Monday, May 24, 2010

the monster jam dirtfest

the birthday boy driving to
get some vanilla ice cream with
rainbow sprinkles i'm sure:)
love you, buddy.

ah, the balloon wreath
first gazed upon this idea via
the fabulous Michelle,
Everyday Celebrating Blog

I actually made this wreath myself
based on the excellent tutorial
found at How Does She? Blog

if you are not up for making one, check
out Michelle's Everyday Celebrating etsy shop
she sells some amazing completed ones!

adult buffet set up.
catered from Panera. it just
rocks and i am the worst cook. ever.

drink station

kids lunch line set up
i made the paper chains that you will see
all around the joint

bright colors mixed in with the
black and white checkboard throughout

griffin looooves burger king. we got
burger king nuggets for lunch! we made french
fried and i also had individual
apple packages/caramel dippers.

french fries in checkerboard cups
ketchup serving in small condiment cups

chow time

backdrop of kids buffet were hand
glittered tires, ties on with jute

come on, you know it's way clever:) lol!

kool aid rules

birthday banner with
corrugated kraft lettering

you know mama loves to
decorate her curtains...

action outside
one of my besties "does hair"
set up a mohawks and mullets hair

checkerboard pattern and
bright colors jazzed up the
guests 'dos

super gavin:)

even the babies got in on the action

photo area. real traffic light, a steering
wheel cover and an old
gamer chair i had in the basement
served as the photo op area.
told the kids to make mean, crazy driving faces,
like daddy..LOL!

yep, he is seven!
i also used lots of fuzzy dice everywhere-
cars & trucks=fuzzy dice on the rearview mirror

the satin ribbon wreath

used lots of balloons outside
weather was pretty lame, overcast so
balloons became "matte"
very quickly..LOL!

you know mama loves
to decorate the guest bathroom:)

yes, we hired the ice cream truck to
pay a visit to the dirtfest. adults and
kids loved.

this little tent served as a rain cover
and the kids ate their lunch-picnic
style underneath

balloons blowing in the rain driven wind. LOL!

with the crazy, windy weather, I nixed my centerpiece
flags and just went with a black/white dotted fabric
runner and color coordinating confetti.

bounce house made it

whole lotta car, truck, traffic related signage

easy craft table.
make your own foam license plate

wonder who made that one?

adult party favors....i know, i

the milk and cookie bar
getting ready for dessert with
the milk truck

oil funnels:)

cookie buffet
yes, they are homemade. if my
home was at the oreo or entenmann's
cookie factory.

gourmet popcorn.
cherry, banana split, blueberry.
looked gorge.

the dessert table
my sil made the beautiful cake.
the license plate was found in
etsy shop recycledartco
they were just amazing to work with and
did not flinch at my crazy, custom
color and design requests.
i loved this license plate beyond and it
will hang in griffin's room now

black and white swirled lollipops
adorned with vibrant ribbons.

chocolate donut "tires"

pink cotton candy (griffin loves pink , so I had touches
of pink here and there)

pink marshmallows
candy krabby patties

cake is sitting on a fabric covered hat box
(found that gem at ac moore on clearance-
it was a hannah montana hat
box-so I revamped-monsta style!)

pink sprinkled donuts
assorted color coordinating candy

i made the fabric bunting banner
around the cake.
i was inspired by this gorgeous
little cake bunting on little lovely blog.
adore that blog.

pennant banner and flags on the sides
were from possibly and perhaps' etsy shop.
she is awesome, can do any color palette. she
was sweet enough to send me the extra fabric
so i could make the banner you see around the cake:)

special little table for
happy birthday time

griffin loves donuts.
pink ones, with sprinkles:)
I made his party hat- silly bandz served
as the hat topper!

good old abacus-counted to 7

tire tree

kid favor baskets

i actually whipped out the sewing machine,
blew the dust off of it and made these
fleece, car/truck pattern
"freeze pop friends"
ice pop holders to keep little hands from freezing
while enjoying an ice pop.
totally inspired and in awe of
stephanie lynn, under the
table and dreaming blog

in included a few ice pops in cellophane as well.
each kid also got
fuzzy dice
various cavity inducing candies
chinese yo-yo-love those
a toy capsule with some silly bands

the black totes were great because they
can be used afterwards too

are you one?
are you two?
are you three?
are you four?
are you five?
are you six?
are you seven?

all the kids had a blast creating a masterpiece
of our driveway. what a beautiful job they did

my baby GEM...lucky seven...
lucky mama.

The Monster Jam is officially ova! A few stressful snafus at the finish line, but all in all, it was a Dirtfest fit for a Little Prince.

I had a blast making the decorations and putting this par-tay together. If you know anything about me, you know I ADOOOORE anything handmade..Love it. Love the challenge of it and I love taking every objects and turning them into works of art. When I am out of my crafting league, I turn to etsy...I'm an etsy addict. So many talented peeps with so many unbelievable ideas! Bought several of the Dirtfest items from the etsy marketplace.

