Play group birthday parties seem to be all the rage lately! Whether weekly or monthly, you spend a lot of time with both the moms and kids – so it’s no wonder you would want to celebrate your child’s milestone birthdays with them!
I recently helped create a fresh, modern playgroup party with a monkey theme. The mom wanted to keep it simple, didn’t want to go overboard – yet wanted something that made a statement. Since the party was being held during their normal play group time at a local gym, we had a small space to work with.
I created one table (in close proximity of where the kids were playing – easy access for the moms to enjoy treats!) that held everything from drinks, to sweets to party favors…..
Pretty cute, right?! I focused on a few key decorations and carried the monkey theme and image throughout the party to give it a cohesive feel. A yellow seersucker fabric backdrop covered up the (not so pretty) gym walls. A banner hung over the table, which pulled together our color palette, and brought in a polka dots and a check pattern to add a touch of whimsy. The centerpieces were really cute and very kid-friendly! I used paper lanterns as the “vase” and inserted a charming centerpiece stick – monkey on the front, polka dots on the back! Totally inexpensive and easy to do! I propped them up on a white, square cake plate ($10 at Home Goods!) to add a little height to the table. To dress up the basic, white cake plate, I used glue dots to adhere yellow ric rac around the edge of it. *It’s a simple idea that you could incorporate into any theme!*
The kids were sent home with mini jars of playdough as their party favor, dressed up with a monkey polka dot label. (not to mention a big bag of candy for mom!) The playgroup birthday party turned out just darling and is a great example of how you can create a party with “wow” style and little mess!