What to do for a one year old. It's a first birthday and oh so special but I prefer to make it a no fuss, all fun kind of day. If it's a big 'to do' it's harder for us to enjoy the moment. The solution: a small family party with a wild monkey theme.
The table scape: Some balloons, some leftover animal print furry fabric, some safari animals, a safari hat, lots of yellow, and lots of bananas. It may not be normal to have safari hats and animal print fabric on hand, but I was a costume designer before becoming a mom so this stuff is usually coming out my ears.
The older siblings had fun making the foam monkeys and decorating with their stuffed animals.
A cake fit for a one year old king.
Even if he is too tired to party. Cheap tricks: I love using baby food jars as candy holders. The inspiration comes from my childhood. It reminds me of these little candy boxes with Disney characters on the top I would get as a souvenir on Main street at Disneyland. Also, my mom made a little black cat candy jar for my sisters 8th birthday party. I thought it was so cool!
Add some cute scrapbook paper, stickers, ribbons, and party colored candy, and TA DAH! So inexpensive and so cute.
*My favorite party game is when everyone at the party gets a toy and whoever the birthday baby crawls or walks to first get the prize. Best bet: anything that lights up, makes noise and spins. If you have all three you are sure to get the prize!