19 Mar

REAL PARTIES: A “Curious George” Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

Today’s Real Party feature – a colorful Curious George-inspired birthday party – comes from the talented Esther of My Bride Story.

There are so many things I LOVE about this party, but here are a few stand-outs:

1. From the “milk shooters” topped with chocolate chip cookies to the colorful & contemporary DIY felt garlands, this party is filled with wonderfully creative ideas that are both stylish & budget-friendly!

2. In lieu of regular birthday presents, all gifts were given directly to charity.

3. The concept behind the party is very inspiring…and is even reflected in the chosen venue. More details on this below, but here’s one of my favorite comments from Esther: “It has been an incredible journey for our family this year, and we wanted to use this occasion to honor those who have supported us and Grant with their gracious support and wisdom.”

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

Read on for LOTS more pics and all the party details, as told by Esther

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REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

“One of the first things you may notice about our son, Grant are his “monkey ears”.  They stick up a bit and it always reminded us of the book, “Curious George“, so this was the perfect theme to go with for his first birthday party!

The main concept behind the party was to provide a fun and casual atmosphere at a photo studio where the kids and parents could have opportunities to take their own fun family pictures while helping us celebrate Grant’s first year of life.

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

Since all gifts/proceeds were going directly to support the foundation, “Giving Children Hope” (due to the recent events in Haiti), I wanted to keep things in line and make the party simple and budget friendly. We raised a total of $900 for the foundation and sent the check right after the party!

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

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OUTDOOR DECORATIONS:
The blue lanterns that hung from the tree were borrowed from my sister. We placed a red wagon, (which was borrowed from Kristine of The Final Touch), in front of the couches and stored ice-cold drinks in it.

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

The wheat grass boxes and the floral arrangements were donated by Jina from T.H.E. Flower, and I made paper pinwheels to line the the walkway in the grass that welcomed the guests.

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

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INDOOR DECORATIONS:
The dessert table rang with the colors red, yellow and blue, and (along with the help of one of my assistants – Angela) I made some garlands featuring these colors out of felt and yarn.

These garlands are actually hanging next to Grant’s crib as we speak, because I didn’t want to throw them away after the party!

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

Kayla of Kayla’s Kakes kindly provided the cookie lollipops with mini cupcakes, and the monkey logo was made by Heather of Chickabug.

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

The jelly beans, lemon drops and twizzlers were purchased from Sweet Factory and Smart&Final, and the blue runner and 6-ft tables were rented from KiKi Events.

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

On the other side of the dessert bar were rows of milk shooters with chocolate cookies on top, popcorn chips, and bottles of fruit juice from Cost Plus World Market (I LOVE THIS STORE!).

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

I made the birthday hats out of decorative paper, attached some pompoms on top, made a small hole and tied the elastic bands together and secured them with staples.

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

The main course was tacos provided by Aldofo’s Mexican Food catering truck and we also served some Costco pizza for the inner-child in all us grownups.  For those opting for a healthier meal, we offered fruit skewers and triangle-cut sandwiches.

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

Don & David Photography contacted us a few weeks before the party and generously offered to take pictures and also all our friends’ baby and family pictures!  Thank you!

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

It has been an incredible journey for our family this year, and we wanted to use this occasion to honor those who have supported us and Grant with their gracious support and wisdom.

REAL PARTIES: A Curious George Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

The goal was to make this event meaningful and memorable, hoping that this will lay the foundation to teaching and educating our son to care for others when he gets older.

At times, we can whine and complain about what we don’t have, but as we took a step back to analyze this past year with Grant, we realized how lucky we are to have our basic needs met and loved ones around us.”

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A big thanks to Esther for all the wonderful inspiration – in regards to both the party details and life in general!

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45Comments

1
Jen Gentry SAYS:

LOVE – holy cuteness!! What a fabulous party :)

Reply March 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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Marisol SAYS:

Fabulous is all I can say!! Great inspiration for my sons 1st birthday party…

Reply March 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

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Ani SAYS:

I absolutely love the family portrait with the frame

Reply March 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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Jennifer SAYS:

Jennifer
I adore your blog so much. I was wondering if there was someplace you listed local party planners, and I am missing it?
I live in San Diego too, and was interested in hiring a Children’s Party planner for my daughters next birthday…
Thanks !
Jennifer

Reply March 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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Cassandra SAYS:

I LOVE Grant’s Party! And your special comments really touched me! God Bless you and your beautiful family!

Reply March 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm

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dora SAYS:

what a great idea! lots of fun stuff at the party

Reply March 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm

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Red Velvet Confections SAYS:

Those little red cups are adorable! The family picture is so special … what a nice party.

Reply March 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm

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courtney toney SAYS:

So cute! Great job Esther!

Reply March 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm

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Beth SAYS:

This is the CUTEST thing I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing!

Reply March 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm

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Kim SAYS:

so fantastic! Love all the details and who doesn’t love curious george!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
party inspiration

Reply March 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm

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Diapers and Divas SAYS:

Adorable! We almost did a monkey/Curious George theme for our little guy’s first birthday because we love monkeys and so does he. We opted for Mickey Mouse theme instead because he’s gaga for Mickey, but maybe we can do monkeys next year. :) GREAT ideas. Thinking about using some for Will’s 1st bday next weekend.

Reply March 19, 2010 at 8:55 pm

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Ashley SAYS:

Adorable!!!

Reply March 19, 2010 at 9:13 pm

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Adriana SAYS:

This party is so adorable, the paper lanterns are my favorite element! Awesome Party!

Reply March 19, 2010 at 9:26 pm

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Elisha Akram SAYS:

Adorable!

Reply March 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

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Esther Kim (My Bride Story) SAYS:

thank you so much for the feature! I’m incredibly honored to be featured on one of my favorite blogs! my son is darn too cute~ :)

Reply March 19, 2010 at 11:45 pm

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