Thursday, July 12, 2012

Monkey 1st Birthday Party & Printables! {Parties on a Budget}

I've got another fun birthday idea for you today! My youngest turned 1 year old in March, and I knew for 6 months that he was going to have a Monkey-themed first birthday party.

I started pinning ideas 6 months out, but of course you can't do it all. I am happy with the way it turned out for our family party. Check it out!

The cake is always a special piece of the birthday party puzzle. My sister Elizabeth always does a great job. You can find more of her work at her Facebook page.

And she made these adorable cupcakes!! They were inspired by this pin I found, but I think Liz did it better. ;-)

I made some SUPER-delicious southern-style banana pudding - OHSOYUMMY!!! Here's the recipe for that — faithful old! For my tall trifle bowl and large crowd, I doubled the recipe and all the ingredients and layers.

In preparation for decorating, I picked up several stuffed monkeys from a consignment sale and thrift store. These made for cheap and easy and reusable decorations, and they were perfect for a first birthday party!

I made this little welcome poster (too bad my writing skills are SO darn awful!!) The monkey face is just a flattened party plate and some construction paper pieces - 1 large heart, 1 large oval and 2 small ovals, plus the wiggly eyes. I got the idea for the mokey from this pin.

Aren't these little guys so cute?!? Just brown party cups, 1 large circle cutout and 2 small circle cutouts of construction paper, wiggly eyes and a marker line mouth. Here was my inspiration. I was in a hurry (and I'm lazy) so I just hot glued everything. For the ears, just fold 1/3 of the small circles back and glue the small folded part to the cup on either side.

After Valentine's Day, I hit up the 50% off sale at Walmart and snagged these monkey-themed favor packs. Each one contained a pencil, notepad, ruler, eraser, and pencil sharpener, for 50 cents each!! So, I made a sheet of favor tags and stapled them to the top of the package. Easy (and super cheap) favors!

And finally, I loved this look, and I wanted an "I AM 1" banner for the high chair, so I created my own!

If you've made it this far, congratulations!! For sticking around, you get the printables I created so you can throw your very own monkey party!

"I AM 1" monkey banner

Thanks a Bunch labels


  1. No photo credits for hubby, huh? I see how it is.

  2. This party is so adorable! Thanks for the free printables! :)

  3. Can you please send me the link for the highchair banner?

    Thanks a bunch!!

  4. The banner isnt working. Can you send it to me or post it again?

  5. The banner isnt working. Can you post it again?? Its cute!

  6. Can you send me a link to the banner?