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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.
I 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.
I decorated with evergreen branches, pine cones, faux birch branches, and silver snowflakes. All the decor I purchased was on sale.
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.
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!
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 .
I used a white chalkboard marker to write “Sullivan is 1″ on a vintage mason jar filled with DIY flocked pine cones and greenery.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
I made the little “one” banner with birch scrapbook paper, baker’s twine, and silver craft paint.
Those fox-doodles (snicker doodles) were so yummy! Cookie cutter from Target.
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!
I 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!
I made a small smash cake for little guy. I think he liked it!
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!