A Laugh Out Loud Practical Joke Birthday Party

My daughter always keeps me on my toes requesting unique birthday themes, and this year was no exception when she asked for a practical joke birthday party. Reese is a bit of a prankster and her infectious giggles fill this house, so I wasn’t surprised by her request at all. She invited six good friends over for her first slumber party, and there were giggles and happy laughs all night long. You couldn’t ask for a better eighth birthday!

A Practical Joke Birthday Party

A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

When she first asked for this theme, I tried to wrap my mind around how to execute a practical joke party. With some input from her (she’s a party planner in the making), I think we may have nailed it. It was so much fun to put together, and every giggle made that extra effort worth it.

The Invitation

The first step was to design an invitation. When I asked her what kind of graphic she wanted on her invitation, she told me a whoopee cushion. You want a WHAT?!?! She insisted, so I crossed my fingers that parents would find it funny rather than tacky. I contacted my friend Kori of Kori Clark Design to help with the illustrations and she blew us away with some awesome graphics I used on the invitation. She’s pretty amazing.

A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

Once I created the invitation, we put them in small boxes with a $1 gag from U.S. Toy. You can see some of the fun gags in that cart picture above. We hand delivered the invitations for an extra special touch and so I could meet the parents since I didn’t know all of them prior.


A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

If I’d had more time, April Fool’s foods would have been great (cake pops that look like ice cream cones, candy sushi, etc.). Reese decided on pizza and desserts, so we put our heads together and enlisted the help of some friends to create a fun dessert table to share with her friends.

A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

The cake is a Chantilly Cake from Whole Foods. It is stuffed with berries and is the birthday girl’s favorite! I created a whoopee cushion topper with the number “8” and added a couple of flies as an extra surprise.

A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

One of Reese’s favorite gags is Snakes in a Can, so I somehow wanted to recreate that. I thought churros kind of looked like snakes (maybe?), so I saved an aluminum can, made a printable that said Reese’s Fancy Mixed Nuts, wrapped it around the can and stuffed it with churros like they were springing out of the can.

A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

My friend Brittany of Edible Details helped out with some pretty awesome fondant toppers. My daughter loves fondant, and Brittany has been a part of every birthday celebration. How cute are these chickens, right? (Don’t worry, the fly is just another gag.) I put them on top of store-bought chocolate cupcakes.

A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

Linda of Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design  made the cutest little whoopee cushion cookies. The polka dots were so adorable! I put them in the favor bags, but I confess I hated to give them away. I really wanted to hide them and keep them for myself. They were so cute!

A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

Another of Reese’s favorite gags is Rattlesnake Eggs. Apothecary jars were filled with SweetWorks gumballs, and one of her gags was used as a food label.

A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

Whoopie Pies are a favorite around here, and I try to sneak them in any way I can. I made strawberry whoopie pies (or known in this party as “Whoopee Pies”) and rolled them in sprinkles. I stuck in a few food flags I made and a couple of fake flies. Our guests were definitely surprised when they saw the flies!

A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

Krista of Cookies With Character is an amazing artist, and Reese loves her cookies. Krista always makes a special cookie just for the birthday child, and it is one of Reese’s favorite birthday traditions. Krista did a great job matching the invitation!


A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

I just got back from a conference and didn’t have a lot of free time, so I tried to keep things as simple as I could. I repurposed lots of props and cake stands from around the house, and gags we owned. Snakes in a can, chattering teeth, a rubber chicken, and a vintage soda pop crate all served a purpose as decor.

For the table, I purchased some Felt-fetti from Shop Sweet Lulu to add some extra color. I then used scrap book paper in similar colors to make a polka dots backdrop on the wall for some fun and to match the plates and favor bags. I also created the banner to match her invitation and hung it directly behind the cake.

Shauna of Cupcake With Character made me the tablecloth for another party, and I love using it every chance I get. It’s so pretty!

Favor Bags

A Practical Joke Birthday Party by Three Little Monkeys Studio

I put together some fun party favors for our guests in those cute polka dot Toot Sweet Party Bags. I created a whoopee cushion favor tag tied on with twine and stuffed the bags with a whoopee cushion, a cute cookie from Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design, a squirt ring, snapping gum or chattering teeth, a pair of disguise glasses, and some candy. The kids loved them!

I put the favor bags on top of a vintage trunk along with an art print I picked up at a flea market. I just loved the retro face and thought the quote “If it’s not fun, I don’t do it!” was kind of fitting. I also put a few gags on the table—bug ice cubes and disguise glasses.


It was a slumber party, so keeping those girls busy was a must. They spent a lot of time outdoors jumping on the trampoline and watching Frozen and Wizards of Waverly Place. They played with horses, gabbed and laughed late into the night. I had to come out at one point and put on my stern mom face and say “It’s time for bed, girls!” I really am getting old.

I bought a kit of DIY practical jokes to make, but we ran out of time (or I ran out of energy). I did set up a little photo booth are for them with beads, silly rotten teeth, and other funny disguises. They had a blast with that, so I called it good!

Vendor Credits

– Printables, Styling and Photography | Three Little Monkeys Studio
– Practical joke illustrations | Kori Clark Design
– $1 Practical Jokes and Snakes in a Can| U.S. Toy
– Fondant cupcake toppers | Edible Details
– Chantilly Cake and Cupcakes | Whole Foods
– Churros | Costco
– Gumballs | SweetWorks
– Whoopee Cushion Cookies | Frog Prince Cake and Cookie Design
– Toot Sweet Plates, Napkins and Party Bags, Felt-fetti, and Long Tall Sally Soda Pop Straws | Shop Sweet Lulu
– Practical Joke Sugar Cookies | Cookies With Character
– Ruffled Tablecloth | Cupcake With Character


    • Gretchen says

      Aww, thank you so much, Seng! I’m going to email you once I get back from SNAP. We need to meet up and chat!

  1. Candice Birmingham says

    A very unique theme! I love your ideas, you are awesome and I love following your blog! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. says

    Gretchen this is phenomenal! Love it what a great theme and party the details so perfectly executed. Being new to the party world I love to see the creativity and inspiration of others as it is what inspires me. I like Reese love practical jokes what a fun party.

    • Gretchen says

      Thank you, Susan! I feel the same way about being inspired by others. Parties are so fun, and everyone has such unique styles too!

  3. says

    I don’t know who came up with the phrase “awesome sauce” but it’s so appropriate! This is the most inventive party! I love it! Very cute and unique <3 Great job Gretchen and Reese :)

    • Gretchen says

      Awww, thanks Do! It was definitely a fun theme to work on but required a lot of thinking outside of the box. Between that and the slumber party, it nearly killed me. 😉

  4. Krista says

    Fantastic!!! I love everything about this party!!! How did she make those whoope cushions so puffy?! Great job!!!
    Thanks for the props. I love making them for you and the kids. It’s kinda my tradition too :)

    • Gretchen says

      Hi, Krista! I don’t know how Linda does it, but they were awesome and so, so cute. You both have mad skills. Love ya and your cookies!

    • Gretchen says

      Thanks, Bethany! LOL. Miss Reese definitely had a lot of input, and seeing her excitement made it so fun. A lot of love for sure went into it!

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