We don’t throw many parties around here, it always seems like they take too much work with too little appreciation. Then I realized I have a bit of a problem, I’m a party overachiever. I grew up with the ultimate party thrower, my step-mom. She made parties and soirees seem effortless. It wasn’t until I was grown and in charge of throwing a party of my own that I realized just how much work can go into them, but how rewarding they are when they’re over. I’ve learned that multitasking decor, a fun centerpiece, easy food and some good photos will help the party go down in everyone’s memory as a good one.
I have a feeling our Monsters University Party brought to life by Target will go down as a good one. Here’s how I pulled it off:
Monsters University Party 1 of 12
Table Setting 2 of 12
The tablecloth is actually a fitted sheet from a Monsters University twin sheet set (it fit perfectly!) The bowls and cups are from the See Spot Save $1 area. The treat bags (from the Target party section) were filled with Kellogg's Monsters University Rice Krispies Treats and fruit snacks.
You can find these products and more at your local Target or on Target.com/Disney.
Mike Wazowski Watermelon 3 of 12
I found the inspiration for my Mike Wazowski on Pinterest and decided to give it a try on a medium sized seedless watermelon. I used the cutout rind of the mouth to make the horns and was able to use the white outer part to make teeth.
I used a slice of provolone, a cutout piece of a blue fruit roll up and a blueberry (all held together with peanut butter) as the eye and picture hanging wire for braces.
The little toys in front are Roll-A-Scare pop up toys from Target as well.
Pasta Salad 4 of 12
I used the pasta from two boxes of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese to make an monstrously easy pasta salad. I followed this recipe for the dressing — but added sliced pepperoni, Kalamata olives, shredded mozzarella, and cherry tomatoes.
Photo Booth Set Up 5 of 12
I used the flat top sheet from the Monsters University twin sheet set to make an impromptu photo backdrop. If you don't have a backdrop stand (because I'm guessing not many people do) you can hang it from a door, pin it to a wall, toss it over an existing curtain rod, or in a pinch — pin it to your shower curtain.
Photo Booth 6 of 12
The kids had so much fun directing their own little scare shoots.
Vivi as a Monster 7 of 12
Vivi got in on the fun as well, sporting her toddler boys Monsters University tee — Mike on the front, Sulley in the back. Available from Target - $8
Who’s Behind the Door? 8 of 12
We found this fun 'Guess Who?' style game called "Who's Behind the Door" at Target for $19.99. The door revolves at the end of each round to check on your opponent's monster.
Show Me Your Scary Face! 9 of 12
I asked everyone to show me their scary face, this is what I got.
Show Me Your Scared Face! 10 of 12
Then I asked for everyone to show me their scared face, these ones are my favorites.
Monsters ID Cards as Gift Bag Labels 11 of 12
While everyone played, I uploaded the photos to PixarPlace.com and made Monsters University student ID cards for everyone. I used everyone's most fun photo and gave them funny little names. (Card making didn't work in Firefox but it did work in Safari.)
I "laminated" the cards with packing tape and labeled each of the goody bags with the finished product.
Goodie Bags 12 of 12
Each bag had a Kellogg's Monsters University fruit snack, Rice Krispies Treat, a Roll-A-Scareâ„¢ toy, and ID card in it. They were quite the hit.
Now for the fun part! A Monsters University ScreamStakes #MUScreamStakes Giveaway from Target! One winner will scare up a prize pack from Disney and Target worth over $185.00 ARV.
Prize pack includes:
“Property of MU” 4-Piece Toddler Bedding Set – $38.99
See Spot Save Monsters University Dish Collection by Zak – $1 each
Peel and Stick Wall Decals – $15.99
Monster’s University Toddler Boys’ Apparel (Shorts and Tee in 3T) – $10.00-11.00
Sully Lunch Bag – $5.99
Sully Silly Straw
Monsters Inc. Blu-Ray/DVD – $45.99
$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 starts on Wednesday, June 26th at 12:00:01 AM EST and ends on Friday, July 5th 21st at 9:59:59 PM EST.
4. We will choose a potential winner in a random drawing on or about Saturday, July 6th and send notice to that person via email. If you are a potential winner but fail to claim your prize within 24 hours of us sending you 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 about Wednesday, July 10th at 12:00 PM EST.
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.
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