Every now and then a party comes along that just absolutely takes my breath away (and then, shortly after, makes me do a happy dance). : ) This sock monkey first birthday is definitely one of those parties! It has modern style but a warm, vintage feel; it’s sophisticated but sweet; and it’s ten kinds of beautiful but not impossible to re-create. Amazing, amazing work by crafty mama and stylish interior decorator Courtney Adams, with photography by Sara Barnes, Wallflower Photographer. Enjoy!

Courtney made a balloon wreath using a tutorial from HowDoesShe.com. Adding a piece of a pennant banner to the center is such an inventive touch!

I absolutely love Courtney’s choice for a backdrop – the oversized polka dots are whimsical and fun, but they also make such a modern and bold statement! She said she found the fabric for a steal at IKEA.

The red and white cake stands are a perfectly simple presentation for the personalized cupcakes, and the classic bottles of Dr. Pepper are so charming and old-fashioned.

Chocolate-striped ribbon contrasts beautifully with the red polka dots on the buffet cards.

Courtney hand-painted the polka dots and stripes onto white lanterns to give them more character. LOVE them!

A vintage popcorn stand is a really adorable addition to the party! The popcorn boxes are decorated with printable circles.

The fabric that was used as the dessert table backdrop was also used as a table runner.

The candy jars, paper straws, and mason jars are all lovely vintage-inspired touches.

The personalized water labels were really popular!

Now this is cute. Courtney made a sock monkey puppet activity station using paper bags, yarn, googley eyes, and construction paper!

UPDATE: You can now download a free printable “Create Your Own Sock Monkey Puppet” kit here!

I adore August’s little smash cake so much. It’s my sock monkey, in frosting! It just makes me smile!

The perfect little photo-op with a printable banner backdrop! The rug that August is sitting on is a cheapie from IKEA – great for pictures, then no big deal when it gets messed up by all that icing.

Present time! August is as cute as can be. : ) His personalized seersucker outfit is from Buds ‘n’ Branches.

The perfect gift for a sock monkey birthday boy – a sock monkey jack in the box!

Such a stunning party – thank you so much, Courtney! Happy birthday to August!

Styling: Courtney Adams, Interior Designer, ASID, Denton, TX
Photography: Sara Barnes, Wallflower Photographer, Denton, TX

Party supplies
Paper goods, water bottle labels and printables: Chickabug
Cake: Candy Haven & Cakes, Denton, TX
Paper straws: The Sugar Diva
August’s party outfit: Buds ‘n’ Branches
August’s party hat: Hobby Lobby
Red polka dot backdrop and table runner: Fabric by the yard from IKEA
Ribbon: Hobby Lobby
Apothecary jars: Collected over time from TJMaxx, Homegoods, and English Creek Gardens

Balloon wreath – HowDoesShe.com
Free printable sock monkey puppet template – download here

This party was also featured on Amy Atlas and Kara’s Party Ideas.

Sock Monkey theme party paper goods & printables from Chickabug

Shop for personalized Sock Monkey theme party paper goods and printables here.
Or, check out more Sock Monkey theme party ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


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  1. 1
    Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 6:03 pm
    Sock Monkey Mummy says:
    So adorable.... where did you get the template for the sock monkey craft? LOVE IT
    • 1.1
      Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 6:25 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      Courtney said that she made up the sock monkey craft project herself, from scratch. Amazing, right?!?
      • 1.1.1
        Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 2:17 am
        Sock Monkey Mummy says:
        Yes it is looks like i'm going to have to get creative... raising the bar :)
  2. 2
    Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 1:16 am
    Courtneyadamsdesign says:
    Heart this blog feature...you are such a sweetheart and a joy to work with!! Can't wait for the next adventure with you. Hope you are well and thanks for all the compliments on my monkeys party!! Memories that I will cherish always! :)

  3. 3
    Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 at 3:14 am
    HannahBee says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE sock monkeys! And this party! ;)
  4. 4
    Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 4:11 pm
    toneisha Friday says:
    Love this!! Where did you source those adorable, red popcorn boxes?
    • 4.1
      Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 10:58 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      Courtney says she found them in the walmart party supplies section. : ) I've seen similar ones in white at Michael's, also!
  5. 5
    Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm
    Tambri says:
    What drink did you use as your monkey juice?
    • 5.1
      Sunday, October 23rd, 2011 at 10:10 pm
      Heather - Chickabug says:
      I'll ask Courtney what she served, but it looks like fruit punch to me!
      • 5.1.1
        Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 4:34 pm
        Heather - Chickabug says:
        Courtney says, "fruit juice... I think it was minute maid but any red juice will work!"
  6. 6
    Thursday, November 10th, 2011 at 7:58 pm
    Jackie Paulson says:
    I love the last photo, thanks.
  7. 7
    Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 5:50 pm
    Christina says:
    I LOVE the sock monkey puppet idea. I'm planning my son's 1st birthday party & thought that would be a cute idea for the kids to do at the party. Do you have a pattern for them or do you know where I can get the pattern? The party looked like a lot of fun!
    • 7.1
      Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 8:55 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Christina! Courtney (the mom who planned the party) came up with the sock monkey puppet craft all on her own, no template. Kind of amazing! It's on my list to make a template for the puppets, though - check back soon! : )
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    Sunday, March 4th, 2012 at 8:36 pm
    Jamie says:
    We are having a Sock Monkey party in 2 weeks for my sons 1st Birthday and I would LOVE to do the Sock Monkey Puppet craft. Do you have a template we can use?!
    • 8.1
      Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 4:56 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Jamie! I'm going to be adding a template to my shop soon - email me! : ) heather (at) chickabug.com
  9. 9
    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 at 7:21 pm
    Jenny Simmons says:
    Hi! Have you added the sock monkey puppet template yet? My son will be one in September and Im already planning his sock monkey party! I've been collecting little things since he was born!
    • 9.1
      Saturday, April 7th, 2012 at 10:38 pm
      Heather says:
      Eep! I'm so behind on this one, but I promise it'll be posted soon! Pinky swear!! : )
      • 9.1.1
        Saturday, June 30th, 2012 at 3:33 pm
        Rachel Renner says:
        Hi Heather!

        I LOVE the sock monkey craft idea and my son's 1st birthday party in July will be this theme. Is the template available yet? Thanks!
          Thursday, July 5th, 2012 at 12:29 pm
          Heather says:
          I'm posting tomorrow! : )
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    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 9:51 am
    lindsey says:
    where did you get the template for the snack cards??
    • 10.1
      Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 at 10:23 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Lindsey! I sell printable buffet cards in my store: www.etsy.me/sock_monkey_theme

      If you'd like the cards to be exactly like those in the pictures, individual personalization is available for a small fee (I had added all the food names to the cards - otherwise you would need to hand-write your menu items after you print the plain buffet card file).

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions! : )