Welcome To The Jungle: Birthday Decorations

After all of the blood, sweat, tears, and planning that went into Chazz’s First Birthday party, it’s time for a birthday tour. All the inside scoop on his monkey birthday party and jungle theme.

(Where we dipped everything in chocolate. Muahhahaha!)

This post will cover the details and the decorations for Chazz’s monkey birthday party. There will be a second post to cover the yummy food and the candy buffet.

The Decorations:
I was deadset on turning our kitchen into a jungle, so we saved all of our paper grocery bags for months to twist into fake jungle vines. I tore down each side of the paper bag, and crinkled them up to get a good texture.


I twisted them to look vine-y and used the twine handles to wrap around the vines.



I attatched felt leaves and a few flowers with good ol’ Glue Dots. Pin a few thousand to the ceiling, and Voilá! Insta- Jungle.


I cut the leaves out of felt. To give them more shape I tugged on the edges with a little twist to make them life-like.


I was more than lucky to find a ton of monkey and jungle type stuff locally. Wood monkey and palm tree cutouts and bamboo mats all added to the theme. And course, nothing is complete without adding a little coordinating ribbon. JoAnn’s had the cutest monkey ribbon.

I also made a mini palm tree out of a tp tube and brown and green felt. And lots and lots of glue. It was perfect for holding the toothpicks. I slipped the tree/tube over a salt shaker to raise up the toothpicks.


The Favor Bags:
I foung clear bags in packs of 12 at the dollar store! A freakin’ steal if you ask me. Just a simple something-something to take home candy in.

¡Monkeys!
It’s important to carry your theme throughout the entire party to tie it all together. Everything was monkeys. From the invites and coordinated ribbon, to the cupcakes, right down to the stuffed monkeys hanging out through the house.


See the candy buffet? Yummm! I had so much fun planning and decorating for our own little monkey. I would say “I can’t wait” for his next birthday, but I SO can, haha.

You can look for the second part of Chazz’s birthday tour this week. Come back and drool over monkey cupcakes, candy buffet ideas, and chocolate fondue!

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Happy First Birthday, Chazz!

Whew! Exhausted. But a few quick notes before bed…

Our Little Monkey is finally ONE!

Chazz’s first birthday was amazing. The Birthday Boy “monkey’d around” (haha…) all morning eating cheerios and bananas while we finished putting together the jungle vines.


We were starting to get a little worried, as he was getting really fussy and refused to nap. Disaster in the making! So Roman and Chazz went on a quick drive to get him to pass out. Works like a charm.

When they got back he slept for 2.5 hours, and right through the first half hour of his own partay! Talk about fashionably late.

But since I didn’t think he’d mind, we dug into the sweets buffet anyway! 🙂 Which turned out wonderfully, by the way. And it was a lot of fun to put together. The chocolate fondue was omigosh amazing, with fresh fruits and various cookies and treats to dip. Oh, and about six pounds of Sixlets. Fun fun.


Here is a peek at the jungle vines (how-to post still to come!). I made them from twisted paper bags with felt leaves and fake flowers. And a lot of monkeys!


When Chazz finally awoke, we served up the monkey cupcakes.


And served The Monkey his own personal (egg-free, frosting-free) banana cake. Mmmm!


With a cheerio on top, per Head Chef Chazz.


Aaaand…


…Done for!


Then it was off to open gifts with a little help from dad. Chazz got a lot of fun books and toys, clothes, and even a chair just his size.


What a lucky little man on his first birthday. We were surrounded by family and friends to celebrate one year of crazyfun.

I can’t believe how fast this year has gone, how much Chazz has grown, and how far we’ve come as a family. Happy Birthday Chazz-man! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect “you”!


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Invitations. Decorations. Food. Oh my!

This is my mantra.

And will continue to be my mantra until it’s all over.

The hardcore First Birthday planning is in full swing. ::squee!!:: But the mile-long shopping list is a little scary. I just keep repeating:
“Invitations. Decorations. Food. That’s it.”

IT’S JUST A FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Oh, but it is so much more than that. I’m sure Chazz doesn’t really care if the theme is strictly monkeys or the whole jungle. He’d not too concerned about the “chocolate fondue fountain vs. candy buffet vs. both” debate. (He just wants to make sure there are plenty of bananas!)
But Roman and I are running around like crazies putting together invites, turning our house into a jungle, and googling reviews on chocolate fountains.

Yes, we’ve lost it! But crazy=fun and that’s how we roll!

Here are some of the photos from the inspiration board so far.

Theme: Monkeys

Colors: Brown, Tan, and Green

The Invites:


That is obviously not my cutie pie, but I am 99% sure these are the ones. They’re the perfect color green, and cute yet simple enough for a first birthday. Amy Adele is the designer, and I just love her work. I’m ordering matching stickers as well for the favor bags.

The Goods:


I found these adorable plates and napkins. We will probably work the rest of the tablewear around them. Rather than buy the whole birthday kit (which I found a bit overpriced.) I’ll stick to the budget and buy plain green and brown napkins and plasticware at the Dollar Store.

The Food:
It’s a mid-afternoon party so I’m going light with a combination between a candy buffet and chocolate fountain fondue. (Because really, who doesn’t want to dip EVEYTHING in chocolate??) I’m thinking fruits like banana slices and strawberries, along with angelfood cake pieces, cheesecake balls, and shortbread cookies. Oh, and dessert pizza. Yum! I found these pics for ideas while google-ing:


Yummm!!

The Favors:
Clear cello bags with stickers from Amy Adele to match the invites. Each guest can fill them up at the candy buffet to take home.

The Not-So-Sure’s:
Cake- Cake, cupcakes? Not sure. I’m thinkin’ some monkey cupcakes and a special “smash cake” for Chazz. ???

The deco- as for decorations, I’m turning our house into a jungle. I’ve been slaving away turning paper bags into vines, making mini palm trees, not-so-mini palm trees, cutting out leaves. My oh my, this is a post all it’s own.

What do you think so far? Am I in over my head?
I just can’t wait to see our Little Monkey on his very first birthday. And I can’t wait to celebrate one whole year of being a family.

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