The decorations are just streamers, a birthday sign, and some inexpemsive Curious George boingy things from the party store. The Curious George is one of the bubble blowing variety - Anna Kate just happened to get it for her birthday. With a few balloons from the dollar store, he was really cute and allowed me to trade a complicated cake for some brightly dyed cupcakes. And I couldn't resist the $2 palm platter from Target. I read a neat idea online of attatching artificial palm branches to the ceiling fan blades, then using brown streamers coming down from the middle of the fan and attaching to the table to look like a palm tree -but I couldn't find brown streamers.
The food: aforementioned chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing dyed bright with gel food coloring. Paste coloring would have made richer colors, but i had the gel already. Root beer floats took care of the drink and ice cream for less mess and less waste. M&ms, cheese popcron and frozen bananas that were then chocolate dipped and sprinkle doused.
Okay,crafts. We made these toilet paper roll Georges, Curious George masks, and also had a variety of coloring and activity pages (in the links at the bottom).
Rosie enjoyed her new toys, including props for her doggie routine and a camera.
Here's the rest of the links:
- Lots of cake ideas
- Coloring Pages
- Party and game ideas - here too! And this one includes the streamer palm tree idea.
- Complete set of printables for a Curious George reading party. I especially liked the mazes, dot to dot, and step by step instructions for drawing George. Here's the pdf for all of it.
- The official movie site is great! Don't miss the downloads page which includes printable stickers and t-shirts. With craft store t's and transfer paper you could make t-shirts for about $3-4 a shirt.
- PBS has a Curious George party page. My favorites there are bookmarks , a flip book and a the mask.
Updated February 2011: