Name: Félix (2)
Location: San Anselmo, CA
Our little wild thing and his pals celebrated his second year with a very wild rumpus inspired by his favorite book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
With a desire to make it a DIY event, we began by collecting crafty ideas along with inspiration from several other wild rumpus parties we came across online, and got to work transforming our backyard into a jungle fit for a wild thing. Our garden is already in a rather savage state, so the theme suited us.
We collected large cardboard appliance boxes and created a toddler size boat to "sail off in and out of weeks". Using another large box, we painted up a rendition of a tree-swinging wild thing for a fun photo booth! We slung a bed sheet over some rope to create a teepee for making "mischief of one kind...and another", and had the bubble machine running for extra ambiance! Rolls of moss were used as a table runner, and we even had some recent tree cuttings to add to the woodsy look.
Snacks were kept simple, with healthy munchies like veggies and hummus and a fruit salad served in a watermelon carved out to look like a monsters mouth. Our birthday rumpus desserts came in the form of wild thing cupcakes and mini-jars of milk with paper straws which were served along side a sundae bar with crazy toppings like "monster fur", "tree bark", and "dirt"!
We had lots of fun creating and rebranding simple party favors for our young revelers. Bubble labels were removed and replaced with an illustration from the book. By enlarging one of the wild thing faces, printing it on card stock, and attaching a jumbo popsicle stick to the back, we were able to create masks. Mini gold crowns, were trimmed in faux fur for that "king of all wild things" look, and each partygoer also left with a handmade magnet of the birthday boy playing the starring role in his very own wolf suit!
I wanted to make a special wolf suit for the birthday boy, but since he is a summer birthday, the regular furry head-to-toe number just wouldn't do. Instead I sewed up a summer romper version in terry cloth that did the trick nicely for a sunny afternoon fête, although it didn't stay pure white for long!
Judging by the smiles of a dozen giddy 2-4 year olds and one chocolate covered birthday boy in a not so white wolf suit, our rumpus was a wild success!
Awesome! Thanks Elaine!
(Images: reader Elaine)