Monday, January 19, 2009

monkey business

Barrett had a wonderful birthday party with lots of friends and family on Saturday. My sweet sister-in-law, Kim, took pictures for me. Between her camera and mine, we ended up with LOTS of are a few of my favorites!

Our monkey cupcakes!
Justin gets all the credit for these...they turned out so cute!

Treat bags for our guests...these were filled with 'monkey munch'
cheerios, chocolate chips, banana chips & coconut flakes
Getting things ready for lunch.
We had taco soup, veggies, chips & salsa

A little guest book I made for Barrett.
Everyone wrote sweet birthday wishes to him inside.
Opening presents...Barrett got so much fun stuff!
Everyone knows how much he loves books, and he got so many great ones.

He loves riding Grandpa Rusty's 4-wheeler with him,
so they got him one of his own!

All of his presents...THANK YOU everyone!

After opening presents, we had cake! I wasn't sure what Barrett would do.
He'd never had cake, or anything chocolate before.
He wasn't shy, and dug right in.
I made the party hat for him, and didn't think he'd keep it on.
I guess he was too distracted by the yummy cupcake to notice.

It was a great 1st birthday! I had so much fun planning for it. Barrett was such a sweetheart the whole day. Thanks to everyone who was able to come! Barrett Russell is so loved!


  1. It looks like Barrett had a great Birthday. You are so ceative. His party looked adorable.

  2. What a FUN birthday! All the pics are great and you are so creative. I always enjoy seeing what you do and am so impressed with it! Good Job! You and hubby are holding your own as parents as well! GOOD JOB!

  3. What a fun birthday party. The invites and cupcakes were so darn cute! Both you and Justin did a great job. And it looks like Barrett got some great loot too. :)

  4. Laura! What a fabulous first birthday party Barrett had! Seriously I think those monkey cupcakes are the cutest things I've ever seen. Everything looked fabulous! Great job!

  5. I see Barrett had a wonderful first bday. It is truly amazing how time flies!

  6. Hi! Found you through Tip Junkie and SO glad I did. Our little monkey turns one in just a few months and I absolutely needed this inspiration for his party! Thanks for sharing, you have an adorable little man there :)

  7. I found you through Tip Junkie as well. DD and I LOVE the monkey cupcakes. DD is a cupcake decorating freak (in a good kinda way ;) ). And, your birthday banner with the pictures of each month is WONDERFUL! LOVE IT!!!!

  8. What a cute boy! Love the monkey cupcakes as well..coming through Tip Junkie and love what you did for your son's party! Happy Saturday!

  9. hey! I adore all of your decorations! gave me lots of ideas for my daughters birthday coming up in september! I was just wondering what kind of food you had besides cupcakes? id love to know! :)

    my email is!! :)

  10. I was just looking for Monkey birthday themes for my soon to be one year old and I think your cup cakes rock. I to will use that idea and I think you did a great job.

  11. I am getting ready to throw my son Ian's first birthday party with a monkey theme on Sunday. I just came across your blog and so wish I had seen it earlier. You had some great ideas. I love the monkey photos each month. I am doing monkey cupcakes too and hope they turn out as good as yours. Thanks for sharing!

  12. loved everything, what kind of cookies did you use to make the cupcakes?

  13. Thanks, Kimberly!
    They are vanilla wafer cookies. The mouth and nose are one of the regular sized wafers, with about 1/3 cut off the top. The ears are the mini wafers cut in half. Good luck!

  14. Thanks Laura, can't wait to try them out next week for my son's birthday- they are so adorable.

  15. so glad I came across your blog. I love the "monkey munch" idea! Cant wait to share it with our guest!!!

  16. Hey, the picture banner idea is great. I am planning my son’s first birthday and will be making one such for him. I wasn’t sure how it will look but from your pictures, I can guess it would be the center of attraction.

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