Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pink Mod Monkey Party - Part 2

Well, Boogey's 3rd birthday party (a Pink Mod Monkey party) was a fabulous success! Everyone had a great time and the decorations all turned out spectacular, if I do say so myself! (Actually, I did get a lot of compliments on everything so it isn't just me ;)

As mentioned HERE, the theme was "Pink Mod Monkey" and I made great use out of the file that I had purchased from Cupcake Cutiees. {See Part 1 of this party post where I decided on the theme and made the invitations HERE}

Here are a couple of collages and then I'll show you some of the details.

Pink Mod Monkey Party Decor
Pink Mod Monkey Cupcakes

This is how the dining room looked:

Mod Monkey Party Table setup

First, I used the monkey "tag" images in the downloaded file (discussed HEREto make my own stickers to decorate some plain white cups ($2.99 for 24) I had purchased at the party store. I bought a pack of sticker paper at Staples ($13 for 30 sheets - not a bad price considering I only had to use 1 sheet to make 12 stickers). I simply sized the images to the size I wanted and then printed it out on the sticker paper using a color printer. I used a 2" circle punch to cut them out and the girls helped me stick them onto the cups. A cheap and easy way to customize your own cups!

DIY Customized Mod Monkey Cups

In the cups, I placed a pink or green straw (from a multi-pack I already had). As usual, I cut about an inch off the bottom of the straw to lessen the risk of a tip-over since being used by pre-schoolers. I bought packs of pink and green paper plates and napkins from Target for only $2.99 each. I think there were 80 plates/napkins in each pack, so they were really a good deal for the price. I placed everything on a pink plastic tablecloth ($2.99 from Target for a two-pack) which I layered over a white cloth tablecloth I already had.

I liked how the dinner-size green plates looked like "chargers".

Pink and green balloons added extra flair to each chair and were sent home with the kids at the end of the party.

Who doesn't love balloons?!

Once-again, I used the images in my downloaded file to create a fun banner. I cut the triangles out of some cardstock I already had (from my old scrapbooking stash) and simply glued on the images I had printed out on my color printer. On one of the triangles, I added sticker letters (again, from my scrapbooking stash) to spell out "Happy Birthday". A hole punch and some string and you've got a cute banner/bunting!

DIY Mod Monkey Birthday Banner

The polka dots at the top were from one of the "papers" included in the download file - printed on a color printer, cut and glued on.

Stickers spell out "Happy Birthday"

I picked up a few pink monkeys at the Dollar Tree and hung them in various places around the room. They were supposed to be for Valentine's Day but the colors worked for the party and the theme was perfect. I cut off the cheesy red bows they had around their necks and they were a great addition to the decor.

Dollar Tree monkeys added some fun when hung from the chandelier.

Goody bags were lined up along the buffet. I bought these pink paper bags at Target in a pack of 12. (I think it was only $1.99 for the pack). I used my scallop scissors to create a little fancy detail along the top and then placed some more of my homemade stickers in the center.

DIY Customized Party Favor Bags

Inside each bag I placed a super-cute little stuffed monkey ($14.99 for 12 at Oriental Trading), a few monkey tattoos ($4.99 for 72 tattoos at Oriental Trading) and a few Lollipops left over from my Lollipop Flower Pot project (seen HERE).

Party Favors from Oriental Trading

At each end of the table, I placed one of my homemade Dollar Tree Hurricanes (see tutorial for the DIY hurricanes HERE). Inside, I first layered some brown Dollar Tree paper shred (I split one bag between the 2 hurricanes). On top of that, I placed a crumpled-up pink paper napkin and then a green paper napkin. And lastly, I poured in some pink and brown Whoppers (one box of each in each hurricane - bought them at the Dollar Tree). Around the base of the hurricane, I wrapped some of the perfectly matching ribbon I had found at Michaels in the Dollar Spot and another print out from my downloaded file. So cute yet so inexpensive!

Pink Mod Monkey Hurricane

In the center of the table were the cupcakes. I made them myself (with a little help from Betty Crocker! ;) coloring the yellow cake batter pink to keep with the theme. Half of the cupcakes were topped with pink frosting and sprinkles. I made my own cupcake toppers (first time!) using an image from the download file.

DIY Pink Mod Monkey Cupcake Topper

Pink Mod Monkey Cupcake Toppers

The other half of the cupcakes were decorated as... monkeys! I found this idea out there on the internet somewhere and knew I just had to replicate it. I started with chocolate frosting and then added cut cookies, M&M's, and black and red gel to create the faces.

Cookies cut with a knife make up the face and ears of the monkey

DIY Monkey Cupcakes
SweetPea did everything but the gel nostrils and mouth so even a 4-yr old can do this decorating!

DIY Monkey Cupcakes

In the kitchen, we had some more food and snacks. My Lollipop Flower Pot [see tutorial HERE] was placed on a Dollar Tree polka dot placemat at the back of the table. I made a couple more (smaller) Dollar Tree Hurricanes, wrapped them with some more ribbon and poured in some pink and green M&M's (the pink M&M's were from a Valentine's bag of M&M's and the green ones were literally picked out of a regular big bag one by one! LOL).

