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{market monday} bananas for you, baby!

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It’s time for this lil’ piggy to go to The Market for…

A couple of months ago, I saw a lil’ post on Facebook from one of my favorite party chicks, Genevieve of Superchick Studios (aka Celebrate TODAY…the superchick way!), asking if any printable designers could create a custom design for her. I, of course, jumped at the chance to work with THE Superchick on one of her fabulous parties! Fortunately, she was just as excited to work with me, too!

Genevieve was planning a baby shower for a friend of a friend and needed printables that were inspired by Fisher-Price’s “Luv U Zoo” collection. The “Luv U Zoo” collection was going to be used in the baby’s room. Genevieve wanted to focus on the monkey so J created our fun lil’ monkey inspired by the “Luv U Zoo” Monkey Bank. This lil’ piggy also decided to design something totally original for Genevieve since she’s a total original! Since I’m totally obsessed with designing favor boxes, I HAD to design a Banana Favor Box!

Without further ado, I’d like to introduce our two newest collections to hit The Market shelves…the Monkeying Around Baby Collection and the Monkeying Around Birthday Collection!

I designed an {inspiration} baby shower which started with a yellow paper plate backdrop topped with two-tone green ruffled streamers to mimic the tree tops monkeys hang out in. Then the “Bananas For You Baby” banner was hung with clothes pins on leaf ribbon from May Arts.

I added levels to the table by using green photo boxes topped with Monkeying Around Paper.

I love bananas and this was the perfect chance to showcase one of my all-time favorite fruits! Goodies included banana muffins and chocolate covered banana cupcakes topped with Lil’ Party Tags. I used cupcake wrappers leftover from another event and yellow cupcake wraps that I won in a giveaway from Decorated Elements.

Whenever I’m styling a budget-friendly event and need a quick go-to dessert to fill-in my menu, I love to check out what treats Little Debbie has available at my local grocery store. I have to tell you that J and I almost needed a mediator over these Banana Marshmallow Pies! They are light, have a subtle banana flavor and smell divine when you open the package. A new favorite at the PiG PeN!

Another one of my favorite aisles to check out is the “gourmet” section of the packaged cookie aisle. I picked up one of my favorite tea cookies that reminded me of monkey tails.

I shared the recipe for quick and easy Mini Cream Pies a couple of weeks ago and a banana version was perfect for the menu. The finishing touch for the table was a lil’ dish of banana chips and my favorite part of the collection—Banana Favor Boxes.

A “Create-Your-Own” Banner is included for personalizing different areas of the party space. I set up a gift table with a Party Sign, Favor Boxes and a couple of themed gifts. The adorable lil’ monkey backpack was designed for the “Mommy-to-be” by my sister, Dorothy. She’ll be sharing the how-to on Thursday so be sure to stop back!

The bananas were filled with banana chips and sealed with Favor Tags printed on full-sheet labels and cut out with a 2″ circle punch. The collection also includes Favor Box Seals that can be cut out with a 1″ circle punch. I love stacking the boxes to look like a “bunch” of bananas but they would also be adorable hanging from the ceiling or chandelier as décor!

To complete the collection, we included a “Create-Your-Own” Menu/Invitation which can be used as an invitation, menu or for party games!

After we created the Monkeying Around Baby Collection for Genevieve, we thought it would also make a fun birthday theme! We created a few customized elements for the Monkeying Around Birthday Collection including a Banner, Lil’ Party Tags and Party Signs. Here’s a lil’ sampling of the birthday version of the collection…

If you’re BaNaNas about our lil’ {inspiration} party, pick up the “Special of the Week!” The Monkeying Around Birthday Collection is on sale for $20.00 and the Monkeying Around Baby Collection is on sale for $10.00 through Sunday, March 18, 2012 {a 33% savings}.

In addition to the collections, we also offer a custom Monkeying Around Invitation.

I hope you’ve enjoyed hanging out with our lil’ monkey today! Sending a special thanks to Genevieve for the opportunity to Monkey Around with her! G, I’m “Bananas for you, Baby!”




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  1. Love the Bananas for Baby theme for a first birthday! Super cute.

  2. Great job! Love the theme… and looks amazing!!

  3. Alejandra Morin {The Marshmallow Studio} says:

    Sooo cute!! Seems we both love little monkeys and bananas ;)

    1. Thanks, Alejandra! Your party was adorable! Monkeys and Bananas are the best!

    1. Thanks, Miss Juicy! It’s been SOOO hard to keep them a secret from you ‘cuz I knew you’d go BaNaNas!

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