A Fashionista Turns 6

Our original Little Monkey, Ellie, is not such a little monkey anymore! At 6 she's into fashion and she wanted a fashion-fabulous party at her beloved play space.

 

Never mind that mom is a party planner. Ellie's got the vision and mom just needs to pay for it ;)

First on her list was a photo booth. Our good friends at TK Photography were ready to roll out the pink carpet for her and her friends!

Ellie is also a super-fan of Nili Yelin, The Storybook Mom, who does Storytime at Purple Monkey every week. Very few people can hold the attention of kids ages 4-6 in a playroom full of toys. Needless to say, the kids were rapt. 

We left plenty of unstructured time for the kids to just enjoy the playroom. Believe us, six-year-olds can still play for hours at Purple Monkey. 

 

And finally it was time for cake and cupcakes, also fully envisioned by the birthday girl herself. Everyone took home either a "beauty bag" or a "buff box," which contained all of the items you could need to prep your fashion-forward self. 

We were thrilled to have an assistant from Chime by SitterCity to help us prep, serve, and take care of any needs that arose during the party, so that the Purple Monkey team could be guests at this party. 

Happy birthday sweet girl. I'm so happy you still love Purple Monkey. We love celebrating you here. 

Noah's Tiki Party

What do you do in a playspace that comes complete with its very own tiki hut? Throw a tiki party of course! Noah dreamed this up for his 5th all on his own, and his mom, long-time playroom Senior Manager, knew exactly how to pull it all together. 

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She worked with the incomparable Creations by J to design a delectable tablescape, complete with tiki torches and leis. Between the fruit skewers, coconut bowls, and tropical treats on a stick, guests were transported to the islands, with a picturesque view of Western Avenue. To top it all off, Noah's guests were treated to face painting, the bubble machine, and delicious food from Cocina Boricua

Happy birthday, Noah! Can't wait to hear what you're cooking up for the big Number 6!

 

Mohan's Beatles Blowout

Mohan was turning 1 and his parents wanted the Beatles to usher in his big day! All they needed was love, and a little help with the planning. We were happy to hold their hand. 

They were looking to go big and our balloon designer didn't disappoint  - the entire set-up was flanked by a record-laden arch in Beatles theme. Underneath was a gorgeous food and dessert spread, which the family opted to source on their own. Each food was selected to correspond to a Beatles song or album (yellow submarines! Strawberry fields!). 

Mom and dad created an adorable collage of Mohan in his first year, which they shaped into the number 1. (The Purple Monkey underneath didn't mind taking the morning off!)

Our talented graphics designer designed personalized record labels for decorative LP's that we hung around the tiki hut. She coordinated these to labels for the gift bags and created a special, Beatles-themed "stats" poster for the birthday boy. 

We loved working with the Patel family on this fun, unique theme. Happy first birthday, Mohan! 

Thanks for celebrating with us!

 

 

 

 

Sawyer's Sprinkle Party

Sweet baby Sawyer was turning 1 and her mom was ready with Pinterest boards in-hand. She envisioned colorful sprinkles, from decoration to cake, and we were excited to pull it all together for her!

We hand-crafted her initials using cardboard letters, sprinkles, and Mod Podge glue. Mom wanted a very specific type of sprinkle, which we carried throughout the theme, from banner, to gift bags, to sweets. 

Even the balloons were "sprinkle-filled," which we accomplished by using small pieces of tissue in pinks and white, which we pre-filled before adding helium. 

Happy first birthday Sawyer! Thank you for the opportunity to plan your delicious celebration!

 

Nikolay's Turns 4 with Ninja Turtles

Nikolay is serious about his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and his parents wanted a maximum Turtle Power for his fourth birthday celebration. So of course when they asked us if we could make their visision happen, our immediate reaction was, "Cowabunga, Dude!" 

Michelangelo dropped in to hang with the birthday boy and his friends. Of course he felt right at home surrounded by all his buddies, joined him on tableware, balloon columns and and a super-tubular cake. 

Everyone also enjoyed an ice cream bar, the bubble machine, and glitter tattoos, and of course, lots and lots of play!

TK Photography was in to expertly capture every moment. 

Thanks for celebrating with us Nikolay! We loved Turtalizing Purple Monkey for you!

 

Maxwells Farm Celebration

Maxwell was turning two and his mom was ready to put on a DIY, farm-fabulous celebration for her little cowboy. And to help her do it, she rounded up the baddest mom-owned businesses in town. 

First up was securing the incomparable Miss Jamie From the Farm. Her interactive, high-energy performance, complete with adorable farm-wear is the perfect way to set the stage for a "barnyard bash." And even though we're technically a storefront on the border of Bucktown and Logan Square, we were more than happy to play the part of the "barn."

