Thursday, February 4, 2010

:::NEW::: Plan Your Perfect Peek-A-Boo Monkey Party!

This week I created a super cute new party theme- The Peek-A-Boo Monkey Collection! This collection is exciting for two reasons:
1) It's the first in my "Made 2 Match" series of party themes, where I am designing themes to coordinate with the hottest Nursery Room decor trends. After a reflection back on some of the custom design work I've done, I've realized that a lot of Moms are carrying the baby's nursery theme into the baby shower, the birth announcement, and even the first birthday party (I did it too, without even realizing it!). This collection is Made 2 Match the Mod Pod Pop Monkey Collection by Kids Line.

2) This new collection also features the first release of my Printable Party Packs! Now you can get a custom invitation, and all the theme decor- all in one place!

Here's a "peek" at the new Peek-A-Boo Monkey Collection by Bean Sprout Studio:
Looking for some fun ideas for your little monkey's next party? Check out these Real Party examples, and fun ideas:
Craft/Game Ideas:

Fruit Loop Necklaces- Fill a bowl with Fruit Loop cereal and have each child string the Loops onto a string or ribbon, for a quick and easy Fruit Loop "candy" necklace.

Monkey Dough- Grab some orange and brown play dough (or even better- make your own), and let the little monkey's play! Hasbro even has a "Coco Nutty" Play Dough set, perfect for thie occassion.

Build a Monkey Sets- Just like Build-A-Bear! You can get this cute stuff for your own monkey kit for just $8.95 each. Found at
Monkey Pinata- What kid doesn't love swinging at a pinata? Let you little monkeys loose to wack at this one, found at

Food Ideas:

Animal Crackers- An easy treat!

Animal Chicken Nuggets- for a lunch that's sure to please.

Banana Pudding- A yummy dessert that's quick and easy!

Banana Bread- For a more grown-up atmosphere, like at a baby shower, fresh baked banana bread makes the perfect treat.

Banana Smoothies- If you're prepared to man the smoothie machine, this is a fun (and healthy) treat for the kiddos!

Banana Split Bar- A create-your-own banana split bar is fun for all! Gather your bananas, ice cream, and favorite toppings for a treat that's sure to please everyone!

Decoration Ideas:

Color Coordinating M&Ms- Use clear glass jars with orange, brown, and green colored M&M's. If there's a Michael's near you, they have started carrying bags of single colored M&Ms. Also check other party stores, like Party City.

Napkin Rings- Using the patterned papers and Party circles available in the Bean Sprout Studio Printable Party Kit, make your own napkin rings. Cut the patterned paper in 1.5 inch wide strips, cut in half, make a loop and use double sided tape to secure. Using a 2 inch circle punch or scallop circle punch, punch out the party cirles and adhere to top of ring. Slide in your folded napkin with silverware included, and voila!

Drink Cups- Visit your local dollar store for a supply of cheap color coordinating plates, cups, napkins, table cloths, and utensils. Get plain orange, green or brown drink cups and decorate with a punched out party circle. The easist way to do this, is to print the party circles on a solid sheet of sticker paper. Simply punch out the circles using your punch, and you'll have adorable matching cups and a fraction of the price.

Banana Bunches- Banana bunches are the perfect accessory for the party. Simply include them on your table setting or dessert bar. They are the perfect decoration, and after the party is over, you'll be stocked up on bananas!

A Barrel of Monkeys- Not just for playing with! These adorable tiny monkeys can be everywhere around your party! Hang them off the cupcake stand, the streamers, the M&M jars, or anywhere else!

Monkey Centerpieces- I found these adorable centerpieces for just $3.99 at

Favor Ideas:

Monkey Treat Bags- Using the printable patterned papers from the Peek-A-Boo Monkey Printable Party Pack, cut squares wide enough to fit over a cello bag (sizes will vary depending on which size you buy). Fold the sqaures in half and staple to the top of the treat bag. Print out the "Thanks for Swinging By My Party" Gift Tag from the Printable Party Pack, punch out, and adhere to the middle of the bag topper. Fill the cello bag with Monkey inspired treats, like these cute Banana Treats or Monkey Pops from

Monkey Tote Bags- Another great find from Oriental Trading- Monkey Tote Bags! Just $5.99 per dozen. Honestly, how can you beat these prices?

If you've had a monkey themed party, or purchased the Peek-A-Boo Party Printables by Bean Sprout Studio, please share your links, photos, and ideas with us!!

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