Yum!!  Isn’t it great to have a recipe on-hand to use when those bananas that get ripe too quickly?  We love to freeze them and use them for smoothies~ and now, here is another great and delicious idea!  SHAUNA KRANTZ. of CUPCAKE WITH CHARACTER, is back again this week with another fabulous guest blogging post for us!  I love seeing what Shauna sends over for us~ and these CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA CUPCAKES are definitely on my list to make with my kids this summer!  They would also be perfect birthday party ideas for food at a Monkey or Curious George themed party!

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Monkeying around with Curious George and Birthday Boy Hudson was loads of fun for the family and friends that came to celebrate Hudson’s 2nd birthday!  Mom Cara, of One Swell Studio, designed the paper products and the party as she hosted an adorable celebration for her son!

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Lights, action, roll-’em!  In this case, roll ’em took on two meanings…the movie reels rolled and the cars did, too- they rolled right up to the action on the big screen at this Curious George at the Drive-In Movie party!  Birthday Boy Luke loves George, and so his mom requested a Curious George party~ and she wanted the main activity to be a Curious George movie on the outdoor movie screen!  So, here it is…all “rolled” into one!

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Birthday Boy Everett has been lovingly called “Monkey” since he was born, and mom Julia knew that a Monkey Party would be the perfect way to celebrate Everett’s First Birthday!  Julia planned every wonderful detail… down to the monkeys on her own Lilly Pulitzer dress!  Perfectly coordinated, playful, and fun, this party swings with adorable touches…but who knew little monkeys were afraid of cake?  Read on to see all the fun (and even a few tears!)…

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What’s red, and brown, and ivory all over?  A Sock Monkey, of course!  With the color scheme carried through in all of the details of the party and sock monkeys displayed in the cutest of ways, mom Christy throws a party FULL OF DO-IT-YOURSELF details!  This party was submitted to me by Ali Caudill who photographed the party.  Thanks, Ali!

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Sock Monkeys are always a hit… add them together with bright colors and bright candy and you are sure to have a monkey of a good time!  Candybar Couture shares with us easy and adorable ways to display candy and desserts- creative containers and great placement help show off delicious treats!  Enjoy!

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Curious little monkeys are everywhere in this party- with a modern mix of chevron stripes and yellow, pink, and blue!  It makes us all want to monkey around with this precious little birthday girl!

The special birthday chair is oh, so pretty…

The monkey hats are more than cute…

The guests played “Pin the Banana on the Monkey” and also had a little fun with a pinata~

The children enjoyed popcorn, monkey-shaped sandwiches and other treats.  I know the lemonade was even sweeter served in these cute cups…

The birthday girl and her mommy enjoying the day~

And this photo is so adorable!  Happy Birthday, chic little monkey- you are a doll!

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Today is a double feature of the creative talent at The Creative Orchard!  Renee designed this party for her son’s 2nd birthday, and it truly is SEW CUTE!  Renee based the decorations off of adorable sock monkeys and the craft materials used to make them -using buttons, yarn, and all things cute for this party!

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