To transform our Monkey-dappled space, Max's mom worked with talented baker, Cake art by Kristen, and graphic artist,  Your Time to Shine Design, each of whose artistic talents helped bring her vision to life. 

We loved each little touch, from the "Watering Hole" wagon to the mason jar party favors. 

Happy Birthday, Maxwell! Thanks for letting us host your fabulous celebration!

Liam Thomas' Very Hungry Caterpillar

Liam Thomas was turning one in a week, and his mom wanted us to plan a Very Hungry Caterpillar celebration! Not one to back down from a challenge, we alerted our expert baker, Creations by J, that we'd need a Caterpillar cake and sweet table stat. Our balloon centerpiece artist, Rosielloons, also kicked into high-gear to prepare some Caterpillar-style table decor. 

While tableware is usually the easiest part of our decorating scheme, Very Hungry Caterpillar plates proved extremely difficult to find on short notice! The only local site that carried them would not do a rush ship, so we had to dip into our creative stores to ensure the fun of the theme was still well represented throughout. 

First on our list was a caterpillar spotting/catching station. We placed magnifying glasses and nets a pail outside the tiki hut for eager Caterpillar spotters. We were thrilled to find leaf-shaped lights, which we used to accent the display shelf over the buffet, where we imagined a hungry caterpillar might be found crawling around.  

We served up "Caterpillar Punch," and a caterpillar candy buffet in coordinating colors, each accented with a caterpillar die-cut. We also thought the die-cut made an adorable addition to a chalkboard door-hanger. 

Finally, we tied it all together with a stuff-your-own gift bag station, with bags personalized by September Blooms. Little guests were invited to choose a "caterpillar's friend" in a bug jar, a fun glow-in-the dark critter that grows when soaked in water. A second pail held "caterpillar straws," otherwise known as silly straws. The third pail had a choice of Scentos play doh in "caterpillar favorites" such as strawberry and plum or bubbles in an ice-cream cone container. And finally - little human mouths also got a treat from the fourth container - tootsie pops in classic and fruit flavors. 

We had so much fun planning your party, Liam Thomas! Thanks for celebrating with us!

 

 

Skylar's Fabulous Farm

Skylar was turning two and her mom thought farm-themed decor with corresponding entertainment would be adorable. We agreed. And, as always, we knew just who to call to help make it happen. 

September Blooms did an incredible job of matching a banner and gift bags to the farm-themed tableware we fell in love with on Birthday Direct. 

Creations by J custom-designed everything from a barn and silo smash cake and animal cupcakes, to chocolate "strawberry" pops, to "hay bales "made from rice krispy treats. 

We hand-assembled the centerpieces in-house along with the piggy, cow, and chicken party hats. 

The "chicken feed" - a combination of sweet and salty chex mix and pretzels - served out of a bandana-lined pail was a huge hit. 

And tying it all together was an energetic, down-home performance from the always-fabulous Miss Jamie From the Farm. 

Thanks for letting us plan your party, Skylar! We had a rollickin' good time!

Professional photos courtesy of Sapphira Miller Photo.  

 

 

Turning 5 With My Little Pony

Ellie is an expert in all-things Ponyville and, alongside Pinkie Pie, was the lead planner on her My Little Pony "Par-Tae."

First, there would be cupcakes. Vanilla and chocolate cake with milk chocolate toppers.  And the frosting was to be pink and purple. The Elements of Harmony were also to be in attendance, and were chosen in their 6-inch plush form (along with their Equestria Girl counterparts) to oversee the breakfast buffet. 

And then there would be hooficures. What's a hooficure, you ask? A manicure for ponies, of course! Thankfully Jenny, of Noktivo Natural Nail Spa and Green Beauty Boutique is a local expert in the art of hoofacures, and set-up shop with her non-toxic line of hoof polish in the playroom. 

But really, what good is a hooficure if you haven't gotten your cutie mark tattoo? Thankfully, a My Little Pony-clad Melina Stock was in the house and came prepared with her pony transformation kit. 

Last but not least, the birthday girl requested her favorite Purple Monkey party fixture - the bubble machine. 

Each child took home their choice of a My Little Pony water bottle or an assorted theme activity pack. We had a blast celebrating Pony-style!



Addison's Scrumptious Strawberry Shortcake 4th

Strawberry Shortcake

Addison was turning four and her mom had a vision. She wanted to hand-design a Strawberry Shortcake celebration in our space, with just a little help from our vendors. And every single detail was perfect. 

Addison's mom designed her door sign, banner, centerpieces, a craft table, and most of the sweet table. We connected her with Creations by J and Rosieloons to accent her beautiful spread with a Strawberry Shortcake fondant cake (strawberry flavored - of course) and a balloon arch, that was equally spectacular. 

