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Mod Monkey Themed 1st Birthday


We love monkeys and this was perfect!

Design Inspiration

Mod monkey theme 1st birthday. We love monkey theme stuff and this was perfect. I didn't want to go with the typical cartoon themes I see at every other party. I wanted this party to stand out since it was my son's 1st and I couldn't have been happier.

Decorating Style

Modern yet contemporary

Project Details

Since this was my son's 1st birthday party..I wanted to make sure it was kid friendly as well as the adults enjoying the party. I found the mod monkey theme on I made everything else work around this theme. I ordered the pinatas, balloons, favors boxes used for decorating, and large personalized banner from their website.

I created the thank you cards on MS Word and uploaded to and ordered them in postcards. They turned out great. We had about 100 guests so I included the thank you cards in the adult and kid's favor bags.

The main favor was a teddy bear glass jar which I filled with personalized mms in matching theme colors. I also ordered the labels for the jar on I ordered the glass jars from You can google teddy bear glass jars to find the best deal out there.

The personalized banner above the dessert bar was made at home. You can get what you need from your local crafts store like Michaels. They also sell the premade letters in a bag in the poster board section. That made it so much easier since it was our first time making a banner like that. Most of the stuff was all home made. Including the cupcakes and the cake.

If you get a chance to start planning early, you can save a lot of money as well as gather a lot of great ideas.

I also ordered mod monkey theme lottery scratchers and attached them to the kid's favor bags so they can win prizes. I ordered the lottery scratchers and personalized mod monkey birthday tshirt from

For the candy buffet I shopped around to find blue and yellow candies to match the theme. I even purchased the fundraiser chocolate candy bars to help support our local children's soccer team and that was a big hit.

We also had a photobooth there and we had the photo strips customized with the mod monkey theme and my son's name/birthday.

One of the best things I did was have a separate play room for the toddlers to play. The kids loved it and I didn't have all the kids running all over the place. It made it easier for the parents to also have a good time and watch over their little ones.

Favorite Items

My favorite item was the cake. Home made and not by a professional baker and it turned out awesome!


Start planning early and try to do most of the projects yourself. If you start early, you can potentially save lots of money by finding random deals out there. As you shop around you find different inspirations and additions to the party. I sure ended up with more than I planned, but most of it was at a bargain. The most important thing is to have fun while you're planning. Don't stress out and make it fun. Recruit some friends and family to help.

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  1. avatar Erin says:

    I would like to know how you made the thank you card in Microsoft word. I consider myself to be pretty crafty that way but am not sure how you found all the clip art (monkeys and circles) . Thanks for your help.

  2. avatar Jennifer says:

    Hi there! Your party was adorable! I, too, am doing a mod monkey theme for my son’s birthday but can’t find a large mod monkey picture anywhere. Do you still have the picture to email?

  3. avatar Amanda says:

    Hi there! I am planning my son’s 1st birthday and love the mod monkey theme. I attempted to search for the mod monkey picture and could not find it anywhere – if you still have it, would you mind sending it to me?

    Thank you!

  4. avatar c240jane says:

    Hi Amy, hope you got the email with the mod monkey picture. I hope you were able to use it :-)

  5. avatar Amy says:

    That would be fantastic! My email address is The Cat in the Hat theme will be so much fun too. Planning the little guys’ parties is such a joy, isn’t it?! You definately do a great job and I would love to see pics of this years party too :-) Thanks so much!

  6. avatar c240jane says:

    Thank you so much! Ill see if I still have the image on my computer. Maybe I can email to you or something. I basically googled for it. I think I searched mod monkey clipart. Im so excited to be planning my son’s 2nd birthday right now….Dr Seuss Cat in The Hat

  7. avatar Amy says:

    Hi, beautiful job on the party!! I am also planning a Mod Monkey theme birthday party for my little guy. Where did you get the Mod Monkey image that you used on MS Word? Thanks so much!!

  8. avatar jesiahlove says:

    so how do did you make it on ms word bcause i tryed doing it and i cant. thank you

  9. avatar c240jane says:

    We made them on MS Word and cut them out. We glued them on lollipop sticks you can get from the craft store or you can use skewer sticks and cut them down :) Feel free to ask as many questions as you need. Have fun planning the party.

  10. avatar jesiahlove says:

    hi i got one more question the decorations for the cupcakes did you make it or where did u buy it from??


  11. avatar c240jane says:

    Thanks. My aunt actually made the cake for me. The yellow bags in the back were the adult favors. I had teddy bear glass jars filled with personalized m&ms to match the color theme (teal, yellow, and white) and also the thank you card inside. I had separate favors for the kiddies in the white handle bags. 

  12. avatar jesiahlove says:

    hi your decorations are really nice i love it im planing my sons 1st bday also with the mod monkeys i want to know how you made the cake and what is the yellow bags that you have in the back and what do they have inside

  13. avatar Dandelion says:

    You got a cute little boy! And you have a photo of him in a monkey costume! Babies sure do love monkeys don’t they? Mine just adored them when he was a lot younger.

  14. avatar butterscotch says:

    Blue and yellow and monkey theme. Everything looks great. And oh, the cake is just very cute!

  15. avatar c240jane says:

    I was wondering what happened and I’m glad it did. I was able to spend a bit more time on it and added more tips. I love planning parties and I was super excited to finally throw a party for my own son. It definitely was exhausting, but totally worth it.

  16. avatar Melisa says:

    Oh, I am so grateful you reposted. Thank you so much. We’ve never lost data in 3 years and it was just one of those days. Thanks for understanding! Congrats on a super party! You offered some great tips & resources. I just threw my son’s last weekend and I am still exhausted from it.