How to Throw a Monkey-Themed Birthday Party

Celebrate Your Little Monkey's First Birthday

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If your little monkey is always into mischief, a monkey birthday theme might be the perfect choice for celebrating their first birthday. The monkey theme is so much fun and offers plenty of room for creative expression with decorations, cake and party activities.

Monkey Birthday Party Decorations

Decorations set the stage for a successful first birthday celebration, but don't feel like you have to spend a ton of money on them.

Assess your inventory and use things to already own to cut costs. If your child has any monkey stuffed animals or monkey-themed board books, use these items as the basis for your party decorations. Don't forget to include bananas from your child's play food set as well. If your child has a set of alphabet magnets, use them to spell out fun sayings like "monkeying around" or "monkey see, monkey do."

Retailers like Party City and Oriental Trading have lots of monkey-themed birthday party supplies, including those with a broader jungle theme and decorations that feature Curious George. You don't necessarily need to purchase a full package of patterned paper plates, cups, napkins, tablecloths and centerpieces, however. Even buying just one or two staple items will be enough to set the scene.

Outfitting the Birthday Boy or Birthday Girl

Obviously you'll be taking lots of pictures in honor of baby's first birthday.

To make your shots extra special, consider buying a monkey themed outfit for your son or daughter to wear for the party. You can always find T-shirts, onesies, hats and bibs adorned with monkeys in stores. In fact, you probably already own some monkey clothing.

You can also find adorable, handmade outfits available on websites like Etsy.

A retro, hand-knit sock monkey outfit might just be too cute to pass up. With a special outfit such as this, you might find you want to re-purpose it into a baby keepsake to cherish forever.

Monkey Birthday Cake Ideas

No birthday party is complete without cake! Coolest Birthday Cakes has a section devoted entirely to monkey birthday cake designs, ranging from 3D monkey cakes to easy-to-make monkey faces created with cupcakes and a flat, round cake. Instead of offering a traditional chocolate or vanilla cake, try making a banana cake for your guests.

If you're planning on serving an entire meal, keep in mind that monkey bread is such a fun, not to mention delicious, snack for a monkey themed birthday party everyone will devour. Banana splits are appropriate as well.

Monkey Birthday Party Activities

Story time is always a popular entertainment choice for a first birthday party celebration. There are plenty of cute books about monkeys available at the local public library, ranging from books about a trip to the zoo to the "Curious George" stories. Craft projects are another activity option for a child's birthday party. Making Learning Fun has an assortment of monkey printables, including monkey masks, activity sheets and craft projects.

If the guest list includes baby's older siblings, neighborhood children and friends of the family, play the Barrel of Monkeys. Have the children race to see who can connect the most monkeys in the shortest amount of time.

Monkey Birthday Party Favors

Save money of party favors by sending each guest home with a monkey coloring page and a box of crayons. Bananas or dried banana chips are also fun additions to the goodie bag.

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