August 6, 2011

A Sock Monkey First Birthday: Part 1 {Prep}

Getting ready for Millie's first birthday party took a lot of time, but it was worth it. Here are some photos of the party's creation, and the instructions for her homemade sock monkey cookies!

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First thing's first- a pretty pink birthday cake.
(And yes- predictably, my laptop background is a photo of Millie.)

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Not too shabby for a smash cake! Now onto the cupcakes...

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You'll see the finished product in the next post.

By request from my mother:
instructions for the sock monkey cookies.
I used the classic recipe from the big red Betty Crocker cookbook-
the one that our family always uses to make Christmas cookies with every year.

We used a monkey shaped cookie cutter,
mixed up the recipe as directed,
but brushed a little egg white and brown food coloring on before baking.
They ended up with a pretty brown look,
which was a perfect base to add the rest of the face in icing.
Super easy!

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The finished product!

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Paul Frank "I love monkey" bracelet favors from Target. Perfect!

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In a recent giveaway on a blog, I won cupcake toppers from Top That!, and Jennifer custom made these sock monkey designs for Millie. Aren't they cute?

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In another giveaway, I won a cupcake Scentsy warmer with the Happy Birthday scent- it smelled amazing, and went perfectly with my theme.

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Cupcake favors from the Target dollar aisle. Target is the best!

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Paul Frank monkey plates and napkins, again from Target.

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Hat and candle for the birthday girl.

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Ready for the party? Millie looks like she's waited so patiently.
I'll share the rest of the photos in the next post.

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15 kind comments from you:

beka said...

i tell you, that cake looks scrumptious!!!

hah, and cute laptop background. ;)

Alana said...

Such a cute idea for a party! I'm putting away all these good ideas for later. :)

I have that same cake stand! Don't you love that it has like 4 different uses? (Although I have to admit I haven't actually used it yet! Wife fail.)

designdazzle.blogspot.com said...

too cute!!! thanks for linking : )

Crystal said...

How fun. I love birthday parties- creating and celebrating.

I have a friend named Millie, but it is short for Milagros. Is your daughters name short for something?

Thanks for sharing a link to your fun monkey party over on my mommy solution party. Hope to see you again.

L0veLindsey said...

Ahhh that is the CUTEST theme.. you guys went all out.. totally seems worth it though! I was at a 1st birthday party and the cake was still frozen, lol..didn't smash well!

By the way, I'm giving away a piece of jewelry of your choice from Towne&Reese! Go to http://www.l0velindsey.com to enter.

Nicole Marie said...

This is great! What a cute idea with the sock monkey. :)

Anita Stafford said...

This is an adorable birthday party idea. You did a great job!

Lisa said...

The monkey cupcakes are my favorite!

shopannies said...

what a sweet party love the theme, decor, and food

Laura @ My Thoughts-Uninterrupted said...

Those cookies are super cute!

Chad and Mary Beth @ Nothing But Country said...

I just wanted to let you know that tomorrow (tuesday) we will be featuring your project on our blog. :)

Thanks so much for sharing it in the link party. Hope to see you back to our weekly link parties as well.

Kindest,
Mary Beth
NothingButCountry.com

Rachel said...

Aw this is adorable. Sock monkeys are such a fun idea too. We had a monkey cake at my son's first birthday (his favorite stuffed animal) but that's all.
Rachel
http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com

charla beth said...

Awww, I love this post. all the little details you shared are adorable! You can tell you worked so hard and put a lot of time and thought into making it the perfect day. <3 and that last picture of millie looking over at you is so stinkin sweet.

Mindie Hilton said...

So cute, I will be making some angry bird cupcakes in a day for my soon to be 9 year old.

I have a fun any linky goes party that I would love for you to join too! This week linkers could even win a pair of silver earrings just by linking. Hope you will come.

http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/08/party-mindie-style-any-linky-goes-10.html

Tanya Anurag said...

The preparations look superb. You did a great job!

We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/2011/08/tea-time-thursdays-3-and-features.html

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