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Girly & Cute Under the Sea Party

Under the Sea Mermaid Birthday Party

Take a deep breath and dive right in to this super cute Girly & Cute Under the Sea Party by Cris of Crissy’s Crafts! Inspired by the bright and beautiful colors of the ocean floor, this party is swimming in hidden treasures, mermaids, and friendly little sea creatures! I just love the sea shell bowl centerpiece with glittery “seaweed” beads & fishy cake pops!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Dessert table with pretty “Sea Floor” backdrop with sea weed, bubbles, and flowers + Fish net table cloth
– Mermaid Treasure Chest party favors with gold coin chocolates, shimmery necklaces, and messages in bottles!
– Adorable fish shaped cake pops + Pink Oyster Pearl cookies
– Mason jar cups  wrapped with tulle, embroidered flowers, ribbons, and gems!

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How To Make A Baby Shower Wishing Tree + Free Printables {Butterfly Theme}

festival du bebe wishing tree

For our next round of baby shower inspiration for HUGGIES® Baby Shower Planner, we thought it would be fun to share a DIY tutorial with you on exactly How To Make A Baby Shower Wishing Tree – one of our favorite thoughtful baby shower activities that also doubles as a thoughtful keepsake for mom! Added bonus: you can download the Printable Wish Tags & 5×7 Sign Tags shown in this example for FREE! They’re bright & colorful, butterfly themed printables that coordinate with our Festival du Bebe baby shower theme.

This particular wishing tree is surprisingly easy to create. I know that some places recommend using Plaster of Paris to keep the branch in place for a wishing tree, but I always opt for a simple (and less messy) combo of floral foam and vase gems. It’s quick to put together and makes it a cinch to disassemble the tree after the party for easier storage. Scroll down for the details and download links…

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The Look For Less: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party

ninja turtle favor bar

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” series sharing Part 2 of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party featuring affordable DIY decor! In my Trend Alert earlier this month I shared how TMNT were making a HUGE comeback! There are TMNT parties popping up all over the web right now. If you missed it, click here for all the party details.

My own 10 year old daughter requested this theme for her birthday party this year and I was more than happy to take on the challenge of transforming our unfinished basement into Faith’s Sewer! For those of you who don’t know, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live in the sewers of NYC. I created a design plan that would incorporate urban city elements like graffiti brick walls, streets and manhole covers and TMNT elements like turtle shells, pizza and green ooze!

Inspired by this, my assistant and I set out to create some affordable unique party decor that you can easily make yourself to make your next TMNT party AWESOME & unique AND in true “Look For Less” style, each item we created is a double duty decor piece!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle DIY Decor:

– 3D Sewer Manhole Cover Wall Hanging
– Graffiti Brick Wall Photo Booth Backdrop
– Sewer Manhole Cover Cupcake Stand
– Pizza Favor Boxes

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Vintage Red & Blue Train Party {2nd Birthday}

Vintage Train Party

All aboard! This Vintage Red & Blue Train Party {2nd Birthday} by Rachel of RV PARTIES is leaving the station! With conductors caps, red bandanas and a touch of burlap, Braden’s little locomotive party is chuggin’ all the way to Cutesville! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

– Bandana wrapped party favors with cute conductor hats, toy trains, and train lollipops!
– Burlap backdrop with hand-sewn crepe paper streamers & bandana wrapped “B”
– Vintage suitcase dessert table risers + cute conductor’s hat and bandana bunting

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10 Creative {& Tasty!} Ice Cream Party Ideas

ice cream party ideas

I designed a sweet-and-sparkly Ice Cream Shoppe Birthday Party for Pottery Barn Kids earlier this year and stumbled on so many great ideas during the planning process… way too many to fit into one party! So, for my latest guest post over at Glam, I thought it would be fun to create a big round up of some of the *extra tasty* creative ideas for this theme, in case you’re planning to host an ice cream party yourself. ;)

View the full post right here, and check out lots more inspiration in our Ice Cream Party Ideas pinterest board.

