Woodland Party {Part 1}

by Chris on August 27, 2012

Yes, part one. There’s no way I can wrap up the birthday extravaganza in one post, so I’ll share it with you throughout the week. I used to throw these over-the-top/this-is-too-stressful/what did I get myself into?parties for my kids, but I decided to take a couple of years off. Well, little one reminded me that this was a big year for her (double digits and all), so she wanted a big party.


So I we decided on a woodsy/woodland theme for her. I quickly thought about red, white, and green, but that seemed a little too juvenile for her. I went with cream, blue, green, and brown. Such beautiful colors together, eh?


woodland table decor

The trick to pulling off a woodsy theme? LOTS of burlap, moss, and branches. Burlap and branches are easy enough, but moss is pricey! Eeks. I was able to cut some corners by finding some butterfly decorations at Salvation Army and painting them gold, and I placed our bowls for food into planter liners from Wal Mart (.77 cents!).  woodland theme

The big food hit was probably the owl cupcakes. Such an easy recipe (found online) with such a cute outcome!

Owl cupcakes

While we have a large forest behind our house, we didn’t really have any large trunks to cut. I asked my husband to put out an SOS to a friend, and he came through! He cut several of them about an inch and a half thick. I used some wood glue to put them on smaller branches that I found in our woods and cut with a miter saw.

DIY tree stands

Visions of making a tree trunk cake briefly swirled through my head, but I opted for a $7.00 chocolate one from Wal Mart. WAY easier and totally cute with some scrapbook paper cut into a little pennant decoration over it.

pennant cake

I wish you could see the detail on this paper better. It had a hint of glitter in the pattern and was so pretty. You don’t need a fancy template to make one of these. I literally sat down five minutes before the party and just freely cut some triangles into the paper. I hot glued the two sides together and stuck the sticks in the cake!


And in true blogger failure form, I didn’t get any pictures once the food filled in the gaps on the table. Shame on me, but I think you get the idea. We had a light meal of sandwiches and pasta, and it fit in very nicely with all the natural elements of the decor.


Next up? Where do you have 7 girls sleep, have a dance party, and watch movies? A DIY tent, of course. I’ll be back with that on Wednesday!

Part 2: DIY Party Tent

Part 3: Popcorn Bar



Kim @ Plumberry Pie August 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

lovin it so far! genius idea putting the bowl in the coco planter insert – genius! pinning that in my memory…or i guess i could just pin it? ;)

Jenny@EvolutionofStyle August 27, 2012 at 8:54 am

What a darling idea!! I’m putting these ideas in my back pocket, as two of mine have birthdays coming up in October and November!

Chris August 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Mine are July and August so I feel your pain! Good luck! ;)

Diane@InMyOwnStyle August 27, 2012 at 9:10 am

Hi Chris –
It all looks so wonderful. I think the owl cupcakes are the cutest I have ever seen – adorable. Hoo Hoo – Cute!

Chris August 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

You’re too nice, Diane! Thanks so much! They were yummy too. :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn August 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

Those owl cupcakes are a hoot! Happy birthday to the girl in double digits.

Chris August 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Ha! cute, Laura! Thank you!

Lissa August 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

Love everything about this theme! Fantastic job! Some pinning is in order.

Chris August 27, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Awesome! Thank you, Lissa!

Jocelyn Pascall August 27, 2012 at 11:55 am

Looks adorable! I especially love that cake bunting.

Chris August 27, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Thank you, Jocelyn! (Great name, by the way) :)

Laura August 27, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I love that you bought the cake. There’s no need to stress out over things that aren’t your cup of tea. I’d rather cut, glue, and stencil for hours than try to decorate a cake so I do the same. :)

meg August 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm

this is absolutely ADORABLE!!!! so so cute. you did a great job!

Shawna August 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Those cupcake stands are AWESOME!! Very fun and easy!! LOVE!!!

Jill Flory August 28, 2012 at 10:24 am

Totally too cute! I love it all! A friend of mine used the same idea in her shop several years ago and I now have one of those woodland cake stands! It hangs around just waiting to be used again! Great job and I can’t wait to see your tent!

Sarah Hulbert Style August 28, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Just love this, Chris! What a sweet Mama to put in all this work for her girl!!! I think my fave is the tree trunk plate stands. Are those reusable? Could be good for Thanksgiving too. I love that you hit a great balance of sophistication and whimsy -perfect for your young lady! ~Sarah

Courtney {a thoughtful place} August 28, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Shut the front door. Are you kidding me? I just saw the tent and now this! Holy smokes you worked your tail off. I may have to steal this entire party for my daughter. The pop up tent {which we already have} is genius. You really out did yourself with the food table, my friend. It’s just beautiful.

cassie {hi sugarplum} August 29, 2012 at 9:48 am

LOVE IT!!! I’m pinning all this bc I’m pretty sure my girl will insist (with some mom-coercion) on a Woodland theme next year. I’m still exhausted from her rainbow art party in march! My Jackson finally hit the age (11) where I’m no longer allowed to throw him a party. Relief or disappointment?

Chris August 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Believe me–disappointment at first, but relief when you realize how easy it is NOT to throw one! ;)

Claudia August 30, 2012 at 7:59 am

Hi Chris!!!

I bet you hear that all the time but I’m in love with your home!!!
Love the girly bedroom(I have been strugling for ages because I have 2 daughters…one loves pink the other one aqua marine ish colors). You’ve made my day with your baby(not so small but for us always will be) girls’ room….if you don’t mind me asking….the bedding you’ve made it or where did you buy it?
Now the tent….ahem…Wednesday is gone and no tutorial and since I’m stealing this idea too(what am I not taking from here) for a my 11 year old b-day(September 8 is the ideal date)…I’m really here all the time!!

Thank you so much for opening your door to us. Simple things that we can learn here…help us to transform our houses into homes.

Thank you Chris

Ohh gosh I love your home…the green…the everything…loveeeeeeeeeee it!!
Oops sorry for the journal… Xoxo

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick August 30, 2012 at 9:10 am

Most beautiful party EVER. Come do mine on our birthday. ;)

Chris August 30, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Our birthday. <3

JaneEllen September 10, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Wow what a great party. Hope your daughter had a great time with her gal pals. Those cupcakes are so darned cute and the cake with the banner too. Everything is so great. Makes me feel bad, don’t think I ever did that much for my kids birthdays. Seems like it would be pretty hard to top that party. Happy Week

Chris September 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Thank you, JaneEllen! It was a lot of work, and I’m glad it’s done, but she sure did love it! Let’s just say she won’t be having another one of those for a while. :)

Amy H. September 19, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Thank you for the cupcake idea! Just so happens my daughter is having an owl birthday themed party – what a sweet idea.

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