in addition to a monkey party, colleen wanted monkey cupcakes for her school snack celebration. she liked both the cake and cupcake ideas we found and couldn't decide which one, so this way we were able to do them both!! colleen especially loved helping with these--i spread the icing, she placed the cookies and candies. the idea came from snooze-a-palooza, an american girl book that i use a lot. it's all about different themes for sleepovers, but the theme ideas are great whether you're having a sleepover or not and it has become one of my favorite birthday party sources. next year, she'll be in second grade, which is when i let mignon have her first sleepover, so she's already started studying the book and planning ahead! monkey party pics still to come, but since today's the actual day, we have a family dinner tonight--and she's asked for a turquoise color scheme!
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