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Creative John Deere Themed Party {Boys Birthday}

john deer themed birthday party

Traci celebrated with her birthday boy Jesen with a super creative John Deere Themed Party! Let’s get plowing through all the brilliant bandana + gingham pattern printables by Cupcake Express, adorable denim pocket invitations, bandana chair backs, and more super cute farm-friendly party ideas!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Pitck Forks” and Spoon “Shovels” and more utensils in a toy tractor
– Tractor Piñata, Tractor shaped cookie cutter favors and crayons
– Hay Bale Treats, Tractor Tire Donuts and Dirt Pudding
– “Thanks for plowing by” sunflower seed favors

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{Party of 5} Hot Air Balloon, Under the Sea, “Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb”, July 4th & Girls Night In Fundraiser

hot air balloon baby shower

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– Pink Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower
– Under the Sea Birthday
– “Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb” Party
– Firecracker July 4th Birthday
– Girls Night In Fundraiser

1. Vintage Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower (pictured above) by LousieSanders

2.  Under the Sea Birthday by DoceDesigns1

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Pink & Yellow Lalaloopsy Dessert Table

pink lalaloopsy dessert table

Mariana of Mariana Sperb Party Design designed this adorable Pink & Yellow Lalaloopsy Dessert Table for little Lara’s 5th birthday! With the polka dot decor, Lalaloopsy dolls and lots of delicious treats, this party was cute as a button! I just lalalove that chevron + balloon backdrop & perfect cake!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink and white ombre ruffle cake with cute Lalaloopsy topper & button bunting!
– Gray and white chevron backdrop with pink and what balloon border
– Vintage suitcase risers + cute Lalaloopsy sugar cookes & cupcake toppers

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Backyard Teddy Bear Picnic Party {Girls Birthday}

teddy bear picnic themed party

Maureen Anders, of Anders Ruff, here to share the perfect girly summer Backyard Teddy Bear Picnic Party by Ellen Bessette Events. Ellen’s backyard was transformed into a whimsical and colorful picnic area for the little girls (and their favorite teddy bears!) to enjoy a 3rd birthday celebration.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Recycled wood pallets painted and turned into a small picnic table
– Thick wood slices used as chargers for the place settings
– Dessert table under the arbor with hanging flowers over the dessert table in twig cones
– Tree trunk vase centerpieces

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Pink & Purple Garden Inspired Maypole Party

pink maypole party ideas

Here we go ’round Maypole on a beautiful May day morning! This Garden Inspired Maypole Party by Christie of Flaired Affairs is absolutely precious with a delicate spring-time color palette, floral inspired dessert table, and adorable little maypole dancers!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Maypole with pink and purple crepe paper streamers
– Pretty & pink dessert table with Maypole cake pop stands
– Paper pinwheel, rosette and ringlet chair backs
– Picket fence cupcake wraps + fondant floral cupcake toppers
– Wildflower Seed party favors and Delicate floral & lace headbands

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Sweet & Summery Berry Themed Bridal Shower

bridal shower ideas

This Summer Berry Themed Bridal Shower by Courtney of Joyful Joyful Designs and Danae of Joyful Weddings & Events is just too sweet! I am in love with the table design with the mismatched vintage plates, seersucker runner & berry basket florals! I wouldn’t mind building my own strawberry shortcake right about now either ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Gorgeous pink and red florals in berry baskets and wooden crates
– Charming wooden–paper invitations, tent cards, and favor tags
– “Make Your Own” Strawberry Shortcake Bar
– “Date Night Berry Basket” activity with free, casual, and fancy date ideas for the bride-to-be!

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Jenna & Chris’s Vintage Romance Wedding

wedding dessert table

Oh my heart-thumping goodness! Kristeen LaBrot Events designed one stunning wedding for lucky lovebirds Jenna & Chris! All of the eclectic details in their Vintage Romance Wedding came together beautifully for a sweet & memorable Spring wedding.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– “Welcome to our love story” sign + window pane seating chart
– Gorgeous cake with floral embellishment and love bird topper
– Jumbo clothespin table numbers, assorted vases with elegant florals

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Glitz & Glam Audrey Hepburn Inspired Party

tiffany inspired dessert table

Diamonds, sparkles, champagne and pearls… can you guess where I’m going with this? ;) Dorangela of Two Prince Bakery Theater styled this Glitz & Glam Audrey Hepburn Inspired Party with iconic black and white stripes, Tiffany’s Timbertini and more dahling details!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– “Baubles & Bow Ties” photo booth prop table with gum ball “pearl” necklaces, mini tiaras + bow ties
– Blue cake topped with sparkly baubles, custom Audrey peg doll and “Dahling” medallion
– Pearl Necklace Meringues, Tiffany Blue Macarons & Little Black Dress Dipped Oreos

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$175 GIVEAWAY: mosey handmade {Felt Party Decor}

Mosey Handmade - Felt Party Decor Giveaway

Winner update: 6/7/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #61 DANA WILLIAMS! Congrats!


