Winter Woodland 1st Birthday

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This post has been in the works for a while; since January 4 to be precise.  I am so glad I’m finally ready to share my little guy’s 1st birthday party with you!  The theme I chose was Winter Woodland.

I really love the Woodland theme, but it’s generally used most in the fall.  I wanted to tweak it to make it appropriate for a January birthday, and I really had a lot of fun putting this party together.  I also included little foxes and owls to make the theme a little “cuter” and less mature.

As with all DIY efforts, I learned a few things along the way, definitely some things I will do differently next time.  But all in all I was very pleased with the party.  I would say the jumping off point for the look of the party was birch.  There’s just something about birch that I love, and I knew it would be perfect for the look I was wanting.  I also used a lot of evergreens.  I wanted a “winter forest”  feel to the whole thing.

One of the first things I purchased was this amazing photographic birch forest Shower Curtain for only $16.  I planned to use it for a backdrop for one of the tables:

I ended up using it behind the food table.  I put my large DIY Farmhouse Table in front of our dining room window to create an open space for the party and to create a buffet-style food set up.  I would say the biggest mistake I made with the decorating was here.

I put the curtain in front of a window and it kind of washed out the amazing birch trees.  I thought about blocking off the window with some cardboard, but decided against it because I thought it would make the room too dark.  In hindsight, I really should have, but it did look better in person than it does in the photos.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comThe table covering is a roll of silver wrapping paper that I simply taped down to the table top.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comI used a crate from Michael’s turned on it’s side to hold the drink dispenser and cups, and to add  some height to the table.  I just filled the jug with filtered water and slices of lemon from our tree.  I also set out some simple white plates, and a clear vase filled with these Birch Paper Straws.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

I decorated with evergreen branches, pine cones, faux birch branches, and silver snowflakes.  All the decor I purchased was on sale.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comHere's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

The party food on the buffet table included: mixed nuts, chocolate toffee nuts, mints, “forest berries” blackberries and blueberries, vegetable platter, “snowballs” white cheddar puffs, “moose munch” muddy buddies, grapes, cheese and crackers, and “tree branches” – chocolate-dipped pretzel sticks.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comThis adorable fox was a clearance find at Target.  All of the cups, plates, bowls and serve ware were from the dollar store.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comHere's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

I used a wood slice like this one to hold some “forest berries” and add to the rustic woodland feel.  I designed the tent cards in photoshop.  I will include them at the end of the post if you would like to use them for your own party!

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comHere's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

It’s hard to see in the picture, but the rectangle you see below is a plastic luminary I got in the dollar section at Target.  It was transparent when I bought it, so I covered it with wrapping paper using Mod Podge .

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

I used a white chalkboard marker to write “Sullivan is 1″ on a vintage mason jar filled with DIY flocked pine cones and greenery.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

I also set up a little fondue station with a mini crock-pot, for dipping strawberries and pretzel sticks.  I used a vintage fruit crate I have to set it up, as well as some birch branches, and a vintage Ball jar filled with acorns.  The candle holder is a vase from the dollar store.  I wrapped it in burlap and birch ribbon, stuck in a few sprigs of my fresh DIY Flocked Greenery, and added Epson salt and a candle to the bottom of the jar.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comHere's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

I painted a vintage wood high chair white and added a DIY “one” banner that I made with scrapbook paper.  I also made the fox cut out using foam board and poster board from the dollar store, and watercolors.
Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comHere's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comHere's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

You can read more about the Hot Cocoa Bar I set up for the party in this post.  I’ve even shared my homemade cocoa recipe with a “secret ingredient!”

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comHere's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

I made this DIY Photo Display from an old window using chalkboard paint.  I had pictures from each month printed at Staples for a few dollars.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

Last but not least is the cake table.  I used my antique console table that I painted a gorgeous robin’s egg blue a few years back, flocked by two lighted evergreen trees.  The back drop is a simple curtain I made from painter’s drop cloth that normally serves as our closet “door.”  We hung silver snowflakes from the ceiling with thread.  I took the photo at Yosemite and had it printed at Staples in an 18×24″ size, which was surprisingly affordable.  The frame is the same one I made in my DIY Rustic Frame post.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comHere's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

I made the little “one” banner with birch scrapbook paper, baker’s twine, and silver craft paint.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comHere's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

Those fox-doodles (snicker doodles) were so yummy!  Cookie cutter from Target.

