My son Cayden has an October birthday. For the last 6 years we have used a Halloween theme for his parties. He has loved them all and has actually never asked for a different theme. This party was for his 5th birthday. Be sure to check out his cake!
This cute little gorilla is my son Cayden and his friend Ryken is on the left. We have had a Halloween birthday party for him just about every year. It’s never been a question as to what the theme is going to be. I have never planned anything scary (yet), just good clean fun.
We held this party at a venue with bounce houses and arcades. My only personal touches could be on the table setting and treats. Pizza was provided for us and so was the clean up (love that). I made a few of these bats as table decorations. I painted a miniature pumpkin black and used black and white sheets of foam to cut out the wings, ears and eyes. I attached a wooden skewer with black duct tape to the back of each wing and pressed it into the pumpkin. The eyes are glued on with crafting glue.
I baked cupcakes and decorated them like candy corn. Martha Stuart always has really cute Halloween cupcake baking cups. These I used were spider web theme. I also found a super cute spider web cupcake tier at Home Goods. I love that place! It’s one of my favorites… okay maybe I’m in there too much. Actually, I know I am.
No I didn’t make these. They are just gummie worms. I do have to admit that I tried making those jello worms using straws. It was a complete flop for me. Has anyone else been successful at getting that method to work? I substituted with gummies. They’re colorful and a crowd favorite, so I didn’t go wrong. Plus I was able to use my cute spider web plate.
Flowers aren’t something I would usually have as a centerpiece for my son’s birthday party, but when they are Halloween colors and covered in cobwebs, snakes and spiders then it is totally okay. This arrangement was a great focal point for the center of the table. Used my mom’s talent of flower arranging again for this one. She always pulls through for me…she’s my mom.
These little guys were easy and fun to make. Just vanilla pudding mixed with green food coloring. Evenly spoon them into your cups and top them with crushed Oreos. Use a permanent marker, or as my son Cayden says it… pregnant marker (BAAHAHAHA), to draw on the Frankenstein faces.
I always like to buy dry ice from my local grocery store. They usually have a separate freezer full of it. Without touching it with your hands, break off a piece and gently put it in your punch for a spooky special effect. My punch is always a hit!
My kids LOVE guacamole, so giving it a little twist as pumpkin vomit made it more fun to eat. It looks pretty gross though I have to admit.
His party favors were orange colored caramel corn that I bought from a popcorn store in the mall. They made a HUGE bag that was pretty inexpensive . I tossed the popcorn in these cute Martha Stuart bags that matched the Halloween theme of course.
And this was his cake!! I think it is completely adorable!!! It is all butter cream icing. My cake decorator just made the body and my handy husband made the wings. Using a box cutter, he cut out the wings from a piece of foam core he bought at the craft store and painted it black. He then taped dowels, using black duct tape, to the back of the wings. So when we received the cake it was just the body and we assembled it once we got to our venue. It came together beautifully!
You can see here the back of the wings with the dowels taped to the back. Such a cool effect for a cake! Cayden LOVED it!
And one thing about black frosting… it doesn’t come off easily! This is my baby girl enjoying some black bat birthday cake. That took some scrubbing and a nail brush!