Woodland Themed Birthday Party
Okay, I have been missing in action from the blog here lately. My obsessive mind has locked onto my photography hobby as of late and the thought of actually becoming a part time pro photographer has taken hold. So I have been reading books, doing workshops and shooting for my portfolio all in the hopes of feeling ready to hang my shingle come spring. So if you want to check out what I have been up to hop on over here to my photography site CaraDanielPhotography. It is a work in progress, I will be adding about me, session info etc pages once I am ready to go for it.
Anyway, that doesn’t mean I don’t still have projects at home, of course, I do. We are actually up to quite a few right now which I will be revealing in the next couple months. Anyway, let’s get to this woodland themed party. I had big plans and ideas for this party because I figured it was the last one my little jbug wouldn’t have a strong opinion about. I can’t believe she is three already. How did that happen! The woodland theme originated while looking through a Better Homes and Garden magazine and running across these adorable paper woodland animals.
I loved them and thus a huge list of ideas started making their way into my head. I kept thinking I have plenty of time, unfortunately that wasn’t true and many of the ideas didn’t make it off the paper but I will tell you a few so you can make your party even better than mine.
So here are the ideas that actually made it to the party.
A stump cake with super cute animal candles including acorn cookies. The acorns are just nutter butter bites with a hershey kiss on one side and a chocolate chip on the other. “Glue” them together with chocolate melts.
“Toadstool” Tomato and Mozzarella (which I didn’t get a pic of)
Pond punch, although the frogs and lily pads didn’t make it to the party. Ginger Ale, Blue Hawaiian Punch and Rainbow Sherbert. Super easy.
Hedgehog cookies. Mine weren’t quite as cute as the pinterest ones I saw but they tasted good. I cheated and used Pumpkin Spice Milano cookies instead of baking any from scratch. I then dipped them in chocolate melts rolled them in crushed pecans, added wilton eyes and a chocolate chip nose.
Store bought cupcakes with sugar animals (FYI Walmart has the best cupcakes, better than most specialty bakeries in my opinion. Check out the Kimberly’s Bake Shoppe brand. So Good!) Don’t look at the fat content though just enjoy.
A fox floor poof which she didn’t actually sit on to open gifts as planned. Post to come on this.
Woodland Memory Match Games with adorable storage bags (favors for the kiddos). Post to come on this as well.
I also found this cute owl plate for $2 at walmart
and these super cute fox napkins.
I used small wood rounds from hobby lobby for food labels.
Jbug wore a super cute fox shirt from gymboree
For the table I used some cute owl fabric I had originally purchased back for Jbug’s nursery.
The 3 is a cardboard number from Hobby Lobby I wrapped in Yarn.
Of course, my paper animals!
I had a whole bunch of ideas for garlands and décor: Giant Yarn Pom Poms, small felt pompoms (which I made but didn’t get hung), Paper garlands, burlap ruffled garland. I even had Jocelyn paint on some burlap to make one of those triangle garlands. Anyway the only garland that made it up was a paper circle one which was super easy and fast.
I used a circle paper punch and jbug helped me punch a whole bunch of circles out of colored cardstock. I then put a line of hot glue on a circle and layered on the twine and another circle. Super quick and easy. It fell during the party and Jbug yelled, “Mom MOM help! My party fall down!” It was an emergency.
I had wanted to make a cupcake stand out of a round of wood, get some mason jars to use as glasses and have animal eye masks and tails for the kids. That didn’t happen so if you do a woodland theme party do that it would be really cute! The thing I wish I had done was the photo booth. I actually ordered the digital kit for the props from this etsy shop and printed them but didn’t get them cut out and glued to the sticks. How fun would these have been!
Anyway, the party turned out great and everyone had fun especially Jbug! I promise to be back soon to let you in on the details of the fox floor poof and the memory match woodland game. Hope all your holiday decorating and shopping is going well!