curious george birthday party

I recently threw my son’s first birthday party and decided to throw a Curious George party. Check out all the details of the party!

Decor:

I chose yellow, red and aqua blue as my colors. I moved away from the standard blue because the aqua blue gave it a more modern twist. I wanted to use the blue and red chevron patterns throughout the party also to keep the modern look. For the center pieces on the kids tables I had yellow pails and just added small monkeys in there. Very easy but looked super cute. I also printed up food labels myself with a chevron paper backing to match everything. I just bought scrap paper from Michael’s and glued them together.

Food:

  • Veggie/Cracker/Chips with a hummus bar: Hummus is such a healthy choice for snacks and you can find so many different kinds. I put out spicy red pepper hummus, pine nuts hummus, plain hummus, cilantro lime hummus and white bean hummus.
  • Fresh basil, mozzarella and tomato salad: Rather than making the skewers I just made a tray of this salad and sprinkled some balsamic vinegar on top. It was very refreshing to eat 🙂
  • Monkey kids sandwiches: I used a monkey cookie cutter and made the PB & J and Cucumber and Cream Cheese Sandwiches.
  • Taco Stand: We hired San Diego Taco Company to make fresh tacos and quesadillas for kids. This was a big hit and really took the burden off stressing about all the food for the party. For you local San Diego followers, this place is awesome!

Hummus BarVeggie TrayMonkey Sandwiches Taco Stand

Drinks

  • Juice for kids: I served fruit punch and fresh lemonade in drink dispensers for kids rather than juice boxes. I served them in these great beverage containers with the stands. They are totally worth buying if you like to throw parties. I set up fun polka dot and stripped straws for the kids to use.
  • Adult Drinks: With tacos comes margaritas and sangria. We just bought the pre-made mixes and put them in beverage dispensers also. If you use this idea, make sure you label this ADULTS ONLY.

Kids Drinks Sangria and Margarita

Desserts:

  • Mini monkey cupcakes: We had the basic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and I bought these awesome monkey toppers from amazon. They were perfect for mini cupcakes.
  • Smash Cake: The smash cake was in whip cream icing rather than fondant. Way less sugar and it was easier for him to eat. I kept the cake very simple with just chevron lines to match the decor.
  • Main Cake: I also did a main cake again in whip cream icing and kept it simple. It just matched the decor of the party and I used my leftover monkey toppers to top that cake.
  • Donuts Pops: These were the hit of the party and super super easy. All I did was buy donut holes from a local bakery and threw them on a Popsicle stick. Kids preferred this even over the cake because food on a stick makes everything so much more fun!

Donut Sticks

Curious George Cakemonkey cupcakes

Party Activities

  • Bounce House: We rented a simple bounce house for the party. This is always a great way to keep the kids entertained without having to watch over them the entire time.
  • Magic Show: We hired a Kids Magician Adelaide. My 1 year old actually liked to sit and watch it. The best part was that there was a bunny at the end. Every kid could not step petting it.

Favors:

  • Each kid got a cute stuffed animal monkey with a little sign and some banana candy on it. We used yellow, blue and red ribbon to make little bows around the monkeys. We set these up in my son’s red wagon and made a chalkboard sign that said “Adopt a Monkey”

To conclude, it was a very successful party and I wouldn’t have changed anything about it. Something to note is that Cutting Edge Creations has a commercial princess combo bounce house and jumping castles for sale if you’d prefer to get something you can reuse for other events, but for us renting was a better option.
curious george favors Curious George Party Favors

5 Comments

  • Sejal

    Hi Neesha. Great theme…I may use it for my son’s 1st birthday party coming up in a couple of months :). I had a question..did you do the smash cake at the party? I was going to do the smash cake with just me, my husband and son because I thought he might get shy in front of others. But doing it at the party may be fun. How did you son do in front of a crowd? Thanks!!

    • Neesha

      Hey Sejal,

      Okay this may sound silly but what we actually did was we practiced signing to him like the entire week before his birthday so he would not get overwhelmed when a bunch of people were singing really loud right at him. Believe it or not, with no nap he was smiling when it was time to do the cake. We did do the smash cake at the party. He loved it when he heard Happy Birthday because he loved the song and was so familiar with it 🙂 It’s a crazy idea I know but it totally worked for us 🙂

  • Rachana Thakkar

    Hi Neesha,

    I loved reading about your party! You did an awesome job! I would love to do something similar but it’s too hot in Houston in June to have a party at the house for my son. So I’ll be having a party at an indoor place and still do a curious george theme. I have one quick question. Where did you order the party favors? I remembered you posted it on fb bmu page but I can’t find that thread.

    Thanks!

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