It was a Monkey of a good time this weekend as we celebrated the girls 4th birthday party at our local play gym.  Barrel of Monkey’s is the gym so it was only appropriate to have a monkey birthday party filled with all things monkey!  The gym was filled with little people (and big people) and we all had fun celebrating the big day!

The kids got to run around the gym swing on monkey bars (only appropriate since it was a monkey party), flying through the air, jumping for bubbles, climbing a mini rock wall, and even stopping to have fun doing a monkey craft. 

After all the play time there was a quick stop for lunch.  The kids had their own table and the adults had their own table.  The kids lunch table was made up of fruit, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cups of pirate booty of Annie’s Cheddar Rabbits, cheese, and chicken nuggets.  For the adults the table was filled with two varieties of chicken salad sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit salad, and mini cupcakes.

After lunch some more playing and running around the monkey gym only enough playing to work up their appetite for dessert….cupcakes.  Chocolate and Peanut Butter, Banana and Cream Cheese, and Chocolate and Vanilla Buttercream topped with monkey and flower fondant toppers.  Also on the table were monkey sugar cookies that went into the kids favor bags at the end of the party so they could take home to enjoy later.

Other items stuck inside the favor bags were: monkey bracelets, coloring book, crayons, play-do, organic lollipops, monkey erasers, bouncy ball, and the adorable monkey cookies.

We all had a good time….especially the birthday girls….

And even the resident monkey at the Barrel of Monkey’s had a monkey of a good time….

Vendors:

Gym – Barrel of Monkey’s

Tissue Pom Poms – I made using Martha’s Tissue Poms pack

Happy 4th Birthday Monkey Signs – I made

Monkey and Flower Fondant Toppers – Clementines Cupcakes

Monkey Sugar Cookies – Delicious Dozen

Monkey Centerpieces (only monkey on stick) – Sweet Heart Party Shop

Napkins, Cups, and Stripe Straws – Sweet Lulu

Plates – Target

Food Sticks – I made

Favor Tags – I designed

What a fabulous kids Thanksgiving table by The Savvy Moms Guide.  They outdid themselves with their play date to give thanks. With Thanksgiving right around the corner I had to share this adorable party with you. I’m hoping to use a couple of their great ideas for Thanksgiving with my little ones.

Like these super cute pinecone owls! 

They created the owls made from pine cones that also served as décor for the table. Their idea came to life with the help of a tutorial from Bristol Moms.  They added their our own Savvy touches to the owls too.

For the food, they selected a full meal for the kids to enjoy. First, an adorable turkey made from fruit, cheese and vegetables. And second “Cheese Pies” made from biscuits and cheese baked on a stick.

Visit The Savvy Moms Guide to get more details on this super “Whoot of Thanks” party!

School has never looked like so much FUN! I recently came across this adorable Vintage-Modern School Day theme from Anders Ruff Custom Designs. Almost all schools are back into the swing of things now but I had to share this wonderful party/theme.  Your little ones will forget about summer and be ready for school with this party! Anders Ruff Custom Designs was inspired by their new School Day printable design collection, you’ll find lots of details here that can add a little bit of fun to their “everyday” school experience too… like cute bookmarks, note cards, book labels & more!

In addition to Back to School celebrations, this would also be a fabulous theme for Teacher Appreciation week… or as a birthday party theme for your favorite little bookworm!

They styled this photoshoot at an 1890 One Room Schoolhouse in Huntersville, North Carolina.  It had been preserved and is used for field trips and other events.  They used the space to show a fun “school day” play date or party.  The ladies of Anders Ruff  thought the classic old “school” vibe went along great with their new printable School Day collection.  Photo’s were taken by their fabulous photographer, Becca Bond, and she captured every detail!

Label all your school supplies! A MUST!

They created fun packaged lunches for all of the kids to eat after playing.  Sandwiches where wrapped in waxed paper and twine and embellished with their printables.  Apples were stuck into cupcake wrappers that they filled with some natural shred and added a printable party flag.  They also included some cookies and pretzels in a cello bag and topped it off with a bag topper that has spaces to check off descriptive words for the foods inside (Salty, sweet, delicious, healthy, etc)  The juice boxes where wrapped with the ABC patterned papers.  And they used their printable party logo as an embellishment for the striped straws.

See more photo’s and details on this fabulous Back to School themed party over on Anders Ruff!  So much more to see….and so cute! 

All printables are available at www.andersruff.etsy.com They are also offering a free School Day luggage tag printable!”

VENDOR CREDITS:
– Event Styling, Graphic Design & Printables – Anders Ruff Custom Designs
– Photography: Becca Bond Photography
– Cupcake Wrappers: Bella Cupcake Couture
– Clear Candy Packaging and Cello Bags: Nashville Wraps
– Label Material: OnlineLabels.com
– Sugar Cookies: Firefly Confections
– Clothing – Made By Morgan
– Grayce’s Shoes: Monkey Toes

This Strawberry Shortcake Party is actually a bridal shower but I thought how fun this would be for and idea for a baby shower party or even a child’s (older child of course) birthday party.  This was featured on The Wedding Chicks blog and I just couldn’t help to share.  I love the colors love the flowers and just think it’s a beautiful party idea. 

Here is a look inside this fabulous party

Absolutely adored the cookies on the table in the adorable strawberry baskets.  And the flowers…beautiful!

Photographer: Love Lee Photography
Event Design: Recollection Vintage Rentals
Venue: TwoBeWed
Floral Design: Something Special in Flowers

Want to see more amazing photo’s head over the The Wedding Chick for pictures.

 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is one of my girls very favorite books.  About a year ago it was the book we had to read every night so I hold this book extra near and dear to my heart. Of course I remember it from my own childhood too.  Actually some of my childhood favorites are my girls favorites too.  Funny how that works.  But when it comes to the Very Hungry Caterpillar there is something so fantastic about seeing your kid’s face light up at the very sight of a book!  Especially at the end when he turns into a beautiful butterfly.

I recently ran across this fabulous party featured on Hostess with the Mostess.  The party was hosted by Hana from Hana Lynch Photography for her daughter’s 3rd birthday.  She did such an amazing job creating this little party…from the amazing caterpillar cake to the book-inspired tags and treats (which give a great excuse to incorporate FRUIT, as opposed to just sweets!).

The great thing about this party theme is that it can be done on a very small budget. Colorful fruit was a large part of the table display and the food labels were made by scanning the characters directly from the book and creating simple tags using toothpicks to hold them in place! Whole pieces of fruit made the perfect stands for the tags, which narrated the caterpillars food choices across the party table.

Great job Hana!  I adore this party!

Pictures from Hostess with the Mostess

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