a lumberJACK first birthday party

a lumberJACK first birthday party

My first boy party folks! Well, for my own boy! I’ve helped with a few of my friends parties but it’s so fun to do my own son’s! I figured, with the name Jack I HAD to do a lumberJACK party!! I had so much fun with this theme, and I decided on the theme before last Christmas, so I was able to collect lots of buffalo plaid items, since it was so popular last year!

So the week of the party, I kept checking the weather. It was supposed  to rain that day, but I kept hoping it would move forward a day like it does sometimes…no dice. I didn’t cancel it and reschedule because I knew some family members couldn’t come the next week, and also I had already made all the treats and cookies! arrgh! It was supposed to be done raining by 11 am…ok I can deal with that! Party is at 4, no biggie. So we start setting up outside around 12:30, I get all the decor and tables set up and then Plop Plop big raindrops start falling and DO NOT STOP. I start yelling to move everything inside, so Rory, the girls, and I literally tear down the decor and throw it in the playroom as it starts pouring. I start cleaning the kitchen because I figure we’ll have to move it inside…and then…the skies cleared. The sun came out. WHAT THE WHAT?…

I decide to risk it and set up again outside, because well…I had this whole idea of how I wanted the party to look and really had my heart set on having it outside. It is after all, an outside wilderness forest kinda theme. Luckily the weather held after that and though it was a little chilly, we stuck it out and had a great time! phew. longest party story ever. moving on to the fun stuff!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I was going to design my own invite like I usually do, but I found this one on Etsy and it was just about PERFECTION.

a lumberJACK first birthday party

Obviously I love to iron things the day of a party. yeahhhhh. The wood slice Happy Birthday banner was one of the things that got damaged the most by the rain, the drops smeared the ink….but I still love it!

I have it for you as a FREE download here! 

Just print the first two pages twice!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I got the backdrop on Amazon (there are affiliate links in this post, thank you!), it’s actually…..a SHOWER curtain! I love using these because they are usually the perfect size and you can get so many different kinds, usually for under $20!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

It wouldn’t be a CINO party without my sugar cookies! I don’t think there is a birthday party I’ve done without them, literally.

I made plaid lumberjack shirts (mini tutorial coming on how I did those soon), wood slices, rustic trees (these were especially easy and quick to make!, ones, and axes.

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I made chocolate moose pops with this mold…they CRACK ME UP.

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I made a simple tiered cake…on the outside! 😉

Grabbed this adorable little bear for the topper, and made that little flag swag out of twine, a few straws, and some burlap ribbon.

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I made an adorable (simple!) smash cake for Jack! I baked one layer of vanilla cake, and used a 3″ circle cutter to cut three layers out. Then I simply layered them with a bit of vanilla frosting in between and then frosted the top with light tan frosting, and then used a piping tip with darker brown to create the bark effect! I made the tiniest bit of marshmallow fondant, rolled and cut out an oval, then used a toothpick to write out his name, then I used some brown food coloring to accent it!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

a lumberJACK first birthday party

And the INSIDE!! I  made a checkerboard cake, and it was so fun and pretty easy too! I’ll see about a tutorial for this too!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

  a lumberJACK first birthday party

Some easy S’mores pops! I used these birch tree straws, cut them down a little (actually had the girls do it!), stabbed them into large marshmallows, dipped them into some almond bark, then some graham cracker crumbs. easy peasy!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

Some squirrel nut zipper candies-not the first time I’ve used these! They worked perfectly for Ava’s woodland party too!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

Some easy acorn oreo truffles! Used this recipe/tutorial.

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I bought some swedish fish to be the “catch of the day”! lol

a lumberJACK first birthday party

Some “birch logs” which were also SO easy! I bought some pretzel logs and dipped them into white chocolate melts, and then drizzled dark chocolate on top.

The log slices I used were leftovers from my sister’s wedding and I’ve now used them

quite

a few

times!

lol!!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I made some wood slice aka “fire wood” fudge…using this recipe/tutorial!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I used our kitchen chalkboard for this first birthday facts thingybob. :) I also printed off some of his photos from the lumberjack photo shoot and displayed them.

a lumberJACK first birthday party

For the party favors, lately I’ve gotten a lot simpler…I like to do something edible lately, so I grabbed some mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and graham cereal, then mixed them all up and packaged them up in some cello bags and these labels! I found the little plaid fabric bucket at target around Christmastime 2016.

a lumberJACK first birthday party

My friend Kami found this lumberjack photo prop set at Kohls last year for only a couple of bucks! I found the foam axes at Hobby Lobby.

a lumberJACK first birthday party

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I also borrowed a bunch of pinecones from Kami, and grabbed the plaid letters at target last Christmas. They are ornaments, so it’ll be so fun to add these to his ornament box and remember his first birthday party! The fire pillow is also from Target last year!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I grabbed the black number one balloon off of Amazon, the backdrop for the photo spot is a blanket I picked up for $5 at Old Navy, also last Christmas…I feel like I’m saying that a LOT. lol.

a lumberJACK first birthday party

The kids had so much fun posing! Ok, the adults did too.

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a lumberJACK first birthday party

I packaged up some wooden utensils in these kraft paper bags and these napkins. I had this little chalkboard container on hand, as well as the metal container that the black cups and birch tree straws are in. I grabbed these wooden plates for our food, and they were the perfect size for our baked potatoes to fit on!

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We had a plethora of baked potatoes available, along with all the fixins…except for sour cream. I forgot to put it out and my family was too nice to ask for it, thinking I just didn’t have any. LOL. whoops.

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I printed off  these adorable Lumberjack and Lumberjill printable coloring pages, and HAD to get these adorable twig colored pencils! I love to have coloring pages that fit the theme out for the kids to color!

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The centerpieces for the three tables were simple but I LOVED THEM. My gal Alisa found these adorable buffalo plaid napkins that I repurposed as table squares. She also found Rory’s shirt for me! the burlap squares I had from another party, pinecones from my friend Kami, foam axes from Hobby Lobby again, and the adorable red lanterns from Amazon!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

Ok, prepare for a plethora of Jack pictures!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

a lumberJACK first birthday party

He was not quite sure about the cake, but eventually got into it!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

a lumberJACK first birthday party

I just love this boy! I grabbed this Mama Bear tee and plaid shirt from Amazon so I would fit the theme!

a lumberJACK first birthday party

a lumberJACK first birthday party

a lumberJACK first birthday party

Comments

  1. Love everything about this party! Great job!

  2. Everything looks great!! One day (in your spare time)… I would like to see how much time you give yourself to prep and get everything “photo” ready.

  3. You give the absolute best birthday parties! So many adorable things in this post!

  4. so many great details, so much fun, you are the absolutely, positively the party QUEEN! happy birthday jack!

  5. This is amazing! All of the plaid everywhere is perfect, and those cakes are incredible! I love the table settings and the baked potato bar too. =)

  6. It looks funny, and so great !
    It’s so beautifull !

  7. Do you want to sell anything you have left over?

  8. Great job!

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