Archive for September, 2010


I went to CKC Cincinnati at the beginning of the month and that combined with having my purse stolen has made me want to finish all sorts of craft projects I have been putting off.  Since the party my craft room has been a disaster, so I am slowly getting it cleaned up.  I also have been working on making a sign for my parents camper.  I found some candy dishes that I bought in 2007.  The list goes on and on.  I hope to be posting lots of finished project very soon.

Z’s first birthday

Well the big day has come and gone. I must say that I felt very well organized for this party.

I did a sock monkey theme for the big day. There is not a lot of party supplies out there as you can imagine, so I created my own.


Guests were greeted with a sign I created for the front door. This was the first project that I used my xyron wishblade. I love that little machine!


I made this banner to showcase the monthly pictures we took. Each month we took Z’s picture with a bear to show how much he was growing. He wore a onesie that we decorated with an iron on that said how many months old he was.


This is a decoration I created on my wishblade. I was able to scan in a monkey from my paper and then make it a cut file. Before my wishblade, I would have hand cut out all those monkeys.


I hung Z’s humorous onesies in the window. I had tags on the onesies that told the size. Little ones grow so fast!


My older kids decorated the mantel with they toy monkeys. I had already make the sock banner. I saw it in Family Fun. It was supposed to be an advent decoration. You could put candy in each sock. The socks were all from my “lost mate” drawer. In the middle is an outgrown onesie that says “Mommy’s little Monkey” and is decorated with a sock monkey


A barrel of monkeys hung from the light fixtures holding pics of the birthday boy.


I was inspired by some decorated balloons in a Martha Stewart magazine. The only problem was these balloons lost their helium almost immediately. My Dad came up with the idea to tape them to the wall:)


Here are the party hats that I gave a monkey makeover. I was inspired by monkey cups that I saw on the Martha Stewart show.


This is a place setting for the kids. I used my older son’s flat sheet for a table cloth. I made the monkey cups and the straw decoration, so the kids would not get their cups mixed up.


I wanted to have some of Z’s favorite snacks at the party. So I made these little signs to let everyone know what the snacks were. This reminds me of the baby shower game where you eat baby food and guess the flavor.


This is the big spread. We had salad, breadsticks, corn, ziti, london broil and banana pudding. In the back ground you can kinda see the slideshow my hubby made of Z’s first year.


These are the cupcakes I made. I was inspired by some sock monkey paper I picked up at Michael’s. It had the colorful monkeys, so I repeated the colors in all the decorations.


This is the best cake that my friend has ever made! She was going to just make a number 1 cake till she saw this in an e-mail from wilton. Surprisingly it is made with the bear cake pan. I just love this cake and it was very yummy!




This was the most time consuming part of the party planning. What is a sock monkey party without sock monkeys? Well after purchasing a sock monkey kit, I decided that i could mass produce them for the party. I made 7 of these cuties, so that each child cold take one home. I found the socks at the Dollar Tree. I got two pairs for $1! I then recruited my aunt to help stich up the legs, arms and tails. I then hand sewed all the pieces together.

At the party each kids got a certificate of adoption and was able to pick out an outfit for their monkey. This was a huge hit!

At the end of the party the guests signed a photobook that I created for the birthday boy at CVS. They then left with a CD with the photos from the slideshow. The kids got socks, monkey gummy teats, candy and their sock monkey. These were all in a cinch jungle theme backpack.

Well I had a great time creating all the decorations for this party. I hope it will inspire you!

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