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Practical Joke Party (30 photos)


Practical Joke invitations were hand delivered with a gag! By Three Little Monkeys Studio

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My daughter always
keeps me on my toes requesting unique birthday themes, and this year
was no exception when she asked for a practical joke birthday party.
Reese is a bit of a prankster and her infectious giggles fill this
house, so I wasn’t surprised by her request at all. She invited six
good friends over for her first slumber party, and there were giggles
and happy laughs all night long. You couldn’t ask for a better
eighth birthday!


The first step was to design an invitation. When I asked her what kind
of graphic she wanted on her invitation, she told me a whoopee
cushion. You want a WHAT?!?! She insisted, so I crossed my fingers
that parents would find it funny rather than tacky. I contacted my
friend Kori of Kori Clark Design to help with the illustrations and
she blew us away with some awesome graphics I used on the invitation.
She’s pretty amazing.

Once I created the invitation, we put them in small boxes with a $1
gag from U.S. Toy. You can see some of the fun gags in that cart
picture above. We hand delivered the invitations for an extra special
touch and so I could meet the parents since I didn’t know all of
them prior.

I also created favor tags, food flags and a fun cake topper shaped
like a whoopee cushion to compliment our invitation.


My daughter had very strong opinions on what she wanted to eat. We put
our heads together and enlisted the help of some friends to create a
fun dessert table with some of her favorite foods to share with her

The cake is a Chantilly Cake from Whole Foods. It is stuffed with
berries and is the birthday girl’s favorite! I created a whoopee
cushion topper with the number “8″ and added a couple of flies as
an extra surprise.

One of Reese’s favorite gags is Snakes in a Can, so I somehow wanted
to recreate that. I thought churros kind of looked like snakes
(maybe?), so I saved an aluminum can, made a printable that said
Reese’s Fancy Mixed Nuts, wrapped it around the can and stuffed it
with churros like they were springing out of the can.

My friend Brittany of Edible Details helped out with some pretty
awesome fondant toppers. My daughter loves fondant, and Brittany has
been a part of every birthday celebration. How cute are these
chickens, right? (Don’t worry, the fly is just another gag.) I put
them on top of store-bought chocolate cupcakes.

Linda of Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design made the cutest little
whoopee cushion cookies. The polka dots were so adorable! I put them
in the favor bags, but I confess I hated to give them away. I really
wanted to hide them and keep them for myself. They were so cute!

Another of Reese’s favorite gags is Rattlesnake Eggs. Apothecary
jars were filled with SweetWorks gumballs, and one of her gags was
used as a food label.

Whoopie Pies are a favorite around here, and I try to sneak them in
any way I can. I made strawberry whoopie pies (or known in this party
as “Whoopee Pies”) and rolled them in sprinkles. I stuck in a few
food flags I made and a couple of fake flies. Our guests were
definitely surprised when they saw the flies!

Krista of Cookies With Character is an amazing artist, and Reese loves
her cookies. Krista always makes a special cookie just for the
birthday child, and it is one of Reese’s favorite birthday
traditions. Krista did a great job matching the invitation!


For decor, I repurposed lots of props and cake stands from around the
house, and used Reese's collection of gags. Snakes in a can,
chattering teeth, a rubber chicken, and a vintage soda pop crate all
served a purpose as decor. I'm still not sure why a rubber chicken is
a classic practical joke, but it isn't unusual in this house to find
that a mischievous person has stuffed a rubber chicken in your purse
or sock drawer. It gives us the giggles at least.

For the table, I purchased some Felt-fetti from Shop Sweet Lulu to add
some extra color. I then used scrap book paper in similar colors to
make a polka dots backdrop on the wall for some fun and to match the
plates and favor bags. I also created the banner to match her
invitation and hung it directly behind the cake.

Shauna of Cupcake With Character made me the tablecloth for another
party, and I love using it every chance I get. It’s so pretty!


I put together some fun party favors for our guests in those cute
polka dot Toot Sweet Party Bags. I created a whoopee cushion favor tag
tied on with twine and stuffed the bags with a whoopee cushion, a cute
cookie from Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design, a squirt ring,
snapping gum or chattering teeth, a pair of disguise glasses, and some
candy. The kids loved them!

I put the favor bags on top of a vintage trunk along with an art print
I picked up at a flea market. I just loved the retro face and thought
the quote “If it’s not fun, I don’t do it!” was kind of
fitting. I also put a few gags on the table—bug ice cubes and
disguise glasses.


It was a slumber party, so keeping those girls busy was a must. They
spent a lot of time outdoors jumping on the trampoline and watching
Frozen and Wizards of Waverly Place. They played with horses, gabbed
and laughed late into the night. I had to come out at one point and
put on my stern mom face and say “It’s time for bed, girls!” I
really am getting old.

I bought a kit of DIY practical jokes to make, but we ran out of time
(or I ran out of energy). I did set up a little photo booth are for
them with beads, silly rotten teeth, and other funny disguises. They
had a blast with that, so I called it good!

Vendor Credits:

- Printables, Styling and Photography | Three Little
Monkeys Studio

- Practical joke illustrations | Kori Clark Design

- $1 Practical Jokes and Snakes in a Can| U.S. Toy

- Fondant cupcake toppers | Edible Details

- Chantilly Cake and Cupcakes | Whole Foods

- Churros | Costco

- Gumballs | SweetWorks

- Whoopee Cushion Cookies | Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design

- Toot Sweet Plates, Napkins and Party Bags, Felt-fetti, and Long Tall
Sally Soda Pop Straws | Shop Sweet Lulu

- Practical Joke Sugar Cookies | Cookies With Character

- Ruffled Tablecloth | Cupcake With Character


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