Wilder’s Woodland First Birthday Party

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Considering Wilder turned one in December, it’s high time I post some favorite pictures from his woodland onederland birthday party. (Before he’s turns two, you know!) Wilder’s birthday really snuck up on me—at Thanksgiving, I sat down and realized I needed to get my plans together…well…weeks ago! I thought it would be fitting to do a woodland wonderland theme, since he is our little bear, but I wanted to add some modern touches to the woodsy element to make it a bit brighter.

The day of Wilder’s birthday was gray and dreary, but having our friends and family there to celebrate our baby boy was so fun. He was excited about the cake (as you’ll see—thanks to my friend Branson for grabbing the camera and snapping these!), and his brother was excited to play with the gift we got Wilder—a Cozy Coupe!

I wanted to keep the party simple and full of fun details that celebrated the Wy Man. Here are some of the details:

  • The invitation is from Minted. Once again, we were so happy with how they turned out! We’ve used Minted for our Christmas (and Valentine’s Day) cards as well as Shepherd’s birthday party invitations.
  • I made the birch trees backdrop with butcher paper and watercolors based on a birthday party I saw via Pinterest. We actually kept them up for a bit after the birthday party, because they fit in with our evergreen Christmas decorations!
  • The “WILDER IS 1” letters on the mantel are plain cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby.
  • I made the yellow, gray and white striped bunting (which actually went on his high chair) with some spare fabric I had (the night before the party), and the yellow and gray triangle banner was made from felt.
  • Our local bakery made the cupcakes and smash cake, and I added the Washi tape flags.
  • We ate popcorn, crackers and a porcupine-shaped cheese ball, crudités, and drank root beer and cream soda (and apple juice for the kiddos). The birch paper straws were a fun detail to the spread.
  • One of my favorite things we did (that isn’t pictured) was create a time capsule for Wilder. Each guest wrote a note for Wilder to open on his 18th birthday—I have them saved in his baby book, and even though it’s 17 years away, I can’t wait for the day Wilder can read these himself. We’re so thankful he is loved by so many!

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 So, there you have it! My only regrets? We didn’t’ get a picture of both of us with Wilder! (oh, and it was so dark and dreary that our photos aren’t the best.) The most important thing, though, is that we got to spend time with our loved ones celebrating John Wilder.

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