If you’re in need of DIY sock monkey party ideas, have I got some inspiration for you! Decor, crafts, activities, homemade cake pops… this party was a labor of love for crafty mama Nikki, who spray painted, glued, baked, sewed, and stamped her way through a wide variety of DIY projects for her son Luke’s first birthday party. There are handmade and personalized touches everywhere you look!

A sign from Quax welcomes guests to the party, and gable boxes filled with party favors are displayed beneath. The Tootsie Pop tree centerpiece is homemade (more on that to come!).

Sock monkeys and more sock monkeys! The banner above the table came from Amazon.

Nikki says that Luke’s adorable cake pops “were made with much love AND profanity! : )” – hee! To make them, she started with this basic Chocolate Cake Pops recipe. The buffet card is a DIY printable from my shop.

The black and white utensils were dressed up in red napkins and printable napkin rings. They look charming inside of the galvanized bucket with gingham ribbon trim! (All of the ribbons throughout the party came from Hobby Lobby.)

Red and white polka dotted ribbon from Hobby Lobby and printable buffet cards dress up the jars of candies.

Sock monkey cupcakes! The food was all homemade, and the printable cupcake wrappers and toppers are found here.

The gingham ribbons on the ends of the spoons give them a special touch!

The cake pop stand was made by stacking 3 styrofoam rectangles together and covering them in brown burlap, then adding some red and white gingham ribbon and a brown button.

The sock monkey plates came from Amazon.

Chalkboard frames like this pop up all over Luke’s party, and they’re so sweet! They were purchased from Hobby Lobby, then jazzed up with buttons, ribbons, and small easels that were spray painted red. All of the supplies came from Hobby Lobby.

Adults sampled “Vootbeer” cocktails – root beer spiked with vodka, and topped with whipped cream and a cherry. Nikki served them in mason jars, with red paper straws from Bake Me A Party and printable straw flags from my shop.

Besides root beer floats, guests were also served Cokes and water with personalized labels.

Nikki used printable cupcake topper circles, skewers, and brown ribbon to create an adorable little banner for the top of Luke’s homemade smash cake.

The Tootsie Pop tree was made using a large wooden dowel, a styrofoam ball, a metal bucket, and Moda 5 Funky Monkeys fabric from Fat Quarter Shop.

Each little party guest made their own sock monkey puppet (the sign can be found here), then took turns putting on shows in the puppet theater.

How sweet is Luke’s puppet theater! It was homemade, and the lettering was made using large chipboard letters from Hobby Lobby that were spray painted red and chocolate. The curtains were made from fabric from Fat Quarter Shop. Nikki says, “I just ordered a yard and cut it down the center and used some fabric glue to create a faux hem.”

The framed sign on the favor table was another one of Nikki’s craft projects. She says, “it was an old black frame that I had and spray painted red. Then I added some brown burlap from Hobby Lobby and some white chipboard letters to spell out ‘Luke.’ The buttons and ribbon came from Hobby Lobby – everything was simply hot glued to the brown burlap.”

Inside of the gable boxes, favors included bags of red, cream and brown M&M’s from nuts.com, sock monkey stickers from Amazon, sock monkey coloring books from Ebay, sock monkey tattoos, and little bunches of crayons that Nikki tied together with strips of fabric.

The dessert table decor included a framed photo from Luke’s first birthday photoshoot, a handwritten chalkboard message thanking guests for coming, and a little red Radio Flyer that was an Amazon find.

The little brown paper bags on the candy bar were yet another DIY project! Nikki says, “I have to give my husband some credit here… he found the sock monkey stamp at Hobby Lobby when we were there one day. I didn’t really know how I would incorporate it into the party, and then I stumbled upon those small paper sacks and thought they would be perfect! I bought a brown and red ink pad for the stamps and then used a red and white stripe ribbon from Hobby Lobby that I tied in a bow and hot glued to the bags.”

The sock monkey rubber stamp from Hobby Lobby can also found here and here.

Smash cake time! The little banner on the front of Luke’s high chair was made from cupcake topper circles and ribbons, and his sweet tie and hat are by Stacy Bayless.

Such an amazing party – thank you so much for sharing, Nikki! Happy 1st birthday to Luke!

Welcome sign: Quax
Sock monkey favor boxes and plates: Amazon (boxes, plates)
Funky Monkey pennant banner: Amazon
Paper straws: Bake Me A Party
Ribbons and buttons throughout the party: Hobby Lobby
Chalkboard frames: Homemade (supplies from Hobby Lobby)
Theater sign: Homemade (supplies from Hobby Lobby)
Brown sock monkey textured fabric used for theater curtains: Moda 5 Funky Monkeys fabric from Fat Quarter Shop
Cream sock monkey fabric used for the base of the Tootsie Pop tree: Moda 5 Funky Monkeys fabric from Fat Quarter Shop
Luke’s tie and hat: Stacy Bayless
Miniature Radio Flyer wagon: Amazon
Brown paper favor bags: Homemade (supplies and sock monkey rubber stamp from Hobby Lobby; also found here and here)
Framed sign on the favor table: Homemade (supplies from Hobby Lobby)
Chocolate cake pops: Homemade (recipe from Quick Dish)
Cake pop stand: Homemade (supplies from Hobby Lobby)
Cake and cupcakes: Homemade
Water bottle labels and sock monkey party printables: Chickabug

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
    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 12:37 pm
    Lisa Frank says:
    This is one of the most adorable sock monkey parties I've seen! Love every detail, especially the use of burlap and fabric. Just darling! :)
    • 1.1
      Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 3:33 pm
      Heather says:
      Thanks Lisa! Nikki really did an amazing job, I agree!
  2. 2
    Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 2:57 pm
    Cindy says:
    so, so cute. I love the vootbeer. must try!
    • 2.1
      Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 3:32 pm
      Heather says:
      I know, right?? Vootbeer! : )
  3. 3
    Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 9:07 pm
    Leslie says:
    I love the sock monkey trend right now...this is some serious cuteness!
    • 3.1
      Saturday, May 26th, 2012 at 2:39 pm
      Heather says:
      It's a trend right now? That's good to know! I'm always up to my neck in sock monkeys around here, I wouldn't know the difference - ha! ; ) I can totally see why sock monkeys would be so popular, though. They're so cute and the theme is timeless!
  4. 4
    Sunday, August 12th, 2012 at 11:22 pm
    Debbie says:
    Hi, Looks like a fabulous party! Just wondering what was in your banana puddings? Can't quite tell from the picture. Thanks :)
    • 4.1
      Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 7:50 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Debbie : ) The banana pudding looks so delicious! I think aside from the pudding mix, there are Nilla Wafers and banana chunks. Hope this helps!
  5. 5
    Monday, August 20th, 2012 at 1:25 pm
    Summer says:
    I love your party ideas! For the photoshoot, where did you find the socks that the birthday boy is wearing? I can't find any sock monkey socks for babies.
    • 5.1
      Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 8:34 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Summer! You can find toddler sized sock monkey socks on Amazon:

      http://www.amazon.com/Toddler-Original-Rockport-Smaller-Monkeys/dp/B004G40PBA
  6. 6
    Sunday, March 16th, 2014 at 1:38 pm
    Amber says:
    Hello! I was wondering if you could explain how you did the stamps on the brown paper bags? I bought the stamp at Hobby Lobby, but do they make an ink pad that does the brown and red for the hat? How did you do the two colors? I love all your awesome ideas! Thanks!