How fun is this CAMPING THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY submitted by Christen Byrd of Christen Byrd Photography! Such a cute outdoor themed celebration with a lot of darling ideas!
Christen said this about planning the party- “This was a camping themed party for my daughter Olive and her friend Graham. It was so much fun! We had a tent, campfire, flashlights…it was great! We had a homemade cake and camping cookies made by Sweet Love Bakes here in Little Rock, AR. All in all it was a very budget friendly party as we used things we had on hand. All the camping supplies we had or borrowed. All the decorations I made myself. We even turned our summer lemonade stand into a marshmallow stand! Winter birthdays can be hard to make fun…but this may have been my favorite so far!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Jute Twine Burlap
This creative FLANNEL & FROST FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Heidi Wight of Ira And Lucy. What an adorable and original party theme with so many cute ideas!
Heidi said this about planning the party- “This is my son’s, Jagger’s, 1st Birthday that we had on the 29th of December. He’s an almost-Christmas-baby, with his birthday landing on the 27th, so I wanted to make sure it was still special and that it was not Christmas-y. For winter babies, especially boys, all I kept seeing were different versions of a winter wonderland or “one”derland. So, I mixed it up a bit and did “Jagger’s Flannel & Frost 1st Birthday” where everyone was invited to wear their favorite flannel to the party.
I designed the invitation with a blue plaid/flannel background with chalkboard styled writing and a vintage fawn found from searching old vintage birthday cards. I love how it all came together! I framed one of the invites to feature on the dessert table.
I handmade my own white tissue poms in different sizes to hang above the table as a way of making it feel more festive and wintery. My DIY frosty branches we cut from trees Jagger’s grandparent’s farm. It was quite the glittery glue adventure! We mixed epsom salt, course and fine glitter with a high quality fake snow blend from Hobby Lobby. We then hand painted glue onto the branches and sprinkled the snow mixture onto the branches. They turned out gorgeous! I used the same snow mixture on cinnamon scented pine cones and placed them around for decor. Votives we have for home decor got the same treatment, except instead of glue I painted on soap. The snow sticks to the wet soap and it’s removable later!
The dessert table along with the hot cocoa bar were spruced up a bit using some of my business’s (Ira & Lucy Vintage Rentals & Styling) props. I love the vintage blue suitcase and the tarnished silver accents! I put up Jagger’s grandpop’s old wooden skis next to the table and had the front porch decorated with an antique sled and ice skates. It gave it that chilly wintery feel. You’ll also see the vintage tennis shoes placed near the cake – those were my husband’s when he was a little boy! Of course, I couldn’t go without paper striped straws and some old mason jars!
Jagger’s cake was simple – I wanted to get a cute little fancy one, but found that I really wanted to make his first birthday cake for sentimental reasons. I love how it looked on the vanity mirror tray. I’m no baker…so I utilized pinterest and found recipes I knew I can managed! The snow ball cupcakes were the most fun to make! I kept the rest of the food items all in the neutral white tones to match the decor and theme.
Since it was a 1st Birthday Party, our guests were mostly adults, so we made the festivities a bit more “spirited” with adding some mixers to our hot cocoa bar. Guests could blend their own cocoa to their specific enjoyment. It was a lot of fun!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Cupcake Liners Striped Paper Straws #1 Candle Tissue Pom Poms
Holly said this about planning the party- ”Theme: Emma, the birthday girl, LOVES penguins or “pem-gins” as she calls them. She carries stuffed versions of her favorite animal all around the house. Whenever she sees a penguin on television or at the zoo, she gets so excited. When she started walking, she even waddled like a little penguin as she totted along. I was clear to me very early on that her second birthday party HAD to be penguin themed.
When I set out to design the party, I really wanted to capture the playful feel of the penguins, but with little girly touches. And what says girly better than huge bows? Using fun black and white patterns, big bows and aqua,hot pink and yellow accents, I designed my Penguin Party Package and styled the party to match my little penguin’s personality.
Decorations: When I set out to style this party, I started with my Penguin Party Printables and sought to keep everything fun and bright. For the dessert table, I used black and white patterned fabric and cupcake wrappers to accent each of the “penguin” treats.
The table backdrop was made using black foam board. I cut out the penguin in silhouette as well as the penguin details from white, aqua,pink and yellow cardstock and created penguins to hold the birthday banner in their beaks and hands.
I used chalkboards and chalk markers to create signs for the party and used several of Emma’s stuffed penguins. I even found adorable pink and aqua bag clips in the dollar aisle at Target to accent the penguins and the table decorations.
For Emma’s name on the table, I got unfinished wooden letters from Wooden Letters and painted them black. I then used the patterned paper from the printables set to cover the front of the letters in the party patterns.
For the Hot Cocoa and Coffee Bar, I made a backdrop using fabric and tulle in the party colors. This helped break the kitchen area up and also really accented the bar and all the coffee extras.
Drinks: To drink, we made hot cocoa and coffee for the coffee bar. The hot cocoa mix is one of my favorite (and super easy) recipes that I share on my blog. For the add-ins, we had marshmallows, cinnamon, sugar, creamer, peppermint syrup, pumpkin syrup and chocolate stir spoons.
The kiddos enjoyed regular and chocolate milk (keeping with the party colors) in glass jars with cute striped straws and ribbon and party circles wrapped around them. The chocolate milk was a big hit!
Desserts: We had chocolate cupcakes with pink buttercream frosting, vanilla cupcakes with bright aqua and pink coconut frosting,and chocolate cupcakes with cookies and cream frosting all made by The Cupcakery. These delicious cupcakes were made even sweeter with the addition of penguin and snowflake 3-D and flat fondant cupcake toppers made by Brittany at Edible Details. I could not be more impressed with how fantastic her toppers looked and how well they matched the party.
We had penguin cake pops made by Candy’s Cake Pops. They were cookies and cream flavored and were as moist and yummy as they were adorable. Beth at Sunshine Bakes made us some amazing penguin, snowflake, and monogram sugar cookies.
We had yummy pink raspberry and blue almond coconut macarons from Le Bonbon and some fantastic coke float and peppermint flavored fudge from Jewel of the Lion. I used black and aqua striped straws and ribbon to accent the macarons and fudge and also make them easy to pick up and eat!
Everyone snacked on plenty of penguin foods like fish shaped tuna and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and goldfish crackers, veggies, fruit and cheese.
Favors: Each little one who came to help celebrate Emma’s party got an adorable Penguin hair clip made by So Cuties Boutique attached to some S’mores Flavored gourmet popcorn for mom and dad from Popped. The favor tags said “Thanks for POPPING by my Penguin Party”!
Fashion: For Emma’s birthday outfit, I had the cutest custom shirt made for her by the super talented Rachel from *golden*. She completely blew me away with the details on the shirt…it was perfect!! I also had matching black and white chevron pants made for her by The Trendy Baby. She wore one of the little penguin clip in her hair that were part of the favors.”
Party Styling, Printable Decorations and Theme: Mimi’s Dollhouse
Photography: Rachel K Photography
Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Edible Details
Cupcakes: The Cupcakery
Penguin Cake Pops: Candy’s Cake Pops
Fudge: Jewel of the Lion
Sugar Cookies: Sunshine Bakes
Macarons: Le Bonbon
Gourmet Popcorn: Popped
Custom Penguin shirt: *golden*
Wooden Letters: Wooden Letters
Chevron Pants: The Trendy Baby
Penguin Hair Clips: So Cuties Boutique
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Striped Paper Straws Ribbon Cupcake Liners Polka Dot Nut Cups Lollipop Sticks Gumballs Milk Bottles Apothecary Jars