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.
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.
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