Monday, March 12, 2012

Our Big Monkey Luau is here!

My daughter's 3rd birthday was just this past weekend and I'm so happy with how everything turned out.  I just wanted to share some pictures with you.  I think we ended up with  more of a Luau than a MONKEY Luau like I originally planned, but everything was so pretty and girly that I couldn't be happier (and the birthday girl was loving it too!).

I made everything myself.  The dessert table contained banana cupcakes with chocolate frosting, mini monkey breads, "monkey kisses" (hershey kisses melted on top of pretzels topped with an M&M), chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting, coconut cup "drink" cake pops, and white chocolate covered Oreos topped with fondant bananas from this Etsy shop.  Um, AMAZING!! They look so real with little speckles on them and everything:
I found these adorable monkey drinking cups on Amazon for the kids to use and I glued a hibiscus flower to their ear so they'd fit the theme.
These are the cake pops I made. They were very time consuming.  I got a new Babycakes Cake Pop maker around Christmas and decided to try it out for this party. Total FLOP! I don't know if you need to practice with this thing, or what, but they weren't even coming out looking circular, and were completely dry. So then I had to go back to the regular way of making cake pops and ended up adding too much cream cheese frosting for the amount of cake I had left.  I could only dip a few in chocolate before having to stick them back in the freezer. Ugh! But I'm happy with the end result!  I originally found these on 365 Cake Pops and just knew I had to  make them.

This was the birthday girl's special seat.  She gets to be right up in front of everyone so we can be sure to get lots of pictures.  We are definitely a picture taking family!

Here's the centerpieces I made for all the main tables. I painted cardboard tubes brown and made them look like palm trees, and cut Hula monkeys on my Cricut to hang from the branches.  They're stuck in a yellow metal bucket I found at the Dollar Store.

Here's what the entire room looked like set up.  We hung paper lanterns from the ceiling in coordinating colors.
I also set up a small area as a Photo Booth.  Oh my gosh, the kids LOVED it!  I won't share those pictures since they're not my children but they had a blast. I found tons of printable props online that I mounted to cardboard and glued sticks to.  SO much fun.  Our little area:

I made this special outfit for my little princess.  She calls it her toot toot (tutu). I know, so sweet, right?

One last view of the dessert table.
I so enjoy throwing these parties for my girls.  My husband thinks I go overboard, but, what does he know?? LOL


Anonymous said...

Hello! I just happened to stumble across your blog and saw that you made my pina colada cake pops! You did a fantastic job! The party looked great. Thanks for the link!

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh! Thank you SO much! They were so much fun to make. Thanks for the great inspiration!