“Lost doesn’t mean alone.” A Lost Boys from Neverland theme, with other hints of themes from Peter Pan. We celebrated my nephew Remington’s first birthday with a backyard dinner and treasure hunt.
Families ventured around the backyard, following clues to a treasure chest full of goodies for the kids to play with.
Peter Pan, pirates, fairies and deer all showed up to the party.
Along with Lost boys of course!Lost boy on the run!“To live would be an awfully big adventure”
Felt feather garlands dressed up an A-frame tent as well as……the “cake-smashing” highchair.Lost boy’s rulez! I was surprised to find it so difficult to write inconsistently…… so what’s the best way to get a child’s handwriting? Have a child write it! A wooden directions sign was specially created by Remington’s Grandpa and 5yr old cousin for the occasion.
This stellar cake was specially made for the birthday boy, with lost boy silhouettes surrounding a leafy lantern design. The kids all requested to eat the leaves which I found to be quite fitting for the occasion. 😉
With Tootles, Slightly,Chubby, the Twins,
Happy Birthday Remington!
My dear cousin thought of the most awesome party theme for her little lumberjack’s first birthday. With everything from plaid tablecloths, chili lunch to toys, and games for the kids, to a burnt log birthday cake, this party was truly phenomenal.
It was such a pleasure to be a part of the planning and coordinating of her vision for her son’s first birthday. Happy first, nephew Cooper!
Is this not the most perfect picture? Silly little wild thing 🙂 The entire event was beautifully captured by Nic Dudek Photo. Her images are absolutely amazing and having her at the party was so much fun; she captured every little moment with ease. The children and adults alike thoroughly enjoyed her company.
On to the festivities!
Guests were greeted at the door with a cute chalkboard sign and a basket of lumberjack axes,
followed by a trail mix bar (with gift boxes to take some home),and a pop-up log cabin with coloring pages and wooden pencils for the kids!
The guests were then encouraged to find a seat and help themselves to a delicious chili bar!
Just don’t feed the bears! Lol.
The handsome little mountain man took pictures with everyone and played the entire time, while all eagerly awaited…
Look at these phenomenal cakes!
A banana “pancake” cake for Cooper to dig into after a quick chorus of “Happy Birthday.” And a fabulous burnt log cake for the rest of us to enjoy!
Check out that plaid!
We tasted both cakes and they were nothing short of delicious.
At the party’s end, after Cooper opened all his gifts and was wished the happiest of birthdays, we all agreed that the party was a big success.
Happy birthday sweet boy!
My son is now one year old…crazy how fast time flies, and how a sweet little baby can grow into a spirited and happy boy. He has been such a pleasure to get to know over this past year, as I watch him interact with his papa, copy everything his big sister does and smother me with loving wrestles. He picks up on things quickly, so even though the inspiration for an aviator-themed birthday party was entirely my own, he didn’t hesitate in flying his new wooden airplane, bearing with me for a few seconds as we tried to snap a picture of his new sunglasses (while laughing with us in his little join-in-any-laughter way), and especially digging into his delicious slice of smash cake.
Guests were greeted at the door with a clothespin airplane and a snazzy new pair of sunglasses, personalized by StickyImages “affirmative” and “ready for take off.” Each little guest will carry these happy memories with them through the bright summer years. The long lasting detail on these glasses is amazing–we chose the shiny silver to contrast the black and were extremely pleased with the results. The glasses are also very sturdy and a great fit for a wide age range.
I’ve always loved the order and beauty in the somewhat chaotic art of watercolor. Perfectly captured in PDF form, Blixa6Studios provided us with an astounding array of colorful blue splats, shapes, lines, and swaths. With a bit of effort and a lot of patience, I unbound this adorable Kraft brag book I picked up on clearance at Hobby Lobby, then easily printed my creative choice of watercolor marks on the pages. Once I get the photos (that I requested guests take in front of the backdrop) printed I will add them to the book and continue to add to this personalized book at his next and future birthdays.
