Best Kids' Parties: Sasquatch Explorer Party

My Party

Name: Beckett, 2
Location: Milwaukee, WI

When I started thinking about Beckett's 2nd birthday bash, I knew I wanted to create a party based around the idea that he was becoming quite the "terrible twos" little guy. Since we lovingly call Beckett 'sassy' and 'monster' quite often, I knew a "Sass-quatch" theme would be perfect!

I started planning the party by first designing the invitations. I have always loved vintage camping books, so I was inspired by vintage boy scout manuals, and camping field guides. I wanted to create a little booklet type invitation, that played up the idea of a field guide to the "elusive Sass-quatch." There was a "Caution!" page and a "Sightings!" page, that gave the latitude and longitude coordinates of the party location, along with funny phrases like, "The Sass-quatch is a highly irritable specimen, especially now that he is approaching his second year." The whole invitation booklet was then bound together and tucked inside a muslin tied bag that I had hand drawn little arrows on. Each invite was sealed with the "Official Sass-quatch Explorer Society" sticker. Being an invitation designer, this was obviously my favorite part, and I think set the mood for the party and got guests excited for what was in store!

On the party day, I kept in theme by decorating with wood tree stumps as food platters, vintage camping lanterns, 'big foot' steps leading up the steps to the house, trail mix bags, and hung streamers with little leaves attached to create a forest feel. My favorite decoration was the "Sass-quatch Forest" I created. I collected a bunch of cardboard and cut tree shapes out and mounted them to thick sticks, painted them green and planted them in a corner of the room. I even had a Big foot cut out that you could put your face in to become the one and only "Sass-quatch". Guests had so much fun taking pictures!

For party favors, we had a "Make your own terrarium" area. I had a bunch of mason jars adorned with the "Sass-quatch" sticker, and buckets filled with dirt, sand, succulents and little creatures to inhabit each persons terrarium. Guests could make their own terrarium however they wanted and got to take it home! The party was a hit and guests loved visiting with the little "Sass-quatch" in the flesh!

Thanks, Tara! Readers, visit Tara over at Cracked Designs.

(images: Tara Scheuerman)

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