up with goodies. One of the goodies stuffed inside was a custom made Mike eye shirt. I bought bright neon green tank tops and used white puffy paint
to paint a large circle on the front of the shirt. Once it was dry I followed the instructions to make it puff up using an iron on a low setting. Next, I used a blue-ish green acrylic glossy paint to fill in the iris and black acrylic for the center pupil of the eye. On the back side, I used a permanent fabric marker
to write a cute blurb of words referencing the birthday party.
Also among the goodies were Monsters Inc. bandages (so practical for little kids), animal cookies, Monster Inc. stickers, home baked Mike cookies on a stick and a small Monster Inc. stuffed animal. Believe it or not, most of these items were found on clearance, or in bargain bins. Just because you cut costs, doesn’t mean it has to look cheap. It really comes down to the presentation. :O)
The “Present” table is always bright with color and filled with temptation, and although some choose to open up presents during the party, I like to save them till after the party. I know it almost sounds like torture, but really I find that it works out. Waiting to open the presents is almost a way of stretching out the excitement of the birth-day. Besides the party is already filled with games, activities, cake & ice cream and when you add in present time it can become rushed and unorganized. I prefer to be able to sit down, read the birthday cards, and keep track of who gave what gift to my son. This way the thank you notes are tailored for each party guest and appreciation is expressed for the specific thoughtfulness of their gift.
Looking for more fun Monster stuff? I Found these cute items that coordinate perfectly. Great for Loot Bags, prizes or pinata fillers.