“Happy Birthday little chubby ballon.” Admittedly I’ve called him this a once or twice since reading these touching words from his eldest cousin.
Fabulous string art custom made by CraftedOnThePlains. I love to hear the excitement in other artists (even if it is only an email, I can hear the excitement in my head). When I presented her with the question of creating a biwinged airplane for this special party she excitedly obliged. I didn’t specify any more, leaving the creative genius to her, and this piece of art really blew me away when I received it in the mail. I couldn’t have asked for more perfect colors or detail!
That’s my boy! Dresden’s “favorite things” chalkboard detailed with skill by ADEprints. I, having terrible handwriting myself, am always awed and impressed by the immense skill of those who can create pieces such as this, hand painted and designed with care. I’ll treasure it forever.
Yummy and extremely practical (thanks to a good friend, sister, and nearby Costco), we fed the entire crowd with extra to send home with the helpers. Pizza, fruit, veggies and dip, pasta salad, chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, and pickles…because my kids like pickles.
Inspired by Pinterest, I wouldn’t let go of my vision for a watercolor backdrop, so unable to spend an arm and a leg for a custom print I experimented and created my own! Starting with a 6×9 canvas drop cloth from Home Depot (for only $11!), I then spent some time pacing the paint isle at Hobby Lobby. After much deliberation (I wanted to be able to water it down to create the “watercolor” affect, and it must be flexible with the material) and a tiny suggestion from the employee near by, I purchased a bottle of blue ink ($6). She had suggested using a spray bottle which I tried but didn’t love (it had too much of a “drop cloth” look instead of a “backdrop”). I rushed back to HD to try again, this time I used a ramekins to slowly water down the ink a few droppers at a time. I went to work with a cheap paintbrush. Looking back at the inspiration (from Pinterest on my phone) from time to time, the paint’s abstract shape began to be revealed, and through some additional trial and error…voila!
Tips: if possible, try to save a little paint at the end. I thought I had it perfect, but after it dried and I brought it inside and hung it for inspection, I discovered some color inconsistencies I didn’t really like. Back to the front yard it went. I had to use a different color which I wouldn’t have preferred, but thankfully was content with the outcome.
Secondly, make sure the sprinklers are turned off…while rinsing out my ramekin and paintbrush, the garden hose water over sprayed ever so slightly onto the freshly “painted” cloth, leaving tiny little water spots. Uh-oh…I rushed over with my hose knob on mist and got the entire piece damp, and was able to smoothly ease out the spots. When the sprinklers when on that night I almost had a heart attack. Thankfully, I had washed my initial experiment piece, and I discovered that when fully soaked, the colors simply fade slightly. Once I realized that was what happened, I could breath again, sorry for kinda freaking out hubby.
BALLOON ARCH!! When you’re on Pinterest all the time, it can be funny to see what original photos inspire the creativity. A bright pink flamingo arch was the most beautiful I’d ever seen, and once I got into my head the thought of an “abstract balloon cloud,” I had to try it!
Already having a hundred pearly white balloons, I set out to look for some hints of blue, grey, silver and patterned balloons. Being sorely perturbed at the discovery that the Party City near my house had been closed, I popped into Hobby Lobby again, Target, and a couple different dollar stores (apparently most grocery stores don’t have any sort of a non-helium balloon variety available). I found the polka dot ones at Hobby Lobby, the white at Target and a variety of blues and grey at dollar stores. I wasn’t a fan of the dollar store balloons–they were thin, took on strange shapes as you inflated them and the colors were hardly true to the original expectation. Unable to find clear balloons anywhere I experimented with filling the white balloons with pale blue tissue paper confetti (too faint to show up through the white) and shimmery blue mylar paper which I loved! It truly static-ed to the balloon, unlike the tissue paper, and its vibrant nature was so unique.
