Woodland Theme Party {Part 2}

by Chris on August 28, 2012

Alrighty. So I showed you the woodsy food table, but the big dog of this party would be the tent. As soon as the theme was decided upon, I knew I wanted to have some sort of dreamy, ethereal, fantastical tent for the girls to party and sleep in.

balloon arrangement

Using a canopy tent purchased at a sporting goods store (we can use it on the beach—score!), I just attached a bunch of white sheets around three sides of it. The fourth side remained open to the tv, but it was turned so they had privacy.

woodland tent

The inside, however, is where it got fancy. I bought 40 yards (yes, 40) of tulle in a pale aqua and white. After streaming our Christmas lights all over it, I just kept draping the tulle all over the place. That was fun (insert sarcasm here). I made some tissue paper pom poms and tied some gold party stars from some ribbon to add some party effect.

play tent

Blankets, throw pillows, beanbags, and loud music=dance party!!!

birthday dancing

Of course, as it got darker it got even prettier. Seriously? What little girl—or grown mom who wishes she would have had one of these—wouldn’t want to sleep in here?

sleepover tent

After the dance party dissipated, the girls moved on to do some other things. It was then that I realized one of our party goers was missing. Guess where I found him.


When the girls settled in for the night, they had some treats and watched a movie. And I sat there thinking I wish the tent was mine.

slumber party tent

It was a fun and relatively inexpensive way to give them a little party within a party, and I’m pretty sure they liked it! I’ll be back on Friday with the final installment! Aren’t you excited? :)

Part 1: Woodland Theme Table

Part 3: Popcorn Bar



Angie@Echoes of Laughter August 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm

It looks great Chris! What a wonderful Mama you are to go through all that trouble for your little girl! Looks like the girls had a blast! We did a similar thing in the backyard a few years ago…we threw up a tent and moved out a little tv and dvd player and then my daughter had her own drive-on birthday party! Have a lovely week! Angie xo

Chris August 28, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Oh gosh, that sounds so fun! Why don’t we do more things like this as adults?? :) Great idea, Angie! Thank you!

cassie August 28, 2012 at 10:11 pm

it looks SO beautiful! i loved part one, too- i am a huge woodland fan! i threw my daughter a “winter woodland” party in january. i wish it was warm enough in january to have it outside because this looks amazing. here is a link to mine if you want to see.

Chris August 28, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I’m SO glad you included a link! It’s adorable! Makes me wanna throw another one in the winter (not really). :) Such cute ideas, Cassie!

cassie August 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm

yours makes me want to throw another woodland party! it’s all so gorgeous, chris!

Lisa August 28, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I love all these great ideas – thank you! I am having my daughter’s 12th bday party (impromptu – before school starts – since we haven’t celebrated her birthday that was back in May yet!) and these are such fun ideas – I wonder if I can turn my basement into this beautiful dreamy space? So glad your daughter and her friends had a wonderful time…you are a wonderful mom for going to these lengths for her!

Chris August 28, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I have 40 yards of tulle if you need it. :) Thank you, Lisa!! Good luck with your party!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} August 28, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Wait . . I need the tulle! Just showed my hubby and we agreed Riley would go bananas for this. What can you cook up for my next birthday? Something tells me your house is the place to be for birthday bashes.

Toya August 29, 2012 at 8:15 am

The party looked so fun, oh to be a little girl again. You did a great job!

Chris August 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Agreed, Toya! I would love a girly tent to sleep in! :)

Megan August 29, 2012 at 8:26 am

Aww, I love that Maximus joined in on the party! Wonderful idea, it turned out GREAT!

Chris August 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Thank you, Megan! I think he loved joining it too. :)

Kim @ Plumberry Pie August 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

love it! yep, i think i’ll be doing this. gotta love those canopies. i used these to create tiki huts at my kids’ school inside the gym. just add a little fringe w/some lanterns, boom a tiki. never thought of inside my house. i know my kids will love that!!!

Chris August 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Ya see–now that’s brilliant! I’ll bet the kids just loved it! Thanks for the idea. :)

Laura H August 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

Oh my beautiful! Best mom ever!!! I want that tent year round in my living room.

Chris August 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I know. Me too, Laura! You’re too kind. Thank you!

Jill Flory August 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

Too cute! What a really fun way to make the party a great one!

Chris August 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Thank you, Jill!!!

Joia Dooley August 29, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I read your blog all the time, but rarely comment… =) This party was Gorgeous!! I’ve been checking back a TON to see part two! =0) I Love, love, love the tent! I really like making a big deal out of my own kid’s parties (5 and 3 currently), but would Love to do this tent idea for my daughter when she’s older! You are amazing!

Chris August 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I’m so glad you came out of “hiding”, Joia!! Thank you for such a sweet comment! The birthday parties are a LOT of work, but I do love how special it makes my kids feel. Part 3 is Friday. :)

Jocelyn Pascall August 29, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Oh. My. God. I would have LOOOOVED this as a kid. Wow! You went above and beyond with this and I am impressed!

Chris August 29, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I know–me too!! :) I wanted to sleep in it as an adult! Thank you, Jocelyn!

Shelley August 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm

That tent is super fabulous! Your dog hiding out on the sleeping bags is too funny.

Sarah Hulbert Style August 29, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I know what me and my (grown up) girls and I are doing for our next Ladies Night!!! Good job, Mama! ~Sarah

Chris August 30, 2012 at 12:09 am

No. Way. That’s a perfect idea!! Looks like I can reuse that tulle after all! :)

Claudia August 31, 2012 at 6:49 am

So beautiful!!!Your daughter and her friends(and the beautiful party goer) had blast for sure. Thank you so much for sharing!!

Chris August 31, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Thank you, Claudia! I think she/they really enjoyed it! I’m just glad it’s over. :)

Carrie August 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Wow! You are THE woman! The tent is amazing. I scored tulle for $1 a yard the other day at AC Moore and that’s the best price I have found. (My daughter has asked for a Princess Dress up Party for her 4th birthday in October, so I’m stocking up :)

Mindy September 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I totally want one for myself!

Chris September 16, 2012 at 11:45 am

Me too, Mindy! :)

Deb November 2, 2012 at 3:26 pm

The slumber party tent is such a great idea. My daughter will love this!

Anna November 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm

This is a great idea using a canopy tent and decorating the inside with tulle. Great for a slumber party!

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