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Monkey Party Decorations

Introduction

What's a bash without a few party animals? Select your child's favorite -- we monkeyed around.

Cull stuffed animals from kids' rooms for a simple centerpiece (and ask guests to bring theirs). Your child can draw a picture and cut paper bananas for Pin the Banana on the Monkey. A banana cake is decorated to look like a monkey; it's set out on the table with fresh bananas, candies, and banana-flavored milk.

Materials

  • Yellow lunch sacks
  • Candy and toys
  • Hole punch
  • Cord
  • Monkey masks template
  • Construction paper
  • Pipe cleaners

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Yellow lunch sacks become favor bags filled with candy and toys. Fold bag top, and punch two holes; slip a monkey bead or keychain onto cord, pass ends through the holes, and tie closed.

  2. Step 2

    Serve drinks in cups animated with construction paper. Use hole and craft punches to punch construction-paper circles for eyes, ears, and mouth; attach with a glue stick. For the mouth, cut a circle in half and leave a gap; for the ears, fold back a tab. Cut a paper tail; curl around your finger. For a favor pail, punch holes in a cup and add a pipe-cleaner handle.

  3. Step 3

    For memorable, fun invitations, send out construction-paper masks with details written on the back (the same oval shape can be turned into a pig, bear, or other animal). Use the template to cut the outer shape from both brown and yellow construction paper; glue together with a glue stick, and cut out eye holes. Then use the template to cut out yellow features, and glue on. Punch holes at sides; tie on ribbons.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 17 2005

Reviews (17)

  • Steffy Watson 3 Dec, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this. I was looking for some ideas for my son’s Curious George party.

  • sherischooler 5 Apr, 2011

    Loved the monkey mask invitation! I am an avid scrapper and used this as an embellishment on a Monkey around page! Scrappyaya

  • Tiffany_Sun 22 Apr, 2010

    Hi girlymom2, the template is working now. You can also try this: http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf1/0305_monkey...

  • girlymom2 14 Apr, 2010

    I am so frustrated that I cannot get the monkey invitaion template. I have been trying for days to do so in order to make invitations for my daughter's party. I guess I will attempt to make my own. Why advertise the template in the first place, if it no longer available?? Thought I could count on Martha Stewart to do be reliable!

  • PeachieKeene 16 Jul, 2009

    Make sure there are no spaces!! (like between the pdfs/pdf1 for example) - or you can just email me, I would be happy to send you the link!

    peachiekeene@rocketmail.com

  • PeachieKeene 16 Jul, 2009

    Wow, this site sure is making this process difficult. LoL! Lets try that again... I am going to separate it into sections this time... you might have to mold the link together:

    http://marthastewart.com/
    images/content/web/pdfs/
    pdf1/0305_monkeymaks.pdf

  • PeachieKeene 16 Jul, 2009

    Okay, try this link:
    http://marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf1/0305_monkeymaks.pdf

    I arrived at it by clicking the link provided by the website (above, in the 'mask invite how-to' section); however, that link did not work so I played with the link's address a bit. I removed the 'preview.corp.mslo.com' and replaced it with marthastewart.com - eureka, we now have a template!

  • kriswrite 27 Jun, 2009

    The mask template link doesn't work for me either :(

  • bakehappy 4 Sep, 2008

    I recently threw a monkey party for my two girls. I made my own stickers using sticker paper and finding cool monkey images online for the favor bags. I used the brown and yellow color theme which was a hit. Each guest had their own brown place mat with their own initial at the dinner table which also functioned as another favor when the kids went home.

  • MURIELC 7 Aug, 2008

    I made this cake, it was the first cake I ever made

  • souledout4Him 1 Jun, 2008

    The template is here:
    http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/
    pdfs/pdf1/0305_monkeymaks.pdf

  • souledout4Him 1 Jun, 2008

    The template is here:
    http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf1/
    0305_monkeymaks.pdf

  • MichelleRenee 1 Mar, 2008

    I am unable to open the template with either of the links. Any suggestions?

  • goodgollie 28 Feb, 2008

    I found the link for the monkey masks in another article. Try this

    http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf1/0305_monkey...

  • daenglish 24 Feb, 2008

    Cannot open the mask invite templates. Is it possible to fix this? When I try to go there it takes me totally off Martha Stewart.com

  • NIKZAM 2 Jan, 2008

    NOT ABLE TO OPEN TEMPLATE FOR MASK INVITES, IF ANYONE CAN OPEN IT, PLEASE EMAIL IT TO ME - NIKZAM@AOL.COM

  • heatherflowers 26 Dec, 2007

    I can not get the template to open for the mask invites. If any can open it can you send it to me via e-mail. heather.flowers@hotmail.com