Birthday magic, natural ingredients and handmade cuteness! Can these party decorations get any better? ;) Inspired by Waldorf style & a love for working with all-natural materials, mosey handmade is brimming with an adorable assortment of woolly party decor – and they are giving one lucky winner a $175 Shopping Spree to their shop!

Visit the mosey handmade shop to find felt Birthday CrownsBunting & Banners, Cupcake Toppers, and more of the craftiest felted goodies around!

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Girly Themed Rockstar Birthday Party

Rockstar Party Dessert Table

When a music-loving tiny diva turns four, the only way to celebrate is in style! This girly themed Rockstar Birthday Party is filled with a fun color palette, DIY creativity, and sweet treats to leave the guests singing and dancing long after the party ends. Nicolle Spitulnik here, from Libby Lane Press, sharing the rockin’ good time that Libby and her VIP guests had when flooding the stage wearing glittery glasses, custom VIP passes and belting their favorite tunes into mini microphones.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage Record Cupcake Stands + Chargers
– Microphone Cakepops and Pink & Orange Guitar Fondant Toppers
– VIP Laminated Passes on lanyards, Glittery Star Glasses and Microphone Favors

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Cute & Girly Safari Birthday Party

Safari birthday cake with giraffe cake topper

Let’s get WILD! Laura of Lalalicious Signature Sweets didn’t monkey around when styling this cute and Girly Safari Birthday Party for Stella’s 2nd birthday! With lots of burlap, neon and a herd of adorable safari animals (including that adorable giraffe cake topper!), Stella’s birthday was the perfect safari adventure!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Swamp Water, Python Potato Salad & Zebra Lollipops
– Burlap favor bags with printed safari animals + DIY Burlap framed sign
– Safari tent seating area with jumbo cut-out animal party decor
– Fuschia “Supplies” crate with safari inspired photo booth props

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Modern Baseball Birthday Party

baseball party

Take me out to the ballgame! Deanna of Mirabelle Creations brought it home with this Baseball Birthday Party for Sam’s 7th birthday! His favorite sport + favorite team, the Anaheim Angels, were this inspiration for this grand slam party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chocolate covered baseball oreos + Baseball Lollipops
– Cute “Concessions” table with baseball backdrop and stadium snacks
– Anaheim Angels inspired sugar cookies with jerseys, mits, bats, and baseballs
– Red, white and blue dessert table with diamond plate backdrop!

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{Party of 5} Pirates & Mermaids, Pink Circus, July 4th Party, Preppy Strawberry & Vintage Christening

pirate mermaid

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– Pirates & Mermaids Birthday {Joint Party}
– Pink Circus Dessert Table
– July 4th Party
– Preppy Strawberry Party
– Pink Vintage Christening

1. Pirates ‘n Mermaids Birthday (pictured above) by flaired_affairs

2.  Pink Birthday Circus by Clafoutis

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10 Creative Children’s Book Themed Baby Shower Ideas + Free Printable Quiz & Bookplates

free printable themed baby shower quiz and bookplates

We recently teamed up with HUGGIES® Baby Shower Planner to bring you some creative baby shower inspiration… something LOVE talking about around here anyways, as you may have gathered. ;) I thought it would be fun to kick things off with a detailed round-up of our favorite Book Themed Baby Shower ideas, which is a theme I’ve been asked about a lot lately. Added bonus: it’s gender neutral!

FREE PRINTABLES: Book Themed Activity Quiz & Bookplates

One of the first things that always comes to mind for me for this theme – is the clever activity quiz from an adorable children’s book baby shower that we featured a while back. It’s always been a super popular download here, but was previously only available as a text document. SO… this felt like the perfect time to put a pretty graphic design spin on it and create a brand new, printable Baby Shower Activity Quiz that you can download (for free!) to use at your own celebration, complete with Answer Key and coordinating Printable Bookplates to match. ENJOY!

