Party Idea Pros has gone bananas for monkey theme parties. We have gathered the best of the best monkey party ideas, planning tips, and supplies from monkey party paper goods to monkey invitations and stamps, monkey centerpieces and party decor, and even monkey theme photo albums. This is a swinging theme for both children’s birthday parties and for baby showers.
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Children’s Monkey Theme Birthday Party Planning
Party Idea Pros has an “old fashion” approach to kids’ parties. We say keep them small, keep them short, and keep them simple. We love hula hoops, beach balls, crayons, washable markers, glue sticks, and musical instruments. Generally, the number of guest should equal the age of the birthday child, but don’t obsess if you are a few over or under — it is not worth the hurt feelings for an extra child or even two. Never, ever deliver invitations as school, unless every single child is invited!!!!! Skip the jumpies and the pony rides.
For a great kids monkey theme party there are only a few essentials:
- A great invitation — even before the party begins invitations create a sense of anticipation. Think of all the time your own child spends looking at those invitations on your refrigerator.
- Great monkey theme paper goods
- A cluster or two of latex balloons mixed with some fabulous Mylar monkey shaped balloons (be especially careful of latex balloons if you have very young children present)
- A few coconuts, a bunch or two of bananas, a plastic safari hat, and colorful plastic binoculars for your centerpiece or simply use the centerpieces provided in the jungle party kits – you can always make them a little more playful by adding balloons and some of your own monkey accessories.
- For the food – keep it simple: orange and banana fruit tray, banana or homemade monkey bread, homemade banana chips, and trail mix in safari hats, use monkey, banana , and palm tree shaped cookie cutters to cut cheese, tea style sandwiches, and fruit into fun party shapes, drink banana smoothies in monkey head-shaped cups, and for dessert serve either Banana Splits, Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream, or the classic decorated birthday cake / cupcakes.
- Four activities: a “doing” activity such as a home “Hide & Seek Safari Monkey” a craft activity such as make your own Sock Monkey or Monkey Finger Puppets, and a game activity like, “Monkey in the Middle or “Monkey Tug of War”, or “Monkey See, Monkey Do”, and to end the party, a chance to break the monkey pinata. As the kids get older, the same activities work — just make them more complex, and add a competitive/team component.
Rather than list every single little monkey doodad you can buy, we will highlight the “big” items and a just a few special products we have gathered. Pretty much you can buy most of the “fun stuff” wherever you choose to purchase your basic partyware. Our go to sites include:
Monkey Party Supplies
Monkey Theme Invitations
Little Monkey 1st Birthday Boy Custom Invitations | Sock Monkey Card / Invitation | Monkey Jungle Baby Shower Invitations | Girl Monkey Jungle Baby Shower Invitations | More adorable monkey invitations
Monkey Business Birthday Invitation – Simple Green | Monkey Business Birthday Invitation – Sky Blue | Personal Stationery for Monkey Business Birthday Invitation – Cappuccino | Monkey Face Modern Birthday Invitation – Mocha
Monkeying Around Stamps
Monkey Centerpieces and Floral Arrangements
Just lean an adorable plush monkey against a flower bouquet or for something a bit simpler, Simply place a plush monkey with a bunch of latex balloons . a few bananas and maybe an inflatable palm tree or miniature palm in the center of your table.
More Monkey Centerpieces
Monkey Diaper Cakes
Monkey diaper cakes make great baby shower centerpieces and practical baby gifts
Monkey Party Decorations
Monkey Wall Decorations
Monkeying Around – Fun and Games
Play Monkey in the Middle
The objective of this game is for the “monkey in the middle” to catch a stuffed monkey that the other children throw back and forth.
Party Idea Pros Favorite Monkey Books
Monkey Party Favors, Napkin Rings, and Place Cards
Even though band may no longer be trendy, they still make fun napkin rings and party favors! After all, everything old can be new again 🙂
Monkey Place Cards
Mommy, Daddy and Baby Sock Monkey Costumes
New Little Monkey Baby Shower Gift
Celebrate the arrival of the new bouncy baby with this unique New Little Monkey Baby Gift Basket. The musical plush monkey, matching baby security blanket and rattle will be treasured toys for years to come. Also consider using this basket as your baby shower or baby naming buffet table centerpiece!
Make the Day Last a Lifetime
Don’t let this memorable day fade away with the setting sun. The next day, when all is still fresh, log onto Shutterfly.com to create photo books, memory calendars, and even photo thank you notes.
Monkey Photo Albums
MONKEY Baby Scrapbook Keepsake Shower Gift | Monkey Jungle Baby Photo Album Scrapbook | Mod Monkey 1.5 Binder | Mod Girl Monkey Monkeys Dots Baby Photo Album | Photo Pages for 3-Ring Binders | More Monkey Albums