I am super behind in writing about Aiden’s birthday, clearly. Between Thanksgiving, tons of travel for work and then traveling for Christmas it was all just a bit much. Now that everything is settling down I can go back and write about the blur that was November/December — starting with Aiden’s lumberjack first birthday party!
I really only chose the theme “lumberjack” because I love buffalo plaid anything and for whatever reason, that equals lumberjack when you are looking for party supplies, so lumberjack it was. We had it Aiden’s grandparents house because ours is too small. I know people have differing opinions on whether you should have a first birthday party or not. I recognize that the party is more for the parents than Aiden. I actually looked at it as a ‘we survived a whole year’ party. However, we have a lot of friends with kids all close in age and they had a ton of fun so I would say it was a success!
This is how I made it happen.
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I love printables — these are digital files that you can purchase (or make) for just about anything. I found an adorable set of buffalo plaid invitations, banner, favor tags, and food tent printables from Creative Party Designs Etsy Shop that I just fell in love with. They were meant for a baby shower, but the great thing about printables is shop owners are usually able to easily customize them to fit your need. I printed them myself on a light-weight cardstock which saved a ton of money. I also love this fun “Adventure” printable done by Babbling Beauty Blog which I used as decor as it fit the theme, but it now sits in Aiden’s playroom. I also got really cute thank you notes from Babbling Beauty Blog.
I found the most perfect onesie for Aiden to wear from the Etsy shop Cuddle Sleep Dream. The shop owner was kind enough to send me the shirt at no cost and I have gone back and purchased things because I am just obsessed (you may have seen Aiden’s Christmas tie which was from the same shop). His jeans were from Farm Fresh Denim and his boots were from H&M.
Of course, I couldn’t miss this opportunity to match Aiden so I found a Mama Bear shirt in a buffalo plaid print. I made Dan’s shirt so he could join in on the matching fun using a t-shirt transfer I found at Michaels and a black t-shirt from Target.
I didn’t go too crazy with decorations. I tried to keep things simple. I had a couple of banners in various places around the house. My absolute favorite decoration was this banner my mom helped me make of Aiden’s faces. I got the idea here but modified it slightly to fit the lumberjack theme. It now hangs in Aiden’s bedroom.
Lumberjack banner supplies
- 6-10 black and white photos of baby’s face with various expressions. These work best if they are face forward and from an actual camera. We tried to use one picture from every month so there was some different expressions/stages.
- Fun theme-appropriate paper
- Ribbon to tie everything together
How to put it together
- Blow the pictures up to about 1/2 of an 8.5×11 piece of paper so they are roughly all the same size
- Print and cut out the faces
- Make hats out of fun theme-appropriate paper
- Glue hats to faces
- String the faces together using ribbon
We also decorated Aiden’s high chair since we knew that would be a focal point of pictures. I purchased some buffalo plaid flannel from Jo-Ann Fabrics and wrapped the seat with it and then my mom made a fun paper fringe to go around the tray. She used the leftover paper from the banner project to make strips which she attached to some twine. She also found some cute magnets that looked like tree slices to add some structure. We ended up taping those to the tray and it looked really cute.
The finishing touches were some little pine trees I found at target, lumberjack plates and cups from Hobby Lobby and a piece of fabric I found at Jo-Ann fabric that I used as a table cloth to tie in the outdoorsy theme and break up a little of the plaid.
We went with an outdoorsy camping theme for the food. We had trail mix, teddy grams, corndogs and slow-cooked buffalo and bbq chicken sliders. For dessert, we had cupcakes and, of course, cake and ice cream. I actually made the “one” cake topper myself by cutting some burlap into a diamond shape and folding it over some bakers twine then I attached that to two skewers.
Here is a video of Aiden sort-of trying his cake!
We also had a hot chocolate bar with optional rum which we picked up from a local distiller.
Hot chocolate bar supplies
- hot chocolate
- candy cane (whole and crushed)
- mini marshmallows
How we put it together
We used an assortment of mugs to keep with the casual feel, made the hot chocolate in advance and kept it in a thermos, spread the toppings in bowls.
We gave s’mores for party favors. I usually like to give food as favors just because it won’t be something that clutters someone’s house or that they just throw away. These s’more packages were so easy to makeI bought favor bags from Michaels, graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate bars
- favor bags from Michaels
- graham crackers
- chocolate bars
- I placed two graham crackers along the bottom of the bag
- I placed one-half of a chocolate bar on top of the grahams
- I placed two marshmallows on top of the chocolate
- I placed the other half of the chocolate bar on the marshmallows
- I placed two graham crackers on top of the chocolate
- I tied the top with ribbon and added the favor tag
We had such a fun time celebrating Aiden. I really wouldn’t have changed a thing. Will you do a first birthday party? If so share your theme!