Hello! I’m back to share our monkey-inspired menu with you. Bugaboo’s Monkey-themed first birthday was held from 11am-1pm to fit in with his nap schedule. This also meant lunch was a necessity. Coming up with a tasty, yet affordable, menu that included appetizers, lunch, and desserts can be tricky. Luckily, we were really just dealing with adults and did not have to worry about pleasing tiny tastes – all of our guests, except one, were over the age of 25.
Below is our menu with the fun names we came up with to label all of the food. We found great inspiration from just Google searching online and looking up synonyms and related words to jungle and monkey. For our main meal we went with meatball sandwiches. They could be put in the slow cooker before guests arrived allowing us to not have to worry about cooking or setting out food. This gave us a chance to spend the time with out guests and also be with Bugaboo, who was going through his stranger-danger phase still. Not knowing how he would react to a house full of people I knew I didn’t want to be worrying about cooking things. He ended up doing great and loved being the center of attention!
The pineapple palm tree was my favorite part of the food set-up! I saw images of similar trees online and was so excited to make my own. I found the palm tree topper online at Joann Fabrics, and it was on sale! I definitely did some research on where to get my pineapples – I’d need four and they were pricey during wintertime. I found a great deal, though, so that made me happy. I watched a YouTube video on how to assemble it and ta-da it worked and looked so fun! Plus, we had a lot of pineapple since I cored the top 3 just leaving the bottom one in-tact! Yummmm!
For the desserts I had found wonderful pictures on Pinterest of monkey cupcakes and knew I wanted to give them a try! I made vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and decorated them with the blue and orange colors of our party. They were really easy and a lot of fun to do with my mom and sister the night before the party.
You can check out my Monkey Party Pinterest board where I have recipes pinned for some of the foods we made. Next up I’ll be showing you some tutorials on the projects I did for the party!
- Chimpan-cheese and Crackers
- Swing’in Strawberries
- Monkey Melon
- Gorilla Grapes
- Pineapple & Orange-atang Salad
- Monkey Mango Salsa
- Tropical Pine-APE-le Salsa
- Samson Salsa (The name of our local zoo’s famous gorilla)
- Chimp Chips
- Monkey Bread
- Monkey Balls (Meatballs in our slow cooker)
- Monkey Buns (Hoagie buns)
- Monkey vines (licorice)
- Monkey’s Banana Pudding
- Monkey Cupcakes
- Jungle Juice (Yummy family punch recipe using Sprite, Jell-O, and orange juice)
- Lemur Lemonade