A Simple and Splashy Summer Monsters University Party

This post is sponsored by Disney’s Monsters University and Target. To plan your own Monsters U party, visit Target.com/Disney and makes sure to catch Monsters U — now playing in theaters.

I’ve already declared my love for the Monsters University movie so I won’t go on and on about it (again) but I did throw a Monsters University themed party for my daughter and some of her friends and it was so adorable I wanted to share.

Ready for the backstory? Great! Here goes…I was pretty big on throwing parties back when my oldest daughter was young and I’ll admit I really called on my inner Martha Stewart for those (albeit a little less perfect and a little more artsy, I will admit) but my younger daughter always wanted her parties at Chuck E Cheese or Pump it Up so I slowly let go of the DIY party obsession and embraced the easy (and the cheesy).  Truthfully, I was grateful not to have the work and the high expectations of party planning off my plate, so to speak.

Now days, depending on the event and my energy level, I mix it up. Sometimes we do home parties and sometimes we do them elsewhere. The object for me is to not get stressed out about a happy occasion. I’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years, which is a really good thing for everyone involved.

As for the Monsters University themed party, I decided to stay true to fun and simple. Since one of my favorite things about the movie was the use of color, I used color as my party-planning inspiration.  Because my daughter is a tween, I wanted to go easy on the character themed partyware and instead give it a more sophisticated feel, still in keeping with all the overall theme including the other things we loved about the movie; especially the characters! Knowing that Target carried all the Monsters U branded items I would need (and then some) as well as all the colorful elements I was looking for, I was able to get my shopping done in one trip, with one stop. Easy, thanks to Target.com/Disney. Here are some coupons too.

As for the fun?  Here’s how I pulled it all together and how it all went down:

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    Let's do this!

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    I wanted to have the party table all ready for the kids when they arrived so I got all the food prepped and set up the table up like a colorful cafe. Placemats, plastic plates and the snacky side dishes were on out. I decided to avoid disposable and just used plastic plates. They were only $1.99 each at Target and I knew we'd use them all summer long. I bought punch balloons for a craft and party favor and also used them for decor! Each plate had a MU ID card of course for the guests to fill out.

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    For lunch I served up plenty of Monster's University Mac and Cheese. And for a playful punch of color, Juicy Juice's MU Punch and Apple Juice were perfectly suited for our theme and were ideal thirst quenchers.

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    I used a colorful container to add all the options for the food choices and tried to keep to my color theme. Watermelon, carrots, blueberries, Monsters University Cheese-It's, and green apples. My favorite part of this might have been the decorative toothpicks I used for the apple chunks. They were an awesome find in the party department at Target. The Spritz brand has some adorable party supplies that all seemed to match my color scheme (see the fluff behind Mike's head? Those are the toothpicks.) And I used the Mike Pool Toy as the centerpiece. It seemed only right.

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    Games like "Who's got Mike?" and Volley-Monster-Ball are awesome pool-time games. We bought Mike-green bouncy balls for the pool as well as that awesome little Mike Pool Toy at Target.

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    When the girls were in and out of the pool, we took turns creating monster bubbles for them to pop. Super-simple and totally fun!

  • Monster Sundaes 7 of 11
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    I got some colorful candy on my Target trip so the kids could have a make-your-own-sundae bar. They are always a hit!

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    I let the girls have their creative fun with their sundaes. Their approach? Scary (see lots of candy poured on ice cream. My approach? Simple (see one small blue candy placed on my ice cream modeled after Mike's eye, of course). These green bowls are from Target too. I love them!

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    I found these fun punch balloons at Target too. Another great Spritz brand find in the party supply department. Sharpies can be used to make your own eye or any other kind of monster. It's an inexpensive and creative party favor.

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    We gave each guest a MU Rice Crispy Treat, MU Fruit Snacks and their punch balloon to take home.

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    I picked up these shirts so my girls could wear them to the party. I got them in the girl's department at Target.

 

Have you heard about any of the other MU parties that have been happening? I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the creativity these gals have got going on. You have got to check out some of this stuff! Like the Mike Wazowski’s Eye DIY and the Tin Can Monster Feet DIY project from Alison Faulkner. Beyond adorable. And I love Casey Mullin’s photo booth idea too (the photographer that I am).  I’m also in love with this DIY pennant. And if you consider yourself more of an “uncrafty” party planner, then take a peek at Megan Jordan’s ideas for a Monsters University sleepover.  And if you’ve got older kids, like my daughters, or you happen to be smitten with the MU characters like I am , you do not want to miss this super-clever and simple Monster Manicure, courtesy of my teen who paints her nails for every occasion. I love that kid!  So fun and clever.

Now, I want to hear from you. My guess is that you’ve got your own brilliant ideas up your sleeves for what to do for a Monsters U party. If you share them here in the comments you’ll be entered to win a monstrous gift pack full of some of the MU products found at Target. Yep! It’s a Monsters University ScreamStakes #MUScreamStakes Giveaway from Target. Imagine, all of this could be yours!

#MUScreamStakes Prizes

One winner will scare up a prize pack from Disney and Target worth over $185 ARV.

Included in the pack:

—Toddler Bedding from Crown Craft $38.99

—Wall Decals from York: $15.99

—See Spot Save MU Kitchenware from Zak: $1 each x6 (cups, sandwich case, plates)

— Monster’s University Toddler Boys’ Apparel (Shirt in 3T) $11.00

—Monsters University backpack: $19.99

—Monsters Inc Blu-ray/DVD: $45.99

—2 punch balloons

—$50 Target gift card

 

 

The fine print:

1. To enter, leave a comment on the post below telling us about your own Monsters University party ideas or your favorite product from Target.com/Disney!
2. Only 1 entry per person is allowed.
3. This Giveaway entry period ends on Sunday, July 14th at 11:59:59 PM EST.
4. We will choose a potential winner in a random drawing on or about Monday, July 15th and send notice to that person via email. If the potential winner fails to claim prize within 72 hours of us sending notice or are otherwise in non-compliance with the Giveaway rules, then we will choose an alternate winner.
5. We will announce the winner here on or around Friday July 19th Monday, July 22nd.
6. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds will depend on the number of eligible entries See the complete general rules and eligibility requirements that apply to all Giveaways here.


So, if you’re up to win something scary-cool, leave a comment here and share a Monsters U party idea or share your favorite Target product with me. And good luck!!

 

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