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Mod Monkey Baby Shower – Part 1

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These pics are from a Mod Monkey Baby baby shower that I co-hosted for my friend this past weekend. I was in charge of the decor & desserts (my 2 favorite parts!), and you might remember this post where I asked for your help deciding on the shower theme.

Well, Mod Monkey won out…and it actually worked out really well because the baby’s name is Max, so it was also easy to play up the “M” factor in Max, Monkey, and Mom as a key element in the decor.

I’m splitting the recap of this shower up into a few posts or else this one would be a mile long… so to start out, here’s a rundown of the tabletop designs:

mod monkey baby shower theme

There were 3 different tables and the centerpieces all coordinated, but were a little different from each other. All of them featured a round placemat from Crate & Barrel (purchased earlier this year for a different party), a baby item (wash cloths or burp cloths) and framed custom signs I designed to match the party’s colors and monkey theme.

Centerpiece #1 also featured a (never used!) Circo Monkey Waste Basket from Target, which served as an adorable container for an artificial plant from my bedroom, and a small bowl of Banana Runts purchased in bulk from the Sweet Factory website.

mod monkey baby shower theme

The focal point of Centerpiece #2 was a ridiculously cute, mod striped Sock Monkey purchased on Etsy. This little guy actually served as inspiration for the entire party theme!

They yellow vase is from IKEA. It was originally purchased last year for this Momma Bird baby shower. (The faux ti leaves are also from of my regular home accesories, but you can purchase them at Michaels.)

mod monkey baby shower theme

Centerpiece #3 also featured the yellow vase & ti leaf combo, plus a set of color-coordinating burp cloths from Target.

mod monkey baby shower theme

I kept the place settings super simple but colorful….plastic yellow plates from Party City, lime green napkins, turquoise forks, and napkin rings made from strips of 3 different kinds of gift wrap by Elum: Driftwood, Interlock, and Dots. The same gift wrap also used to create table runners and featured in other elements of the party.

mod monkey baby shower theme

The napkin rings also featured a big “M” as the embellishment, which tied into the rest of the custom signage. I was able to fit 16 of them up on an 8.5 x 11 sheet, and printed them at Kinkos along with the rest of the signs.

mod monkey baby shower theme

(I’ll make pdfs of the general custom signs and (that don’t feature Max’s name) napkin ring embellishments available for download in another post so that you guys can print them for your own parties if you want to use this theme.)

mod monkey baby shower theme

The Banana Runts really helped to play up the monkey theme and added a bright punch of color. They were also featured in the shower’s candy buffet, which I’ll go into much more detail about in posts 2 & 3… stay tuned! {You can also check out all the pics in the facebook album.}

mod monkey baby shower theme


  1. librarianism July 14, 2009 at 8:43 am

    This is SUPER cute. I can’t wait for the napkin ring download. Thank you for sharing your great ideas.

  2. Giselle C July 14, 2009 at 9:20 am

    This is such a cute idea!!!! I talked my co-worker into doing a Mod Monkey theme for her son’s 1st birthday so this blog couldnt come at a better time!!! Thanks again!

  3. ljcadv July 14, 2009 at 9:27 am

    oh wow this turned out so great!

  4. Sandydee July 14, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I love it… we are planning my nieces 3rd birthday in October and you have came up with so many great ideas for us to try to use. Thanks and cant wait for the napkin ring download!! Can you also upload the centerpiece framed art that reads baby or mom…my friend is also having a baby and that would be so cute…thanks again for the great ideas!!

  5. eminent events July 14, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Love it! I can’t wait to see the additional pictures.

  6. Suzanne July 14, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Your ideas are the best I’ve ever seen! My entire office is addicted to your blog!

  7. Shelley@divinepartyconcepts July 14, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Can’t wait to see the rest!!

  8. Melisa July 14, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I really look forward to seeing more!
    Runts! Gosh, can’t remember the last time I had runts. They are too perfect for your theme.

  9. ginny July 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I am so lucky that the hostess did my shower! Baby Max already loves his Auntie Jenn!

    It was so beautiful and I loved every minute of it! Thanks again Jenn!

  10. amy@stem parties July 14, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Why are you so cute? And talented? And sweet? And live so far away?

    Love it.

    – Ames

  11. Brenda July 14, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Love the theme and bright colors! Can’t wait to see more!

  12. Terra July 15, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Just found your blog/site, and LOVE it!! I’ve posted a link from my blog, Paper Paramour, to this posting b/c I thought it was so cute.

  13. Ebony July 15, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Just beautiful! I love this and you are so awesomely creative!

  14. Gabrielle Valentine July 15, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    SO colorful!!! Love the banana runts as a bright touch! AND THE BLUE STRIPED SOCK MONKEY! Went to check it out….Sold out already! =( So cute!

