I don’t know how it happened, but my youngest son, Ryan, is 3 today! I know every mom will say it, but it seems like just yesterday when he was born and I remember it just as well.
Ryan gave us quite a scare from the start, and I ended up in an emergency cesarean with him. If you’re interested, you can read all about it here: Ryan’s Birth Story.
Anyway, as we started getting close to Ryan’s birthday party, we had a conversation about his party that went something like this:
Me: Ryan, what do you want to do for your third birthday party?
Ryan: I want…… a banana party!
Me: Ummm…. what?
Ryan: I want a banana party!
Me: A banana party? You want a banana party?
I was shocked. I thought, for sure, we would be having a PJ Masks birthday party because they are obsessed. Nope, banana party. A few days later, I asked again, just to make sure, and he again was adamant about having a banana party.
Just recently, Justin said this came about because the boys were talking in the playroom and lately, Tyler likes to say random words like toothbrush, lemon, and, you guessed it, banana. So when I asked about the party, banana was what he had in mind, and he went with it. So, now I am going with it.
So what do we do for a banana party? He said no to monkeys, and he doesn’t even know what Bananas in Pajamas is. I started trying to look for ideas online and there isn’t much to go with for a banana party.
When I started making the invitations, I was lost. I had no inspiration for them, and all I could find online were either bananas and monkeys or bananas in pajamas and Ryan vetoed those. Justin looked on Creative Market for ideas and found these adorable fruit and vegetable graphics that we bought and went from there.
Since we are doing the banana theme, I decided to go with a bunch of yellow decorations. Of course, we had fresh bananas out to eat and made a lot of foods with bananas in them. Since we paid for the graphics, we went ahead and used them to make cute little signs for the food, too.
Over the next week or two, I will be posting all the recipes that I used for the banana party, and I will update this post as I go with those.
Our food list included:
For the banana party, we had to plan ahead on how many bananas we would need for the recipes, and which needed them to be overripe. I bought one bundle of bananas a week before the party so they would have time to overripen before I needed to cook with them. The cake and bread both used three bananas each, so I made sure to leave 6 on the bundle for the party and told everyone in the house that they couldn’t eat them!
The rest of the food was purchased the day before the party to make sure it would all be fresh. Everything else we made required fresh bananas, and I wanted to make sure the angel food cake for the kabobs was also fresh.
My timeline for cooking/baking to be ready for the party:
8 am: Mix and bake the banana cake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours (depends on the size of pans)
9:30 am: Mix the banana bread and start baking as soon as the cake comes out of the oven
10 am: Make banana pudding and refrigerate until the party
11 am: Take a shower and grab some lunch
12 pm: Cut up watermelon and cut angel food cake into chunks
12:30 pm: Frost and decorate the cake
1 pm: Make banana creme puppy chow
1:30 pm: Make fruit kabobs
1:50 pm: Lay out all of the food, dishes, utensils, cups, drinks, etc. and get ready to go bananas!
Our happy little man got a bike for his birthday! We gave it to him the day of the party because he has school today and we wanted him to have a chance to ride it.
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