Behind the Scenes of the 1st Bday: A Monkey’s Eye View

I thought some of you might like to see some of the details from the Monkeys’ 1st Birthday. The print on the left was on the invitations. Barrel of 4 Monkeys – appropriate or what???

Friday Brad and I teamed up to make Monkey Cupcakes. I think they turned out quite cute, don’t you think? I did the baking and Brad did the decorating (yep, and he’s man enough to admit it!) Actually, if I would have been in charge of that portion, mine would have never turned out so cute!

I used this yummy recipe for Milk Chocolate Icing with Butter/Yellow Cake Cupcakes. The decorating was pretty simple, it just required some patience. It’s a combination of mini vanilla wafers (for the ears), a portion of a regular sized vanilla wafer (for the face), and black and read icing (for the mouth, nostrils, and eyes).

Here’s a little video of the assembly…..

Brad’s Best Monkey Impression

Now I just need to sort through a ridiculous amount of pictures and narrow down what to upload! Don’t go bananas! I promise to post more soon!

21 thoughts on "Behind the Scenes of the 1st Bday: A Monkey’s Eye View"

  1. Suzanne says:

    what a perfect theme!!! those sweet, silly, little monkeys! i must say, brad, i am TOTALLY impressed!!–maybe you could give joe some pointers…i don’t even think he knows where the kitchen is located in our house. (except when it is time to eat!) jen- get pics up ASAP! i’m dyyin ova heyah! 😉

  2. Devin says:


    You have amazed me again….I’m so impressed at the creativity of the cupcakes! It’s even more amazing that you found time to do that!

    Lucky you have a sweet hubby to help ya!

    Soooo cute!
    Devin in Illinois

  3. Lindsey says:

    Those monkey cupcakes are the cutest!

    Lindsey in San Diego

  4. Stephanie says:

    You are SO Martha Stewart (before she got into all that stock-related trouble). 🙂 Love the cake photos!

  5. Andria says:

    Impressive indeed! Ever too cute! And I love the puns!

  6. Krystyn says:

    I love the cupcakes! They are perfect. Now, how did you find the time to do those?

  7. Annie says:

    OMG, I love the cupcakes-sooo cute!!!!

  8. Annie says:

    I LOVE the cupcakes! Great job!

  9. lynne uk says:

    Lovely cakes, can’t wait for the rest of the pictures!

  10. Crystal says:

    I LOVE the theme and the cupcakes!!! I have been checking for pictures all week! Cannot wait to see more!

  11. Jenny B says:

    SO CUTE! what a husband!:) but everyone knows that Purdue fans are the best at everything…;) (me being a PU alum) looks like you guys had lots o’ fun! can’t wait for more pics. our 6 mos half bday is this friday YAY! so much fun ahead!

  12. Karen says:

    those are so adorable! Love your yellow walls too………what color is that????

  13. Those have to be the cutest cupcakes ever. What creative imaginations you all have.

    The hair pictures were adorable!

  14. Patty says:

    I just came across your blog. Happy birthday to your beautiful boys!

  15. Melanie says:

    The cupcakes are adorable!!! Love them! So cute!! Can’t wait to see more pictures!

  16. How cute are they? That is so neat…
    good job.

  17. Sara says:

    those are the best monkey cupcakes I’ve ever seen – looks like you had fun doing it as well – good on ya!

  18. Laurie says:

    Awesome job, those are the cutest cupcakes ever!! My boys are so jealous.

    Happy belated birthday Murray boys!! What cuties.

  19. Are you kidding me!! those cupcakes are the BEST!! and so is your husband for helping 🙂 i can’t wait to see the rest of the P-A-R-T-Y. Happy Birthday boys we love you soo much!


  20. Wow those are great and like Suzanne said my dh wouldn’t know where the kitchen was unless it was time to eat!

  21. My2Gs says:

    Hi Jen,
    I’ve been toying around with the idea of having a monkey birthday for my little guy in July. I’m always calling him my little monkey. Where did you get the graphic/invitations with the monkeys in a barrel? They are too cute!!

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