Sunday, July 10, 2011

Curious monkeys for an adorable baby

I know all of you dear readers have been dying for another edition of my theme party planning a go go. Well, maybe you aren't all dying for it, but you get to hear about it anyway. Here's the thing: I'm pretty sure Cory's ready to drop me off at theme rehab. Is there a 12-step program for theme overload? I should probably start it, but I'm not ready to admit I have a problem. Themes are still my friend. I have yet to hit rock bottom. So, what is my latest theme? Curious George!

Yesterday, I threw a baby shower for my friend Sarah. Everything was super last minute because they got all of four hours notice before they became parents to baby Jack. So, the shower was also thrown together in less than three weeks. Talk about cutting it close. It did not help that I started reading The Hunger Games trilogy a week before the shower and could not put the books down. There were many times I should've been working on stuff for the shower, but instead, I was reading. It's a problem of mine. If there were a Hunger Games rehab, I probably should go there, too.

Anyway, it turns out that Curious George was Sarah's favorite childhood book. I could tell you that was why I chose the theme. Of course, then I'd be lying. But, it was an enormously happy coincidence. Or fate. Let's go with fate. I like that better. However, there was only so much I could do with Curious George, so I had to expand the theme to include other monkeys as well.

We started with Curious George invites with a cute little wording:
Everyone's Curious and wants to meet
Jack McKinley
Oh boy, what a treat!
Come to Sarah's shower and take a look
Help build Jack's library and bring a book.

Gotta put that Journalism degree to use for something. Scathing exposes on dirty politics or cutesy rhymes on baby shower invitations. Potato/Potatoh.

Ok, so what are you waiting for now? Oh yeah, pictures!
Kind of hard to see, but the cake table. Also used bananas to decorate. Monkeys like bananas, right?
Close up of the cake. Gotta love HyVee bakery department.
Some of the Curious George decorations. 
The favors. Banana bread mix. Secret? It's actually repackaged Betty Crocker banana bread mix. You didn't think that I mixed it up myself did you?
Not sure if the champagne mixer bar had anything to do with monkeys, but everyone else enjoyed it.
The food. Again, it was kind of hard to make the food go with the monkey theme. Maybe if I'd had more time I could've gotten more creative. As it was, I chose all the food I like.
The decorative clothesline. The middle jammies have monkeys.
And, the man for whom the party was thrown! Jack!
And, finally me and Sarah and Jack. 
So, there you have it. Another themed party brought to you by Amy. If you need me, you can find me institutionalized in the Center for Theme-aholics. It should be a 30-day stay. Once out, I'll be back and raring to party plan. I do only have seven months to go until Charlotte's 2nd birthday.


  1. I love it! You amaze me! Party planning makes me break out in a cold sweat...not something I enjoy.
    I'm so happy for Sarah!

  2. Okay theme queen... I'll put your brain to work... How does one throw a new and creative Space-themed birthday party for the 3rd year in a row? Yes, Mr. Man is expecting to have a space party again and to... wait for it... huge shocker approaching... be an astronaut for Halloween (again).
    Party Plan!