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Monsters University Movie Premiere 1st Birthday Extravaganza (50 photos)



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Monsters University Inspired 1st Birthday

We recently celebrated my son Matteo’s first birthday with close family and friends. I was inspired to create a Monster Bash 1st birthday party because his birthday is so close to Halloween. I knew I wanted the party to be a costume party and with the release of the new Disney movie, Monsters University, I imagined how fun it would be to see the entire crew of adorable baby monsters dressed up for the occasion! After taking a trip to Disneyland to celebrate Matteo’s actual birthday, I was more than ready to create some magic at his birthday party! Scroll down read to more about the party details!

We rented out Caterpillar Kids place, an indoor playground in La Cañada Flintridge and they provided a fabulous kid friendly environment for young kids around his age! Kids activities included bubble machines, piñatas, parachute fun and of course, lots of playtime on the playground.

To kick off the Monsters University Movie Premiere Extravaganza, we invited the kids to take their photo in a Monsters University inspired ticket booth and had them treat themselves to movie night snacks from the concessions stand. Concessions included Monsters University treats like monster munch, monster sour skewers, monster gummy eyeballs and candy sushi (inspired by the sushi chef in the movie).

Soon after the kids activities were kicked off, guests enjoyed lunch. Lunch for the kids consisted of pb&j or ham & cheese mini "M" shaped sandwiches, green grapes, crackers and juice boxes served on Monsters University trays, forks and party cups. Adults alike enjoyed monster greens, monster pizza and other inspired foods and drinks. Desserts included birthday cake, popcorn cupcakes, monster cupcakes and monster donuts! All of these sweet treats were displayed on a movie theatre inspired dessert table with personalized Movie Star cutouts. On the main kids table, we set up pom pom monster centerpieces and hard hats for keepsakes. The kids had a blast, we could barely get them to sit down and eat!

Party favors included surprise student and faculty photo ID badges that were personalized for the guests and handed out to the students and faculty members to wear at the party. That was a big hit with our guests!

My son, Matteo, loves to dance so my sweet sister-in-law put together a soundtrack with songs from the Monsters University movie including ROAR and others of his favorite tunes including Happy Birthday and the Gummy Bear Song! We really wanted to create a dance party environment and wanted guests to feel like they were celebrating at Disneyland!

Guests also took home blue and green concession box party favors stuffed with Monsters University theatre size Gummy Eyeballs, Fruit Snacks, Rice Krispy Treats, Lollies and 3D glasses! We also had a signature sippy cup bar for the babies and a party favor table loaded up with Monsters University school supplies including personalized pencils, pencil cases, notebooks, crayons and coloring books!

The best part of the party was having his baby cousins, closest friends and family there to sing him happy birthday! It was definitely a monstrous event enjoyed by all!

Vendor Credits:

Event Design & Planning: Miriam Corona Events 
Photography: Rebekah Meredith 
Cake and Desserts: Nicole Bakes Cakes 
Cake Toppers: Fluffy Flours Specialty Cakes 
Cake Stands and Vintage Highchair Rentals: Minted and Vintage 
Monsters Sour Skewer Lollies: Sweets Indeed
Location/Venue: Caterpillar Kids Indoor Playground, La Cañada Flintridge 

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