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Levi’s First Birthday Party-Monkey and Banana!


We wanted Levi's birthday to be fun and bright but not too babyish. We used themes of monkeys and bananas as well as chevron in bright colors. Almost everything was home-made including desserts and the DIY decor.

Design Inspiration

His nursery has a lot of chevron in it so we wanted to continue that trend. We also wanted something that would be bright and fun.

Decorating Style

Fun, modern, crisp

Project Details

We started by getting a plain green table cloth from Party city and working up from that. Burlap was purchased at JoAnn's to add some texture to the table.

I had seen flag banners on Etsy and Pintrest and knew that I wanted one for Levi. I bought scrapbook paper and bakers twine at Michael's and created the flags by hand. For the "Happy Birthday" Banner was white card stock pre-cut in circles and then we used letter stickers for the writing. The large wooden "LEVI" letters were handmade by my father.

The tissue paper balls were made by hand by this tutorial:

The cupcake skewers were made on photoshop. I used the same pictures and patterns used on his invites. Then I used a 1" scalloped paper punch to punch them out. I then taped them to toothpicks and were done.

The personalized cups were also done on Photoshop and printed onto Avery stickers.

The cake I made myself with homemade buttercream and fondant.

All cupcake wrappers and favor bags were from

Favorite Items

My favorite items were the cake and the banners. I think they really brightened up the look of the room.


A first birthday is about fun and celebrating- incorporate babies likes into the theme and he/she will have a great time. Use Pintrest to sort your ideas and don't be afraid to try projects that may seem scary, most are pretty easy as long as you have some scissors, rulers, and time!

Jillian Scotts

Monday 10th of June 2013

The colors you used are indeed perfect for your monkey theme. Nice!

Ross Neytiri

Thursday 6th of June 2013

I love your place, so full of windows for plenty of sunshine!