Any questions about how I made something or where I bought (lots on etsy) just let me know. Will always help a party Mama out if I can....

Enjoy the pics, keeping this post short and sweet...So many things to do-as always:)

Party on!


staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

will you throw my next birthday party!?!? So stinkin' cute! All of it!!! I love the 'mohawks & mullets'!

Unknown said...

O...M...G...! LOVE THIS PARTAY! YOU ALWAYS OUTDO YOURSELF!!!!! GEM is one LUCKY boy! Glad everything came out okay and that all went as planned! YOU ALWAYS ROCK IT... love me those freeze pop buddies!! I WANT.... LOVE your photo booth.. TOO stinkin cute! HOORAY!

Brittany Schwaigert said...

WOW! I was waiting on these pics and you outdid yourself! Love every bit, but can I say that the hairstyling station is the cutest idea ever? I am sure the kids could not get enough of that!

jamie said...

What a party! I love all the thought and attention to detail! The themed stations are so clever!
Thank you so much for sending me the link, I love seeing the pennants in use!
-Jamie from Possibly&Perhaps

Kari Wright said...

AMAZING is all I can say! My friend Brittany of Grey Grey Designs sent me your link b/c I am planning a monster truck party for my son's 3rd birthday in August! LOTS of great ideas and inspiration from your party...LOVE the hair station!!! Great party!

Jessi said...

Love this party. My little on is about anything with wheels. I was wondering where you got the checkered tray and cups?
Jessh419 at gmail dot com

Kristy {the purple pug} said...

Thanks for the sweet words...It was a lot of work, but a ton of fun...

Kari-cannot wait to see pics form your party!

Jessi-I bought all of the checkered stuff on . They have an amazing selection and excellent service:)

Jacqueline Richardson said...

OMG! I really do love your blog as well as everything that you do. Please tell me where you got the milk jugs from and did you make your own gourmet popcorn yourself? Thanks for all the inspiration! God Bless!

Candy and Cake Sugar Designs said...

Awesome party again! Your son must have been ecstatic! Love the monster truck details such as the liscense plates and craft! So fun!

Kristy {the purple pug} said...
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Kristy {the purple pug} said...

Thanks again:)

t00precious: those bottles are Starbucks Frappucino bottles..Bought them in supermarket or Target, drank them and then peeled the labels off....Little bit of work, but very cute...
I bought the popcorn from a gourmet popcorn shop online, no way I could make something like that.LOL!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Kristy this is an amazing party! I love each and every little detail. The 'Crush on' framed print and the adult favors are way too clever and super cool! I could seriously list every single thing in each picture that I LOVE! What a fabulous party - You did a fantastic job and it shows. Thank you so much for sharing the link! I posted it on my facebook page =) ~ Stephanie Lynn

Tini Posh said...

OMG...your attention to detail is AMAZING! You did a great job!!! Love it!!

testing 1 said...

You knocked it out of the park again! Love, love, love it! And so many fun know I will be passing this along.

Kristy {the purple pug} said...

Thanks again...It was such fun coming up with the dirty details...LOL! Almost cleaned up and recovered..Almost...

Kustom Kreations by Elisha Akram said...

Omg! How did I miss this party post! What a great party! Love all the amazing details! Great Job as always!

Missy said...

This party is Amazing - no detail missed! How FUN!

Kristy {the purple pug} said...

Thanks Elisha & Missy.... recover...LOL!

Party Heartee said...

Over the top! I love it! Love a girl who can throw a good party! Good to the last detail!

Jo said...

i just stumbled across your blog - its great! where did you get the cute pleated cups for the popcorn? they're so clever!!!

Kristy {the purple pug} said...

They are zig zag pots:)

Anonymous said...

LOVE this party...and all your other ones. I'm planning a Cars party for my son and I will definitely be using some of your incredible ideas. Thank you!! Where did you get the colored holders you put the chicken nuggets in? I have found white ones, but that's it. Thanks for posting all your ideas!

Shelby said...

OMG! This party is great and glad I stumbled on it. I am doing a monster truck party for my son. Love the pit stop in the bathroom. How did you make the tires that are hanging?

Tiffany@Fizzy Party said...

Wow wow wow. You are party queen, amazing job. All the little details, the play on words the party favors. LOVIN!!!!

Tara Lynn said...

Hey, I just came across this post via pinterest. LOVE your ideas! I'm planning a monster truck party for my son's birthday this year. I was wondering where you got the keep calm print?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just typed a big long message and list it all. Wanted to know where you got the circle printables that I see all through the pics. I'd love to borrow them if you would be willing to share. You can email me at Thanks so so much! Your party planning skills are top of the line! What a lucky boy your son is. :)

pink026 said...

Hi! I just fell across your blog via pintrest! Do you have printables for the signs and banners that you made. We are planning a monster jam party and I am in love with this post and your ideas. Also, those galvanized buckets, where did you get them? Do you still have yours and would want to sell ;) Love! My little boy is Gavin, go 'G' men!
my email is if you want to touch base.