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Sylas’s DIY ‘Sock Monkey’ 1st Birthday Party


For Sylas's First Birthday, I created a DIY Sock Monkey Themed Party.

Design Inspiration

I came across a cupcake on Pinterest with a monkey face made out of vanilla wafers. The cupcake was so cute and we call Sylas "monkey." My inspiration was planted and the rest is history.

Decorating Style

The theme for this party was Sock Monkey and the colors I decided to incorporate into the theme were red, black, and brown, with grey and white accents.

Project Details

Large Sock Monkeys- One I received as a gift at my baby shower, and one is from Kohl's as part of the "Kohl's Cares" partnership.


Small "Baby" Sock Monkeys- One is "Ty" from a Hallmark store, the other is from Target.


Invitation- DIY project. I handmade each one and sent it off in a brown paper bag sealed with DIY stickers that said "Sylas is ONE".


Welcome Flag Banner- DIY project. My tutorial here:


Balloon Wreath- DIY project. My tutorial here:


Personalized Onsie- DIY project. My tutorial here:


Party Hat- DIY project. My tutorial here:


Candy Bar- DIY project. Most jars purchased from IKEA. My tutorial here:


Happy Birthday Pennant Banner- DIY project. My tutorial here:


"Sylas is One" Birthday Banners- DIY Project. My tutorial here:


3 Tier Cupcake Display- DIY Project. My tutorial here:


Monkey Cupcakes- Homemade. Inspiration from here:


Cupcake Toppers- DIY Project. My tutorial here:


Table Tent Labels- DIY Project. My tutorial here:


First's Display- DIY Project. My tutorial here:


Guest Book Scrapbook Page- DIY Project. My tutorial here:


Sweater Display- The sweater was handmade by Sylas's great-grandma. I simply displayed the sweater next to a picture of him wearing it back when he was 4 months old at his dedication. Check out the scrapbook I made here:


Favorite Items

My favorite (or maybe just most "proud" item) is the onsie I made for Sylas. As much as I would love to learn to sew, I haven't. I designed a "1" patch from a sock and sewed it to a red onsie. He got lots of compliments on his cute attire and some people even thought I bought it that way!


For a kids birthday party, pick a theme!! Once I had a theme and theme colors, the ideas just started flowing. It was all downhill after the first project. The first thing I made was the invitation and then the Happy Birthday Pennant Banner.


I would also say that as much as Pinterest can be helpful, don't let it overwhelm you. Use it for inspiration and then use your own imagination to make your ideas come to life!

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Sarah Radinsky

Tuesday 1st of January 2013

You are a life saver. I'm trying to plan my son's 1st bday on a tight budget and this post was incredibly helpful!!!!! Thank you so much.


Friday 31st of August 2012

Cool wreath. I've seen wreaths made of different kinds of materials, and this is the first one I've seen one made of balloons. And I really like the sock monkey theme.

Meggan King DC

Friday 31st of August 2012

Thank you! It was really fun and easy to make. I plan to make another one in generic party colors to hang for the week before any birthday in our house to get the birthday person excited for their big day!