Monster High vs Angry Birds Birthday Party

Friday, October 10, 2014

DISCLOSURE:  I have no relationship with any companies or brands mentioned in this post.  All opinions are my own.

I'm pretty late posting about this, but I did want to share about the party I threw for my oldest daughter and youngest son.  My daughter turned 10 in August and lately she's been obsessed with Monster High and Ever After High.  She has the books, the dolls, the movies, clothes -- they're her favorite thing right now.   Because it was hard to find any Ever After High party things and because I just wasn't feeling crafty enough to make some, I went with a Monster High theme for her.

My youngest son turned 4 in mid September.  But, because no one was going to be around in September to attend a party for him, I had to combine his party with his sister's.  One of the things he loves right now is Angry Birds.  His older sister and brother introduced him to one of the Angry Birds apps that they play on their tablets.  Since then, he loves everything Angry Birds.  He'll even ask to watch the Angry Birds channel on our Roku.

I spent a lot of time on Pinterest, looking for party ideas.  I wanted the decorations and food and activities to all go along with the Monster High and Angry Birds themes.  But, as always, I was too ambitious and ended up not making a lot of the things I wanted to make.

Fortunately, Party City has sections for both Monster High and Angry Birds.  I was able to pick up hanging decorations, balloons, items for goody bags and a cake pan to make a Monster High Skullette cake.

I was hoping to plan the entire menu around Angry Birds and Monster High themes, but only managed to make a few things that went along with the themes. Most were desserts.  The only non-dessert item were these Mummy Dogs that were meant to go with the Monster High theme.

I had planned on dotting eyes on with mustard, but a lot of the kids in attendance didn't like mustard, so I left that step out.  We did, though, have a ton of other food, including macaroni and cheese, pasta salad, eggrolls and Honeybaked Ham!

The majority of the activities for the party were more Angry Birds themed, but all the kids participated.

Angry Birds Go! Racing
One game involved using my older son's Hot Wheels Super 6 Lane Raceway and some random Hot Wheels and maybe Matchbox cars.  My husband printed out images of different Angry Birds characters and stuck them to the cars.  Each child picked a character and then we pressed the trigger to let the cars race down the ramp.  We did this a few times.

Angry Birds Ball Toss
Next, we played a ball toss game.  My husband had bought some baskets from the craft store and set them up as pictured below.  We had these round dolls that my kids won from a local amusement park that looked kind of like Angry Birds.  So, we used those to throw into the baskets.  The closest basket was worth 1 point, the next two were two points and the back three were three points each.  The winner was the one with the most points.  At the end, the baskets also doubled as a basket for the kids to use to store whatever they got from the Pinata.

Angry Birds Balloon Pop
For this game, we hung up some Angry Birds balloons that we bought from Party City.  We used my daughter's Nerf Rebelle blaster and darts so they could pop the balloons.  Sadly, it didn't work.  The darts just weren't sharp enough.  Even at point blank range, the balloons would just not pop.  But, the kids had fun trying!

Angry Birds Pinata
We also had a pinata for the kids.  We used a wiffle ball bat.  It took several rounds, but eventually the kids hit it hard enough to crack it open.  Once it had a little opening, one of the adults grabbed it and ripped it open the rest of the way.  We had filled the pinata with lollipops and Angry Birds Graham Crackers and Angry Birds Cheese Crackers.

Monster High Body Jewelry
Next, the girls put on some Monster High Body Jewelry and nail decals.  The nail stickers weren't that great and the girls peeled them off soon after putting them on.  But, they looked cute with all the body jewelry!

On to the treats!  While at Party City, I bought Monster High Icing Decorations to top cupcakes with.  I made Yellow Cake cupcakes and frosted them with Vanilla Buttercream Icing that I tinted Rose Pink.

For my daughter's birthday cake, I made a Monster High Skullette using a Wilton pan.  I made a chocolate cake, though, I should have used a different recipe.  This one was really moist and the cake kind of fell apart a bit as I took it out of the pan.  Luckily, the buttercream hid the mistakes!  I used the same Rose color for the bow on the Skullette.  It took a long time to get the icing to turn black.  Eventually, I added cocoa powder to turn the buttercream into chocolate.  That helped a lot.

I had wanted to make little Angry Birds cookies with either Royal Icing or Fondant, but I just didn't have the time.  So, instead I ordered an Angry Birds Cookie Cake from Mrs. Fields.  It had my son's favorite character on it and was good.  The cookie was really soft and the frosting was really sweet.  But I'd order it again.

My favorite from the party was the Angry Birds birthday cake that I made for my son.  We decided on making one of the Pigs, mainly because I thought that would be the easiest.  I didn't really model it after a specific Pig, but kind of took features from different ones and put them together.  The cake was chocolate chip, as requested by my son, with some buttercream under the fondant to help keep it adhered to the cake.  I used Duff brand fondant for the green and Cake Boss fondant for the features.  I didn't really like the Cake Boss fondant, though.  I found it crumbly and hard to work with.

The kids had a wonderful birthday party and loved their cakes.  I can't wait to see what themes they pick next year!

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