My son just turned one and we had a great birthday for him. I am absolutely stoked that he was born in October – it means I have at least a couple years of Halloween themed birthday parties. As a mom that loves to throw parties, I tend to go overboard on all of the favors and decorations. This time I really tried to keep it under control. I found a great way to get great decorations and keep my budget low – Target’s $1-3 area in the front of the store. This really helped me make it a super cute and fun party.
I love to have favors for my parties, but most of the time I end up just buying cheap themed toys from the party supply store. Because this was a Halloween party, I decided to have candy favors. I set up a candy bar with cute craft paper boxes I picked up at Target (in the dollar section – they were $.50/apiece) that I wrote on with a chalkboard marker.
I placed a spider web tablecloth (Target again) over my entryway bench so the kids could reach the bowls to fill their boxes themselves. I used cute containers to hold the candies. The lollipops were held in mason jars with tops made for flower arrangements (they just screw on, I found them at – you guessed it! Target). I also added a cute vinyl wall stencil to anchor the space.
To keep the kids entertained, I purchased a little pumpkin beanbag game, and foam pumpkin, owl and mask kits that come with little stickers. I set out the kits on the coffee table with some stickers and mini pumpkins and the kids went wild. Everyone was happy to take home their special art from the party and we didn’t have crabby bored kids hanging around.
For a guest book, I found a little haunted house sign with rub on transfers and left it out for the guests to sign. Now my son has a little reminder of most of (I forgot to set it out originally) the guests at his party. I customized it with the party information and decals.
And the best part – my son’s birthday cake. I love to bake cakes for parties, and fondant is my favorite medium. It hides a lot of the imperfections, and best of all, it is a great way to make characters. Here is the cake topper, made entirely out of modeling chocolate and fondant. My son was Star Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy, so I made him a Baby Groot cake.
I hope these inspire your Halloween parties. What fun things have you incorporated into your kids’ parties?