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Monkey 1st Birthday

This post is very late but as my multitasking mind takes over I am now on my 3rd different thing that I'm doing on the computer besides what I sat down to do.

When planning his birthday party and theme I went with a general monkey theme.  We don't watch a lot of TV and really it's hard to tell what a 1 year old in really 'into'.  My cousin Beth with Beth Kruse Custom Creations designed my party printables.  I normally do this kind of thing on my own but there were just too many things going on in our lives at the time for me to add 1 more thing to my plate.  She has fabulous parties so I knew I was outsourcing to someone great!

The invitation

Welcome sign

I scoured Pinterest for food inspiration and was pretty pleased with what I found.  

I thought this popcorn was really good.  I have a sweet tooth so it was a great treat!

You can't have a monkey party without mokney bread :)  We were doing a cupcake cake as the cake so I also needed to do something in little cups so I could use the topper printables from Beth.

Safari Fruit
Just a regular old fruit and cheese tray.

Monkey Sandwiches
I saw a few different versions of this, some included Nutella but I just did the Vanilla Wafers with peanut butter and sliced banana.

Monkey Tails
White chocolate covered pretzel rods with sprinkles.  I love the sweet and salty combination of these.

I picked up random blue, yellow and brown candy at Party City to fill the boxes with.

I found the hat and shirt on Etsy and for the life of me can't find the link to the shop that did them.  There were a few that did them like this.  Of course he wouldn't wear the hat!  I was a little nervous about the shirt though.  I ordered a size larger than he was based off of their sizing recommendations and then it shrunk in the dryer.  It just fit him thank goodness.

The cake is from Creative Cakes and they are great.  When we went in to order my husband saw a wedding cupcake tower and decided we should get cupcakes.  Ok, I didn't really care.  I had the invitation so they could figure out something to do based off of that and they copied the invitation onto a cupcake cake.  It was great!

For the smash cake they did a different kind of frosting, I don't know what but it had less ingredients that could be potential allergens since kids that age typically haven't been exposed to some of those.  That was nice that they suggested that because it wasn't something I'd thought of. 

At first he didn't really know what to do with the cake.  We had to show him what to do and then he dug in a little.  He's not a messy eater so this is about as bad as it got.

Beth did the chalkboard sign too.


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