This charming SOCK MONKEY THEMED FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Louise Sanders of Sunshine Parties in South Africa.
A few of my favorite elements & party ideas in this sock monkey celebration are:
Here’s what Louise said about planning the party- “We held Big Will’s 1st Birthday Party at my home in Durban, South Africa. It was a small gathering of close friends and family. I just love the Sock Monkey Theme!
To make a party look great you need to focus on the details. We created this look by using our designs from our latest Sunshine Party printable set – Sock Monkey Inspired. All digital design elements can be printed on a home PC printer and handmade. This makes the party unique and still affordable! With a little thought and imagination this party can look great! For the table, we used a blue table cloth with hessian overlays. We made the bunting ourselves.
All the printed items can be found at SunshineParties on Etsy. This includes the Happy Birthday banner, Mini Cake Bunting, Food labels, Cupcake toppers all laid out to create this stunning look.
The birthday Cake was a yummy red velvet layered cake with precious mini bunting on top. We also had the cutest sock monkey cake pops. Liquorice hung from a container as Monkey vines. Lint Chocolate was personalised with labels to be monkey bars and there were some very yummy peanut butter cupcakes. Don’t forget the monkey nuts (we used chocolate balls for this)!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Striped Paper Straws Baker’s Twine Muslin Favor Bags Nut / Candy Cups
This delightful SAFARI JUNGLE THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted and styled by Natalia of Lacos and Acucar.
This safari party has so many intricate details and fabulous ideas! This theme would also be an adorable baby shower!
A few of the things that stand out the most to me in this darling party are:
The fondant elephant cupcake toppers
The party favors displayed like they’re in a souvenir shop
Here’s what Julia said about planning the party- “I was very excited when I was asked to plan and style this Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 birthday party for adorable twins Brock and Brooke. I met Michele, mom of the twins, almost a year and half prior when she hired me to plan and style her older daughter Kaylee’s 3rd birthday party (and was still pregnant with the twins). Michele and her family live several states away on the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, and I live in the mountains of east Tennessee, so planning a party from such a long distance away can definitely be tricky. Despite the many miles between us, the party came together so perfectly! Believe it or not, basically all of my custom party décor, centerpieces, linens, and props flew from Tennessee to Louisiana in only one suitcase! I even had 2.5 pounds to spare in my 1 checked piece of luggage, which I dubbed my “party in a bag”.
Colors and Prints:
The colors we chose were aqua blue, red, black, and white, and the prints used were chevron and polka dots. I designed the invitations using these colors and prints, as well as the rest of the custom paper party details such as my candy, food, and drink labels, the signage, and also the paper I used to make the paper fans. I also chose fabrics to coordinate which I used for the candy table backdrop, tablecloths, and runners.
Cake and Sweets Table:
The sweets table is always my favorite part of the party to plan. I used aqua chevron fabric as well as red polka dot fabric for the backdrop and table linens. I painted a pair of custom frames I own in red to hang on the aqua chevron and placed photos of each baby in each frame. I accented each frame with a large “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” tag. For the center backdrop, and on the table, I made a red polka dot ruffled runner and placed it there since the cake was to be primarily in the blue. I found the custom fondant “Cat in the Hat”, “thing 1 & 2”, and “1” topper for sale on Etsy by an amazingly talented seller, Maria Paola, of “Paolascreations”. She even included (for free) the super cute custom fondant book which the “1” sat upon! Michele purchased the custom cake stand on etsy as well. The cupcakes were made with blue icing Thing 1 and Thing 2 styled “hair” then placed in red cupcake liners. I then attached my custom made “Thing 1” and “Thing 2” tags to the front of the cupcake liners. The smash cakes were simple and cute and were made by a friend of mine, Lisa Krause, who flew down and helped me set up the party. Maria Paola of Paolascreations also made the fondant letters to spell each baby’s name which were placed on each smash cake with a red “1” candle. I created 2 custom whimsical arrangements for the table which I placed on each side of the cake. I created red paper fans to attach behind my custom chevron candy labels. Gumballs, sixlets, rock candy, and swizzle sticks were placed in glass candy jars. I made white with red and aqua polka dot chocolate covered oreos as well as marshmallow pops to complete the table. I accented the marshmallow pops sticks with the hat cutouts from “Cat in the Hat” as well as ribbons. The last touch on the table were framed quotes from Dr. Seuss books. Balloons were then set on each side of the table.
Food and Drinks Table:
I created custom bi-fold tent cards for labeling each food. Michele served a veggie tray, “Truffula Fruit” tray, Goldfish crackers, sandwiches, cheese cubes, and chips and salsa. Drinks served were “New Blue Goo” aka Blue Hawaiian Punch and “Beezlenut Splash” aka Red Hawaiian Punch. I accented this table with chevron runners, custom toppers, framed quotes, framed photos of the babies, a custom centerpiece, and then hung a fabric covered “1” which I cut from a sheet of Styrofoam.
I covered each highchair with aqua chevron fabric and then hung my custom “I am 1” birthday banners on the front of the trays. I created personalized cardstock birthday banners for each baby and hung them above the highchairs on the fence. There was a large paper fan topped with a large “B” hanging in between the two banners. I placed an accent table between each highchair with a framed sign and custom centerpiece to add more interest.
For the tables for guests to sit at, I placed red tablecloths with aqua chevron runners. Two of these tables had centerpieces which I created out of candlesticks which I had spray painted red then attached “thing 1” and “thing 2” tags onto. I then attached a blue tissue pom onto the top of the candlesticks as these reminded me to the crazy hair of each of the “Things”. On the third table, I topped it with one of my custom whimsical centerpieces. Each chair was covered with a white chair cover. I also tied red and blue ribbons around the chairs to add color.
I hung paper lanterns under the covered patio and tied various red and blue ribbons from them. I created a pretty paper fan garland in the reds and aqua prints and hung it on the fence. I also created some fun “Seussville” arrow signs which I attached to a flag post and placed in the yard.
Games and Activities:
I created a “One fish, two fish, red fish, Let’s catch a fish!” game using Dr Seuss fish that I printed and cut out and attached paper clips too. We then made fishing poles out of wooden dowels and ribbon and attached a magnet to the end.
The kids also enjoyed playing on the swing set in the yard as well as the playhouse.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Dr Seuss Stand Up Thing 1 & Thing 2 Party Supplies Dr Seuss Party Supplies Popcorn / Treat Boxes Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks Gumballs Apothecary Jars Lollipop / Treat Sticks Striped Paper Straws Tissue Pom Poms Balloons #1 Candle Paper Lanterns