18 Jan

Adorable “Monkey Love” Birthday Party

Pink Monkey 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!

Pink Monkey Birthday Party

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

Pink Monkey Birthday Party


“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!

Pink Monkey 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:

Pink Monkey 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!

Pink Monkey 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.

Pink Monkey 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.

Pink Monkey 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.)

Pink Monkey 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.

Pink Monkey Birthday Party

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

Pink Monkey 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.

Pink Monkey 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.

Pink Monkey 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!

Pink Monkey Birthday Party

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!

Pink Monkey 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!

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.

Pink Monkey 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!”


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

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Carmon SAYS:

I absolutely love this sweet party. So beautiful colors and so many adorable ideas.

Reply January 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

susan@pocacosas SAYS:

So super adorable! Christi has the most amazing sense of style-we love her!

Reply January 19, 2011 at 6:23 am

Brenda SAYS:

Stunning..hats off to the Mom! Remarkable party! Theme and colors are outstanding. Impossible to choose a favorite…it just got better and better with each picture!

Reply January 19, 2011 at 9:26 am


Oh wow this is so fun and cute! Love the idea and all the details! Perfect!

Reply January 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe SAYS:

Fabulous job Christi! Everything is just beautiful!

Reply January 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm


I love the “Monkey Love” birthday theme and wonder where you purchased the colorful ribbon poms. Thanks!

Reply February 10, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Sandy Ang SAYS:

This is such a stunning party ! Love for you to link it up to my challenge here http://angsandy.blogspot.com/2011/03/sandys-challenge-3.html

Reply March 8, 2011 at 7:30 am

Ginette Decena SAYS:

I absolutely love this party !!!!!!!! You won’t believe it, but this is excatly the idea I had for my daughter’s second birthday. She turns 2 in July. I live in the Miami area and would like to know how can I get the details on the party favors and stationery (where can I buy them??) or if u have a local vendor that can assist me with the event planning.
Thank you so much for all your help :-)

Reply March 13, 2011 at 9:24 am

Tiffany SAYS:

beautiful! love the flower arrangement!

Reply March 16, 2011 at 8:12 am

lenn SAYS:

this is sooo adorable!!! i love it! where did you get the banner?

Reply November 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Aleshia Watson SAYS:

I just love all of the monkey stuff. My daughter is expecting and where would I get the labels and all from?

Reply May 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

Aleshia Watson SAYS:

I just love all of the monkey stuff. My daughter is expecting and where would I get the labels and all from?

Reply May 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

Crystal Maiden SAYS:

hi auntie how are u and the family just been working and keeping cool

Reply July 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

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