When it comes to a first birthday party, it doesn’t get more sentimental – or grand! – than this sock monkey theme party planned by Jennifer Laws for her youngest son, Jameson! Jennifer says she had picked the sock monkey birthday theme before Jameson was even born – he had come home from the hospital in an embroidered sock monkey onesie and hat. Thanks to loads of planning and a great attention to detail, Jennifer created the most beautiful party full of sweet memories, whimsical displays, and personalized touches. There’s a lot of inspiration here for any first birthday party!

At the front door, a huge sock monkey welcomes guests to the party!

Jennifer found the four-foot sock monkey at Walgreens for just $20! The sign is a custom printable.

The rag wreath is homemade, and the triangle inside is one of the pieces from Jameson’s printable banner.

Jameson’s shirt was made by cutting a #1 from a sock monkey sock purchased from Hobby Lobby, then sewing it to a plain white tee.

The sweets table is just precious! Stuffed sock monkeys are mixed in among the jars of treats, and one of Jameson’s two custom party hats is on display. The backdrop is made from red and white polka dot paper and plain brown paper. The “O-N-E” letters are from Hobby Lobby, and have been spray-painted gray to match. My favorite touch are the extra banner pieces in the upper left-hand corner of the backdrop!

The cupcakes were decorated with printable toppers and wrappers.

The adorable cake topper is by Waxela Sananda.

Isn’t this the most darling little vignette? I just love the little sock monkey in the tiny red wagon!

All of the candies were labeled with individually personalized buffet cards, and wide red ribbon was used in all different ways to accent the jars and vases.

Instead of putting the takeaway bags on the candy table, they’re displayed on a separate table. The tiny sock monkey is from Hobby Lobby, and the photo is of Jameson in his coming-home-from-the-hospital sock monkey outfit. The paper bags are accented with small stickers.

In the kitchen, there’s another precious display – a sock monkey offering bananas, and a wish book for Jameson. Jennifer says, “I asked guests to forgo bringing gifts and to instead bring a birthday wish or drawing on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. I found a perfect sock monkey scrapbook at Hobby Lobby and filled it with the guests’ pages!”

Jameson’s birthday wishes sign is a custom printable.

You’ve gotta love a little something for the grown-ups! ; )

Jennifer displayed the outfit that Jameson wore on the day he met his big brothers at the hospital.

Jameson’s newborn portrait was displayed along with the hat he was wearing in the photo. (The owl hat is by Gray Stitch Studio, and the portrait is by Three Blessings Photography.)

I really love this idea! To highlight all of Jameson’s firsts, Jennifer decorated a hutch with photos of all of his milestones. Each photo was labeled with an individually personalized buffet card.

First bath, first time to sit up, first smile, first steps…

All of the first holiday celebrations…

Just so sweet!

Jennifer had read that champagne toasts are appropriate for milestone birthdays, and of course a first birthday is a huge milestone! She set up a separate area of the house just for the toast, with a printable sign, a beautiful flower arrangement, and a homemade banner featuring photos from Jameson’s first year.

Jameson’s personalized bib is from Dainty Couture.

Still another beautiful table held a lunch buffet of wraps, fruit salad, and cupcakes.

Time for cake! The guests sang happy birthday, then guitarist Jeff Wood played “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” while Jameson dug into his cake.

What an absolutely fabulous party!! Thank you to Jennifer, and happy birthday to Jameson! : )

Photography: Jennifer Klotz Photography
Sock monkey rag wreath: Made with fabrics from Hobby Lobby – tutorial HERE
Jameson’s coming home hat, socks, and party shirt: Gray Stitch Studio
Jameson’s polka dot custom party hat and bib: Dainty Couture
Jameson’s brown/red party hat: Gingham Bunny
Four-foot sock monkey: Walgreens
O-N-E letters on sweets table, sock monkey scrapbook: Hobby Lobby
Miniature red wagons: Available for local pick-up at A Bloom florist in Tahlequah, OK; available online through Teleflora as part of a bouquet; or on eBay
Cake and cupcakes: Cakes by Tina
Cake topper: Waxela Sananda
Stickers, water bottle labels, and party printables: Chickabug
Knit owl hat: Gray Stitch Studio
Guitarist: Jeff Wood

This party was also featured on Kara’s Party Ideas and on Jennifer’s blog, The Laws of My Life.

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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    Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 10:25 am
    Karen Mallin says:
    This is an absolutely adorable party. So much attention to detail and creativity! So impressive. Great job, Jennifer. :)
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    Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 1:35 pm
    Amanda Joy says:
    I love the idea of doing the "First" photos... it is a way to highlight those small moments common and obscure.
  3. 3
    Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 2:43 pm
    Jennifer Laws says:
    Aw, thank you Heather! This was so sweet of you to post! I loved working with you on Jameson's party! It was such a special day for all of us! I hope to work with you again on another party -- all my best to you!!!
  4. 4
    Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at 10:01 am
    Denise Castrogiovanni says:
    WOW, what an amazing looking party, so much beautiful little details.
  5. 5
    Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 1:43 pm
    Rosa Gamez says:
    You guys did amazing.
  6. 6
    Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    Rosa Gamez says:
    I am going to make my son a sock monkey party and i'll be looking at your blog for ideas
  7. 7
    Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 10:01 am
    Julie says:
    Eeek! Too cute- stumbled on this while researching ideas for my son's second birthday party. You have given me some fantastic ideas!
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      Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 10:28 pm
      Heather says:
      That's great Julie!! I definitely have some really creative customers, like Jameson's mom - I'm always learning so much from them too!
  8. 8
    Friday, May 18th, 2012 at 12:48 am
    karla Pataky says:
    Hermosas ideas, los Felicito
  9. 9
    Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 1:56 pm
    Cynthia says:
    Absolutely adorable!!!! Where in the world did you find those adorable tiny wagons and mokeys??
    • 9.1
      Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 4:33 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Cynthia! I found out the little red wagons are from a Teleflora bouquet. I'm going to add links in the credits above. Thanks for asking! : )
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        Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 at 9:23 am
        Cynthia says:
        Thank you so much!! Everything is beautiful!!
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    Friday, October 26th, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    Judy says:
    Wow! What a beautiful home and fabulous CHICKABUG decorations!
    Jennifer must be an amazing mom to have time to do all that!
    • 10.1
      Friday, October 26th, 2012 at 5:33 pm
      Heather says:
      She definitely is!! She does it all, somehow, and makes it look easy!
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    Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 4:06 pm
    Stacy says:
    Such an adorable party!! I would like to know what you attached the papers to as far as the backdrop? Is it cardboard or wood? I am wanting to make a backdrop for my son's party about the size you have on the sweet table and have been trying to figure out what to use that is big enough. Thanks!! So Precious!
    • 11.1
      Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 4:00 pm
      Heather says:
      You could use particleboard, foam core, or just tape your backdrop to the wall using double-stick tape! : )
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    Thursday, May 2nd, 2013 at 4:35 pm
    Bethany says:
    Love the wreath! Where did you find the sock monkey fabric?
    • 12.1
      Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at 1:28 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Bethany! The sock monkey fabric came from Hobby Lobby. You can see how to make a sock monkey rag wreath here: http://www.chickabug.com/blog/2012/03/how-to-make-a-sock-monkey-rag-wreath.html