Monday, February 18, 2013

Alexander's 1st Birthday Party!

I have been planning A.J.'s first birthday celebration since late November.  Sock Monkey party fun!

I have really missed crafting and figured this would be a good excuse er, opportunity to craft until I was blue in the face.  Little did I know that would be quite literal ;)  I knew I wanted a cohesive, cute and fun look to the party.  What is more fun than sweet sock monkeys?

For Alexander's present we searched high and low for a shiny red Radio Flyer wagon.  Once we found it, party planning was in full swing!  I had seen pictures of wagons used as props on good ole pinterest and loved the idea.  I liked the idea of using it to corral a few birthday themed items at the front door. Too cute!

I have done a few posts on wreaths in the past and love how easy they are to include in current theme/seasonal decor.  So of course I needed to do a sock monkey wreath for AJ! 

Sweet multi-colored pompoms I made (on night shift as my patients slept!) and a bright letter "A" dressed this grapevine wreath up in a snap.  I added a Sock Monkey pennant made from a pdf file purchased from Etsy.  The shoppe I ordered from is exceptional and has wonderful customer service.  I was over the moon with all of her stuff!  Such a sweet detail upon entering the party house!

This was the entry table welcoming and thanking all AJ's guests for coming.  I did a party favor for the adult guests as well as adorable sock monkey themed loot bags for the kiddos.  They were a huge hit!

As mentioned for the grown ups, I put together this strata cookie mix in mason jars.  It was super fun putting all 21 together.  Not that I was counting! ;) 

I made vanilla and chocolate cupcakes and topped them off with adorable cupcake toppers from the same Etsy shop.  I bought various pdf files from her that all co-ordinated so beautifully!

My Aunt Liz made AJ's cake.  She is so talented and I was so happy with how this turned out.  AJ loved it! The cake was delish and it was super adorable.  See that adorable little banana? HA! That was the FIRST thing AJ grabbed!

I made these little sock monkey cookies at 11:00 pm the night before.  I admit they are a RUSH job.  But still turned out pretty good!  I was so organized with the party planning BUT underestimated the time we would need to set up!  We were up til 4:40 am the night leading up to the party!  Guest arrived for 12:00...I hopped in the shower at 11:50.  Swear it.

HA!  AJ's little finger print in the dots! He thought they were buttons to push! CUTE!

My little man having some cake! He just loved it!

Here is the birthday boy's party attire.  I ordered the adorable onsie from this Etsy store.  It was so so cute.  Best thing?   The cake stained all came out!

I had adorable sweet treats for the guest labelled with coordinating buffet signs.  Licorice, Tootsie pops, Swedish fish, Goldfish, Banana chips. There was chili, buns, and meat, cheese, fruit and veg.  Quite the spread!

Thank you for stopping by and looking at Alexander's first birthday pictures.  I must tell you, I was so busy and late getting ready, I did NOT have time to take pictures with my real camera.  I asked Josh to take some, and while they are good, they are not blog style and did not show the sweet details of the party decor.  I wish I had taken more.  So I am so sad they are iPhone pictures :( There was a sweet banner and so many cute balloons.  Oh well, that's life!

Have a happy day!
p.s. I plan on doing posts on the pompom wreath and the mason jar cookie mix :)

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Tracy February 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM  

Hi Becky: We love the ideas for your 1st birthday party. Adorable!! And your son is too cute--looks like he had a lot of fun. You should check out our birthday club for ideas for your next party--we have free downloads of invites and favor and game ideas. Thanks for sharing your ideas! All the best, Tracy from

brokeshopaholic February 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM  

Super cute blog post, thanks for all the hard work you put in to AJ's party; the guests really enjoyed it! And the little monkey did too!

A to Zebra Celebrations February 18, 2013 at 5:33 PM  

LOVE LOVE your party!! I hope you stop by tomorrow to share it with my followers :) Nancy

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com February 19, 2013 at 12:41 AM  

Come link up your party at our linky party!: I love your party theme.

(I thought I was the only sock monkey lover with a sock monkey coffee cozy pattern already done and more in the making.... smiles )

Jami Clifford February 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM  

That is the cutest party!!! If you haven't already had a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and share it at the 100th Tuesday To Do Party over at The Blackberry Vine!

The Blackberry Vine

liz @ bon temps beignet February 19, 2013 at 7:53 PM  

Ah-freakin-dorable! The cookie mix jars were such a cutie gift and AJ's little outfit is super cute! Awesome job mama!

Jenn @ Clean and Scentsible February 19, 2013 at 7:54 PM  

So cute Becks!! You did an amazing job and your little guy is so sweet! The sock monkey theme and that Radio Flyer went perfectly together.
Jenn xo
P.S. We made the cookies on the weekend - very yummy! :)

Kristin April 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM  

This is an absolutely adorable party theme! You did such a great job with all the details :-).

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