Thursday, April 26, 2012

Jaxson's Monster Birthday Party

On Sunday, the day before his actual birthday, we celebrated with friends and family.

In the months leading up to Jaxson's birthday I had been searching through pinterest hoping to glean some inspiration.  Boy, did I ever. Jaxson loves Monsters Inc. so I figured a monster theme was fitting.

There were so many great ideas and I was eventually led to Etsy where I found a cool pdf file that could be purchased, downloaded, printed out and then assembled. Since I don't consider myself to be very crafty this was the perfect solution for me.

Jaxson's cake was made by a friend of the family and it turned out fantastic! It was so adorable and tasted delicious!

 We decided to go with just desserts and since we have two chocolate fountains we put them to use.

We have everything you could think of to dip into the chocolate; bananas, strawberries, rice krispie treats, marshmallows, graham crackers, oreos, pretzels and vanilla wafers. We had cones to fill with candy and our own personal "slime juice".

I thought the googly eyes were a fun touch on the clear cups!

We can't forget about the water bottles!

My step dad made these monster cut outs and my mom sewed bean bag monsters for a bean bag toss! The kids got a kick out sticking their heads inside and pretending to be monsters!

So did some of the adults!

Jaxson's very own monster zone!
Some fun things worth mentioning that weren't captured on camera:

I had an old spiderman pinata from last year that I thought I could recover and make into a monster. It didn't really work out so we stuck with spiderman. It was so adorable to watch the little 3 and 4 year olds (and Kendra) try to break the pinata. When they realized they couldn't do it, I was called upon.
I ended up breaking the broom handle in half and not even a dent in the pinata! That thing was strong. It took Brandon with a 2x4 to break it!

After opening each one of his presents he had to show it to all of his friends. This made for a very long process of opening gifts.

He received a little acoustic guitar and upon opening it he jumped on top of his chair and proceeded to sing and dance for everyone. :)

It really was so much fun and I can not thank our families enough for all of their hard work to help pull off this party! I think I was more excited about the decorations than Jaxson was! I am already brainstorming ideas for Kendra's party in August!


  1. What a cuuuuuute party!! I love it! And I love that he did a little dance & song for freakin' adorable!!

  2. I love looking at the party pics. This party came out great! How creative from the google eye cups to the slime juice :)

  3. Wow looks like an awesome party! You did a great job! I love the theme :)

  4. This is literally too much cuteness! It looks like such a fun party!

  5. Great job with the theme Ashley! It looks cute enough for me to want to have been there eating all that yummy monster food ;)

  6. What an adorable party! I love your details.

  7. Just found your blog and I love it! What a cute party idea!

  8. Hi there!

    I'd love to feature this adorable party in my Party Planning Showcase.

    Here's an example ( It's just a few questions and then you send over 3-5 pictures.

    Hope you'll consider it - you did a great job!

    The Peanuts Gang

  9. Ashely, I love Jaxson's party! Omygosh, you did such an awesome job with it! He had to have felt so loved! The cake is so stinkin' cute! And I love your idea of all dessert foods!
    Yum...I love fondue! This post made me hungry and happy :)
    Thank you so so much for your thoughts and prayers always! It means so much...I'm always thinking of you. all your photos on instagram!!!
    Have a sweet Wednesday!

  10. Jaxson's Monster Birthday Party was fabulous. This gorgeous party came out just so beautifully. Did you do the entire paper decorations on your own? I haven't seen all this stuff online. Actually at the local NYC wedding venues we would marry soon and want a DIY wedding so I will surely do something like this for the decorations so just curious to know if it is easy or not?