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by Fancy Free Diva

It all started with a costume.  Last August, when my son was only two and a half months old, we took him to Walt Disney World.  While we were there, I spied a Sully costume.  It was perfect: the little tail, the hat with the horns.  Adorable!  The only problem was that it didn’t come in infant sizes.  And that’s when it hit me.  I purchased the 18-month size, just in case, and started planning my son’s first birthday party (only 9 months or so early!).  Once I settled on Monsters, Inc. for a theme, the ideas started coming!  There were so many possibilities, from joke book party favors (because laughter is more powerful than screams) to a Child Detection Agency scavenger hunt.

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Fancy Free Son in his Sully costume

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Fancy Free Daughter dressed up as Boo for the festivities

As my brain whirled with this party planning thought-storm, my next stop was Pinterest.  If I was coming up with great ideas on my own, imagine what could happen when I combined some of those ideas with all of the brilliant moms and party planners out there in the ether.  I set up a board and started scouring the web for ideas I could beg, borrow, and steal.  There was a lot out there, and I started to get even more energized.  I stockpiled Subway kids’ meal bags for the party favor gift bags and scoured the clearance aisles of all of my local stores for marked down monster items leftover from Monsters University.  Around Halloween, I spotted even more scary stuff, including some monster-themed rubber duckies from Oriental Trading Company.

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The party gift bags

Party gift bags included: monster eyeglasses, stickers, bubbles, monster rubber duckies, and a “Meet the Team” Monsters Inc. board book

Planning the activities for the party was a little bit more challenging.  I knew I would have kids of all ages at the party that I would have to entertain, so I set up multiple stations for them to visit.  First, I printed out some Monsters, Inc. mazes and games for the kids to color on while we waited for everyone to arrive.

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I printed the activities on bright blue paper for Sully

Lime green paper for Mike

Everyone also got to pick out a monster-themed party hat.

Monster themed party visors

Once everyone arrived, the kids could color a monster face mask.  I found these on Oriental Trading Company.

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Fancy Free Daughter posing in her monster mask

The kids could also make monster finger puppets out of chenille stems (pipe cleaners) and pompoms and create a sticker scene using monster foam stickers and construction paper.

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Sticker scene craft station

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Monster Finger Puppet craft station

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Fancy Free Daughter showing off her sticker scene

After these crafts, it was time for some hands-on fun.  The kids played “Pin the Eye on Mike” using a game I found on Amazon.com.

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Pin the Eye on Mike game

We also made monster slime using cornstarch, water, and food coloring.  Tip: Be sure to have a hand-washing station or some wipes nearby for any messy little hands!

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Monster Slime!

I also set up a “Scary Stories with Roz” reading station with some Monsters, Inc. books and had a more challenging monster magnet craft for the older kids.

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Scary Stories with Roz

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Monster Magnet Craft Center

After all of the crafts and activities, the kids had worked up an appetite, and it was time for some snacks and some cake.  When I made the party food and set up the table, I worked with Mike and Sully’s colors: lime green and aqua with some touches of purple.  Half of the table was dedicated to Mike-inspired snacks, while the other half held Sully-inspired snacks.

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The Mike Wazowski side

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The James P. Sullivan side

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The full effect

The cake was the piece de resistance, combining the best friend monsters’ iconic colors, and using Wilton’s grass tip to create the effect of Sully’s fur.

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Monsters Inc Cake

Some of the more popular snacks at the party included the monster-inspired candy-coated Oreos.  I used Bakerella’s candy shreds to create the effect of Sully’s fur on the blue Oreos and candy eyeballs on the Mike cookies.

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Sully Oreos

Mike Wazowski Oreos

For decorations, I raided our supply of Disney stuffed friends (of which there are many) and pulled out all of our Monsters, Inc. themed toys to spread around the party area.  We played the first Monsters Inc. movie quietly in the background on the big TV, too.  I also downloaded some cute printables from Etsy to cover the water bottles and create the birthday banners.

Snack and Drink Table

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Water Bottles

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Monsters Inc Fruit Snacks

In the end, the kids all had a “scream” at this scary soiree!  Hopefully these links and pictures will help give you some ideas if you want to throw your own monstrous bash!  Because we only get to Walt Disney World once a year, it’s important to try to preserve some of that Disney magic and spread it throughout the year.  Hosting Disney-themed parties is one way to help make that happen!

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A homemade Mike that Fancy Free Auntie made for Fancy Free Son

 

Hi! I'm Stephanie, aka the Fancy Free Diva. I'm a mom from Maine, and when I'm not in the classroom teaching irony using clips from Frozen and Mulan, I can be found playing with my own kids and planning our next Disney trip. I'm an Annual Passholder at WDW and a DVC member, and on cold winter nights I'm usually dreaming about summer vacation when I can take my family back to Florida and be fancy free!