Name: Logan, 1
Location: Honolulu, HI
Logan's been our little 'monkey' from day one, so I knew his first birthday would center around a monkey theme. I also knew that I wanted to avoid a generic jungle monkey theme, so my sister purchased a sock monkey for Logan, I knew it was the perfect theme.
I love that there's a first birthday party tradition in Hawaii. But what I don't love is the pressure to have a huge, 200+ person event with multiple vendors (i.e., balloon artist, face painting, photo booth, games) and kids' "favor bags" which are essentially personalized gifts for each child.
Aside from not having the money to have that kind of extravaganza, we just wanted to have a simple lunch where we would sing happy birthday and eat cake. So we invited 64 of our closest family and friends to join us for lunch.
Of course, in planning our "intimate" lunch, things did snowball a bit and we ended up with a typical kid's birthday...just on a smaller scale. I blame Etsy.
I purchased a sock monkey printable invitation and printable package from Whimsical Printables and used it as inspiration for the party decor - from the balloons, flower arrangements, cupcakes, and paper straws on the tables. I was also very fortunate that Marina of Petit Cadeau agreed to create a sock monkey design for the muslin goody bags that were personalized for each child who attended.
Although planning and executing the party felt reminiscent of planning a small wedding, it was worth it because all of our family and friends were there to help celebrate our little monkey's first birthday!
(Images: Logan the Sock Monkey)