  15. Kim - The TomKat Studio July 16, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I love this! You are “M”-azing!

  16. kristen Barstad July 16, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    i LOVE these!! this is soooo cute!!

  17. Dorm Bedding July 17, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    This is so cute :) I really don’t think you can go wrong with sock monkeys.

  18. Diapers and Divas July 20, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I love this.My baby has monkeys all over his room and this would be a great birthday party theme for him.

  19. Kimberly July 20, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Absolutely love all the ideas!

  20. Harold July 24, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Hi – Was there an invitation made for the party?

  21. jenn s. July 29, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Hi Harold –

    There was an invite made, but it was handmade by one of the other hostesses, so it’s not available for purchase.

    Polkadotdesign.com has some great monkey-themed invites though – and they’re really affordable! Just search for “monkey” on their website.

    These invites from Tiny Prints are great too:

    (They’re featured as a birth announcement, but you could totally change the wording to reflect a baby shower or birthday party instead!)

  22. Carrie August 3, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Hi, I just LOVE these ideas! I am doing a Mod Monkey theme for my son’s first birthday, and came across your blog when searching for ideas online! Thanks so much! Which fonts did you use for the signs and stuff?

  23. jenn s. August 3, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Hi Carrie –

    So glad you like everything! The main fonts that I used for the signs were JFRingmaster (the circus looking font) and Arriere Garde.

    You can download JFRingmaster for free here:

    Good luck with the party!
    Jenn :)

  24. Carrie August 3, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks so much Jenn! I really appreciate it!!

  25. Carrie August 3, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    As I’m designing my signs with my cool new fonts…I came across another question! How did you do the two tone letters?

  26. Nicole August 8, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    What software did you use to create the napkin rings and the artwork you framed to decorate the tables. I know you posted the PDFs for the ones you used but I was interested in doing the same thing but in different colors and for a birthday rather than baby shower and was wondering the best way to go about it. Thanks for the information. Your blog is truly inspiring.

  27. Casey Tran September 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    OMG!!! too cute! A friend recommended me to this website! I am totally going to use this idea! thanks for the awesome ideas! I can’t wait for the napkin downloads too! thanks!

  28. Michelle December 6, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Where did you get your table cloth? I’m having trouble finding that color.

  29. Eva March 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Hi I just wanted to say I totally love your idea & was wondering if you can tell me where did you find the center #3 (monkeys) please!! I’m planning my baby shower with a monkey theme as well & it will just PERFECT with it.

    Thank You! & once again I love the idea!!

  30. Jenn @ HWTM March 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Eva –

    Are you talking about the monkey graphic that’s in the framed sign in centerpiece #3?

  31. Eva March 15, 2010 at 5:36 am


    no i made a mistake I was actually talking about Center piece #1.

    I’m sorry & Thank You!

  32. Jenn @ HWTM March 15, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Eva –
    No worries! That monkey is actually from Target! You’ll find it in the bathroom section with lots of other coordinating monkey items :)

  33. Eva March 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you sooo much Jenn!!! I have been going crazy trying to find the perfect center piece & now thanks to you I will have it.

    From me & my little monkey on the way thank you once again! :)

  34. heather April 12, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Where do i get the napkins ring pdf from especially the Zebra rings?

  35. Jessica July 20, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Hey, Eva!

    I found a bunch of different monkey invitations at InvitationBox.com – http://www.invitationbox.com/kidsbirthdaypartyinvitations.html?ft=theme&fv=Jungle%20and%20Safari%20Animals
    Once I get them I’ll have to try out all your hosting ideas!

  36. Gisselle November 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I wanted to know how much of the gift wrap you ordered. I have three round tables that sit 10 people per table.

    Thank you..

    • jenn s. November 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      Hi Gisselle –
      I just used one sheet, but my tables were much smaller. For tables that seat 10, I’d go with 2 sheets per table :)

  37. Gisselle November 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you so much. BTW, everything you did was so awesome and so creative as well as easy on the wallet. My friend is going to love her baby shower once I am through with it… Thank you.. ;)

  38. Brittany Cavazos November 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    wow love the decors.. where do i find the pdf file to download the napkin holder letters??

  39. Charity March 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

    This is so cute! I was actually looking for ideas for a shower I’m throwing my mom… an actual MONKEY shower. I didn’t want to go with safari or cartoon monkey so this is perfect. Thanks for the ideas! You did an awesome job! I can’t find the PDF file.. have you posted it yet?

  40. janet scott December 7, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Saw this and just fell in love with the whole idea and going to to do this for my daughter’s shower. Thanks for the idea.

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  42. Evy March 11, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Hi, Just wondering if you can make these in pink. They are verry lovely:)

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