We recently got to celebrate our daughter’s birthday with some of her little friends. I absolutely love planning her birthday parties which have so far (lucky me!) all been based on classic children’s books. It’s like getting to do a whole author study or mega book report in one afternoon – with cake!! I know that I’m on borrowed time with this before she picks a theme unrelated to children’s literature, but my fingers are crossed that I can hold on a little longer – I have great ideas for both Pigeon and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse parties that I’m dying to use…
This year she chose Curious George (or Crazy George as she calls him) for her birthday theme. I found lots of fun ideas on Pinterest, and came up with some of my own as well. For food, I served Curious George fruit snacks, Gerber Banana Cookies, cutout cookies in the shape of puzzle pieces (since Curious George eats a puzzle piece in one book),
Rice Krispie treats in the shape of monkeys (I used a monkey cookie cutter and both regular and Cocoa Krispies for the heads along with chocolate chips and Twizzlers Pull and Peel for the faces),
and yellow hat cakes (Twinkies cut in half and stuck in cake dessert shells).
To decorate the tables, I used banana Runts and puzzle pieces in apothecary jars along with various Curious George toys I found at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon.
Each child had a newspaper boat (since Curious George makes boats out of newspapers in another book) with his or her name on it to mark his or her spot at the table.
The kids also had supplies to make monkeys out of construction paper and got to play yellow hat ring toss (made out of yellow cones and strips of black electrical tape).
At the end we handed out Barrels of Monkeys for favors. I thought it was a fun birthday theme – lots of possibilities! I hope the kids enjoyed attending the party as much as I enjoyed putting together all of the Curious George themed stuff for the party!