I am still in the middle of end of school chaos, so I have had very little time to make things this week. Instead I thought this would be the perfect time to share another one of our favorite parties. I mentioned in an earlier post that Kara has a love of animal themed parties. The year she turned 7, she wanted a zoo animal party. The closest zoo is about 45 mins away, so it was not ideal for us to travel to the zoo. Instead, we did our best to have a pretend zoo at our house. For our photo op, we had each child pose in the monkey cage. A friend who has a blinds business gave me the cardboard inserts to make a monkey cage. Originally, I had hoped to make a standing cage wall to stand in front of our deck to look like there were two sets of cage bars. That did not work out so well, so instead we attached the "bars" to our garage and the girls stood behind it and posed like a monkey.
For our craft we make a monkey paper plate craft that can be found on Oriental Trading here.
We served regular zoo type food, like hot dogs, chips, fruit kabobs. This was around the time that the Hello Cupcake book came out with zoo animal cupcakes. Kara chose the elephant, monkey and lion.
One good thing about having way too many stuffed animals is when you need to make a zoo, you have enough animals on hand. This is our artic exhibit with our polar bears and penguins.
After opening the presents each child went home with animal themed goodie bags.
Look, there are two other monkeys in the monkey cage! These are rare monkeys because this pic is the only one with both of them together smiling from that entire day. I think it is the only picture of the male monkey, because he kind of hid during the party to get away from all the girls. The older female monkey was going through a phase where she did not like to have her picture taken. I have very few pictures during that time period with her face instead of the back of her head. That picture is definitely special!
Make sure to check my linky party page to see all of the awesome blogs I am linking this party to.