Gibson's birthday party motif fit in with the theme we built many events of his first year around...MONKEYS! None of our decorations, games, or foods were original ideas, yet I was excited to share a small glimpse at his parties! The birthday celebrations were spread between two Sundays, yet looked very similar.
I created his invitations on Storybook Creator Plus. The text across the top reads, "Birthday parties are so much fun, especially since it's my 1st one." Since these were dessert only parties the body text said, "Monkey See, Monkey Do - I'd like to share my cake with you." Using the graphics from our invitations, along with my scallop punch, I made extra decorations to use as "confetti" on the table, accents for favor bags, and decoration on our plain brown gift wrap.
Instead of one large cake we put together individual monkey cupcakes. The face is put together using vanilla wafers, cake decorating gel, and miniature chocolate chips.
Along with our monkey cupcakes, we served lots of sweet banana treats: banana Jelly Bellys, banana Laffy Taffys, and banana Runts. At a speciality candy shop in town I found banana flavored gummies, in the shape and color of little monkeys. Since they were imported and had a strong salty flavor, they were more for show than taste.
My favorite banana item on the menu was a Banana Slush:
6 ripe bananas
1 can frozen orange juice, thawed
1 can frozen pineapple juice, thawed
1 can frozen lemonade, thawed
3 cups sugar
6 cups water
1 liter Sprite
Bring water and sugar to a boil. Let cool. Mix bananas and juices together in the blender. Mix into sugar mixture; freeze overnight. To serve, break up frozen mixture with a large spoon. Add Sprite and mix to create a slush. Yields 25 servings.
I endured the mockery from my dear husband and brother, for putting together a game called "Monkey, Monkey! Where's Your Banana?" The kids loved it, the guys laughed at it (but still played along). It was basically a revised version of the classroom favorite Doggie, Doggie Where's Your Bone. We had also planned to play "Monkey See, Monkey Do," aka Simon Says, but I recognized that I'd probably already pushed the adult party goers to their game play limit!
It was entertaining to watch Gibson figure out the whole party scene for the first time. It didn't take him long to figure out how to get into his gifts...