Monkeys & Bananas First Birthday

What a bright and cheerful party I have to share with you today! This Monkeys & Bananas 1st birthday party was sent to us by Iliana Morton Photography, and was created for Alejandra’s {of The Marshmallow Studio} son’s first birthday. The colors are classic yellow & green with brown added, and there are “a barrel of monkeys” to be seen all around! {sorry, I had to}

We’ll begin with the monkey themed dessert table, but Alejandra also set up several other areas in the party space. Read on for all the details as told by Alejandra ….

From the moment my son Keiran first looked at me with his big brown eyes we’ve called him our little monkey. When it was time to decide the theme for his 1st birthday party, it was an obvious choice. Although I wanted a sweet monkey party, I didn’t want it to be fantasy jungle or cartoon-ish monkey. I opted for very nature-inspired elements, with lots of browns and greens, bananas, and rustic decorations.”

“More than foodies, we are “sweeties”. We love desserts, so I knew the desserts table had to be the main attraction filled with lots of choices and yummy treats for everyone. For the backdrop, I twisted two long pieces of kraft paper and intertwined them together then tied the ends with jute. I then stapled it to the wall and attached artificial leaves with Glue Dots. Then I just hung jute twine from side to side to create a jungle vine look. These three materials were also used on the table along with baskets, ribbon and bamboo place mats.”

“For the spread, I started by making monkey marshmallow pops which I displayed in foam-filled rectangle basket. I used a smaller similar basket to display the fun Chiquita banana cake pops from KCreative Cake Pops. I placed banana candies on top of chocolate-covered marshmallows, nestled inside mini cupcake liners. I made pineapple jello mini cups which were super fun to eat with the mini spoons. For perfect sugar cookies I had Sandy’s Sugar Cookies make monkey faces, and Hayley Cakes & Cookies do peeled bananas and leaves. They were beyond adorable. I turned regular yellow meringue cookies into unique ones by adding dots of colored royal icing. I also had to have coconut macaroons. Finally, I had my mom bake and decorate the cutest cake ever. She topped it off with a 4” custom monkey and other fondant decorations made by Edible Details.”

Aside from the Hawaiian BBQ catering we served, I thought it would be fun to have a table filled with refreshing appetizers where guests could enjoy a variety of small bites ranging from exotic fruits and fresh veggies, to salty pretzels and popcorn. Next to this table, I used a small baker‟s rack to hold all the eating essentials and to display my special touches such as the wooden letter “K‟ I painted, and a little stuffed monkey. To hold the rolled utensils in the napkin in place, I tied them up with a brown chenille stems and curved the hanging left over piece to look like a monkey’s tail.”

“After browsing the net for invitation ideas we came across a fun DIY banana invitation idea from Fowl Single File, they were perfect and easy to make. Next, I purchased a monkey graphic design on Etsy and had my husband design a few signs, water bottle wrappers and stickers. I purchased yellow, brown and green scrapbook paper from Michael’s and made two mini banners, a door sign, favor tags, and a very long pennant banner to decorate the whole side of our fence.”

“I also wanted a full-size “Happy Birthday‟ banner & called a real pro for that - Nancy from A to Zebra Celebrations. Her banner was fabulous and went perfect with the theme. To cover the tables, I purchased various fabrics from JoAnn and made table cloths and a runner.”

“The party was an absolute blast. Guests, both big and little, enjoyed visiting the various stations and awing over the desserts table. Doing a lot of creative details myself and integrating items I already had into the party allowed me to stay within budget. I had almost as much fun planning and styling this party for my little monkey as he did eating cake!”

 

Styling and Marshmallow SkewersThe Marshmallow Studio / Photography - Iliana Morton Photography / Fondant Toppers - Edible Details / Banana Cake Pops - KCreative Cake Pops / Monkey Sugar Cookies - Sandy’s Sugar Cookies / Small Leaf & Banana Cookies - Hayley Cakes and Cookies / Happy Birthday Banner & Table Runner - A to Zebra Celebrations / Digital Art - Print Candee

 

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.

Comments

  1. How darling!!

    Paula

  2. This looks like so much fun. Love that it’s more than a dessert table and the theme was taken through to everything. Looks like he had a lovely day!

  3. Feeling like a total rockstar over here thanks to you :) Love seeing Keiran’s party on CAH! Glad you liked it, means a lot coming from the entertaining expert! Thank you again for sharing our party and for your sweet words.
    ~Ale

  4. Thanks for featuring this on your blog! Alejandra and the rest of the team she put together did such a great job at creating a fun and special birthday for Keiran!

  5. Its just so adorable! Amazing job!

  6. First off this party is awesome! Love the theme! Where did you get the awesome clear containers for the jello? Thanks! Julie

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Throwing my daughter a “curious” party next month and I just love this. Those banana cake pops are AMAZING. And the marshmallows – think I need to order some Alejandra! :) Fabulous job!

  8. how do you make the marshmallow pops

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