Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Donkey Kong APE-ril Rave

Tiny Cake Cuteness

My little chimp just turned 7. He adores all things Donkey Kong. And bananas. Lucky for me, his birthday is in APE-ril:) I created a this sweet charmer to celebrate our funny little boy with the eternal ketchup ring around his lips. Love you so much Honey Badger.

I am indie. I love the unexpected. Gavin chose a Donkey + Diddy Kong paper plate pattern and I worked from that starting point. I did not want to recreate any of the characters on partyware, so I picked elements form Donkey Kong to make it all cohesive + clever. Lots of bananas, barrels, ladders and neckties.

I mixed it up with an unexpected ruffled backdrop for the dessert table. The ruffles mixed in with matte gold accents, crates, monkeys and glittered bananas made for a beautiful backdrop while still keeping the boyish vibe + charm.

I created a treats and trinkets favor station to resemble an actual Donkey Kong game! A baker's rack, ladders and barrels set the stage for an adorable favor presentation.

Activities were the highlight of the day. Donkey Kong wears his signature "DK" on his necktie. The little chimps all made their own neckties with their initials:)

You heard of the Kentucky Derby? Well, we had a serious Banana Derby. It was the cutest thing. Ever.

Enjoy the pictures. I hope you can find some inspiration. Not a picture perfect party, but a real one with serious love. It was a shiny happy day. My chimp was beyond happy. His besties were thrilled. We are honored to be his parents and overjoyed to celebrate his Lucky 7th Birthday.

Dining table set-ups
Simple, but adorable centerpieces make an impact.
Colored confetti mixed in with shiny gold pieces.

Cupcake Liner Wreath to welcome guests.

Simple gold napkins jazzed up with gold monkeys 
and happy festooning.

Character plates mixed in with simple ideas make a
sweet table setting.

Drinks in little barrels. Clever, no?

My Chimp getting tatted up:)

Donkey Kong is known for his signature necktie with initials "DK."
Each kid made their own necktie with their initials and other
jazzy designs. Easy and super cute.

Tie picture taking time...Kind of a bunch of wild monkeys 
not really into to posing..LOL

They were all doing Ape calls and pounding of the chests..LOL

King of the Apes

 Banana Derby Time. You read that right. 

 Check out my racer-it's way faster than yours:)

We rolled in heats of four:)

The racing was intense.  

Cutest. Ever.

Watch out for banana peels:)

 Dessert time.
Banana splits, tiny cupcakes and milk in mini jugs.

 Donkey Kong's kid, Diddy Kong, always sports
a red baseball cap, so I used red baseball helmets to serve
the sundaes in:) 

Why, yes, that is a Glittered Sno Cone cup on Kong's Head:)

Tiny burlap canvases.

It's all about the gold.  

Tiny gold, glittery flags on baby cupcakes.

A crown fit for a Chimp. 

Mini ice creams spoons with glittered handles. 

 The treats and trinkets favor display. I tried to make it look like
a screen shot from the video game with levels, ladders, barrels
and Donkey Kong figurines.

Gavita Bananas.
Clever, no?

These banana boxes rocked. my. world. 

 Lollipop Girl strikes again.

The Donkey + Diddy Lolli adoption barrel:)

 Donkey + Diddy Bottlecap Necklaces

Banana Boxes Packaging Perfection 

Plain kraft bags snazzed up with some fun fringe. 

Yes, that is marker on his face. No comment.

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The Little Chimp a/k/a King of the Dessert Table

The Girls with the Goods:
Amazing + Adorable Gavita Banana Boxes~
Do {Piggy Bank Parties}
Gorgeous + Glittery Crown for The Ape King~
Natalie {The Knock Knock Factory}
Ridic Painted Peg Doll Donkey Kong~
Jenny {Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line}
Whimsical + Wild Donkey + Diddy Kong Lollis~
Leanne {The Whimsical Boutique}
Creative + Charming Cupcake Liner Wreath~
Kristin {Stampin' Fanatic}
Baby Kraft Cups + Tiny Milk Jugs + Bamboo Spoons~
Suzanne {Garnish}
Consultant for my Crazy Ideas~
Brittany {Grey Grey Designs}