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Around Town : Party Monsters!

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This past Sunday, I got together all of my Professor Figgy gear and teamed up with The Martha Stewart Show's resident cookie expert, Dani Fiori of SweetDaniB, to help throw a monster-themed birthday party in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Dani delivered spectacularly as usual with an adorable cookie, as well as two fun and easy crafts - a monster hat and a monster paper bag puppet all easily made with materials available at your local crafts and/or party store. And I brought along my glow-slime kits, to make a fabulously huge and fun mess!

Check out the gallery below for a few pictures from the event and be sure to check out Dani's website and blog for more info and pictures on how you too can throw a fabulous, monster-themed party for your child's next birthday!

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Professor Figgy and Sweet Dani B!

1 Professor Figgy and Sweet Dani B!

Dani's adorable (and delicious!) monster cookies.

2 Dani's adorable (and delicious!) monster cookies.

We're ready to make monster hats! All you need are ready-made party hats, adhesive foam shapes, pipe cleaners, cut paper triangles and glue.

3 We're ready to make monster hats! All you need are ready-made party hats, adhesive foam shapes, pipe cleaners, cut paper triangles and glue.

Such a creative take on our hat craft - is that a bunny...monster?

4 Such a creative take on our hat craft - is that a bunny...monster?

My and Dani's hats keep an eye on the bouncy castle.

5 My and Dani's hats keep an eye on the bouncy castle.

Look at all of the hats we made!

6 Look at all of the hats we made!

The face-painter / balloon animal extraordinaire at the party could paint a mean pirate!

7 The face-painter / balloon animal extraordinaire at the party could paint a mean pirate!

Now on to monster puppets! We used orange paper lunch bags, pieces of colorful fur, googley eyes, various paper embellishments and fabri-tac.

8 Now on to monster puppets! We used orange paper lunch bags, pieces of colorful fur, googley eyes, various paper embellishments and fabri-tac.

Did I mention we also used adhesive foam shapes? This monster required lots of purple and pink ones.

9 Did I mention we also used adhesive foam shapes? This monster required lots of purple and pink ones.

Dani said I could only use 2 googley eyes per puppet, but I decided to use three. I also added paper teeth and a cute, red felt tongue!

10 Dani said I could only use 2 googley eyes per puppet, but I decided to use three. I also added paper teeth and a cute, red felt tongue!

Parade of monster puppets!

11 Parade of monster puppets!

Monster cake!

12 Monster cake!

Professor Figgy's setup in a convenient rolling suitcase.

13 Professor Figgy's setup in a convenient rolling suitcase.

2 gallons of glow water.

14 2 gallons of glow water.

All setup for glow slime making! The glow water is made with water and highlighter ink and then mixed with glue and borax for a fun, slimey experience!

15 All setup for glow slime making! The glow water is made with water and highlighter ink and then mixed with glue and borax for a fun, slimey experience!

Slime!! (It glows under blacklight...as well as in the sun!)

16 Slime!! (It glows under blacklight...as well as in the sun!)

Lots and lots of slime!!

17 Lots and lots of slime!!

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