This was my daughter's first birthday party at the end of October. My goal was to create a forest-y woodland theme party that still incorporated my fall decor and was still girly.
I was first inspired by a mixed-media art piece called Woodland Parade by Danita Art that I saw on My Owl Barn's blog. I contacted the artist and she gave me permission to use the artwork on the invitations and as the jumping off point for the party.
The style of this party is very warm, fuzzy, rustic and whimsical.
This party was a total DIY-- I stayed up past midnight for at least two months before the party crafting invitations, making banners, decorations, painting pumpkins, building, baking, cooking-- the list goes on! A dear friend of mine made the cake and some of the cookies and I did the rest. With so many fall and woodsy elements, I kept repeating a color scheme of pink, red and light citron green throughout the party details. I also made a lot of the woodland animals with pink bows on their heads (for sugar cookies, cut out wall decorations, etc).
Some of my favorite items were the tree wall decals I used in the living room as well as the tree stumps we recycled from our family property that were used both in the house and outside for extra seating. We also sawed down some of the stumps to use for food displays as well. It really helped to translate the forest-y theme throughout the house and into the back yard. The cake was absolutely spectacular and "Our Little Dear is One" banner ended up being one of my most favorite decorations.
Use what you have! I dug through my craft supplies and re-purposed lots of items and decorations I already had to create most everything for this party.
Saturday 17th of March 2012
I love that tree with woodland creatures! And that gotta be the most unique-looking cake ever, with its unique color and very creative design!