Well my husband turned 30 a few weeks ago & he absolutely LOVES monkeys so after some brainstorming with 2 of my friends, we came up with the idea to throw him a Jungle Party. We had lots of great ideas and I wanted to share them in case anybody needed any inspiration. : )
1. the Monkey Cake
. My friend Tish gets all the credit for this one. She's fabulous, escecially when it comes to cakes. I just gave her the monkey idea & she ran with it. She even went into as much detail as to putting some "poo" in the monkey's hand to fling at people. ha*ha. My husband wanted a strawberry cake so she made the Monkey out of Strawberry cake & the rest is chocolate with a strawberry filling.
2. Monkey Cupcakes
. I actually got this idea by searching the web. http://buzzville.typepad.com/buzzville/2005/05/monkey_party_re.html
This was our version of them. I used a great recipe i found here as well. The came out REALLY yummy! VERY buttery but very good.http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=recipe3540138&layout=martha
3. We like to have some sort of "photo op" spot at our parties so we made 3 monkey cut outs
& had a sign that said "we saw, heard, & spoke no evil at gary's 30th birthday". Everyone got a chance to pose with the birthday boy then, there was a craft station with foam monkey frames (http://www.orientaltrading.com/application?namespace=browse&origin=searchMain.jsp&event=link.itemDetails&demandPrefix=12&sku=48/3748&mode=Searching&erec=1&D=monkey%2Bframe&Ntt=monkey%2Bframe&Ntk=all&Dx=mode%252bmatchallpartial&Ntx=mode%252bmatchallpartial&N=0&sd=MONKEY+PHOTO+MAGNET+CRAFT+KIT
) that they could make & take home as mementos. We used a mini photo printer & our digi cameras to take the pics.
This is the "craft station":
4. Name Tags
I got name tags and jungle-y stickers and people made their own tags for their cups.
I made Jungle-y drinks like "hawaiian punch" & brass monkeys and "tipsy island".
6. i put out animal crackers
but i found that adults don't like those so much. i'm sure it would be a big hit with kids though!
7. LOTS of Monkey decorations
. I found most stuff on OrientalTrading.com, the $ store, & party city. We made some stuff too.
and here are my wonderful friends that helped me out so much! i love them both. : )