Monkey’s First Birthday

Where has the time gone? I cannot believe that my little Monkey is ONE! I officially have a toddler, wow! Months before Monkey turned one, I was already turning to Pinterest for birthday party themes and ideas. My husband and I knew we wanted to do something with Mickey Mouse, so we started from there.

Monkey’s birthday fell on a Thursday. We celebrated at home with my husband and in-laws. He opened up some gifts from Mama and Dada, then indulged in some cake! At first, he wasn’t too keen on the idea, but once he got the hang of it, he was tearing into the cake. Since my family lives in Florida, we set up the iPad and computer, so we can FaceTime with multiple family members at once. They all loved seeing him shoving fists full of cake in his mouth.

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Choosing the party date was a challenge, as Monkey’s birthday falls during Memorial Day weekend. It would be difficult for my parents, who live in Florida, to fly up for the party, especially with my mom being a teacher and still in school. Therefore, we decided to have the party the following weekend, so my parents can be a part of this special moment. Party date has been checked off the list!

Once the date was settled, it was time to turn to the theme/decorations. We decided to do the baby Mickey Mouse theme, which was great. Party City had everything we needed from napkins to balloons and more! Due to the size of the guest list and the size of our house, we decided to hold the party outdoors. We kept our fingers crossed that Mother Nature would hold off on the rain, which thankfully she did!

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I know that I wanted to have a chalkboard sign displaying important items, such as height, weight, how many teeth he has, likes, etc. Instead of the traditional chalkboard sign, I found a black foam board from Target and picked up some metallic paint pens. Now it was time what to put on the board. I designed the board on a piece of paper, then created the same design/layout on the foam board. For someone who is not crafty, I was very proud of how the “chalkboard” sign turned out and want to carry on that tradition with each birthday.

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Planning the time of the party was important. We wanted the party to be held after Monkey’s nap, to ensure that he is well rested to celebrate with family and friends. We decided to make the menu easy. Small bite items, which included Chick-Fil-A chicken nuggets, veggie tray, and some side salads. I love baking, so I baked cupcakes for the guests and a special cake for Monkey.

Monkey is a very loved little boy and received a lot of nice gifts that ranged from a water table, sandbox, money for his savings account and toys. He loved opening the gifts and being the center of the attention. Once all of the gifts were opened, it was time for the grand finale…CAKE!

Once in the highchair, he immediately dove into the blue icing and starting shoving pieces of cake in his mouth. He even wanted to share some with Mommy too! For a child who does like getting messy, he sure was having fun.

Happy 1st Birthday Monkey! Mommy and Daddy love you so much!

Kay – The Rookie Mom

 

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3 Comments

  1. I love that photo of Monkey tearing into that cake with its blue icing! Turtle Boy’s first birthday is coming soon and I plan to do something pretty simple with family. It’s exciting to get this far, while also being daunting. Thankfully, Monkey Boy is older so I have an idea of the path I’ve travelled so far! 🙂
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    1. He loved the cake! We had to pull it away, because it was just too much. With the party, we went the simple route. I purchased all of the supplies from Party City, baked the cake and cupcakes myself, and the majority of the food was supplied by family. I’m in the process of writing a post on how to make a “chalkboard” sign easily and budget friendly, so stay tuned! Thanks for the comment 🙂
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  2. Anonymous

    Honey, I’m so glad you are back to writing!!!! It truly was a spectacular party!!! Daddy and I were so happy to be there to celebrate with John Michael!
    Love you very much!

    Mommy xoxoxoxo

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