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Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday - Theme Monkey

My grandson will be celebrating his first birthday in a few months. The theme will be monkeys. I would appreciate any ideas food or decorating wise for this theme. At this moment I have a completely blank slate.

Thanks in advance for all your help!

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  1. well, the baby won't have any real idea what is going on, nor will he remember this party later in life. so are you entertaining mostly grown-ups or a mix of adults and kids?

    is it day-time, night-time? brunch-time?

    how many people?

    obviously there should be a monkey cake, and bananas somewhere, but more about the guests and timing will help us help you!

    congratulations!

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Since the party is several months away we don't have any concrete ideas yet. We plan to serve only dairy items - no meat. There will probably be at least 100 people - kids included. And you are right, this really is a party for the parents and grandparents to celebrate the birth of this precious life!

      1. re: lukfam

        so dairy but what about fish or eggs? is this a kosher kind of deal?

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          fish and eggs are ok - yes it will be kosher

      2. Like regular monkeys? Sock monkeys? Or maybe even curious George ..saw this one with curious George at the firehouse! ?

        Banana pudding
        Chocolates dipped frozen bananas
        Banana milk or shakes

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        1. re: LaLa

          we won't even discuss the terrifying flying monkeys from wizard of oz!!! :0

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Yah, but I betcha the baby would remember those '-)

        2. Monkey bread is very child friendly! And there are a gazilion ways to prepare it (from scratch or dough short cuts).

          https://www.google.com/search?q=monke...

          1. Black beans and rice with fried plantains
            Banana bread pudding
            naming a punch "jungle juice"

            This is a tough theme to plan a menu around. The only food I associate with a monkey is bananas.
            Good luck.

            1. If you're doing games, you might like to offer Bananagrams. Or gift that to the parents for future family fun.

              Monkeys are also known to throw coconuts in the jungle. So macaroons would fit the theme.

              For food, if you can serve a stew, I find that most forgiving for a crowd. How about a "jungle" fish stew with coconut milk?
              http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/...

              Here are some monkey cupcake designs:
              https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins...

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              1. re: Seeker19104

                I really like the monkey cupcake designs on pinterest. Not being very computer savvy can you tell me how to use pinterest - will clicking on it give me the recipe and directions?

                1. re: lukfam

                  You sign up for a Pinterest account, then clicking on the picture will take you to the page of the person who posted it.

                  There will be a larger picture there and perhaps some additional instructions. You can also contact the poster for help.