My grandfather was a real cowboy in Oklahoma and always had a love of horses. We rode his horses and even competed with him in rodeos when we were young, so when the doc announced to us,”it’s a boy!” I knew a cowboy party would be in his future. We even had Papa’s saddle, spurs, boots, saddle blanket and some of his artwork to decorate. It poured, but like the hearty cowboys and cowgirls we are, we prevailed and had a hoopin’ hollerin’ good time!
Last weekend we pulled out the stops for our favorite monkey…our 3 year old, Caleb! He chose his favorite fella as the theme and away we went!
For our mid-morning event, I went light with the snacks. A popcorn bar allowed guests to snack on several varieties. We had Junior Mint popcorn (a childhood favorite of mine, literally Junior Mints melted and drizzled over popcorn), strawberry popcorn, cheddar bacon popcorn (extra sharp cheddar cheese and bacon sprinkled on popcorn and baked until melted), and garlic parmesean popcorn (finely grated garlic cloves and parm sprinkled over popcorn and baked until melted then tossed with fresh parsley). Oh my, it was tasty.
I found the vessels at dollar stores and thrift stores for a total of $3! The rest of the table scape was completed with a visit to the fabric store, bananas, peanuts, jungle animals, monkey masks with a banner, balloons and pinwheels to draw the eye up.
I printed images of George, wrote sayings and framed them around the house, along with some images from PBS.org which has a whole section of party ideas for their shows. I used their templates for party hats but there were other FREE cute ideas. Check them out!
Cake is delicious and all but it is a well established fact that serious monkeys love bananas. What better dessert to celebrate with than classic banana splits? I had chocolate and vanilla ice-cream and fixed it up with mini M&Ms, roasted almonds, cherries, caramel, chocolate syrup and whipped cream…all atop a banana! Mmmm I’m sorta salivating right now.
A friend of mine had this vintage Curious George felt board in her grandkid’s toy box. To say that it made my day is an understatement. Love! The little stuffed George lived at my parents house over a year ago when Caleb grabbed ahold and wouldn’t let go. Perhaps it was love at first sight.
At first, I was going to simply give a banana to our guests as their takeaway. But because I can never leave well enough alone (it’s a gift), I thought I’d whip up some individual banana puddings! And I am so glad I did! It was a super easy sour cream banana pudding recipe and major high on the cute and tasty quotient. I finished styling the area with Caleb’s beloved books, animals and a barrel of monkeys!
And looked who joined the party! I swear he did not put up an iota of a fight when I casually mentioned dressing my husband as the man in the yellow hat. That’s true love, baby. And it paid off. The kids thought it was fantastic and just tonight, Caleb called out to him “Daddy, you’re my man with the yellow hat!” Well you can’t beat that, thank you very much.
Me with my pumpkin, I mean, monkey! He looks like a teenager here (short but old). He loved his party!
I was hired to style an outdoor fireside party last weekend for newlyweds Jesse and Yvonne. Just a few weeks after their wedding they had a lot of love and bountiful libations from the wedding to share with their nearest and dearest. Cozy decor, good music, delicious food, a photo booth and lots of plaid make for a dang good time.
Our cozy fireside party was casual but special. The guests ‘ooh-ed and ahh-ed’ as they came around the corner of the house to the back yard. Our hosts wanted their first party as a married couple to be memorable and we succeeded. If it’s not too frigid where you live, go ahead and create your own glowing event!
My little girl wanted nothing more than a princess party for her 5th birthday. Your wish is my command, m’lady!
My lil fella turned 1. He’s not old enough to tell me what kind of party he wants and vintage robots make me swoon. Enter, Caleb’s 1st Birthday Party! (Heads up: It’s intergalactic)