Thursday, July 16, 2009

Luke's Monkey Birthday

I've been looking forward to this post for a long time since I had soooooooo much fun with Luke's first birthday party. I'll confess that planning children's parties is one of the main reasons I wanted to have kids. ha!
We settled on a monkey theme for his first party and I think it turned out super cute. You can click here to see my original post about it and see the scrapbook pages I made afterward.
This was the invitation:

Since we were in the middle of moving and our house was a DISASTER we were able to have the party at the country club. It was super nice because I didn't have to worry about the mess :)


The banner that's hanging above the table says "Hooray For Luke" and I made it out of all different sock monkey fabrics. I thought that we'd be able to get it out on his birthday every year and then hang it up on other special days (first day of school, good grade on a test, etc., etc., etc.). I know that it will be cheesy when he gets older but I also think it will be a fun memory for him as well. Here are a couple of pictures of it while I was making it...

The monkey cupcakes I saw on a website and they were super easy... 3/4 of a large Nilla wafer for the mouth area and a Mini Nilla wafer cut in half for the ears. Then just red and black gel icing for the nostrils, eyes and mouth:
Misc decor:
Another shot of the table:
Along with the cupcakes, I made chocolate dipped bananas and a banana pudding trifle (we also had Kelly's cherry limeade punch - YUM!)
I had all of these yellow balloons but hadn't really planned out what I was going to use to hold them to the tables (probably because I spent the two days before the party in Houston chaperoning an 8th grade trip to NASA), and so kind of impromptu I used some bananas:
Monkey Munch party favors: The birthday boy sported a super cute Small Paul t-shirt (and apparently one shoe on and one shoe off... ha!)
Overall it was a FANTASTIC first birthday experience and even though I hate the thought of him growing up and turning two - I'm already looking forward to planning the party :) If he HAS to get older than I'm going to at least have fun doing his party!
Don't forget to visit Kelly's Korner and see everyone else's birthday party ideas!

31 comments:

  1. The party was so cute. I love the monkey cupcakes!

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  2. Everything is so cute!!!! The cupcakes, the banner, the chocolate dipped bananas and of course the little guy!

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  3. Super cute! I love the cupcakes!

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  4. how cute! I LOVE THE CUPCAKES! you did a wonderful job!

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  5. What a fabulous party! I love the cupcakes and your color scheme!

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  6. So cute. The buffet items were great.

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  7. That is seriously the cutest birthday party I have ever seen! I have been a little obsessed with monkeys since my son was born and oh how I wish I had seen this post before his first birthday! I love all of the little details.

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  8. Cutest monkey party ever!!! I LOVE the cupcakes and the chocolate covered banana bites!

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  9. Love the party idea.....One of the cutest parties I have seen.

    There are some creative gals in the blog world. I enjoyed reading your blog and will be back to read more. http://teresa-grammygirlfriend.blogspot.com/

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  10. Love the cupcakes!! What a great idea. i like the monkey munch favors too!

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  11. Really cute. Love your ideas.

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  12. Oh! That is the cutest thing. I love all the decorations. Using the Banana for a balloon weight is Ingenious.

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  13. Your cupcakes are perfect!! Great job for the party!

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  14. I did a monkey 1st bday for my little one. I wish I knew about the cupcakes before his party... so cute!

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  15. May I get more monkey munch? It was good! Great job on everything.

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  17. We are having a 3rd birthday monkey party for my little boy and you have given me some great ideas!

    What an awesome party!

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  18. I love the monkey theme! Cute party!

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  19. I l.o.v.e. the cupcakes, I have a monkey turning 1 in December and can't wait for his party. I was also wondering where you make all of you scrapbook pages. I love them and have been looking for a great program.

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  20. Ok Andrea, that's the sweetest little boy's birthday party I've ever seen! I love that you were thoughtful enough to make the birthday banner, which I'm sure Mr. Luke will hate years from now, but oh well! It's darlin.

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  21. It was a cute party. I like the monkey theme.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  22. What a cute monkey party! I wish I had a boy sometimes. So fun!

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  23. What a darling part! I love the cupcakes!

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  24. I seriously cannot even tell you how impressed I am with your party planning skills. We've decided to do just a family birthday for Carter's 1st, but I still want to make a banner. GREAT IDEA for it to say "Hooray for Luke" so you can use it over and over again! I'm totally going to have to steal that idea!!!!!! After all, imitation is the highest form of flattery! :)

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  25. Cute Cute Cute party!!! I love the cupcakes and babana bites. How did you make the banner I think that is such a great idea. Please tell me how to make one. Also where do you do all your cute scrapbooking pages. Are those ones you actually hand create and take a pic of or something you have created online?

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  26. Cute Cute Cute party!!! I love the cupcakes! The banner is not cheesy it is extremely cute. Please tell me how you made it. My little guy is turning one in October and I want to make one for him. Also how do you create your scrapbook pages? Is that something you have hand created and taken a pic of or did you make it online?

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  27. How did you make the banner? Also how do you create your scrapbook pages? Is that something that you hand make and take a pic or is it something you create online? Luke's monkey party was really cute!!!

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  28. Very cute theme!! I love the cupcakes!

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  29. What a cute party! I love the cupcakes and the banner is precious. How did you do that? I have a little boy that is turning 2 in August and you might have just given me a wonderful idea for his party. I hope you don't mind if I steal a few of your ideas. They are great!!!!

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  30. Such a cute party! I was wondering how you made your invitations? My boys will turn one in Nov and I would love to make something like that!

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