Here’s what Dawn said about planning the party- “I have always dreamed of styling a little girl’s birthday party someday, and after we adopted our daughter in 2008 that dream became a reality. I knew I wanted to do a Little Red Riding Hood party in my parents gorgeous wooded backyard.
I took my daughter into the woods, and photographed the birthday invitation myself with the inside reading “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go…”
The main dessert table was set under an arbor. I covered the table in burlap with a moss table runner. The focal point of the table was the amazing cupcake stand that my father made from tree trunk slices. Apothecary jars full of delicious red apples, wood bowls filled with woodland treats, and apple juice served in apple shaped bottles.
The girls made made mini “snowglobes” with baby food jars, moss, sticks and a tiny deer tucked inside. A photo booth was set up in the woods, which was the highlight of the party.
My Little Red Riding Hood never saw the big bad wolf that day!!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Burlap Apothecary Jars Cupcake Liners Striped Paper Straws Tissue Pom Poms Lanterns #8 Candle Chinese Favor Boxes
This whimsical ENCHANTED FOREST BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Effi Tsoukatos of Le Petit Party in Australia. I love all of the woodland and fairy elements in this party! And the names given to the different foods are so creative and tie in perfectly with the theme!
Here are some of my other favorite things in this enchanted forest birthday party:
This is what Effi said about planning the party- “This birthday party was truly magical. The dessert table was set up as a enchanted forest using real wood stumps & logs, green moss & fresh berries. The table featured a central mushroom with fairy sitting on top. It included magic mushroom cookies, butterfly cookies, magic pink marshmallow mushrooms, candy forest berries, chocolate berry cups, chocolate forest logs & fairy floss. Each guest also received a hessian bag filled with berry candy as well as a personalised chocolate bar.
Each dining table was adorned with a grass table runner & wooden centrepiece featuring large green leaves, pink flowers, moss & pretty butterflies. They also had twinkling lights which were particularly pretty at night.
The birthday cake was an amazing gelato creation in the shape of a mushroom. Yum!
It was a great afternoon!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Burlap Bags Striped Paper Straws Cupcake Liners
This WOODLAND GARDEN BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Natalia Gerolamo of Laços e Açúcar from Brazil. I love that woodland owls are combined with ladybugs and worms to create a unique garden in this party! So many cute ideas!
Here are some of the best parts:
The owl shaped chocolates
The lollipop flower pots with ladybugs on the “stems”
Here’s what Natalia said about planning the party- “Nina is a very happy and dynamic girl. For this reason, her mother wanted to have a garden theme for Nina’s party, but with a lot of colors. There was turquoise, pink and red! Also, she wanted to add owls into the garden to give it more personality, hence the woodland garden.
After that, we decided to develop the party by decorating the different desserts to look like animals in Nina’s Garden. We had honey chocolate cakes designed as Ladybugs and chocolate truffles as Bird Nests+Baby Birds. The sweet apples were made out of chocolate and topped with a little worm. They looked like real apples! There were also owls made out of chocolate and coconut flesh shaped like flowers. We used cake stands with bird and flower details to display some of the different desserts. Every single detail came together create the wealth and beauty of a real woodland garden.”
Cake: Maria Iraildes
Sweets: Docices and Alessandra Tonisi
Macarrons: Le Petit Nicolas
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Glass Jars with Corks Ribbon Cupcake Liners Wooden Craft Sticks Apothecary Jars
It doesn’t get much cuter than this WOODLAND OWL BUDDIES 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY submitted by Stephanie Keeping of Spaceships and Laser Beams!
Stephanie said this about planning the party- “With this dessert table, we wanted to prove that boy’s first birthday parties could be beautiful. The theme is based on our Woodland Buddies Collection from the Spaceships and Laser Beams Etsy Shop. Sweet treats for the dessert table included mini baked vanilla donuts (raccoon bites), almond meringues (owl kisses), a caramel swirl birthday cake and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting. To keep the budget low, the flowers selected were white carnations. By creating a cluster of the same flower, it helps it look a little more expensive. We also created a gauzy curtain with 4 yards of tulle, which was a bargain at a dollar a yard.”
Woodland Printables: Spaceships and Laser Beams Etsy Shop
Styling and Photograph: Spaceships and Laser Beams
Cake stand, bowls, plates and vases: HomeSense
Peg Cake Toppers: Craft that Party
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Ribbon 2″ Circle Craft Paper Punch Cupcake Liners