Sep 062010


Thinking of planning a Monkey Party? Look no further… you’ve hit the motherload of monkey ideas.

After a few months researching the best (meaning easiest) way to throw a Monkey Party for a two year old, I was finally able to throw the monkey extravaganza a couple of weeks ago.

If you’re wondering why I chose a Monkey Party, it’s simple. This is probably the last party I’ll have a say in, after this it’s all downhill. I see Spiderman, Cars, Toy Story and pirates in my near future. I thought a Monkey Party would be relatively easy and economical.  Plus, there are lots of great ideas out there in cyberspace…mine is not the first primate party.

If you’re on the fence, I say dive in and just do it. We had a great time and it was one of the most relaxing parties I’ve thrown (being able to enjoy the party and not spend my time running around like a chicken with its head cut off is alway a goal of mine).

Tips to make the party fun for Mommy:

  • Make the cake or cupcakes ahead of time and freeze them (no one will know or care and if they do, I doubt they’d say anything to your face)
  • Use bought icing (it’s cheaper and stands up better in the heat) and ice the night before.  Note: I iced my toddlers cake in tinted whipped cream as he doesn’t like sweets and iced the cupcakes with bought icing
  • Forget the fancy cake that takes all night to ice and leaves you frustrated beyond belief. Instead, use the cake as a base for a toy. Ice the cake as a road for a truck, as the grass for Malibu Barbie… you get the idea. It takes a fraction of the time and let’s face it, who isn’t going  LOVE another toy.  The cake will look super cute and, with a good night sleep, so will you.
  • If you’re making cupcakes, buy a bottle of red wine and invite 2 friends over to ice. It’s actually quite fun ….what’s that old saying….one moment please….ah HA….”Many hands make light work”. Too true.
  • Buy supplies ( napkins, paper plates, wrap etc…) ahead of time and store them away.
  • More delegation! You can’t do everything, even if you want to. Assign tasks to a few guests. Try to find someone that’s looking a little lost. Once you give someone a task, they feel more comfortable and have a reason to mingle. At the last party, I gave Auntie V the job title “Monkey Tattoo Artist” and armed her with a sponge,  a container of water and some brightly colour temporary tattoos. She did a bang up job (everyone was covered with neon monkeys). Thanks Auntie V.
  • Do as much as you can ahead of time. I’m talking about loot sacks, food, decorating. Note: I don’t advise hanging streamers outside the night before as the suck up any condensation in the air. The result, extreme (almost humorous) sagginess.

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