October 9, 2012

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids: Little Monsters Cupcakery!



Welcome to the Little Monsters Cupcakery, where Dr. Frankenstein, Mummy and Spider cupcakes give a sweet twist on a kid-friendly Halloween party! :)

You may have seen snippets of this SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Cupcake Shop party in Bird's Party Magazine Fall Issue , but today I bring you extra sweet and totally fabulous eye candy!



Party Printables and Designs:

This has been one of my favorite parties to design, and was inspired and styled by my talented, dear friend Dina, from Deliciously Darling Events!

Dina and I started talking late last year about the designs for a Halloween Little Monsters Cupcakery for the magazine - Dina's idea really appealed to me, as it was so unique and as far as we knew, hadn't been done before for Halloween. 


I based the designs on some giant cupcakes Dina had crafted last year and the collection was born! We brainstormed a LOT and the printable collection with over 30 different templates was completed in May - from editable invites, favor tags, Halloween banner to spooky play money and cupcake favor boxes!

Part of the attraction of this theme, was the fact that Dina wanted it to be fun for kids - Nothing too "grown up" nor spooky, but something colorful, vibrant and totally geared towards our "little monsters"! :)


She also had the brilliant idea of painting some cardboard shop fronts from Target so the kids could play "Halloween Cupcakery Shop", and I suggested spooky toy money to complete the look!! I based the design on a US Dollar bill, but will be adding designs to the shop to emulate the Euro and Brazilian Real notes to cater for my darling international customers! ;)

Dina is also one of our newest blog contributors (more on that soon!), and she explain the incredible details of this party below:


Party Styling and Decor:

Inspired by the love of sweets, this Halloween cupcake party is sure to have your Little Monsters excited! My number one inspiration for this Halloween party was the adorable printable "Little Monster's Cupcakery" collection by Bird's Party! I love using printables to pull together a cohesive design style. These adorable little monster cupcakes were so sweet, I tried to use them in every area of design - from the cute homemade wreath to the sweet little chair decor.


Each place setting had a black little bucket with cutlery, straw and a drink. I found the buckets at Target, in the one dollar bins and jazzed them up with a cupcake sticker. The black and white plates from Shop Sweet Lulu's fit in perfectly. The chiavari chairs with a sash and chair decor added a little sophisticated edge to a kid party. 

My absolute favorite thing? My homemade french macarons in Rosanna Compotes (courtesy of Waiting on Martha) were an absolute hit with the kids.  Big huge thank you to Waiting for Martha for compotes and pedestals!


Halloween Desserts Table:

Orange, Green and Purple halloween goodness! In the center of the dessert table is a beautiful green ombre cake by My Sweet Things! Not only does it look amazing, it is simply delicious! Flanked by adorable swirl cupcakes with the coolest fondant toppers by Edible Details. Too cool to eat! 

The sugar cookies by Yummy Delicious Cookies just overwhelmed me with cuteness. The spooky chocolate covered oreos by Sweet Temptations just amazed me! The parents couldn't keep their hands off of them. The table also included: cute monster cake pops, pudding parfaits, pumpkin pie-in-a-jar, salted caramel apples, monster marscarpone mousse cups, and biscoff-cookie push-up pops. 


The Little Monster Cupcakery poster hanging above the dessert table made the perfect backdrop. Posters are an affordable way to give your wall a little pizzazz.  I always get mine printed at my local Costco. The Halloween colored tassel garland from The Flair Exchange made the perfect banner and helped tie all of the colors together on the table. I can't wait to use them every Halloween. 


Halloween Candy Display:

What is a Halloween Party without candy!? Amazing custom (marshmallow flavored) lollipops by Vintage Confections really helped bring the Monster cupcake designs to life! Now your lollipops can really match your printables

The Sweet Skewers by Sweets Indeed were so beautiful. Sour belts and gummies delightfully displayed on a stick. When Bird's Party sent over the printables, I was so excited to see the little monster cupcake-shaped favor boxes - The kids really enjoyed filling them with sixlets and gumballs. 


Party Activity:

Our little monsters enjoyed playing Cupcake Shop. Each Monster Bakery was designed to match their Monster. Created from a cardboard template purchased at Target, these cute storefronts can be recreated out of cardboard, old boxes or wood. With a few coats of spray paint and some printables they looked so adorable! 


The kids were so excited to put on their Monster Aprons and play!  The Monster apron is the perfect party prop and favor for your guests. I found really cute aprons that just so happen to be our Halloween Colors. Print the Monsters on iron on paper and iron on to the apron. Each child also received a hand full of Monster Money and had fun buying cupcakes (and of course eating them too). 


Thank you to the incredibly talented vendors, and to Lauren from Lauren Nicole Studios for the amazing pictures; and thank you Bird's Party for the cutest Halloween Printables ever! 


Party Credits:

Event Styling, Paperie design, Wreath, Macarons: Dina Hafez-Suggs, Deliciously Darling Events 
Halloween Cupcake Shop Printables: Bird's Party
Photography: Lauren Nicole Studios
Fondant work: Edible Details
Ombre Cake: My Sweet Things 
Cupcakes: Jilly's Cupcakery
Sugar Cookies: Yummy Delicious Cookies by Whimsical Originals
Chocolate Covered Oreos: Sweet Temptations
Cake pops: Candy Cake Company
Sweet Skewers: Sweets Indeed 
Custom Lollipops: Vintage Confections 
Tassel Garland: The Flair Exchange
Rosanna Pedestals and Compotes: Waiting on Martha
Wooden Cutlery, Paper Straws, Plates: Shop Sweet Lulu
Linen & Chair rentals: The Rental Place






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