Sunday, June 3, 2012

Monkey Birthday Party

Last night we had our very first slumber party in the Norris household.   Whew...9 giggling girls!  My hubby and I are EXHAUSTED!  Anyway, my daughter turned 11, and she wanted a monkey-themed birthday party. So, I thought I'd share some of the things I made for her..  First of all, here's the card I made for her.

This is an A2 sized card. I got the cute little monkeys from the Lettering Delights Monkey Around Cut It Set.  The little flag said something Valentine's-y, so I removed that layer, enlarged the flag, and added a sentiment from my Pink by Design Labels Stamp Set.  I added an orange bow (that's my daughter's favorite color), and her card was all done!

I also made invitations for her party.  I decided to go the digital route with them, though, so I could just design them, print them out, and be done.  It turned out to bee a good thing, too, because I had to redo them after they were already given out because of a conflicting school activity on the night we first scheduled the party on.  No problem, though, because I just changed the dates and reprinted.  Much better than re-making hand-made ones.  

Anyway, I couldn't find a monkey graphic that I really liked for my daughter's birthday, so I decided to try drawing one in Inkscape.  Well, I did, and I think she came out really cute!  Then, I just created an invitation in Adobe Photoshop Elements, and I had an invitation I could print.  Here's what it looked like (with the personal info blocked out). 

Then, I made coordinating treat bag toppers.  I simply imported my little monkey graphic into Silhouette Studio, traced it, and used the print and cut function to cut several of them out.  Then, I created a topper by using this file as a base, using the inset and knife tools to create the orange shape and pink bands, printed and cut the colored parts, and assembled them with adhesive and foam tape.  Then, I added a sentiment from Pink by Design's Big Thoughts Stamp Set.  Here's what they looked like:

Finally I made cupcakes for Madison's party.  I saw some really cute monkey cupcakes on Pinterest, so I decided to try making some of my own.  I made some brown and some orange (my daughter's favorite color).  Madison helped me give them all different expressions.  Here they are:

That's all I made for the party.  We had a lot to do around the house before her guests came (since it was a slumber party)...lots of games to set up and food to cook.   So, I kept my handmade stuff to a minimum.  

Well, it's time for me to go take a nap.  We all stayed up WAY too late last night.  I hope the rest of your Sunday is spectacular!  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Glad you survived the slumber party. All your projects are so fun, but those cupcakes are just way to fun. Monkeys are a big animal in our house and I am so storing this in my memory bank (thanks Pinterest!!)

  2. Awesome monkeys! With 3 children still at home, slumber parties are a near weekly thing! During the summer, we often have 3 or 4 extra kids at least 2 or 3 nights each week!

  3. What an awesome party it must have been!! The pictures of the girls....and your hubby we a riot!!!
    Happy Birthday to your daughter!!!

  4. WOW.....Lisa, your party creations are awesome! Love the pretty monkey you created in inkscape too! Oh and the card is so so cute:)

  5. WOW!!! loved your card you made her, the treat bags are soooo cute. oh the cupcakes are adorable!!! basically loved everything!!!

  6. Oh my gosh everything looks awesome! That's a cool theme and I love the treat bags and cupcakes.

  7. Wow!!! Super cute!! Love your monkey!!

  8. super cute Lisa! Everything turned out adorable!

  9. Holy smokes Lisa! This is fabulous :) I am sure she loved all the decorations:) GREAT job and so fun!
    Sherrie K

  10. Awesome party favors- and I love that monkey file! :) Cute card too, of course!


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