each guest bring a dessert
with bananas as the main feature.
Offer a prize to the best dessert (each party guest votes
for their favorite
if you think you'll have trouble with
folks voting for their own, then explain that they can vote
for only one and it CAN'T be their own.)
your local public library and check out different books on
monkeys. These look great as part of table centerpieces or
as general decorations placed throughout your party area.
They can either be laying flat or they can also be propped
up in a half open fashion (remember to visit both the children's
AND adult's section of the library.)
an inexpensive jungle, get a lot of green streamers.
Try to get at least two different shades of green and
maybe one brown roll, too. Hang and droop the streamers
randomly and densely throughout the party area
NOT just overhead - these will give a great monkey vine
look! You can make green construction paper leaves to
tape to the streamers. If you have some artificial vines
and leaves, you can sprinkle these around among the
so you'll have the leaves of a jungle
and the streamers will "fill in" the rest
of the space. Let the 'vines' you create hang to the
floor, wrap around some of the furniture, even squiggle
on the ground. As long as it doesn't look uniform (the
way normal streamers might) it will add the great jungle
colors to your event. You can also hang some in doorways
as 'vines' blocking the path and your guests will have
to brush aside the vines as they walk about! Use green
light bulbs in the area and shine them on the plants,
streamers or fabric to add to the foliage feel.
monkey or banana themed printed fabric around your party.
Look for close out sales at your local fabric stores. Sometimes
online fabric stores have good deals, but they can have high
shipping costs. If you are near a metropolitan area, check
a business-to-business directory for upholstery fabric retailers
and wholesalers. In Los Angeles there is a garment
up some facts on monkeys at your local library and periodically
ask your guests them throughout the party, awarding points/bananas
as you go (true or false might be the way to go for younger
crowds). Give a prize to the individual with the most points/bananas
at the end of the party.
a banana eating contest - the one who eats their banana the
an indoor monkey or banana tree! Get a roll of brown package
paper. Unroll a piece about 15 feet long. Crinkle and twist
the paper over and over again. Now you can take the twisted
"trunk" and attach it to the wall with thumbtacks,
poster tack or tape. Try not to make a trunk that is straight
up and down. Make some smaller twisted lengths of packaging
paper as offshoot branches. Use green streamers to create
"leaves" for the tree. You can take small lengths
and crunch them together, then tape the bunch to the wall
as a few leaves. You could also have your guests cut out leaves
for your tree. Use construction paper and have them cut different
leaves to tape to the wall.
monkey animal footprints leading up to the entrance of your
party. Find footprints in books or online. You can look at
library books for patterns or online. Cut out of construction
paper the footprints of a monkey. Tape them to the ground
leading to the front door of your party. It will look like
a monkey has already arrived at the party ahead of your guests!