The theme for my son, Allen's 2nd Birthday was sock monkeys.
I started by researching my party theme online and lots of results popped up for sock monkeys, but I wanted to stay away from the traditional brown sock monkey. Then I came across these bright and colorful monkeys called Genuine Monkeez by Midwest CBK.
I like to design and stylize classic parties with a creative burst of flavor!
Since sock monkeys originate from craft materials, I used yarns, buttons, scissors, rulers, spools, ribbons, etc. as decorative accents throughout the party. I custom designed party printables (www.theCreativeOrchard.etsy.com) to coordinate with the theme and tie everything together. Leaf shaped fabric placemats ran in a line down each side of the table. Multi-striped fabric shower curtains were used for tablecloths. Chair cushions were on the ground for comfort.
Down the center of the table were two wood crate wagons with a sock monkey in each one and a large ball of yarn. A wood ruler, big wood button and large wooden scissors were also placed inside. Handmade yarn pom pom's were put on the table, taped to the tent poles and tossed inside the hanging mesh toy organizers. Toys were scattered around, not only for decoration but also for extra activities. Sock monkeys were hung up-side down, right-side up, side ways and every which way all around the tent. Draped across the front of the dessert table were yarn wrapped cardboard letters that spelled "SEW CUTE" and hung from ribbon.
Activity ideas include a MONKEY mask craft project, BUNCHES of fun bag toss, create your own SOCK MONKEY, BANANA box car race, SOCK wearing contest and a SOCK MONKEY puppet show!
As each guest exited the party they received a small party favor bag with banana candies that included a label saying - "Thanks a Bunch!". The children also got to take home a polka dotted gable box filled with their personally decorated handmade sock monkey, sock monkey key chain, monkey magnet and a tiny Barrel of Monkeys.
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The place card holders that were created from wooden spools, yarn and custom printable place cards.
To keep the budget low, try to use craft supplies you already have for decorative accents, such as used balls of yarn. For more ideas about this party visit www.thecreativeorchard.com.