XMan turned five this year! I know, we all say it 'Where did the time go?'. It's so true that time just flies, especially when you're having fun; and we generally do. As five year olds do he wanted to host a 'Zombie Party' - aahh that would be a NO! So we compromised and came up with a 'Monster Bash'. Not the ghoulish kind - the cute, cuddly and slightly offbeat kind.
And so a request was made for Monster costumes, no zombies allowed! And I'll admit they do look a little 'Dinosaury' but I couldn't resist the foiled jersey when it jumped out at me. XMan picked the disco sequinned fabric in green for his costume and red for his brother's, their favourite colours.
So I fankenpatterned a few patterns together to create a pair of pants and a hooded raglan long sleeve tee. Really any pants and hoodie pattern would do. I just cut down the middle of the hood and back pattern pieces and included a seam allowance, so I could insert all the dragon spines and sew it back up. I made a tail for each but seriously, after all my efforts they had them on for all of oh, five minutes!!!
I basically used tutorials from Pinterest for the dinosaur hoodie how to and this one for the dinosaur tail inspiration.
The party was a great success and all the little monsters had a great time. Grandma was visiting and set up a spooky spectacular photo booth. Which was really just a piece of black calico as the backdrop, shredded organza for spiders webs and spooky cut out eyes sourced from Google Images. We made the spiders from pipe cleaners and Chupa Chups - needless to say the kids weren't scared of them and they got gobbled up pretty quickly. And XMan got the opportunity to be a zombie for part of the party!!!!
It was lucky the party went ahead at all. My husband was away and as usual I was trying to do too much and all though my Mum and I worked fairly consistently all week on party related items, it was still a rush. It didn't help that XMan woke up on the Friday with an upset tummy and given he'd just been in hospital for vomiting for MrT's birthday party only two weeks before - a whole other story - I thought I would keep him home and let him rest up for his party...wrong move!
Whilst I was hurriedly trying to decorate the cake before school pick up time, so we could all have a relaxing family night without party preparation, XMan got his finger stuck in a Nerf gun! He'd obviously had it stuck in there a while before he started screaming as his finger was already swollen and purple and wasn't budging - no matter the ice, oil or soap used!!!
It is the third time I have had to ring the ambulance, and of course, only since I have had children - Boys! They were great and suggested, as we were only five minutes away and he was able to travel, to take him to the Fire Station as they have instruments for cutting. After a horror drive of screaming, they were extremely helpful and had it cut off within five minutes without damage to XMan or his finger, happy days! Ha ha, bad mother, he's still in his pyjamas and it's after lunch!
Love my boys, think we'll have birthday parties off site next year so Mummy can have a rest!