This is the party I organized for my son's first birthday. I wanted him to be the center of the party, and I wanted the decor to reflect that!
Right when my son was about 6 months I started thinking of his birthday celebration. I knew I didn't want to use any TV character, or the usual Winnie the Pooh/Mickey Mouse theme that you see on your average 1st bday party. So I started searching for birthday themes online and came across the mod monkey theme. I immediately loved the modern and sleek style of this theme - not too babyish, and very cute for a 1 year old. I was inspired but the colors and the cute monkey face. I only bought the basic party goods, and the rest of the items i designed on my PC and got them professionally printed.
Sleek, bright and modern.
I live in Colombia, so I tried to order as much as I could online. I got the party decorations and favors from 1stwishes.com. Whatever I couldn't get, I had made at local stores. I spent hours browsing different sites that featured mod monkey items and party ideas . Many ideas came from different vendors at etsy.com . I had the invitations made at tinyprints.com . I was also inspired but all the wonderful projects on this site. The idea for the cake, for example, came from a project featured here, then I had it made by a local bakery. Thanks to all of you the party turned out great!
Definitely the picture banner. All hand made.. lots of work, but so worth it! It was a beautiful focal point, and a proud display of the baby's best moments! I also love the costume tee and the wrist bands!
Do a lot of research online for party ideas and try to keep it focused on the child.. Enjoy it and don't get stressed over small things. Its just a party!