Eleanor’s First Birthday Party: Woodland Theme

Now that the party dust has settled I wanted to share some of the things I made and bought for Eleanor’s First Birthday! I really wanted a theme, thinking it would be easier to plan. It was a bit more difficult then I originally thought because I had very specific things I wanted to find as opposed to finding a color scheme or a more vague theme. Anyway, I went with a woodland forest and animals theme. There are sooo many ideas all over Pinterest and Etsy it was actually a little overwhelming. But I thoroughly enjoy planning and putting together a party, almost more than the party itself.

Here is a peek at the invitation! I ordered these on Etsy where there are hundreds of options, even for this theme but I wouldn’t recommend this particular seller. There is also a photo of a felt animal garland I purchased on Etsy from a shop called FeltWitch. She was fabulous to work with and even custom made this one to have hedgehogs on it!

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Another item I custom ordered on Etsy was this paper banner from a shop called FoolishWorkerBee. They were also great to work with especially on customizing the colors, animals, etc!

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I worked hard all year long taking monthly AND biweekly photos of Eleanor. It proved much more daunting of a task than I thought, especially when she was bigger and able to protest photo time! But here is the month photo board I made. I put it with a photo of Ryan and I when we were one. I had another board hanging up that had the photos I took every 2 weeks. IF there is another baby in the future I most likely will NOT be taking photos on a biweekly basis! Also pictured here are the popcorn party favors we made. I found the idea on another blog: http://paperliciousgirls.blogspot.com/2011/09/fabulous-fall.html and instead of candies we put my father-in-law’s homemade popcorn in them! I used circle cutters for the eyes and free-hand cut the owls head and nose. I was really happy with how they came out!

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Here are the cupcakes and the cake I had Cakes by Debbie from Windham make. The cake had a fondant deer on top that I found on Etsy.

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I made a hedgehog cheese ball! It was super easy but a little heavy on the garlic. Here is a link to the recipe I used but I made mine look a little different: http://helenjane.com/2011/11/12/cheese-ball-hedgehog-recipe/. We made little chocolate acorns too out of Hershey Kisses and Mini Nilla Wafers. The idea came from this website:  http://www.wicproject.com/recipe/how-to-make-chocolate-peanut-butter-acorns/.

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Table display with fake moss, wooden animal and tree decorations, glitter coated acorns and the cake!

The party went smoothly (minus one minor hangry baby meltdown). We are truly blessed and extremely grateful for our family and friends. We could not have gotten through this last year without them. Year #2, bring it on.

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Eleanor had ZERO interest in her smash cake. Less cleanup for us I guess!

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Her new birthday hat! A little big for now but she can’t wait to grow into it!

         Based on my first blog post this birthday celebration was momentous for Ryan and I too….we made it through the first year in one piece! Yahoo!

Happy First Birthday to my sweet little pumpkin.

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