Yesterday afternoon I panicked a bit when I realized that Brynne's second birthday is about a month away. Being the obsessive over-the-top crafter that I am, I immediately shifted into high gear with a thousand craft projects that need to be completed for the party. Since that momentary rush of panic, I've settled down a bit and narrowed the list. Our theme is monkeys because Brynne loves monkeys, and because we have lots of leftover decorations from her party last year which had a luau theme. We figured that we could integrate the monkeys into the luau stuff without too much trouble. So, I've spend the day searching for fun monkey ideas: food, games, favors, decorations, etc. I was quite lucky that the latest issue of Martha Stewart Kids magazine had a 2-page spread for a monkey theme party - that got the juices flowing.
But, I thought I'd ask all you creative folks out there for any fun ideas you might have for a monkey-themed party. I need ideas for food (adult and toddler), decorations, inexpensive favors for toddlers, toddler activities (that one is especially hard for me!), and anything else you can think up. We were going to have the party at our local park and reserve the barbeque site near the playground, but then I discovered that they want to charge us close to $300!!! I've never heard of such ridiculous park rates - what happened to calling in to reserve it for free?!? Anyway, we may still have it at the park, but we won't be able to cook there. So, that means food that is already prepared and doesn't need to be warmed up... I'm also trying to think up a clever invitation idea - we always make our own - something like "Monkey Around with Brynne" or "Brynne's turning 2 and she's gone Bananas!". Yes, very cheesy, but keep in mind this is for 2 year olds!
So, I anxiously await your nuggets of creative and crafty genius! I don't want to kill myself with preparations, but I'd also like to have some cute things around. I'll try to have a more inspiring post tomorrow!