I will try to point out all of the details in the pictures, however, there are some things not pictured that I will share, as well. Below, you will see the two cakes that I made. The small cake with the number 1 on it was Dylan special smash cake. Everyone else ate the giant monkey cake that I made. The monkey topper was sculpted from fondant and the rest of the cake is decorated with butter cream icing. The two apothecary jars are filled with blue raspberry gummi bears and cherry red and white gummi rings. The bulk candy and colorful paper straws were ordered from Amazon. One of the party favors and activities for the kids (some big kids, too) was to decorate a plain white sock monkey to take home with them. I made all of the sock monkeys and it was a very
The chandelier was covered with turquoise, light blue, dark blue, and red paper lanterns and balloons. It looked amazing when you turned the lights on and they were all lit up, however, they only were turned on for a few minutes before they started to heat the balloons up too much and they started popping. Dylan's birthday boy outfit was made by me. I also made his matching party hat. The water bottle labels were printed on sticker paper and attached to the bottles for a nice detail. The second party favor was the Monkeys in a Barrel game that came in various colors for each person to take home with them, as well. Guests were also sent home with small cake boxes filled with extra cake labeled with stickers, "Dylan's 1st Birthday Cake To-Go," but somehow, it was one of the many things I did not take a photo of. Also not pictured were the sno cones from Bahama Bucks, which were a huge hit and did a good job at staining every one's mouth blue and red.
Our gift to Dylan was a swing set. We had planned way back when I was in the hospital after having him that I wanted a swing set built for him and it was up to Mark (and my Dad's help) to build him one. Well, they both kept putting it off and then finally gave-in to the idea only 2-months ago. Mark worked his tail off on this swing set and it was a huge, HUGE, project! He would go to work early in the morning and as soon as he came home that evening, he wouldn't even come inside. He would head straight outback and start working on the swing set until it got too dark to see, or when he thought the tools might wake the neighbors up.
At first, we planned on a simple, plain swing set, but really, this was a Mark and Kari project and nothing is simple and plain about our projects. What is really amazing about this swing set, was that Mark had no plans to follow. He based everything off one one small picture on the front of a catalog and made it happen. I am so proud of him and so happy that Dylan (and other children) have something so amazing to play and make memories on. Take a look for yourself and go ahead, be jealous of my husband. You should be. He is awesome. He is handy. He is mine. :)
Dylan got to go outside 3 times today and loved it! (2 out of the 3, he fell asleep in his sweet baby swing from Aunt Kristen!)
We had such a special day that we will never forget! Thank you to anyone that helped to make this day possible and those that came to share the memories with us! If you would like to know about how or where I got something for the party, ask away! I'll be glad to share! :)