Saturday, May 22, 2010

Nightmare Before Christmas Birthday Party

This is the last post about Jer's birthday party, I promise! Sorry if I have bored you with these. I just wanted to document as much of it as possible for anyone looking for inspiration for their own Nightmare Before Christmas birthday party. I searched all over the place for ideas and couldn't find anything except for some amazing cakes that I could never reproduce and the suggestion to put out all of your Halloween decorations.

So here is what I came up with:




Instead of using all of my Halloween decorations, I tried to stick to things that were black and white since those are the primary colors used in the movie. (Yes, the balloons are chocolate brown. They looked black in the package and I didn't pay attention to the writing telling me otherwise. Oops!)


This is Jack Skellington's dog, Zero that I showed you in this post.  Now you can purchase a pre-made hanging Zero in my shop here.


I also hung a few rubber bats from the ceiling with thread.


You can find details about the banner and utencil holder in this post. The table is covered with a white tablecloth and a gray tattered curtain I got at Dollar Tree around Halloween. (You could also make your own by dying cheesecloth. I recently found a 4yd square of cheesecloth at Home Depot for only $1.98)


It has been awhile since I have done much cake decorating so I kept things pretty simple. I gently pressed the rim of a bowl onto the top to give me the outline for Jack's head, then I free-handed the rest with a toothpick before going over all of it with Wilton's Black Icing. I then finished it off with a simple star and dot border. The black candles came from a party supply store.


I made some skull and bone jello jigglers using an ice cube tray kind of like this one. Then served them on plates sitting on a spiderweb cupcake stand I purchased at Target around Halloween.


I made an Oogie Boogie pinata using this tutorial.


You can find a tutorial for the party hats in this post. The tree I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby after Halloween awhile back but you could make a creepy tree using black licorice like this one. The bowl of gummy worms was a last minute addition and ended up being a huge hit!


The dining room was just decorated with some black and white streamers.


As well as some black and white (okay, chocolate brown and white!) balloons.


I didn't do anything creepy with the food mainly because of time restraints so I just served it all on black trays and bowls with skeletons on them.


I found this pumpkin cooler in the clearance section at the party supply store last month for only 60 cents! I filled it with ice and capri sun.


For treat bags, I filled up clear bags with dum dums, tootsie rolls, air heads, noise makers and ball puzzles that I found at the year-round Halloween store. I tied them with a black ribbon and added a tag that I printed out with Jack's head.


And there you have it! An "I'm Jack the Pumpkin King" party as my son calls it. :)

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21 comments:

Vicky said...

Fabulous! Just look at all your hard work and how it all came together so nicely :) I'll be the never forgets this party and has fun looking at the pics for years to come!

Ashlee said...

What a fun party! And it looks like the birthday boy loved it!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Wonderful wonderful! All your little details make this great. He will always remember this birthday party. Very cute and clever!

The Autocrat: Haley said...

How cute!! Everything looks fabulous! You did a great job!!

Megan @ polishthestars.com said...

Thank you! It was a difficult theme to work with but I really had a lot of fun with it!

Anonymous said...

This is the 1st time I have seen your blog & I will be checking it daily now! I love what you did!! My daughter has been asking for a nightmare before Christmas party sense she was 3yrs old. With your ideas I might have to make it happen for her 7th bday party. Thanks so much!!

greenbean said...

omg!...i would love for this to have been my party!...i'm so jealous!...and zero!...he's too freaking cute!...

the speers said...

Ok, that is so cute! my 3-year-old is OBSESSED with Jack the Pumpkin King (and sings the Halloween song all the time!) I'm so doing this for his next birthday (even though it's like a year away!)!! Amazing! Thanks for sharing! :D

Megan @ polishthestars.com said...

Thank you all so much! I'm happy to be of help. Like I said, I couldn't find pictures for inspiration anywhere and I know I'm not the only one who has been asked to throw a Pumpkin King party before! I hope you found something you can use for your own party!

Revamped French Maison said...

Now this is what I call an awesome party theme! You did an amazing job on all of this and the brown balloons weren't even noticeable until I saw what you wrote... in fact they added a nice contrast Imho :)

Nikki said...

Thanks again for the ideas!!! I'm so excited now.

AZPartyMamma said...

this party looks fantastic! Love the ghost :)

Winklepots said...

Such a creative party idea! I love the decor, especially Zero. Very cute!

Life in Rehab said...

This is so cute...I think my husband would love it!

Bella said...

Megan, I love that movie, and was seriously debating on doing some decorations for my upcoming halloween party from the movie. Wouldn't even know where to start, and here you come linking this great party up. Yayyy, I love how Zero turned out, and everything you did was so simple looking, but worked beautifully. The cake was adorable, and your little boy even had a matching shirt, so cute. THANK YOU so much for joining my party **6 Weeks 2 Spook**, and I PROMISE to join yours once I actually get a single project done. I have a major problem with procrastination, and will prob wait till the abosulute last minute, but I am dreading that, so I MUST start ASAP. Can't wait to see what else you do next, and hope you come back to link up more. Thanks again and I am also your newest follower, Bella :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, I am amazed! My daughter's birthday is right between Halloween and Christmas (December 1st), so we were looking for a theme that incorporated both. Nightmare Before Christmas is her favorite movie, so I said why not. I realize finding party stuff is very hard, nothing really out there, but some really great creations homemade. Thank you for posting the party and how you made things. We are very excited to get things rolling with the decorations!

Mother Orchid said...

Love this as my soon to be four year old just announced she would like TNBC as the theme to her party! This will be of great help! I just need to get some Sally inspiration now...

The Angry Redhead said...

Thank you so much for the great Ideas. My sons one year birthday is coming up and I needed ideas for a Nightmare Before Christmas theme that would match his nursery and these pointers will be a big help!! =D

threeloudkids said...

Hands down the most awesome party ever!!

mtdoglady13 said...

Thank you for posting this. My friend wants a Nightmare Before Christmas birthday party and her birthday is close to Christmas which makes it even better. I have been spending hours looking stuff up for it and your post is at the top of my list. Thanks so much.

luckyyjennyy said...

I've really had a lot of looking through your Nightmare posts! I have a Halloween blog of my own and I'm exploring a similar theme for this year's party. Thanks for the inspiration!