I’ve really got to hand it to S. He came up with an awesome theme for his 4th birthday party this year.
It all started around Halloween of last year. We were planning G’s birthday party at the time, and S kept referring to his “Halloween birthday.” I kept reminding him that his birthday was in April, therefore nowhere near Halloween. Well, he kept referring to his Halloween birthday for months until I realized that he was not confused… rather, he wanted to celebrate Halloween for his birthday!
It’s actually a pretty awesome idea when you think about it. First of all, everyone loves Halloween, and the excuse to dress up for a costume party randomly in April is bound to be fun. Second of all, things like favors don’t require that much creativity (think spider rings, vampire teeth, and of course, candy). Third, there is no shortage of inspiration for Halloween party food ideas. Fourth, you get to make extra use of your Halloween decorations! I got lucky because my sister does Halloween big, so I got the benefit of borrowing a ton of decorations from her to make the party even more festive.
Since the party was for four-year-olds, we decided to keep the blood and gore to a minimum. Sawyer wanted “spooky” but not “scary” or “gross” decorations. He decided on very traditional Halloween themes like skeletons, ghosts, bats, and jack-o-lanterns (and no severed limbs or anything like that). But enough with the descriptions, I’ll let you see the details for yourself. You can also find more inspiration on my Halloween pinboard on Pinterest.
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What’s a Halloween party without costumes? The frightening (but still fab, of course) fam.
Pinterest is full of Halloween food inspiration. Per Sawyer’s request, we kept the theme “spooky” but not too scary.
Décor was a snap for this birthday party. Not much to DIY, and we saved money by using our old Halloween decorations and borrowing from friends and family. They didn’t need their decorations until October, so borrowing worked perfectly!
Being in costumes was enough fun for the kiddos, but we wanted to make sure they had a few other fun things to do.
As usual, this party couldn’t have come together without the help and support of a squad of folks. Thanks to my sister for sending down a trailer-full of decorations, thanks to my friends for spending their time (in exchange for pizza and beer) to decorate, and thanks, as always, to my amazing husband for being my party execution assistant. The fabulousness can’t happen alone… it takes a village… and I am grateful for mine!
Don’t forget to pin these ideas for later (for Halloween, or for your own off-season Halloween party), and follow Fab Everyday on Pinterest for more inspiration.
Edited to add: All printables for the party are available in this post here. These printables are free, but I would appreciate a follow for @fabeveryday on social media (you can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram) in return. If you post pictures of your parties, tag @fabeveryday in them so we can see what you do! Finally, if you blog about your party, please link back to fabeveryday.com in your blog posts to credit the printables and inspiration.