Scroll down to access high-res PDFs of the printables (at the bottom of the post) and get inspired with lots of inspiration for your own book baby shower! Here’s a snapshot of all the ideas, followed by more detailed info below…

book baby shower round up

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{Pink, Red & Teal} Macy’s 8th Birthday Parade!

parade inspired dessert table

Shannon of Bottle Pop Party Co. was equipped with balloons, cars and candy + free printables from Sarah of Confetti Sunshine for her daughter Macy’s 8th Birthday Parade inspired by the classic Thanksgiving tradition! A couple years back, I took a different spin on the parade for my Macy’s First Birthday ;)… but I’m definitely going to keep this in mind a few years down the road for a more “grown up” & girly approach!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Convertible cars filled with candy gum balls and drummer topped cupcakes
– A popcorn bar with caramel, butter & cotton candy varieties
– Fringe wrapped gable boxes, glittery DIY party hats & a confetti filled photo booth!

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Awesome Army Boot Camp Birthday Party

camouflage cupcakes

Atten-HUT! Forward & march on up to this awesome Army Boot Camp Birthday Party by Teresa & Ben of Hugs and Punches. Per Cadet Anton’s request, they created “Kidruck Boot Camp,” where there was an amazing mini {kid-friendly} training course! With a little face paint, some camo-cake, and a great drill sergeant, this party successfully formed the CUTEST army ever!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Green frosted cake topped with a mini bunting, fighter jet & dog tags + DIY camouflage cake inside!
– Dog tag favors for each little cadet and fun camouflage “war” paint!
– Army men cupcake toppers on camouflage cupcakes
– Obstacle course activity with army crawls, hurdles & spare tires!

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Colorful Carnival Themed First Birthday Party

carnival tent cake

First prize goes to… Kerra of An Event by Kerra Lynch who designed a Colorful Carnival Themed First Birthday Party for adorable little Kory! From the classic carnival games to the adorable smash cake, this party just feels like so much FUN!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Bounce House and Fun Photo Booth!
– Adorable Circus Tent Smash Cake by Kara’s Kakes
– Ring Toss, Can Knock Oout and Bean Bag Toss
– Colorful rainbow balloons, candy bag favors and cowboy hats!

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Chillin’ + Grillin’ Summer Pinterest Party {with Prizes}!

grilling party on pinterest

Summer’s just about here, and to kick off the season Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs Online and Jenny Dixon of Craft That Party organized a Chillin’ + Grillin’ Summer Pinterest Party happening… TONIGHT at 9pm EST/6pm PST. Ten of my favorite Hostesses will be pinning with me and giving out prizes…

To join in the fun, follow the Chillin’ and Grillin’ Pinterest Board. And look out for prize pins throughout the party including $250 Pottery Barn Gift Card, credit to The TomKat Studio Shop, printables by Anders Ruff and more!

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Fabulous & Fun NYC Bridal Shower

bridal game

This party is great inspiration for those of you with an upcoming shower to plan and a bride-to-be who loves fashion… Whitney Spielfogel hosted a Fabulous & Fun NYC Bridal Shower and focused on truly making it a memorable & fun party! She created a few playful games like “How old was Whitney” and served brunch + cocktails to help the girls get to know each other before her upcoming destination wedding!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Stunning Louboutin “shoe box” cake with incredible (fondant!) heels by Elegantly Iced
– Fashion inspired cookies and monogrammed makeup bag favors
– Mini personalized potted paper flowers + colorful menus tied with custom ribbons
– Beautiful floral centerpieces with chevron and damask pattern table runners

stylish bridal shower cake

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Glam Favorite Things Party {30th Birthday}

glam 30th birthday

Glam, gold and favorites… what’s not to love! I am swooning over all the chalkboard inspired details and sparkly accents in this Glam Favorite Things Party by Mindy from a a {day} with lil mama (and not just because she used some of HWTM’s free printables)! ;) This year, Mindy and her best girlfriends are all turning 30… so she decided to throw a birthday bash to celebrate! And, as part of a group gift exchange she asked each guest to bring 3 gifts containing one of their “favorite things,” how fun!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fun “Guess What Year” Game + Clever “Favorite Things” Gift Exchange
– HWTM Wine & Cheese Party Printables {Free download here!}
– DIY Gold tissue fringe backdrop with big pink bows
– White hydrangeas in pink ribbon wrapped vases + black candle votive

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GIVEAWAY: Clean Mama Printables {Get Organized!}

clean mama organization printables

Winner update: 5/29/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #23 JANET! Congrats!