(More tips and a DIY video to follow! For a one-stop tutorial on all I have learned about balloons through this experience, stay tuned!)
Now on to these important and really spectacular balloons. 5″ balloons provided by the Luft Balloon Store are double stuffed, and colors are custom created to match your vision. Elain was a delight to work with and such an inspiration, I sent her a few abstract watercolor images from Pinterest and she replied with perfectly-matched balloons from her shop! Their brilliant color and glossy sheen amazed me and the small size made them the important and final factor in making the balloon arch full and complete.
This gorgeous table cloth is pure linen made by LinenMe in Lithuania. The texture and beautiful natural color is absolutely perfect for any occasion! Machine washable and ironable–I’ll definitely be bringing this lovely piece with me to more parties, so keep an eye out for it in future posts!
“Let them eat cake!” I wanted to provide variety and versatility for dessert. In addition to a couple different flavors we included a gluten free cake to ensure all our guests could enjoy this joyous moment. A simple, powder sugar frosting and a covering of plastic wrap kept our cakes nice and moist for 24 hours, allowing us to bake the day before and save me a bit of pre-party stress.
A little wooden airplane, gifted by his awesome aunt, made the perfect cake topper. I used a large flat head screw driver to scrape the red trim from this simple 1 candle from Big Lots, (since a plain white candle is like impossible to find).
Happy girl in her new sunglasses…She’s gotten used to wearing them over this summer since, in her words, the sun is “hot” (she means bright)…But she didn’t seem to mind wearing them the entire evening indoors either. 🙂
Child-sized aviators provided by StashClothingxo are very reasonably priced and ridiculously adorable, stop in the shop and see for yourself! Such a little stud, he has no idea how seriously cute he is… but now I have these darling pictures to brag about with for a long time to come.
And adorable kiddos sporting their pairs. Absolutely Radical, the birthday boy showing off his aeroplane-themed aviator glasses, it doesn’t get much cuter than this… Ok maybe a cute cousin in addition with cool sunglasses makes it a tie. 😉
A play area especially for the kids. Naturally they didn’t all stay here for too long, but it was a fun constant to come back to and play at. The mini balloon cloud turned out to be a fantastic play piece for all, as they rallied together and tore most of it down, running around the house with a dozen balloons. Surprisingly (and thankfully!) not many popped. The Lufa balloons held up especially well.
I decided to create a “runway” for the little toy airplanes. With chalkboard paper from our last baby shower and Google images, it wasn’t too difficult to create a simple piece to inspire creative play. The highlight was the natural wooden blocks cut and created by vermontbranchcompany. They made this imagination area complete and drew the attention to a more focused and calmer state of play. Ah, truly a reprieve for the parents, I absolutely love Montessori style toys and these beautiful smooth blocks where a huge hit. Vermont branch company creates so much, from weddings and parties to home and office, such natural elegance and beauty.
Pre-birthday cake, he flew his new airplane around his head making a sort of small growling sound.
I realized I hadn’t taught Dresden to blow out candles, so his sister stepped in and did the honors.
Oh the glory of a smash cake…I opted for giving him just a slice of cake, but upon hearing his one and only word, “more,” I couldn’t help but treat him to a little more, followed by lots of fruit. He throughly enjoyed this moment.
Love the detail of his party? Then I’m sure you’ll love his sister Cozette’s first birthday Garden Party.
At the beginning of June we celebrated a lovely little girl’s first birthday in style. In an event inspired by summer peonies and ranunculi we created a whimsical and bright atmosphere to delight party guests of every age.
The celebration commenced on a bright summer morning. Oversized balloons danced above tables laden with savories and sweets; children ran giggling through towering lace tents while their parents mingled beneath a ceiling full of garlands. It was a grand time and the house was filled with family and friends all gathered to celebrate the birthday girl.
