Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Lil Monkey's Birthday Bash!

Our little boy is TWO today!!  We spent this past weekend celebrating his birthday with family and friends.  We decided to have a small party this year, but even just our families involves quite a few people and a lot of little ones.  I just LOVE planning the details of a party, but because of the winter weather and limited space in our house we decided to have it at Monkey Town.  The kids loved being able to run and play...and that's really what it's all about! 

Even though it was at a children's play place, I still was able to add some party details to make it unique and special.  And since we were having the party at Monkey Town...we went with the monkey theme throughout the party.
Monkey Town provided invites, but I decided to make them a little more personal by adding a picture collage of our little monkey in his monkey costume from Halloween that read "Monkey See...Monkey Do!  Garret is turning 2!" and added envelope seals that read "Let's Go Bananas" I downloaded from Paper Glitter.
I used the same "Let's Go Bananas" circle tags throughout the party decorations.  Here I layered it on burlap and ribbon to decorate this glass jar I filled with banana candy! 

And here on these glass jars that were filled with Monkey lollipops.

I made this burlap birthday banner (which was hard to get a good picture of...no windows inside the party room) using brown burlap, ribbon, scrap book paper, and some mod podge. 

My hope was that this banner made the standard party room feel more personalized.
Each child of little G's cousins and friends took home a personalized monkey cup and take out container of "monkey munch" (chocolate Cheerios, chocolate chips, banana chips, and coconut).

But my favorite detail of the party were these monkey cupcakes my hubby and I made.  Banana cupcakes, with homemade chocolate fudge icing!!  Aren't they adorable!  And they were a hit with the kids too!
I asked our party host to shape them into a number 2...she did a great job (all of the staff there were so pleasant and extremely accommodating)!
Our little monkey had a GREAT 2nd birthday and my husband and I were able to relax and have a great time too!
If you are interested in visiting Monkey Town with your kids they are offering my local readers, $15.00 OFF a weekend party package or $3.00 OFF admission to open play time.  Offer expires 4/30/11.


  1. I love this!! Looks like you guys had a great time!
    Happy 2nd Birthday Garret!!

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog and link up today!
    I love the monkey theme for a 2yo birthday party-just perfect! And those cupcakes are sooo cute! :)

  3. I love the cupcakes. So adorable.

  4. What a sweet party! I can tell you put a lot of thought and love into everything. The little treat boxes are adorable, and I love the cupcakes!!! Thanks for linking this up and sharing. :)

  5. Adorable! Love the cupcakes! All your details are perfect!


  6. Oh so fabulous!! You did a great job! Lovin' the cupcakes!

  7. those cupcakes are flippin' adorable! i love that you just put them in the shape of a 2. looks like a fun party, too.

  8. Great cupcake 2! {I may steal that when my monkey turns 2 this summer}

    If you have a moment, please link this up to share with my readers!
    Creative Juice Party

  9. Oh my gosh!! My son has his birthday on the SAME day! But turned 1. And I ALMOST went with a monkey theme!!! But my husband wanted cars and transportation stuff more...so we went that route...but I LOVE your cupcakes! So cute! Thanks for linking up!

    I am going to feature these on my blog on Friday! Feel free to grab an I've Been Featured Button.


  10. Nilla Wafers....AWESOME! I thought the ears were almonds from the thumbnail, we have nut allergies, so I'm happy to see they are cookies! SO CUTE!! You should like up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

  11. No fair!! Your monkey cupcakes look better than mine! I made those about a year ago for a baby shower:-)

  12. Oh my gosh SO adorable!!! Love every detail of the party. Smart move on using another venue, but all your details made it special. What an adorable little guy too!You'll have to post more info on those cupcakes too :-)

  13. Wow!!! You thought of everything! I love when everything sticks to the theme!

    My little girl is called Little Monkey on my blog. She loves monkeys, so she may end up with a monkey party someday!