I'm doing a monkey party at a local park, with the party under the picnin shelter and little one can play on the little kid's play ground an dfeed ducks. I'm making monkey face invitations, and we're going to have a monkey "parade" where we march the kids around with instuments and noise makers. I'm looking for your crafty ideas to add to it. Cheap, think cheap, but cute. I have the time, not the money.
We had such a great time at the monkey party and I wanted to share some of the things I did with my crafty friends. So I'm showin off with some pictures. I hope someone can use some these ideas. It was a blast!
Here are the invites. Monkey heads (though the ears are awful small) that have the info inside. The wiggle eyes were very popular! I've gotten lots of compliments on them.
For his daycare, I made monkey cupcakes to send and share with all his school friends. Totally made from a boxed mix, but I did banana flavored cupcakes with chocolate frosting, mini vanilla wafers for the mouth, and Hershey's Swoops cut in half for ears. The icing was that store bought gel kind. I was proud of these.
For treat bags I made simple monkey faces a la the Martha kids magazine layout, if you haven't seen it, find it, it was a party issue, really cute. The bags had inside, a CD of "Andy's favorite songs to monkey around to" from CDs I checked out from the library that he loves. Lots of Raffi. Hey, he's 2. Also horns and noise makers to make noise for the "Monkey Jamboree", Stickers, homemade lollypops (I'll get to that in a minute) and a bag of banana jelly belly jelly beans.
I made homemade lollypops from "Awesome crafts for kids" magazine by the Better Homes and Garden Creative Collection. Great magazine with great ideas for all to check out! I thought that the lollypops looked fun so I had to try it. I made small ones for treat bags, and used the great big ones for a centerpiece. I wrapped each one with a treat bag (some that I had to cut down) Tied with a twist tie and curling ribbon, and stuck them in a metal tin vase I sprayed yellow with some floral foam inside. It was cute, and I sent everyone home with a lollypop as they left. Grown ups too! If you decide to try these, you just use hard candy, and melt it in the oven at 350 for no more than 5 min, keeping an eye on it. When its melted, place the stick on, twist and add sprinkles. Let it cool compleatly! And cover your cookie sheet with aluminum foil first. The jolly ranchers and creme savers worked best! I didn't like crushing them, as the magazine suggested, It didn't work well for me, it just made a gloppy mess. Here are a few, unwrapped.
I made fun monkey pants for the occation. They were made from a pattern sent to me by edamame, who sent A an awesome pair of pants in the baby/child swap, and then sent the pattern later so I could make more. They were a big hit!
For an activity, since the kids are so young, we had a "monkey jamboree"! I passed out ttreat bags so I was sure evryone had one. Bags had inside noisemakers and flutes to play on.I have a kiddie kareoke machine, and we sang in it and danced and marched around with musical instruments. They had a ball! (That's A's girlfriend in the background, isn't she cute! They're going to get married someday.) In the invites I asked everyone to bring their favorite musical instruments for the Jamboree. Some did some didn't but it had them wondering what we were going to do.
My mom (she has a bake shoppe) made a monkey head cake and monkey cupcakes. Per my request, mom mad the monkey head red velvet! So the grown ups could get a laugh! We all asked for Bloody monkey head cake, but the kids were none the wiser. No one was traumatized.
A few other things I did, I set out his big 2 year old pictures in frames on a table for all to see and handed out wallets to anyone who asked. I didn't buy them to sit in an envelope after all, and it was a great way to make sure my friends had them.On the table with the pictures, I set out a very lightly decorated scrap book page layout and left a pen and a note asking everyone to sign it for us for his scrapbook. (I did that last year too) I also posted a cute posterboard with the schedule, so that people would know when to expect things and to keep the party going along. I have been to many kids parties that drag on and kids get fussy and tired. It worked well. We kept as much to the schedule as was possible. Everyone knew to expect cake and presents within a certain time, and no one left early. I made sure to try to take pictures of A with his friends when he opened gifts and I plan to send pictures with his friends in the Thank you cards. Thank you cards are so important!!!!
I loved the park, it was only $20, and they come take the trash, but the shelters next to us had a a big party going and brought a stereo with rap music playing right next to our toddler affair, so next year we will book our reservation extra extra early and be sure that we are in a shelter off to ourselves!
Thanks for letting me share!