When guests first arrived they were greeted by a small table filled with handmade party hats. We added a bright ranunculus to the birthday girl’s to set it apart using a hot glue gun and silk flower. The kids each donned a hat and then moved on to grab a lunch box with kid-friendly foods inside. Because we intended to serve more refined foods at the party, we decided to offer familiar options for the kids in addition to the buffet. Our boxes were filled with PB&J’s, grapes, and animal crackers.
One key element in building a beautiful party is to create a few focal points, where the majority of decorations converge. For Charlotte’s floral first birthday we made the buffet table, the cake table, and the children’s play area the focal points.
The buffet table featured a variety of bruschetta boards filled with cheeses, fruit, roasted veggies, salamis, and spreads.
On the wall above the table a beautiful vine trailed down, sent to us by ForeverBloomsByLori. The leaves were the exact shade of green we were hoping for, and brought life to the table. We held the vine in place with Scotch Indoor Mounting Tape, which held up the heavy vine without peeling paint or leaving holes in the wall. I used an ample amount of floral wire and after cutting the ends off of a few, wired together a total of 6 branches into three large vines to create the arch
The sweet silhouette of Charlotte was contributed by prettiestSilhouettes and added an elegant touch to the table. Colorful floral print surrounding a delicate custom silhouette, and repurposed as the perfect addition to her bedroom’s photo wall.
Charlotte’s mama is a photographer, and has a 365 project of Charlotte in the works, so photographs of the birthday girl were an abundant feature of the party, and added the perfect backdrop to the cake table. We tacked twine vertically across the window and curtains and then taped the photographs up and down each strand.
In keeping with our floral theme, we wound strands of vine and plastic flowers around the balloon strings. Small vases of peonies and other summer flowers were scattered about the rooms, and fresh, edible flowers adorned even the cake! The naked vegan almond cake was adapted from this recipe. We simply baked four cakes (and a teeny one for Charlotte) and used true whip whipped cream to layer them. The mini bunting was created with scraps from the large bunting we hung above the children’s play area.
We created all of the garlands ourselves. The vine garland was simply strung together using plastic vine and floral wire. The string of tassels was made from scrap yarn, and the felt floral garland was created using this tutorial. The floral bunting was our favorite, and was born out of some creative ingenuity. We found the perfect pattern of flowers as a role of wrapping paper! We glued the wrong sides together using paper cement, traced triangles in the size we desired, cut them all out and then sewed them together with white all-purpose thread on a sewing machine. Swinging high above the play area, the abundance of garlands added a sweet and festive look to the room.
As we dreamt up this party, we knew that the kids would need somewhere to play indoors thanks to the scorching Arizona summer. We created the whimsical lace tents based off of this Pinterest pin. The tutorial called for wooden dowels to keep the frames together, but we would suggest purchasing knobs for a dresser or something similar to keep them from coming out of the frame. The teepee was created using a canvas painter’s tarp and cotton duck material, and was inspired by this tutorial.
The celebration was spectacular, and little Charlotte was showered with love on her special day. The party was fresh and beautiful – the perfect way to celebrate a lovely little girl. We thank all of our contributors for helping to make the event a success!
Peter Pan was a dream party theme of mine. One I’ve been planning for a long long time. What, you don’t plan your children’s birthday parties while they are in utero? Or sometimes before they are even conceived? Oh that’s just crazy me, huh?
This was the kind of plan you secretly and quietly put together little by little in the back of your mind all the while questioning whether you could ever pull off that super magnificent kind of magic–we are talking pixie dust here! Flying children! Pirates! Mermaids! But the idea of it is altogether too delicious and so one night you gather the courage and reverently whisper to your husband, “wouldn’t it be so cool if we could turn our backyard into Neverland?” Luckily he’s the kind of guy who loves big ideas (& big eyed girls) so we jumped right into planning & I have to tell you…we had so much fun. So so much fun. We were humming “You Can Fly” for months as we plotted how to deliver Neverland and one heck of a 1st birthday party for our little Huck.
