I started planning the first birthday party months ago. In June, I knew I wanted to do something in red and yellow. At first, I thought maybe a Curious George theme would be fun (I saw so many cute things on Etsy!) And then I started thinking about sock monkeys. I didn’t want to go overboard with monkey-anything.
While we were on vacation, I came across (online) a Stampin’ Up sock monkey stamp set, and I was sold. Except, it turned out, that set was retired and no longer available through SU reps. I needed wanted the stamp set (and I ended up winning a brand new sock monkey stamp set – plus the accessories set – in an ebay auction for less than what the sets would have cost new when they were available.) From there, the sock monkey party evolved.
First up, I ordered invitations. I had taken a couple of photos of Lucas (and one happened to be with his sock monkey.) I ordered the invitations from Tiny Prints when there was a deal (like 40% off) and loved how they turned out. The sock monkey photo was on the back, and the invitations didn’t focus so much on that, as they focused on the first birthday. Perfect. (And these were sent to a lot of family members who I knew couldn’t come, mainly because of the photo on the back.)
I knew we were going to have bottles of water at this party. It was end of August, it’s still hot, and it’s not like any other party – aka a keg party – that we’ve had. I bought the white tub at Target on clearance. I found an Etsy seller who had the printable labels, so I bought the file for $4 and printed them on cardstock. I tore the original labels off the bottles, and taped mine in place. The only downside was the colors started to run (I needed wider tape), but overall, they were super cute. I loved how they turned out.