Best Kids Parties: Sock Monkeys

My Party

Name: Cameron (2)
Location: Washington, DC

Our daughter Cameron LOVES monkeys and has an impressive collection of sock monkeys, but her favorites are pink and red. So we decided for her second birthday party to do a modern, funky sock monkey brunch focusing on those two colors.Because, like everyone else, I'm obsessed with chevron right now, we used chevron as our main pattern and mixed in some polka dots. To bring in some funk and whimsy, I settled on circus fonts for the invitation and decorations.

I worked with Tania Peso through her totfulmemories Etsy shop and she came up with a wonderful party package, including the invitation, pendants, and patterned papers. I especially loved the patterned papers, which I used to come up with the circle garlands and signage. I found some great red and white chevron envelopes at Zazzle.com, lined them with the polka dot paper, made some funky labels (inspired by Cakes Likes a Party) and put a sock monkey stamp (also from Zazzle.com) on each one.

I purchased several red and white chevron tablecloths from the Exclusive Elements Etsy shop and wrapped one around a piece of artwork we had. I used that as the focal point for the backdrop and hung on it a custom made hot pink "C" in circus font I purchased from Vintage Shore's Etsy shop. We heart Etsy in our house.

Tissue paper sunbursts (from Pretty Little Party Shop and Shop Sweet Lulu) and handmade hot pink and red poms rounded out the decorations. And of course there were plenty of sock monkeys scattered about.

We made most of the food ourselves -- banana french toast, egg and sausage strata, fruit skewers, and monkey bread. We had strawberry champagne punch, beer, juice, milk and sparkling water. I like using reusable drinking glasses so we went with 8 ounce mason jars for the adults and plastic milk bottles (from Jilly Bean Kids) for the kiddos. And I used pink and red striped paper straws that I decorated with flags.

For sweets, I bought several flavors of cupcakes from my favorite D.C. cupcake shop, Baked & Wired. And the BEAUTIFUL chevron cake was made by Maggie Remudo from The Cake and The Frog -- she literally cut out the fondant over the invitation letter "C" to make it match perfectly. It tasted as good as it looked. I made the little banner hanging from two paper straws. Instead of goody bags, I had a little sweets table set up with red and white and some banana flavored candy (all from Candywarehouse.com).

We had a blast monkeying around!

Thanks Rebecca! Readers, visit Rebecca at her blog, Not-So-SAHM.

(Images: Rebecca Green)

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