P.S. Doesn’t it seem like just a minute ago we were celebrating this?
I have to give complete invitation credit to Bry-Man as he took just a few pointers and ideas I’d been thinking of and then completely ran with it. Barley (or Pero) soaked sheets of his own design featured a map of Neverland on one side and the party details on the other.
“Whether Pirate, Mermaid, or Fairy ye be, whether Indian, Lost Child, or Croc…come in your best Never-Wear, on past the stars to Skull Rock”
Invites were folded & tied with gold bakers twine & fastened with a glittery gold wax seal. Oh we’re Fancy Huh. Our hope was that our smallest guests would get a little taste of Never-magic in an envelope & start to get excited about playing along right away.
We borrowed Grandma’s back yard…a pretty perfect Neverland canvas to begin playing with, and set up Mermaid Lagoon, The Indian Village, Hangman’s Tree (Lost Boy’s Hideout), Pixie Hollow, & Skull Rock.
It really wouldn’t have been complete without this sign & one of my very favorite parts of the party to boot. Thank you to my talented amazing brother & sister-in-law (Mine For The Making) for executing it so perfectly.
love. love. love.
The grown up hang out area was more classically Peter Pan themed. We used his signature colors of green & red with touches of shimmery gold and red feathers…magic baby. Speaking of babies…the party area was also completely “Huck-ified”. A first year banner with a picture for each sweet little month, A 1st birthday chalkboard poster featuring all of his stats & faves (a little hope designs), a picture of him dressed like “Michael” during the Indian Village Celebration scene in the Disney movie, and a big fat chocolate cupcake with his special number on top.
That awesome green & gold tassel garland is from Silverlake Sisters. Loved it.
We asked guests to use the side entrance…where they were met by this:
World’s best uncle.
I mean, he put on green tights for us…right?
He stood ready with his little burlap pouch of fairy dust (gold glitter) to sprinkle on the costume clad kids and asked them what their happy thoughts were, at which point they got to enter/fly through our “starry sky” (a tunnel Bry made from PVC pipes, black tarp & gold stars-no picture! Oops!) wiiiith the music from the movie playing (think of a wonderful thiiiiing…) and ended up in our little Neverland. Magic. Magic. Magic.
First stop? Indian Village.
Another special thank you to a pretty incredible niece who personified “Tiger Lilly” for some fun Indian games at the end of which, each little brave received a warrior title (my favorite? Adilyn’s ‘Little Red’) complete with a feather in their hair.
The feather bunting below was from Lynn’s Mix and we rather liked it on our teepee.Next the boys & girls were divided for more Neverland adventures. The boys were whisked away to Hangman’s Tree where they made their own swords (paint sticks cut & glued together, colored with markers) and had pirate fighting lessons.
The girls journeyed to Mermaid Lagoon where they got to meet a real mermaid (squeal!), get their faces painted, & made little Mermaid dolls.
When the little Mermaids were nearly done, and the lost boys had just finished their pirate fighting lessons, a real pirate appeared Arrgh! (Thanks Grandpa!) The lost boys & girls fought bravely and in the end when they had that codfish pirate by his throat, he gave up the location of the first clue to a pirate treasure hunt…the first clue was behind his pirate flag at Skull Rock!
All of our Never-kids excitedly raced around the yard reading clues & hunting for treasure!
The clues… “I provide water, skinny and long, find a clue here & you can’t go wrong”
About this time, we sang Happy Birthday to the guest of honor, watched him stuff his face with cake (SO cute-really he devoured it. Without any help. Way to go Champ!) & settled in for our feature film. Guests filled their plates with yummy sandwiches, fruit, & cake and then set up “picnic” areas while Bry had some quick help putting up the movie screen (a white shower curtain really does the job quite perfectly).
Kids grabbed sack dinners (juice box, cheese stick, clementine orange, & a defrosting uncrustable to keep it all cool) and made their own little front row up close to the screen.
