There’s no shortage of monkey themed party ideas here on CAH, but this sock monkey birthday party by Tabitha of Fresh Mommy blog is fresh and different from everything else we’ve featured. Tabitha put this together in 2 weeks for her son’s 2nd birthday, and the result is sweet, inviting, and has a touch of vintage.
Some of my favorite things from this party are the “top your cupcake” bar presented in an old soda crate, the water bottles being kept chilled in the red wagon, and the ADORABLE birthday boy’s outfit. Check out all the photos below and get the details from Tabitha…
From Tabitha: “We had a vintage inspired Sock Monkey birthday party for our little guy’s second birthday, whom I refer to as my little monkey… so the theme was very apropos.
This vintage sock monkey party was filled with neat antique props from around our house. Old wooden crates, silver barrels and red wagons helped to set the tone of the party and to create height on the tables. The display wouldn’t be complete without them.
I wanted to keep the theme cute without getting too girly, so I stuck to a color pallet of yellow, red and brown and incorporated the chevron stripe and some polka dots. We used those colors and patterns throughout the party to help tie it all together. I spent lots of time looking for the perfect monkey birthday printables that weren’t too girly or too “sock monkey” and ended up working with Vicky from Luvalexa and we created the ideal vintage sock monkey theme party package for a 2 year old boy, and had lots of character.
Our outdoor lanai was filled with red and yellow punching balls, that were as much of an activity as they were a part of the decor. To get the color theme up off of the floor, we made tissue paper pom poms that were hung around the lanai as well as our fabric bunting. A cute little red wagon was filled with ice to keep the customized bottled waters cold. For the cake decor, I made a mini bunting with the tiniest bit of extra material, glued it to string, speared the cake with two wooden skewers and slipped some striped paper straws over top before tying the bunting onto the straws. Some Ikea frames displayed the printables created for the party and white serving trays displayed the food perfectly.
Last but not least, we HAD to coordinate the birthday boy’s clothing to go with the theme! I used the adorable tie onsie that I had purchased from Chi Couture Boutique, and then just picked up a monkey headband and tail from Michael’s.
- Banana chips
- Chocolate cake with banana creme layers and butter cream frosting
- Nutella “cake in a jar” cupcakes. The toppings (chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, chocolate chips, sprinkles, red sugar crystals, banana creme whipped frosting) were left off as part of the Build Your Own Cupcake bar.
- Barrel rolls… a slice of bread flattened with a rolling pin, topped with a slice of deli turkey and a cheese stick rolled up inside and held with a toothpick.
Each family took home a jar of ready-to-make Monkey Munch cookie mix! The dry ingredients were layered in the jar and the lid was labeled with the rest of the recipe… the wet ingredients and baking time. The littles also took home a customized Barrel o’ Monkeys and a red or yellow punching ball.”