For my son's second birthday I wanted to do something unique and fun! My sister in law and I decided to throw a join birthday and chose an inspired curious george theme! The inspiration came from a staged photo-shoot we did. We bought polka dot balloons and dressed the kids in matching attire for a fun time. The kids loved every moment of the shoot! The photos played an important part in the overall theme. Going into the shoot I had the color scheme chosen so we could coordinate the colors. I wanted to use non traditional Curious George colors and went with a pink and yellow color scheme. I knew I wanted it bright and fun! The dessert table was dressed with a yellow and white chevron fabric that also played a part in the invitation design. I used a few photos from the photo shoot and designed a coordinating invitation. I just loved how they turned out, so fun and playful. I designed matching favor tags, straw flags, labels, signs and other paper goods. I purchased coordinating partyware in pink and yellow form Kim at the Tomkat Studio. I was able to sketch what I wanted for the cake and had a local bakery make it. Inside were coordinating colors of yellow and pink alternating throughout. For the actual cake toppers I contacted my sweet friend Linda from Frog Prince Cookie Designs to bring my concept to life. She added so many personal touches to the monkey toppers, everyone loved them! I couldn't help but want to cherish them forever, but the birthday boy had something else in mind when he bit the arm off the morning after the party :) For the cake bunting, I designed a banner and printed it out on cardstock and attached to two paper straws. I loved how it turned out.
When it came to the dessert table I wanted to pretty much keep everything n coordinating colors with the exception of a few treats. I found some candy containers with mini scoops at World Market and dressed them up with coordinating paper and ribbon. Coordinating candy was placed in each little compartment, ready to be gobbled up by the curious little children. The best part of the table, other than the cakes was the cake pops. My sister in law knew a friend who made them. I knew that I wanted them to coordinate with the cake toppers and fit the scheme and colors of the party. I couldn't of been happier with how they turned out. My Cake Bite Delights did an fantastic job and they were some of the yummiest cake pops I have ever tasted. While browsing Pinterest I found a fun little treat called banana split bites they were very easy to make and such an delight. I also was able to fin a simple recipe for monkey bread and knew that this would be the perfect favor for the party. I had a supply of white muslin bags and baby food jars that I had been waiting to use for something. This turned out to be the best idea yet. Once the monkey bread was done cooking and cooled off I placed a jar in each bag and finished off with the favor tags I designed. They were such a sweet and personal addition. I set up a small table lined with a burlap runner and placed the pink punch dazzled with cut lemons and stripped straws with fun little flags. I scored old wooden chalk boards from Goodwill and hand drew some fun little details. The backdrop for the table was a stripped yellow ribbon hanging vertically with the kids pictures displayed with mini clothespins. It turned out so cute, and seems to be my go to idea when hanging things on a door.
Another personal touch that was added to the party was the kids birthday hats. My sister and I got together one night and crafted some fun Curious George birthday hats. It wasn't complete without the fun little ears poking out the sides and adorned with glitter and ribbon.
While we were cutting the cake I was able to snap some adorable pics of my son and niece! After the cake was served we set up the banana split bar. I purchased mini paper clips and wooden spoons from The Tomkat Studio with fun toppings and mini bananas. This was such a fun addition to the party and who doesn't love ice cream! The party was a success with so many personalized touches from the Curious George guest books, to the photographs, custom crafted party hats and some many sweet touches.