My youngest turned one in July and we decided to throw him a Where the Wild Things Are birthday! We felt that suited him perfectly because he certainly is our little wild one. I still have family and friends talking about his party and I’ve been contacted by people who saw photos on Facebook asking me where I got decorations and how I put things together, so naturally I had to write a blog post about it!
We wanted the guests in the party mood as soon as they got to the door, so they were greeted with a sign saying “come on in and let the Wild Rumpus begin!” I made this using a $1 foam board from Dollar Tree and Oracle 651 Vinyl cut with my Cricut.
I also made two other projects using the $1 foam board. On one was the “First year chalkboard” that I designed in Inkscape and had printed at Walgreens on poster paper. I then glued that to the foam board. You can also purchase instant downloads on Etsy to have sent to your local printer. It only cost me $11 to make that board! The second was my “One Wild Year” board that I attached his monthly photos to with tiny little clothespins. I used 651 vinyl to decorate that board as well as cardstock leaves cut with my Cricut.
There was a table just inside the door with a sign saying “Crown yourself” and a dozen little crowns for the kids. I purchased those here. The sign was so simple to make in Inkscape then print out on my home printer. If you would rather buy then DIY, I will be adding the printables to my Etsy Shop, Magnolia SVG Company, soon!
The food table was full of delicious foods to satisfy both the kids and adults. I had Boston Butt pulled pork sandwiches, Spicy Corn Dip, PB&J “Crowns” that I made using this cute cookie cutter, Pigs in a Blanket (always a party favorite), Watermelon Sailboats (ie. wedges), blueberries, applesauce cups, goldfish crackers and chips. One tip I always suggest with parties is to send out a menu! When I send out my party invitations I always create an event on Facebook and invite everyone that way as well. I post updates through there, such as reminders to bring a swimsuit and towel for water games or notifications of any party time/location changes if needed and I ALWAYS post a menu. My guests are always so appreciative of this! It makes planning a breeze!
I also make a light cocktail for the adults and we have a selection of beers to choose from as well. After all, it is the parents that change their schedule around to be at your child’s party and it is the parents that buy and wrap the gift, so why not give them a little something as a thank you?! I made mojitos for this particular party and they were a hit! I also used my 651 to embellish some inexpensive BPA free plastic cups and completed the look with the most precious bamboo paper straws!
I used my Cricut again for Wild Things cupcake toppers and the 1 topper on Preston’s smash cake. I also made the most simple Happy Birthday Banner! Seriously y’all, I love my Cricut!
My decor in the dining room included this fun WILD ONE balloon banner that also came in a package with some paper leaves that I used on the high chair and regular green and white latex balloons that I used to decorate the tables outside. I hung green paper lanterns from the ceiling and used streamers to drape across and as a backdrop behind the high chair. Both of those items came from the Dollar Tree as well! I used some of the paper leaves that came with the before-mentioned package to scatter around the table and I printed out a sign saying “to gnash with your terrible teeth” and stuck that in a frame to further the book theme. So easy guys!
On my fireplace mantle, I framed one of the most popular quotes from the book and cut out some Wild Things silhouettes that stood up in card holders.
When it was time for the guests to leave, they were able to make their own goody bags at my homemade popcorn bar! They were excited to customize exactly what they wanted in their bags. I included freshly popped popcorn, M&Ms, Peanuts, Pretzels, Mini Marshmallows and Reese’s Pieces. I Had yet another printed sign (easiest decor ever) with the quote “Please don’t go! I’ll eat you up I love you so!” Perfect, right? Don’t forget to pick up a hard copy of the book for all your guests to sign!
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