My Party: Noah
Woodland rooms, woodland parties – it’s all good! Lindsay shares: We decided on a Woodland themed party for our Noah bean’s big day. Daddy loves flannels and Mommy likes being outdoors, so we felt it would be a perfect match.
I designed the invitations by purchasing some woodland clip art from Cocoamint on Etsy. I modified some of the colors to come up with a teal, brown, red, olive, and gray color scheme which would then carry on throughout the decor.
We had the party at a Nature Preserve because we wanted that “lodgey” feel. The fireplace was a great backdrop for Noah’s “watch me grow” monthly photo banner. I also made fabric bunting to hang above the food area. Centerpieces included mason jars filled with mini deer to look like terrariums. The felt shingle trees I made were from a tutorial from www.blog.craftzine.com. These will also serve as future Christmas decorations. We added some logs, pinecones, and felt mushrooms (idea from Little House by the Sea) to the tables as well. Other centerpieces included mason jars filled with birch branches adorned with little red birds.
We served pulled pork, chicken salad, corn salad, and baked beans; sort of a bar-b-q outdoor meal… all homemade by family. I added little cardstock signs adorned with animal cutouts so our guests would know what each dish was.
The cake/dessert table was my favorite. I made a 3-tiered chocolate cake (yes, from a box!) and lined the outside with homemade peanut butter + chocolate bark. It was a little wonky and lopsided, but I was going for a stump look. My handy hubby cut all the wood stumps in our backyard, which was a nice display for the cupcakes and terrarium centerpieces. The bunting on top of the cake was another DIY project from leftover fabric scraps.
Noah’s fox shirt was a DIY project using a template from my Create-a-Critter Cricut Cartridge. I love how it came out and matched all the food tents too. His crown was also handmade; the font is Century Gothic and the moose template is from the same Cricut Cartridge.
All the young kiddos received a homemade party hat (using wood grain contact paper) and handmade woodland plush – a gnome, acorn, or hedgehog. I used the wood grain contact paper to add some animal silhouettes to plain red paper cups. The peanut bags, cupcake liners, and miniature deer are from Bake It Pretty.
Noah had a great first birthday celebrating with family and friends! His favorite gift was a big red radio flyer wagon… The same one I had as a child and an alphabet quilt made by mommy!