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“No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” Birthday Party

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.



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.



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.



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!


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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