Watching my little Wendy, Tinkerbell & their sweet little cousins fly around with their arms outstretched right along with the movie? You guessed it…maaaagic.
(popcorn & red vines…movie staples)
Oh! And because I didn’t know where to fit it in up top…we had a few fun things for the grown ups while the kid festivities were going on…
Plenty of snacks & drinks.
And a little Peter Pan/Huck trivia quiz, winners of which received Peter Pan Peanut Butter.
My top 3 “Happy Thoughts” from this magical day?
3. My very awesome, very in character helpers. Mary was THE coolest Mermaid I have ever seen-so talented! She does parties you guys! Among other things she is a pretty darn awesome Anna (Frozen)! Check out her FB page HERE. Thank you Michael for donning tights on your last free day before boot camp! And thank you Tori for sharing your 18th birthday with Huckleman! Thanks for being a grumpy pirate grumpy grandpa! You guys were incredible!
2. All of you wonderful friends & family we got to share the magic with!
Tinkerbell costume from Zibdi
aaaand my number one favorite part was the special little man we celebrated. Love you Huck-a-roo! Happy 1st Birthday!
Huck’s Peter Pan costume is from Lucinda Fabrics.
Stay tuned for a post highlighting party details & sponsors!
We celebrated this milestone with an evening garden party. The event was filled with delicate paper orchids, confetti-filled balloons, and sparkling white lights, giving an air of whimsy and girlish elegance. The fanciful evening was complete with a photo booth staged with lush greenery and stunning floral pom-poms.
Tissue Paper Pom-poms by: especiallyforyoubyyw
We greeted guests at the gate with handmade felt flower hair-clips for the ladies and bow ties for the gents.
There a colorful chalkboard stood, announcing personalized details about the birthday girl. This focal point was a great hit at the party, and was talked of all the night long!
Canvas Chalkboard by: MoulageCollection
After a brief speech thanking guests for coming and announcing the events to follow, party guests helped themselves to light appetizers. Personal snack bags and boxes held food for the children, who truly enjoyed the animal crackers and PB&J’s!
Bags and Boxes by: atiliay
Families came together to create sweet and simple keepsake crafts, while children played in the twilit yard and their parents mingled amongst blooming pom-poms and colorful balloons.
Confetti Filled Balloons by: meg-made
Family and friends joined together to take memorable photos with the birthday girl.
The evening ended with Cozette eating her birthday carrot-cake cupcake, while guests enjoyed their own cupcakes or a piece of vegan cake topped with hand crafted paper flowers, a fitting close to a lovely night celebrating a sweet little girl.
Origami Flowers by: DearBetsy
What to do when you live in the hottest state in the country and your little one’s birthday is in August? With triple digit heat, this Momma capitalized on cooler morning temps by offering breakfast treats, & picked a location with a splash pad for guests to both join in the nautical fun & cool off.
Alright Mate, ready to hop aboard the S.S. Clark?
Along with some “sea themed” sweets (salt water taffy, pearlized gumballs, sprinkle topped rice krispie treats), the buffet table offered fresh watermelon pops, sugarless apple spice cupcakes with orange cream cheese frosting, “life saver” powdered donuts, bagels & cream cheese, and icy cold milk. A yummy summer breakfast for sea fairing celebrators.
Birthday decor featured a combination of burlap, ivory white, orange & blues. Sea nets, sea creatures, buckets, & little anchors for a sweet little man. All printables (like the adorable welcome sign above) came from Honey Bash’s nautical birthday collection–Clark’s Mom (& party planner) said Honey Bash was fabulous to work with! Food labels, cupcake wrappers, toothpick rounds, & signs : )
Best parts of the day? A brand new one year old scooping handfuls of icing off of his very own cake, and a water balloon fight with all his closest friends and family celebrating his big day.
Happy 1st Birthday Clark!