18 Jan

Adorable “Monkey Love” Birthday Party

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

Well… it doesn’t get much more adorable than THIS! Christi from P is for Party and Kelly from The Party Dress and WH Hostess teamed up to bring this adorable monkey-themed birthday party to life… so I guess with that much creative juice in the room it shouldn’t be surprising that the party turned out so amazing!

A few of my favorite details found here: darling monkey bubble favors, beautiful ribbon moss balls hanging from shepherd hooks, white chocolate-dipped Oreos topped with fondant bananas (!), both adult AND kid-friendly pink signature drinks, and of course the fabulous DIY ribbon backdrop that was set up behind the smash cake!

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

Read on for LOTS more gorgeous images (as captured by Ellen Zilla) and all the creative party details, as told by Christi

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

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“When my friend and client, Shannon, first approached me to help with her daughter’s first birthday party, she had already chosen the monkey theme and had also already contacted Kelly of WH Hostess, who created this inspiration board for her.  I was thrilled!  I thought the theme was precious and working with Kelly is always a treat!

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

Shannon was a dream client. She had a clear vision, but looked to me for all of the creative decisions.  The end result turned out beautifully and there were so many special touches throughout the event.  One of my tried and true photography sources, Ellen Johnson of Ellen Zilla Photography, did a remarkable job photographing every detail!

Here are the details on some of my favorite parts of the party:

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

To highlight the area where the birthday girl would dive into her smash cake, I created a ribbon backdrop from a mixture of satin and grosgrain ribbon in all of the party colors.  I purchased ribbon in widths varying from 1” to 3”.  The backdrop was stunning since the ribbons hung from Shannon’s 12 ft. ceiling!

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

THE DESSERT TABLE was so much fun to create! The table was to be placed on a large white wall and instead of building a fabric backdrop, I decided to anchor the table with a bright pink monogram decal from Open Heart Creations and hang poms, in various shades of pink, on both sides.

The treats: Macaroons from Maison Burdisso added a nice pop of color to the front of the table. White chocolate-covered Oreos were placed in mini baking cups from and adorned with a small banana fondant piece from Kids Cakes. Birthday cupcakes were decorated with monkey cupcake toppers and sat on two gorgeous Rosanna cake stands.

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

We also set out a variety of candy – including rock candy, gumballs and banana taffy – in tall glass jars from Pottery Barn.  All of the treats were adorned with labels by WH HostessWhite gable boxes decorated with a coordinating flower-shaped sticker were placed near the table for guests to pick up and fill with treats to take home.

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

THE FLOWERS were breathtaking and one of my favorite elements of the party! In the inspiration board that Kelly initially created for Shannon, she included several moss arrangements that Shannon loved. (Click here to see the board.)

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

I enlisted the help of one of my favorite Houston florists, Lisa Tran of Wedding Flowers by Lisa.  I knew Lisa would transform our vision into a reality!  As guests walked up the pathway to the front door, they were surrounded by the most gorgeous ribbon moss balls hung on shepherd hooks.

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

THE INSIDE TABLES were another focal point. Each table was draped in a pink linen and held three small arrangements.

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

I found the daintiest ceramic vases from Heart to Heart, which Lisa filled with bright yellow Billy Balls, pink roses and hydrangeas in pink and green.  Lisa also designed a creative moss cone that she adorned with pink spray roses and yellow Calla Lilies.

The outside tables were special as well! Pink Daisy Grass Mats (an HWTM find!) were placed on each table, along with one of the same ceramic vases as the inside tables.  It lent for a more casual, outdoor feel.

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

The backyard was set up as the play area for the many kids in attendance. (See image #4, above)  I sporadically placed pink & white beach balls and large pink exercise balls throughout the area.  The kids loved running around kicking and throwing the balls!

There were so many fun touches at this party!  Tissue Poms in shades of pink, yellow and green were found everywhere; from counter tops and mantles to the arms of chandeliers.

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

Pink striped straws from Hey Yo Yo were preset in cups waiting to be filled with pink mojitos (for the adults of course!).  Pink lemonade was offered as well which was another nod to the party colors!

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

THE FOOD
The tiered monkey cake was a showstopper (see image #1, at top).  Cakes by Gina handmade the monkey cake topper out of cake & icing!  A Fare Extraordinaire catered the event and the food was delicious!

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

As a special touch, frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and presented on a banana leaf, were passed out to guests.  I must add that the attentive wait staff came dressed in hot pink ties to match the décor!

PARTY FAVORS
As a parting gift, the little ones got to take home a plush stuffed monkey and a coordinating bubble tin and wand by WH Hostess.

Adorable Monkey Love Birthday Party

This party was an event planner’s dream to work on and I could not have done it without the incredible talent of Kelly Lyden and my sweet client, Shannon!”

*****

VENDOR CREDITS:
Event Styling: P is for Party
Party Stationery & Paper Elements: WH Hostess
Inspiration Board: The Party Dress
Photography: Ellen Zilla

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28Comments

1
Kate @ ThisAmericanWife SAYS:

Wow! How setting this baby’s expectations high for her birthday parties right from the get go! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that floral arrangement!

Reply January 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

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Latasha D SAYS:

Beautiful. Will make a gorgeous baby shower too!

Reply January 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm

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Christi - P is for Party SAYS:

Thank you so much for this feature Jenn! I am BEYOND excited!!!

Reply January 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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Tina SAYS:

What a fun theme for a baby party, and so well executed!

Reply January 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

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Ellen @ ELLENZILLA photography SAYS:

Thank you for featuring my photos from this oh-so-fabulous party! I love love love your blog and my pictures feel quite at home :)

Reply January 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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Tiffany SAYS:

I’m dying over all this cuteness! The flowers are simply GORGEOUS! Love those hanging moss balls too!

Reply January 18, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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Aisha | Dooby Design Group SAYS:

This is such an adorable event, great job ladies!! Love it.

Reply January 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Kori Clark SAYS:

OH MY Goodness!! This is amazing! It’s clear every detail was thought out! Christi did such a fabulous job (and Kelly’s designs were adorable)! Those moss balls leading to the door are just too cute!

Reply January 18, 2011 at 3:53 pm

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Carrie @ Half Baked SAYS:

Such an amazing party! Christi and Kelly – you outdid yourselves!! And the cake is just precious. Great job Gina!

Reply January 18, 2011 at 4:23 pm

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Victoria SAYS:

So cute!!! The color combos are wonderful. I like the inclusion of florals to offset the adorable, but matchy matchy printables.

Reply January 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm

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Tori SAYS:

Gorgeous! LOVE the ribbon backdrop. Darling job ladies!

Reply January 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

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Jacque SAYS:

Loving the ribbon moss balls and the ribbon backdrop. 2 cute!

Reply January 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm

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Karen SAYS:

Oh! I’m planning a monkey party too! **taking notes**

Reply January 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

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Kelly Lyden @ WH Hostess SAYS:

Jenn! Thank you for this fabulous feature! You truly made this party shine….thank you for all of your sweet words! xo

Reply January 18, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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Tina C SAYS:

This is so adorable! I’m thinking of doing a monkey love party for a boy now. What other food was served?
(Just FYI, the personal info is visible on the invitation pic.)

Reply January 18, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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