“No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” Birthday Party

Posted by on March 13, 2012 in crafty, kids, printables | 6 comments

Yes, it’s a mouthful.

I know.

It’s not the shortest birthday party theme in history, but it’s cute, right?

I found this canvas art at Home Goods a few months ago and bought it to go in my boys’ playroom. As I was deciding what to do for my one year old’s party, I saw the art propped up against the wall (that’s how I throw hints to my husband that I want something hung) and thought it would be great decor for the party.

 

{decor}

I used the colors from the art: red, blue and yellow. I cut out simple monkeys using my Silhouetted SD and hung them on the wall with a simple pennant banner. I was focused on keeping it simple, because we have only been living in this house 3 weeks, so my birthday party crafting time was limited.

 

{food}

We have a huge family and it costs a bundle to do a full meal, so we went with just cake and ice cream.

I made my standby Double Chocolate Chip Cupcakes (from Our Family Favorites), but iced them with a banana cream cheese frosting. My tip for this kind of frosting – it won’t be pretty. The banana turns the frosting into a kind of goopy, ugliness, but it tastes delicious. Stick with real bananas, not some weird artificial banana flavoring…grody.  Add a little yellow gel coloring and it looks and tastes great.

We also had a banana split bar (get it…bananas?). I pre-dished vanilla ice cream into plastic cups before the party and kept them in the freezer. Then I just let everyone go wild making their banana splits – bananas, hot fudge, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, pineapple, nuts, whipped cream and cherries. It was a big hit and took very little work. To doll it up, I covered up the commercial labels with scrapbooking paper and labels I designed so that everything would match the theme.

For drinks, I just made up my own punch out of blue hawaiian punch, lemonade and club soda – it makes a pretty blue color and tastes yummy.

 

{fun}

Since it was just a one-year-old’s party, I didn’t plan any games. The only activity we really had was a board for voting if Pax looks more like me or his daddy (inspired by Pinterest).

I got a photo of each of us at the age of one and put them on a white board for everyone to mark their vote. My hubby won by a landslide…and seeing the pics next to each other I had to agree. He looks like his Daddy!

Happy Birthday to our lil’ monkey – Pax!

{printables}

Enjoy these Banana Split Bar printables you can use for your next party -

Banana Split food labels

Banana Split Bar sign

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  2. I am throwing my daughter’s 2nd Birthday at Monkey’s Treehouse and thought that this would be a good theme for her party. What did you do for the wording for the invites?

  3. I love this idea! My daughter is turning 3 in July. She was looking at the Oriental Trading catalog and kept wanting all of the monkey things. This would be a great theme for her. Very cute idea, thanks for a posting :)

    • Kim, Thanks for stopping by! I hope your daughter’s birthday turns out awesome!

  4. Following over from Vintage Wanna Bee. What a fun birthday party. I have a little boy who will be turning one in June and am starting to think about his party. Monkeys would be very fun! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Mar. 14, 2012. Thanks again.

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