For the party, we'd decided on a monkey theme. I googled some images online of monkeys and bananas. After printing those off, I had decorations for...zero dollars. I used a frame that I have in my bedroom that holds my daughter's wedding picture.
Since I love monkeys and I've started collecting things for my Grandchildren's monkey themed room at my house, I set some of it out on the table.
Let me just say that I'm NOT one of those people who make beautiful cakes! Duh! I am, however, pretty crafty and very determined. The only things that I purchased to make the cake were 2 cake mixes and two large tootsie rolls (for his tail). I had sketched out a picture of what I was attempting to make it look like. Of course it isn't perfect, but Milly did make monkey sounds when she saw it. That's how I knew that I'd done all right!
I looked through my stash of scrapbook paper for colors of pink, green and yellow. I made a birthday banner by printing off the words and cutting them out (I hope to have a cricut machine one day). It took time to cut and paste it together but it didn't cost me a thing!
I was most excited to try out the cute tissue paper pom poms that everyone seems to be making. They look more difficult than they actually are to make. I searched online and saw a lot of variations on how to make them. After working with them a bit, I figured out the easiest way to make them in my opinion. Here are some quick and easy steps on how to do it.
I used paper that was 18" x 26". Stack 10 to 12 pieces to make a nice, full pom pom.
I added the safety pin because after I made the first one, I found it difficult to reach into the pom without squishing it to grab the wire in order to wrap fishing line around it. By hanging them with fishing line, it looks like they're suspended in the air!
This is by far the trickiest part. You need to pull the layers out very carefully. They rip so easily. I pulled about four layers out on one side and then turned if over and did the same on the other side. Then I pulled the rest out to fill in the center.
Wrap the fishing line around the safety pin and hang from the ceiling.
This was such a fun party to decorate for. Now, you tell me whether you think the birthday girl seemed happy or not!