Have you ever wished you could have an assistant to keep you organized all the time? Ya… I know the feeling! ;)

But since personal closet cleaners and menu planners and please-clean-up-my-life-in-general assistants aren’t typically in the cards for most of us, I’m super excited to tell you about something that IS attainable… and it comes with a GIVEAWAY! Clean Mama Printables is offering up a $100 Shopping Spree towards helpful organizational lists & starter kits from their Etsy Shop. What area of life needs a little “tidying up” for you? From Budget & Bill Paying to Vacation Planning (um…yes, please!), chances are good that Clean Mama has a tool for it…

clean mama organization printables

With “spring cleaning” right about… now? – these printables will help make organizing easier, and it will feel so good to check off those boxes and cross off that list! Visit their shop to find kits like: The Baby Brain Kit, Shopping Kit, Project Kit, Budget & Bill Pay Kit, The Work @ Home Kit, and lots more!

And as a nice cherry on top, Becky is giving 20% off to all HWTM readers through the end of May! Use coupon code 20HWTM. Good luck with the giveaway and happy organizing! :)

printable calendars

mom organization printables



– Post a comment here telling us which printable package from Clean Mama Printables you’d like to get if you win! The winner can use their $100 credit however they like!

– Giveaway ends, Monday May 27th at midnight PSTThe winner will be chosen randomly and announced here as soon as they’ve accepted the prize.

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Adorable Pink & Girly Tea Party Birthday

Tea Party Dessert Table

It’s time for tea! With vintage tea cups, doilies & intricate desserts, Renata of Lovely Cakes dreamed up this Adorable Pink & Girly Tea Party Birthday for her daughter’s 5th birthday! I can’t get over those tiered sugar cookie platters inspired by Bakerella!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Stunning birthday cake with a beautiful fondant tea pot & tea cup
– Incredible sugar cookie dessert stands with mini cookies on each tier
– Cotton candy in doily cones + Mini meringues in handmade doily bowls
– Favor boxes with mini “cupcake liner” tea cups filled with cotton candy

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Vintage Inspired Barnyard Kite Party

Barnyard Kite Birthday Party

Let’s fly away together & celebrate Eliza’s 3rd birthday with this Vintage Inspired Barnyard Kite Party by Katie of Katie Rebecca Events! I love the cute weather & kite cookies, mini lunch boxes and rustic sweets table – everything is just perfect for a whimsical, kite-flying birthday picnic!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable kite-shaped birthday party invitations with ric-rac tails
– “Happy Birthday Eliza” banner + plushy kite and clouds, strung from a barn door
– Berry basket favors with sun, cloud and kite cookies & mini berry cupcakes
– Whimsical kite cake pops in a mini grassy, picket-fenced display

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“Picture Your Future” Graduation Party Ideas

Picture Your Future Graduation Party

Inspired by nostalgic moments & the promises of a bright future, Do Driver of Piggy Bank Parties styled this creative Picture Your Future” Graduation Party with Polaroid & photo album decor! The adorable “yearbook” party favors and “Sweet Memories” photo garland are such great graduation party ideas… they get an A+!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute Polaroid inspired banner + tissue “graduation tassel” garland
– “Yearbook” favor boxes filled with the graduate’s favorite chocolate treats
– “Sweet Memories” photo banner and graduation “photo album” guestbook
– Varsity letter brownies & Chalkboard inspired printables

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“Up & Away” Sock Monkey First Birthday

Sock Monkey & Hot Air Balloon Dessert Table

Jenifer of Hello Love Designs went wild with this “Up & Away” Sock Monkey First Birthday for her nephew Kason’s first Birthday! I’m totally bananas over the hot air balloon twist on this party classic. I mean, just look at those little monkeys- they are in for quite a ride!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Little Monkey” Birthday hat with monkey ears + yarn pom topper
– Sock monkey plushies riding in adorable home-made hot air balloons
– Patterned banners with yarn pom dividers and a cute fabric monkey welcome wreath
– Sock Monkey & hot air balloon cookies from Icings by Ang and Mini Banana Pudding Parfaits (+ Recipe!)

Monkey Birthday

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