Hey party peeps!
It’s Day 9 of my Top 10 Favorite Halloween Parties! I am so excited to share with you today my “Ghoul Glam” Monster High Halloween party I hosted and styled for my Girl Scout troop on Halloween night a few years ago featuring my newest Monster High inspired printable collection! Click here to see the full “Ghoul Glam!”© party printable package.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Since this event was my own personal party, I was able to use the Monster High artwork and characters on all the printable decor and of course, I personalized it with each girl’s names which THEY LOVED! The printables consisted of our signature Lolli-tag™ bouquets, cookie/candy bag toppers, Lolli-tag™ cupcake toppers, circle tags and table signage. Due to copyright issues, the printables with Monster High characters and logo are not available for sale in our shop.
THE PARTY CONCEPT
First, let me start by admitting I had NO IDEA what Monster High was until one of my Girl Scouts told me she wanted it as her theme for her birthday party. I asked my 8 year daughter what it was and she says “MOM, everyone knows what Monster High is!” I of course thought I was the hip, up to date with the kids’ trends mom, so, I took that as a challenge and looked into it and OMG!! Sooo CUTE and…ALL THE RAGE amongst tweens! Once I announced to the troop that this year’s Halloween party would be Monster High themed…they all SCREAMED!YEAH! Score #1 for “in the know” Girl Scout Troop Leader! (wink, wink)
THE DESIGN PLAN
The inspiration point came from the logo and this fabulous skull printed fabric I came across which was the beginning of the inspiration board! I always begin designing an event from an inspiration point which can come from almost anything.
I really wanted this Soiree to be memorable and fun for the girls with lots of designer touches and personalized items to keep with my design style. I incorporated the Monster High color palette of black, white, hot pink and turquoise and added in my signature sparkle & bling!
GIRLFRIEND TIP: The backdrop of both the Arts & Crafts and Sweets Bars were black boas to give it that gothic glam vibe! I use boas as backdrops ALL THE TIME! I especially love to use them as photo backdrops. I just love the vibrancy of the color choices and the texture is AMAZING in person and in photos…however, do be prepared to have feathers EVERYWHERE and in this instance, a broom is not your friend! A shop vac will be needed 🙂
MONSTER HIGH SWEETS BAR
One of my first calls was to the fabulous Lynlee of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes who also had no idea what Monster High was, so I sent her some pics and inspiration and she came up with the most adorable set of MH fondant toppers that I used on sugar cookies and placed inside candy bag toppers that I designed. She made the Monster High signature argyle pattern out of fondant!!! HELLOOOO! This chic is AMAZING and so detailed her toppers are truly little works of art! Did I mention I am an out-of-the-closet Lynlee’s Petite Cakes fan?
The sweets bar also featured Monster High cotton candy (a staple on most of our sweets bars) and blue snowballs (personalized with their own Lolli-tag™). The cotton candy is available in our shop here: Cotton Candy with Custom Labels. The blue snowballs were a total FIND! Just happened to come across them walking down the aisle, minding my own business at the grocery store and gasped out loud when I saw them…they matched my color palette perfectly! They normally only come in pink so I was SOOO EXCITED to see them in blue!
MONSTER HIGH PARTY GAMES & ACTIVITIES
The key to a successful event with 12 or more tween girls is to keep them busy and entertained!
The activities for the parties were:
MONSTER HIGH PHOTO BOOTH
We even had time for photos! I was inspired by Lynlee’s use of Draculaura’s fangs & lips, so I created a photo backdrop area and designed photo prop sticks of the lips and had the girls pose with them.
CLAWDEEN WOLF’S MOONLIGHT SCAVENGER HUNT
The girls were sent out into the moonlit night armed with LOTS of glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces to find take home fangs, stickers & pencils hidden all around my dimly lit backyard.
LET’S SING & DANCE WITH CLEO DENILE
Then of course, a party isn’t complete without loud music and dancing so the last activity was a dance party. While the music was going we also had a bat piñata as the finale which was full of candy and took no time at all for the girls to get that busted open and collected all the candy. We then filled the entire yard with tons of wrapped candy that the girls all collected in their trick-or-treat bags! The girls were LOADED with candy by the end of the party!
The girls all had smiles on their faces when their parents picked them all up…I went to bed COMPLETELY EXHAUSTED…but happy that they had such a good time!
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Tonya Coleman is a premiere event planner, product stylist & graphic designer. She blogs and shares party tips & inspiration at Soiree Event Design and is a bi-monthly contributor to Hostess With The Mostess blog writing the popular “Look for Less” and “Trend Alert” blog series. Her unique and creative party printables are exclusively available at Soiree Event Design Shop. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.