Monkey Party

My baby just had her 1st birthday! Can you believe she’s one already? I can’t. I was a little sad about it. My baby is growing up too fast. She is a really fun kid though. She has this amazing personality that just makes me smile every time I look at her. At one year she has only two teeth, hair longer than any of my other girls, and isn’t walking (although if she really wanted to she could). I love that kid and can’t imagine my life without her.

I am blessed to have three beautiful daughters in my life and I thank God everyday for them. I’m lucky to be able to stay home with them and hang out with some of the coolest people I know.

I’m biased.

I went with a monkey theme for her party. I love this new monkey girl things. I was always jealous of boys because they had the monkeys. Now the girls are getting in the act and getting super cute monkey clothes. I could squeal with joy. This was the very first fondant model I had ever done! It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. I found this excellent tutorial at Eat the Evidence. Such a fun addition to the party.

My five year old decided she wanted to eat the monkey at the party. She ended up only plucking off his head and eating that.

I now have a headless monkey in my fridge.

Here’s the smash cake I made just for her. It was such a hit, she loved it! Loved it enough to get a bath afterwards.

I wanted a nice relaxed party where I wouldn’t have to stress about feeding everyone a full meal. We held the party in the afternoon and had some snacks for everyone to eat. We had chocolate melties, red hots, and tootsie rolls for my candy jars.

I went with red, brown, and yellow for the colors.

I made a few cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes with banana cream in the middle and peanut butter frosting. From a person who doesn’t like banana’s it was fantastic.

A few banana shaped sugar cookies. Here’s where I’m going to tell you that sugar cookies is something I have always struggled with making.

It’s in the group with boiling an egg and making no bake cookies. They just never turn out quite right.

Some monkey vines or Twizzlers. Ok, as I am writing this post I’m starting to wonder why I went with a monkey theme. I don’t like bananas or Twizzlers.

I made a cute banner for her. Complete with bananas and monkeys.

A few pom poms hung from the ceiling and a couple fans with a monkey and banana on them. She loved these. Laughed when she saw them and always wanted me to hold her up so she could touch them.

A look at the whole thing.

It really was a fun day. The girls loved hanging out with all the kids, they really don’t get enough of that. Especially since the closest thing they have to neighbor kids are the chickens our neighbor’s have. Poor girls don’t have kids anywhere within walking distance.

We finished out the day with a gorgeous sunset. I love Idaho sunsets.

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