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

The large “1” was also a DIY.  I bought the plain wood number at Hobby Lobby, with a coupon of course!  I then painted the outside edges with craft paint and covered the front with wrapping paper using Mod Podge.  I tied some raffia twine around and stuck in a few pine sprigs in.

I also made the pretzel stick “birch trees.”  Word to the wise, its harder than it seems!  So if you plan to make your own, give yourself a little extra time to figure it out!

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comI think my favorite element of the whole party was the DIY birch cake.  I simply baked 3 6-inch round chocolate cakes and stacked them.  I iced it with peppermint buttercream frosting, made using my Peppermint essential oil from dōTerra.  It was so delicious!  Once iced, I made scrapes and “knots” in the “bark” using a cake spatula and a toothpick.  The owl is a salt shaker from Target that I painted brown.  Everyone thought it was made of chocolate!

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comHere's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.comHere's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

I made a small smash cake for little guy.  I think he liked it!

Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

 

Here’s the tent cards.  Just click on the photo (not the “pin it” button) to go to the full size photo.  Then right-click to save to your computer.Here's how to stage a completely DIY and budget-friendly first birthday party, with a Winter Woodland theme, from TheDomesticHeart.com

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my DIY and budget-friendly birthday party!  I hope you got a few ideas for your next bash.

In what ways do you stay on budget when planning a kid’s party? I’d love to hear your ideas!  Leave me a comment below!

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Comments

  1. says

    What an adorable idea. I’m still wracking my brains to come up with a theme for my little Bumblebee’s first birthday. She’s a June baby… So I was kind of thinking a beach girl theme. Anyway… I love all your decorations. Just too cute.
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    • says

      Thanks so much Keitha! Yes the little fox was fun to make. I have been thinking about doing a post for it – I think you’ve convinced me!

  2. says

    This look so incredible!!! Wow! You have a serious talent and should go into the party planning business lol!! I love anything birch! We have a faux fireplace with birch logs in it! Great photos too! -Brandnewmomblog.com

  3. says

    OH my goodness Shelly! What a beautiful display for a party! All the little details you had! I love the frame you have with all the photos of your little guys throughout his first months. Happy Birthday to him!

  4. Kaylie Green says

    This article was actually a big help. I’m 14 and used this idea for my 14th birthday and all my friends thought this was so cute. Plus, it didn’t hurt my parents pocket. I was really pleased with the turnout. Thank you

  5. Shelbi says

    Hi there! So I’m trying to do something very similar to this for my little guy’s first birthday and I was just curious as to where you got the cups done with the “1st Birthday” and name on them?! I haven’t had good luck finding anything!! Thank you :))

    • says

      Hi Megan. Thanks so much! I got those at Ace hardware during Christmas time. I’ve never seen them anywhere else but I’d bet they’re on the internet somewhere

  6. Laura Allan says

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas! My daughter is turning 9 and wants a woodland party. Her birthday is in February and it’s always been hard for her not to be able to do outdoor parties (we live in a very snowy climate) so when she saw this idea that actually worked with the right time of year she was thrilled. Thanks again!

    • says

      Oh that’s so awesome- I’m so glad! Winter birthdays are hard! I’d love to see photos of the party! Just post them to my fb page if you’d like to share ;)

  7. says

    Everything is just so perfect! Question about your drink dispenser- where did you get it and how has it held up? I’m in the market for a mason jar insipid we drink dispenser that isn’t huge but the ones I am finding have terrible reviews.

  8. says

    Everything is so perfect! Question about your drink dispenser. Where did you get it and how has it held up? I’m in the market for a mason jar inspired drink dispenser but all the ones I have found have terrible reviews.
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    • says

      Hi Hillary! Thanks for your kind words:) I borrowed my mother in laws jug. I’m not sure where she got it but she’s had it a little over a year and it does leak a bit at the spout. I think this is a common problem with the dispenser that are affordable. Hope this helps. :)

  9. Sandee says

    I absolutely love this theme! You did such a beautiful job! All three of my kiddos are fall and winter babies so I always have a hard time figuring out what to do for them! I’m definitely doing this for my son Eli’s 1st birthday in a couple weeks. Is there any way you can send me a link to your teal and white birch tree background? Thanks in advance!

    • says

      Hi Sandee! I believe the background I used can be found on picmonkey.com under their theme section! You can use their free site to create your printables too! Would love to see how your party turns out!

  10. veronica says

    SUPER Cute and very creative! (This is the first time I’ve EVER posted a comment on a blog, but I was so impressed, I just had to say something!) GREAT job.

    Thanks again for sharing!

    ~V

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