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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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!

The monkey shower for baby James is almost here (see: Time for Monkeys), it’s just around the corner in early April. I’ve strayed from my original idea somewhat, mainly in color but still plan on incorporating the sock monkey in one way or another. We’ve finally settled on a place…..The Electric Palm in Woodbridge. It’s on the water with an indoor dining room, bar and large outdoor deck. Our shower will be on the side deck which is covered and has a large door (think garage door) that can be opened or closed depending on the weather. I’m hoping in early April we’ll be able to have that door wide open to enjoy some sunshine and warm weather! I’ve found a great invitation from Prints Charming that I can’t wait to order! So cute! I’m also going to attempt to make a boutique style diaper cake which I hope to get started on tomorrow.  I will be sure to take pictures along the way!

I’ve also discovered a great site which I may use for favors, it’s called All Jarred Up.  See: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AllJarredUp. I first heard about All Jarred Up on tv the other day and looked it up. These great little pies and treats are the perfect size to use as favors (I wish I had known about these for our wedding)! To make it even better there is a chocolate chip banana bread….how perfect for a monkey themed shower!

There are many other odds and ends and ideas in my head, but I can’t give it all away in case our mommy to be sneaks a peak at the blog! Look for a full update in mid April with all the details of the shower!

The beginnings of my next shower, based on the sock monkey. This board provides a good representation of where I plan to go, although there will be some small tweaks. The Color palate for this one will be blue, red and brown with perhaps a little yellow or green thrown in. This shower is off in the distance but I can’t help but get excited about these things!