A couple of months before she turned 3, Mags decided that she wanted her birthday to be “a banana party!” And we were like…. what? We fully expected a Disney character, because that’s her true love. (Remember her pink Mickey Mouse party?) At first I didn’t really know what a banana birthday party should be, but once we decided on a couple of main activities, we just filled the rest in with a lot of yellow stuff and called it good.
Brace yourself, because this post has approximately one zillion photos of this shindig.
How to Throw a Banana Birthday Party
Every party needs a good name, so obviously it had to be called Maggie’s Banana Bash. Whenever we throw a kids’ party, I try to make sure there’s at least one hands-on activity, and one run-around activity. The hands-on activity helps pass some time, and the run-around activity makes sure that we send the kids home nice and tired so they’ll nap. 😉
Chocolate Dipped Banana Station
For starters, once all of our guests arrived we had a banana decorating station set up. We melted some chocolate wafers and had a bunch of different sprinkles and toppings out on some tables. (I recommend doing this activity outside, on tables with disposable tablecloths because it can get messy).
Cut a banana in half and dip it in the melted chocolate. Then insert a paper straw or a stick in one end and let the kids go crazy with toppings and sprinkles. We labeled each straw so the kids knew which banana was theirs. We placed the bananas on baking trays covered in parchment paper and popped them in the freezer while the kids were running around and playing. The frozen bananas then became our dessert after lunch!
I loved this activity, and I think the kids did too. But let me reiterate: it’s messy. Ha!
Favors and Prizes for a Banana Birthday Party
I love having a little takeaway that’s kind of personalized, so we made these little banana buttons and gave each kiddo one. Our family each wore one during the party as well.
I also stumbled on this post from our friend Alison, who apparently also had a banana birthday party for her kiddo a few years ago! She had the brilliant idea to make “banana bucks” with the birthday kid’s face on the money, and I HAD TO do it. I mean who doesn’t want their face on money?!
Each kid got a couple of banana bucks in a little goody bag. They used the banana bucks to pay for a chance to get a prize in basically the best part of the whole party: The Banana Stand.
Banana Stand Punch Prize Board
The entire time we were planning the party, we kept saying over and over, “There’s always money in the banana stand.” (Arrested Development, anybody?) So it became our mission to somehow incorporate some sort of banana stand into the party.
I also wanted a fun way to give the kids party favors that wasn’t a piñata, so we hit on the idea of a prize punch game, but in the form of a banana stand! It was seriously so cute to see the kids come up and pay a banana buck to punch one of the holes and get the prizes out.
We’ll have a whole blog post coming on how we constructed the banana stand. It was pretty easy to make and super sturdy.
Decorations for a Banana Birthday Party
We kept it simple! I found some paper bananas that you can link together into chains, and combined them with yellow & white balloons and some paper fans. I used this letterboard for the bananas sign. And other than that, we got a giant inflatable banana that the kids loved tossing around the backyard.
Mags and I made mini cupcakes with lots of yellow sprinkles, just in case some kids didn’t want their frozen bananas. But let’s be real, most kids had both.
It was such a sweet day! I’m honestly not sure how many more of these kind of celebrations we’ll do. Sometimes I just want to say screw it and take the kids to Chuck E. Cheese. Any moms out there feel me?! But then as soon as one of the kids mentions a party idea I get all excited about it. I go back and forth!
But as far as party themes go, it was a fun one to come up with ideas for! And no matter what, I love celebrating our kids’ birthdays. Another year gone by is a reason to help them feel extra festive, and I’m so happy they’ll have these memories. Happy partying! xoxo
P.S You know what would have been amazing at this party? A DIY ball pit.