To top off the "wow"- factor, Addison's guests each got to visit a mini berry patch and took home a beautiful bottle of jam to commemorate the occasion. 

Happy Birthday Addison! We loved planning alongside your mom and celebrating with you!

Araav Turns 4 with Curious George

Curious George

Aarav was turning four and his parents determined that Curious George was just the theme to help him celebrate. And what better place to celebrate a George-themed party than with George's very best friend, the Purple Monkey?!? 

Aarav's family wanted a gluten free and dairy free cake to enjoy, so we worked with Swirlz bakery to design a delicious cake and mini cupcakes that fit the bill, while Creations by J designed the sweet table.  September Blooms created the one-of-a-kind banner, to accent the display. 

The very talented Eva Ho was on-hand to capture the festivities. 

Each child took home a yellow pail filled with organic treats, Monkey bubbles, a Curious George-esque magnifying glass and a return play pass. 

Thank you for Monkeying around with us! We had a blast!

Jake and The Neverland Pirates Go Purple Monkey

Pirates

Nilah and Donovan were turning one and three, and their joint celebration was a Jake and the Neverland Pirates adventure! We worked with our creative and talented baker, Creations by J, to bring Disney Jr.'s Pirate Island to life in fondant, chocolate, and marshmallows. Rosielloons created spot-on character centerpieces out of balloons. September Blooms designed a beautiful banner for the tiny buccaneers. 

A beautiful, Rosielloons balloon arch accented the drink table, while a shelf of swords, binoculars, and spyglasses flanked the buffet. Each little guest took home a pail filled with pirate-themed goodies, and a return play pass for a future visit. 

Noah's Superhero Extravaganza

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Noah was turning 4 and is a superhero in training! So, of course, he needed to celebrate with his favorite caped crusaders. 

His mom, Lea, happens to be Purple Monkey's manager of almost three years. Having personally hosted well over 100 parties in the space, she practically has our top vendors on speed dial and knew just who she needed to call to make Noah's celebration unforgettable. 

Creations by J designed an incredible spread, which included a fondant cake, cupcakes, and treats to match, while Rosieloons handcrafted superhero centerpieces out of balloons. 

But don't be fooled! The balloons weren't the only superheros floating around the space. Rockstar face painter, Star McFarlane, was on-hand to turn every eager guest into the superhero of their choice. And then...Batman himself came flying in, much to the delight of each of the little celebrants. And most of the big ones too (thank you Princesscapades!). 

Happy birthday, Noah! We love celebrating with you!!!

 

 

 

Disney Cars Party

Disney Cars Party

Derrick was turning two and loves Disney's Cars!

His mom and dad wanted custom, end-to-end planning,  and knew Purple Monkey was just the place to find it! 

As always, Creations by J worked wonders in fondant and chocolate. 

Rosielloons brought balloon-magic to the table, all accented by a beautiful September Blooms original banner. 

Each child took home a gift bag with Cars-themed bubbles, Cars rubber bracelets, play doh, an organic snack, and a return play pass. 

 Happy Birthday Derrick! We loved celebrating with you!!!

Miss Jamie's Farm & Friends Entertainment Co.

Two Fridays ago Purple Monkey had the best. day. ever. 

When we invited Miss Jamie from Miss Jamie's Farm & Friends Entertainment Co. to do some performing at Purple Monkey, we had no idea that she'd also bring Farmhand Scott to do balloon twisting, Farmhand Rosie, to sing and dance, The Storybook Mom for story time, Chef Deo with Nourish to do food crafts, Farmhand Cara to do facepainting, AND Goldenfeather Productions for Fairytale Theater! And best of all, TK Photography was in the house to capture all the magic!

Miss Jamie

Miss Jamie

Miss Jamie with Farmhand Scott

Miss Jamie with Farmhand Scott

Farmhand Rosie

Farmhand Rosie

Nili Yelin "The Storybook Mom" and Miss Jamie

Nili Yelin "The Storybook Mom" and Miss Jamie

Sierra with Goldenfeather Productions presents Fairy Tale Theater

Sierra with Goldenfeather Productions presents Fairy Tale Theater

Farmhand Cara (Facepainter) and Miss Jamie

Farmhand Cara (Facepainter) and Miss Jamie

Chef Deo creates food art

Chef Deo creates food art

Photos courtesy of TK Photography

We are thrilled to recommend each and every one of them as add-ons for our birthday celebrations. Or, you can contact them directly for off-site events. 

Party On!

Hunter's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

It's the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!

Come inside it's fun inside! Especially when you've got a table full of Disney-themed treats and ballons to match!

Hunter's family was driving in the morning of the party from out-of-state and wanted to walk in to a party that was ready and waiting. We were excited to put their Disney dream together for them!