Another homemade hurricane housed some M&M's

And some homemade chocolate-dipped pretzels added some extra sweetness to the table. These are so easy to make and are DEE-LISH! (see tutorial HERE from another party)

Homemade chocolate dipped pretzels satisfy those sweet-salty cravings!

The only organized activity we did was to play "Pin the Belly-button on the Monkey". I "splurged" on a jumbo blow-up monkey from Oriental Trading (only $12.99 so really not all that expensive). I used my circle punch to cut out pink and green circles for the belly button and the kids had fun taking turns trying to place it in the right spot. Here is the cute guy before we attacked him with spots. :)

Whew!! That was a long and picture-laden post! But I know how much I like to see all the details of other people's parties, so hopefully you do too. :) If you have any questions about anything, feel free to contact me.

**If you are interested in purchasing any of the Mod Monkey items seen here (i.e. - cupcake toppers, stickers) please contact me to discuss options.**

This project was featured! Thank you so much - I am truly honored!!



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  1. omigosh - so so cute! It turned out awesome - I know why they had so much fun and those monkey cupcakes - so stikin cute! :) I also really like those hurricanes and how you filled them - super cute :)

  2. I have another blog called The Birthday Blog. I would LOVE to feature this party over there. Let me know if you are okay with that. Email me!

    Stacy @ Not JUST A Housewife

  3. What lucky little party goers!! Great job Kyra!!

  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your cupcakes! I'm a huge fan of food with a face and you did a great job!

    Here's my latest treat that can look back at you :-)

  5. Wow!! Awesome job Kyra! You should think of starting a business, seriously! I LOVE the monkey cupcakes!!

  6. SO CUTE! I am amazed with all the details! Amazing!!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  7. SO cute!! My daughter is turning three in a few weeks. Thanks for the neat ideas!

  8. WOW! This party looks absolutely fabulous! I love the pretzel sticks and the monkey cupcakes!! So precious!

  9. This is so dang cute. My baby shower was mod pod theme, I'm thinking maybe I can do my son's first party as this same theme, only in blue and green :)

  10. Hi Kyra!
    What a great decorating job you did for this party!
    I love the monkey theme,
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Looks like a fabulous party! I have boys, so not much use for all the pink and girl stuff {sigh, maybe one day!}, but I will for sure be making those monkey cupcakes. So cute!

  12. Those monkey cupcakes are to die for! And the whole party is just awesome. I would love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight:

  13. Wow girl! I am impressed!!! You went all out! What a luck kid to have this birthday bash!!! Thanks for linking to Fancy This Fridays! Hope to see you again this week!!

  14. What a wonderful party! I love all your creative details. The color scheme is fab! The monkey cupcakes and monkeys hanging from the chandelier are my favorite touches! So glad I stopped by from your link-u at Krafty Kat! Jenn/Rook No. 17

  15. this turned out just adorable Kyra!!!! I bet she just loved it. You did a fantastic job. And now I'm hungry for Doritos after seeing the table pic! :)

  16. SO SO SO cute!!! so many fun made it a truly special birthday!!!

  17. Such a cute and creative party! It looked like a lot of fun to pull together & you had some really thrifty ideas I may have to borrow. Luckily, I am done with birthdays until September! Thanks for linking up!

  18. That was a great theme! I love the colors, green and pink. It's a nice combination. I'm sure the celebrant had so much fun.

  19. Wow! Fantastic! So colorful! I am a new follower...

  20. Hey! I just wanted to let you know that I featured your party! :)

  21. Oh I love those cupcakes I am going to have to give that a try.

  22. Your attention to detail is impressive :) the monkeys are cute and colorful. I'm inspired!

  23. OMG soooo cute!!! I am doing the Mod Monkey for my daughters first birthday and came across your blog! Thanks for the ideas!!

  24. Oh my goodness, this party is just AMAZING!! I l-o-v-e every detail, and got so many good ideas!! I emailed you about my niece's birthday party (how I even found your blog in the first place!) but I'm also throwing a sock monkey party for my son next month and will definitely be making the cupcakes - thanks so much for sharing! Again, everything is absolutely adorable. AMAZING job!! :)

  25. Thanks for sharing..... I love all your ideas. My girly is turning 2 next month.. and thanks to will be fabilistic!!!

  26. What a fun party! Love the cinnamon bun ears on the monkey cupcakes!

  27. How can I contact you regarding the mod monkey print outs?? Do you have them available to sell??

  28. Hi Monica - I hope you come back and see this since you didn't give me an email address where I could reach you! Just shoot me an email (racksandmooby at gmail dot com) and let me know what types of items you are interested in and I can tell you the cost. Thanks!

  29. Hi Kyra....I sent you a message to your gmail account..I hope you received it..Talk with you soon

  30. How do I contact you on getting a copy of the file you downloaded to make your own decorations? Thanks

  31. This is the theme I want to customize for my baby girls first birthday! I have looked all over the internet for a downloadable version so I can customize, but have found nothing I like...until I found your beautiful party! Could you please send me details on how to get a copy of the file you downloaded.

    Thanks and great work!

  32. I did labels similar to those you made. However, I'm having a heck of a time getting the backing off. Any tips?

    1. The sticker sheets I used had scoring on the back. You could bend them along the score and then remove the sticker backing in two pieces. GL!


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