Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Monster Boy is Four!

Teo turned four this week. We had a "Monster BBQ" planned for his friends and their families at a local beach. It was humid and raining. A lot. After a change of location, the party moved forward. I made these invites using leftovers from last years party.
Mateo's Birthday Invites
We had a monster cookie given as a gift from our wonderful neighbor. We also made some monster cupcakes. (Cookie Monster-ish.)

Monster melon. I found something similar on the site, One Pretty Thing. (There's tons of inspiration there.)
Since it was humid and raining the monster boys spent a great deal of time outside of the shelter getting wet and loving it! Party favors consisted of me making a bunch of stuffed monsters. Each guest was able to choose one for them self. Below are Rubes and Teo's. Teo had lots of specifics.....5 eyes and a spiky head for starters. He even thoughts on what colors.
Monsters 1 & 2
When I decided to make these I had no idea where to start. See after I sent the invites it dawned on me that 14 kids would be coming! I tried to draw out a pattern and stressed for 2 days about where to begin and then I looked on Flickr under "monsters" and went down stairs and started to sew a very basic shape outline. Legs, head, pointy ears. Felt, buttons, and embroidery floss for the eyes, mouths and fangs. Once I finished the first one I was unstoppable, the creative juices flowing, on a roll and 5 days later they were all done!
Monsters 3, 4 & 5
Some bodies were once scarves, others velour pants or a fleece blanket.
Monsters 6, 7 & 8
I used artificial flowers for the wings. These were some of my favorite monsters but apparently not that popular with the kids. Not a single one was picked. (I was told wings make them 'girl' monsters and that hair is cooler than wings anyway.)
Monsters 9, 10 & 11
Rubes insisted on some of the monsters being pink for the girl guests. Fringe "hair" and tails before wings I guess.
Monsters 12, 13 & 14
I also made a shrinky dink pendant of each monster so the child could wear it as a necklace or key chain. I was tickled with the reactions from the kids. They were in disbelief that they were able to take their monsters home for keeps! Guests and their monsters. True love. Such a great day, my little boy is four!

2 comments:

Patty said...

Cute invites! Those cupcakes look fantastic as does the watermelon. Scary looking monsters! Misty you're so creative!!

Vicky said...

Happy Birthday Teo! What fabulous monsters, I like the ones with wings :)

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