Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Connor's Sock Monkey 1st Birthday Party

My little guy just turned 1 year old! I'm a total dork and have been planning his party since he was about 5 months old. And if you know me well, you know I love sock monkeys, so I couldn't help but pick that for his party theme!

My favorite photo from the special day...
Here's the invitation I designed.
I also printed out matching address labels and envelopes to mail them.
Front door sign
Party hats
I printed out the designs and then spray-glued them onto pre-made party hats. I made little yarn puffs for the top and cut the top of the hat down slightly so they would fit.
The front hall
I set up a little table with a cute birthday poem and a collage of the monthly calendar photos

Centerpieces filled with candy made from baby food jars. I attached 3 balloons to each one and put them around the house and on tables.
Sock monkey monthly banner
This is hard to see in the photo, but I took a picture of him each month with his sock monkey and then put them all together for the banner.

Examples of months 3-5
A little sign asking guests to fill in some pages for Connor's baby book
The kitchen
I made this HAPPY BIRTHDAY banner and hung streamers on the windows
Sock monkey toothpicks
I decided not to make cupcakes, so I put these in some of the food.
The spread!
Chocolate-dipped pretzels (tutorial to come)
The cake (the one thing NOT made by me!)

And just for fun, here's Connor clapping after everyone sang "Happy Birthday"
And him trying out his first piece of cake!
It was such a perfect day and it was so nice to have so many friends and family over to celebrate our little guy turning 1!


  1. I'm so glad I'm following you! I love the sock puppet and your son is adorable. Thanks for sharing on the Pincushion Creations link party!


  2. Really cute party! I love the theme and I love the baby book idea!

  3. oh my gosh, so stinking cute! i looove all your touches-the party hats! the red and white streamers! and getting a glimpse of the hubby, too!

  4. I love it all! Especially the banner what a great idea. Happy 1st birthday to your little guy.

  5. How freaking cute!! You are so clever and amazing! I love the design that you used threw out the whole party. I'm so jealous ms. crafty :)

  6. Everything looked so great!! Good work!

  7. Cute party! I love sock monkeys!

  8. What a wonderful celebration, Lisa! I love all of your creative details, especially the banner!

  9. Adorable! You did a great job. I like the cards people can fill out with things about your son and how they fit the theme.

    Lauren from

  10. Great job, Lisa! Everything came together so well. I especially love the banner you made!

  11. Thanks for visiting me! My niece is 24, but would love the sock monkey party theme. Doesn't everyone love sock monkeys?

  12. The details of this party amazing! You did such a great job! I love it!

  13. I love sock monkeys, too! So cute! i'd love for you to share this at Pin Inspiration party!

  14. What an adorable party! I love the sock monkey theme. That garland/bunting with the photos - precious!

  15. Everything is SO cute! I just did a first birthday and know how much work all those little details are. Well done!

  16. That is one sweet party, Lisa, so sweet indeed!
    And everything looks so yummy:0)


  17. Ha! Such a cute party! (I had to do a Sock Monkey party for my oldest a couple years ago, too... my husband just didn't understand how cute Sock Monkeys are... but he humored me anyway :) ). Thanks for sharing!


  18. Connor is so cute and his mom made the best birthday party decor ever! ;)
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  19. Oh my gracious! I am so impressed with you right now. You are such a good mama. Everything looked amazing!!! Such cute, cute stuff! Love the pages for his baby book and that precious banner with the monthly pictures of Connor and the sock monkey!!! So, so cute!

  20. So many fabulous ideas here for your party! Sounds like lots of fun!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  21. Such a cute party!

  22. Do you have a tutorial for the monthly picture with sock monkey banner? Did you create it on computer or with coordinating paper? Also, how did you make the front door sign?

  23. Christina Wirch - I don't have an email address to contact you and answer your questions. Please leave one and I can get back to you! :)


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