September Blooms created a one-of-a-kind Clubhouse-themed banner.

Creations by J brought in a two-tiered fondant cake, and surrounded it with hand-dipped pretzels, lollipops, cake pops, and oreos. 

And, of course, Rosielloons topped it off with a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse column and Clubhouse friends balloons. 

Hunter's mom topped off the theme with a few of her own creative touches, including a dipped banana station. 

We loved working with this family. Thanks for choosing Purple Monkey for your special celebration! Happy Birthday Hunter!

Omar's Barcelona Soccer Party

Omar was turning one and his parents wanted to plan a soccer-themed spectacular. Mom and Dad's favorite team is Barcelona, so we were tasked with bringing a festive, European sports vibe to our Chicago playroom. 

As always, Creations by J, was up to the challenge. 

Accented by a fabulous banner from September Blooms, a fondant, Barcelona-themed fondant cake was flanked by edible soccer-themed creations, including dipped pretzels, chocolate lollipops, and dipped oroes. 

Rosielloons provided spectacular soccer columns and "1" centerpieces.

The family also wanted a little extra-special entertainment from their favorite music school, Bucktown Music. Miss Patty (not pictured) joined us for singing, dancing, and musical games, perfect for the one-year-old set.

All in all, it was a huge win! 

Thanks for celebrating with us, Omar! Happy Birthday!

Maddie's Third Birthday - Frozen Explosion

Maddie loves Disney's Frozen and her mom loves to throw beautiful, "over-the-top" celebrations for her sweet girl. Mom wanted to work with us on a custom Frozen celebration that went beyond the Luxe, with opulent fabrics, a 200 piece sweet table, a crown balloon arch, and beautiful accents in frames and vases around the room. 

We assembled a team that we knew was up to the challenge, and had a blast pulling it all together. 

First on our list was securing the princesses. For this celebration, we went with one of our favorite companies, Lookingglass Friends Entertainment, which always delivers with high quality costumes and impeccably trained actresses. 

Mom knew a crown-shaped arch would be the perfect way to frame the hot chocolate bar, so we added it to the Rosielloons to-do list, along with the character balloon decorations. 

Guests enjoyed chocolate chips, sprinkles, and marshmallows with their Starbucks cocoa, stirred in with peppermint spoons. 

The Creations by J-designed sweet table was the focal-point of the decor, with a two layer fondant cake, cupcakes, cake pops, dipped lollipops, marshmallow pops, and oreos. All done in Frozen characters and surrounded by glittery branches atop beautiful fabric. 

All of that sugar calls for a refreshment so we created a special Frozen sparkling drink to help keep everyone properly quenched. 

Maddie's mom added framed photos and vased ornaments to accent the room.

With a space as adorned as this one, it's only fitting that the children should be properly adorned as well!

The wonderful and talented Star McFarlane joined us for face painting. 

The birthday girl modeled a crown created by balloon twister Robert Hirsch of Magical Balloons

Cute as a Button Photography provided stunning photos to commemorate the day. 

Happy Birthday Maddie! We hope you had as much fun with your party as we did!

Serenity's Third Birthday - Frozen Luxe

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Serenity is a Disney Frozen devotee and mom decided our Frozen Luxe package was what was on the menu for her third birthday celebration.  

Since no Frozen party is complete without Anna and Elsa, our first call was to the wonderful Premier Princess Parties to secure the Snow Queen and Ice Princess. 

We were also thrilled to debut our gourmet shaved ice bar, served up by Jo Snow Syrups, which was flanked by a beautiful banner by September Blooms. Serenity is a pink and purple girl and not a fan of "boy colors," so mom asked us to go easy on the blue, and heavy on the "Anna Colors."

Rosielloons brought the magic with an array of hand-designed balloon characters and columns, both in traditional Frozen colors and with heavy pink and purple accents to suit the birthday girl's tastes. 

And, of course, Creations by J created a stunning table of cupcakes and chocolate-dipped goodness. 

Every child took home a Frozen water bottle and a return play pass.

We loved celebrating with you, Serenity! Happy Birthday Princess!

Kingston's Black and Red Elmo Party

Kingston was turning one and was ready to celebrate with Elmo!

The only special request - no primary colors. Mom and dad love black and red and wanted Kingston's celebration to have a more sophisticated look and feel than a typical child's party. 

Thankfully we have some of the best designers in town on speed dial, who were ready to take the special color scheme and make it Elmo-style. 

September Blooms created a custom banner in patters of black and red.

Rosielloons made Elmo come to life in balloons, and Creations by J designed Elmo in chocolate and fondant. 

Of course, no party would be complete without a gift bag, which we personalized in-house. 

Happy First Birthday Max! We loved planning your special day!