Here’s a new addition to the Etsy shop….the sock monkey occasion pin! Perfect for a sock monkey themed baby shower or birthday party. Check it out at Party Me Perfect on Etsy.

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When my husband and I got married, I saw a shell boutonniere in a magazine and I absolutely loved it! I did not love it’s $60 price tag….they were shells, after all. I never really investigated from there, it was only a month or two before the wedding and I had a million other things to do and a million other things on my mind. Then the other day I was looking at a fish bowl full of shells that I’ve had forever and a picture of that boutonniere ran through my mind. It had never occurred to me to make it! (Those million other things took up a lot of brain power!) So I thought I would take a shot at it. Honestly, I’m not sure if I like it or not….so let me hear some opinions!  This was my first try, I may try again….but I get frustrated when things don’t look as good as they do in my head! Let me know what you think! I really would like to try making one that I would’ve loved to have at our wedding!

Take a look at the pin I created for an upcoming baby shower.The shower (see post: Loving that summer feeling) is planned for May. The theme is set in colors: hot pink, orange and yellow. I wanted a special pin for the mom-to-be to wear. I recently purchased a pin like this one from a craft store for a sock monkey themed baby shower. The colors and themes available were limited so I figured it would be easy enough to create one myself to suit the theme and colors I wanted for this upcoming shower. The great thing about these pins is that they can be used for any occasion….baby shower, bridal shower, birthdays, anniversaries, bachelorette parties….any special occasion!

 

Yesterday was my sister’s baby shower. It’s the sock monkey shower I’ve been planning for the past few months. The colors were green and blue and it was a lunch shower at a local restaurant. Check out the pictures below to see what we did!

Our “Lil’ Monkey” Banner hung in a window to great the guest as they walked in. The banner was decorated with ribbon in colors corresponding to the shower. It also made a great gift for mom!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The table was set with aqua and white patterned table cloth and bright green chargers. The centerpieces were two diaper vases, including a medallion with the baby’s initials, filled with blue hydrangeas. The mom to be’s setting was marked with balloons, a monkey and a pin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our framed Mm alphabet card made a great addition to carry the theme to the gift table. The monkey pin was placed at the mom’s seat at the table, for her to wear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I loved these game packets. They contained 3 game sheets: The Price is Right, What Did Daddy Say?, and TV Families. They also held a blank note card used a a birthday card for the baby. Each card was numbered, the number corresponded with a birthday year. Each guest wrote a birthday message which mom and baby will open on each birthday from 1-10. The last item in the folder was the guest book page for mom. Each guest filled out the page upon arrival with  markers placed on the table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sock monkey basket was a lucky find in the Easter isle of Rite Aid and he made the perfect basket for our price is right game! For this game, the guests guessed the total cost of the items in the basket. The one who came the closest without going over won a prize and mom got the basket! The monkey face decorating the charger was also a game. The backside of each monkey face was marked with a color (neither the guests or mom to be knew this). At the end of the shower the mom choose a color and the person with that color under their monkey face won a prize!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was our guest book table for baby. The table held the Price is Right basket, the diaper cake and a Curious George story collection for the Baby. Each guest wrote a message to the baby in the book, so he could have his own guest book as well! The animal guest book is for mom and is from the Guestbook Store. I absolutely love their guest books, I’ve used them for a number of events and everyone always have a great time filling out the personalized pages! The mom to be even filled one out for herself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a closer picture of the diaper cake. It’s decorated in blue and green patterned paper with white crinkle paper around the edge. White and green daisies decorate the top along with a blue and green sock monkey….perfect! The center pictures shows our cupcake stand and sock monkey cupcake (pictured below). The cupcakes stands were an idea from the Modern Moments blog and so simple to make. See their blog for instructions! The sock monkey cupcakes were a contribution from a friend of mine who loves to bake and makes the most wonderful treats! She designed the cupcakes after the shower invitation. It was the perfect touch. Everyone at the shower commented on how great they were!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The shower was a great success, everyone had a lot of fun and all of the little touches cake together to make a big impact!

I looked high and low for the perfect invitation for a baby shower I’m planning. The shower is for a baby girl and will be in early May. The colors are hot pink, tangerine and lemon (see previous post “Lovin’ that Summer Feeling”). I wanted the invitation to be fun, pretty and eye catching, but I didn’t want the same old thing I’ve seen a million times, and I definitely didn’t want pastels in pink, lavender and yellow. Not that I don’t like those colors, but this isn’t that kind of baby shower. It’s bright, and bold and needed an invitation that conveyed that. I ran across a how-to on pocket invitations, which I love, so I thought I would give it a try. The invitation consists of a main invitation card and 3 insert cards for RSVP information, directions and registry information. Keep in mind this is a rough cut, there’s still some perfecting to be done. I’m still playing with the color a little bit, mainly  on the main invite card, I’m thinking of going with pink on orange instead of white on orange. I also may change the insert cards to either pink/orange or pink/white. What do you think?

Here’s a goodie that arrived in the mail today. I ordered them for the hot pink, tangerine and lemon colored shower I’m planning for this May for a baby girl (See post: Loving that Summer Feeling). I ordered these from Land of Nod. They came in a variety of colors, I chose the orange ones with hot pink handles….so cute!


I plan to use the smaller two for stands/decorations on the candy buffet and I’m using the larger one for a price is right type game where guests will guess the cost of a case filled with baby products (diaper cream, orajel, a bottle, etc). The person who guesses the closest without going over wins a prize and the mom gets the case filled with the baby products! Win Win!

Next month is coming up fast and by the time I get back from vacation, my next baby shower will be only a few weeks away. We finally decided on a restaurant to hold the shower and I’ve been trying to think up ways to turn a basic restaurant table and surroundings into a festive baby shower. As any of you party me perfect followers will know, I’ve been a bit obsessed with diaper cakes lately. Well, the two thoughts combined and I’ve come up with the perfect centerpiece for the baby shower….

I took an 8″ diaper cake, placed a 4″ high vase in the center, filled the vase with green and white flowers……and voila….the perfect baby shower centerpiece! In my head I saw gerber daisies, but there were none at the store so I used this arrangement for now. As you can see, I wrapped the diaper cake with green monkey ribbon backed with aqua colored ribbon. I then added a medallion (which I used my new cricut to make!) with the monogram of  the soon to arrive baby.There are two medallions, one on each side, so it will look good no matter which side of the table you’re sitting on.

I mocked up the table setting below, which includes one of my cupcake cuties (diaper cupcakes) at each place setting.  The cupcake cuties double as favors (along with an edible goodie from All Jarred Up!) The actual shower will have about 15 people, but I used my kitchen table to get an idea of how the setting will look.

I absolutely love this centerpiece and setting. I can’t wait to see it at the shower!