My oldest baby just turned 8. She has changed so much in the last year – going from a child into a tween was a jarring transformation for me. She has navigated the mean girl waters with grace and has made a few close friends. They are interesting to watch as they play with collectible cards and talk about dragons and wear pretty dresses with wild shaggy hair flowing behind them as they run. My daughter has identified with Monster High more than any other toy and entertainment line and I think that’s because the characters are all so different from each other – just like her friends. She also loves that they have special attributes on account of being monsters and all. She decided pretty early on that she would like to have a Monster High birthday party and I was happy to oblige.
Instead of a traditional cake she chose cupcakes and after wrestling with fondant the past few years I sighed with relief. We also served candy marshmallow pops, ice cream cones stuffed with candy worms and rats, and slime punch.
The pops were easy to make but a huge hit with the kids. I coated marshmallows in melted candy melts and rolled them in Monster High coloured sprinkles. To stand them up, I filled my cookie jar with dry black beans and it worked like a charm.
I made a crazy cupcake stand with stuff from the dollar store. The topper was made from a styrofoam ball wrapped in a black feather boa and dollar store fake flowers. It looked ridiculous but it fit the theme well enough. I followed this tutorial on how to make the royal icing cupcake skullette toppers. They were not too difficult to make, but they did take some time. A tip? Don’t make the icing too thin. I had a couple of them break as I tried to place them on the cupcakes because I just didn’t pipe them thick enough.
To drink, we made this most disgusting looking punch. It tasted like lemon lime soda but man, it looked gross! The kids loved it.
- ½ packet green jello (lime)
- ½ cup lemonade crystals
- 1.5 litres ginger ale
- Add all ingredients to a pitcher and stir. Serve over ice.
My first born’s birthday is always an important event for me (not that the younger kid’s isn’t!) and it is always a time for me to look back and reflect on our journey together. She is growing into an incredible and independent person. I’m just so proud of her and I can’t believe that she is EIGHT! It’s cliche to say that they grow so fast, but it really is true. Happy Birthday sweetheart. We love you so!
Oh! I almost forgot to share the cookies. We made a batch of sugar cookies and decorated them with a button for her to take to her class to school. I just have the snap from my phone via Instagram to share here. The kids in her class all got a button to keep after their cookie was eaten which was fun.
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