Saturday, October 2, 2010

Mod Forest Party

We had Ben's birthday party last weekend and it was so much fun. I used a woodland forest theme, and started with these invitations. I was originally inspired by some woodland cookie cutters that I found at IKEA when Ben was only a few weeks old. Later in the year, I saw this post by Hostess with the Mostess and was so excited to plan.

Even though I started way ahead, I still felt like it was thrown together because I was gone for a two days leading up to it. Because of this, I felt rushed and didn't get much of a chance to take great photos, but I wanted to share just a few to serve as inspiration for you! You can see more photos here.

Find the invitation and matching printables here:

  • Custom water bottle labels

Bennett's first birthday

  • I found this cute squirrel candle and his buddy, the hedgehog, at Pottery Barn. And because they were too cute to only use for the birthday party, they're now adorning my mantle. I set them up on stumps for a great table decoration. I had a stuffed owl that I did this with, also.
Bennett's first birthday

  • The trees in the centerpieces were built by my handy husband (and were relatively inexpensive), and were surrounded by fake moss I bought on sale at Michael's. The frames are double sided and were $.99 from IKEA.

Bennett's first birthday

  • I used a sheet of scrapbook paper under each plate as a place mat and used little forest creature foamies to wrap the silverware in craft paper. I also used round stickers on small snack cups filled trail mix.

Bennett's first birthday

  • We served three kinds of soup and four kinds of deli meat and cheese . . . matching buffet cards were a cute way to help our guests know what they were taking. And the table cloth on the soup table was actually this duvet from IKEA.
Bennett's first birthday

  • The cookies were made with the squirrel and hedgehog cookie cutters and were a little sad looking. But the bag toppers were great! We also offered individually wrapped cake pops. My plan was to stand them up in a styrafoam block, covered in moss, but I ran out of time! The "tablecloth" here was one of IKEA's $4.00 sheets. With those prices, I don't think I'll ever buy a real table cloth again!
Bennett's first birthday
  • My husband made these cupcake stands out of basswood rounds (from Michaels) and stumps from a friends' house. My plan had been to halve mini-marshmallows to put white dots on the cupcakes to make them look like toadstools. My plan didn't work. Fortunately, Maria made the cupcakes so they still looked great and tasted AMAZING. If you've never had a cupcake by Maria, you're really missing out.
Bennett's first birthday

  • The pennant banners were my usual fireplace decoration. I had a sign that said "Happy Birthday Bennett" that was meant to hang across the middle of the room . . . but I couldn't get it to stay up and I ran out of time.
Bennett's first birthday


Crystal said...

ridiculous! will you throw me a party? :)

Sarah said...

Wow Sara. This is amazing. And, I may have to use this theme idea for #2! We'll see. But seriously, I know you felt rushed, but you still went all out and it looks like it turned out AMAZING! Just out of curiosity, how many guests do you usually have at your boys' birthdays? Ezra is getting the same Little Tikes Farm and the same little legos wagon for x-mas that I saw in these pics. cute!

sara luke said...

We had about 40 RSVP . . . but quite a few had to back out at the last minute, so we had about 30.

sara luke said...

Oh, and right now it's all family . . . we'll probably start doing a birthday party with friends this year or next.

Meredith Magee Donnelly said...

Hi Sara,

Wanted to let you know I mentioned your amazing Sesame Street invitation on my blog, Boy Crazy-

Thanks for setting the stage for a great party!