Lumberjack First Birthday Party

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!

This post is about Aiden's lumberjack first birthday party. Great printable, decor and food ideas for throwing a 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. They are sold out but here is a similar pair. I also love these Wobbly Waddlers especially if you have a walker. For the CUTEST buffalo plaid/lumberjack hat (I wish they had this for his birthday party) check out George Hats.

Of course, I couldn’t miss this opportunity to match Aiden so I found a Mama Bear shirt in a buffalo plaid print. I also love this option from River Babe Threads (Use BABYCASTAN for a discount). 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

  1. Blow the pictures up to about 1/2 of an 8.5×11 piece of paper so they are roughly all the same size
  2. Print and cut out the faces
  3. Make hats out of fun theme-appropriate paper
  4. Glue hats to faces
  5. 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.

This post is about Aiden's lumberjack first birthday party. Great printable, decor and food ideas for throwing a lumberjack first birthday party.

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!

Happy Birthday Aiden!

We also had a hot chocolate bar with optional rum which we picked up from a local distiller.

This post is about Aiden's lumberjack first birthday party. Great printable, decor and food ideas for throwing a lumberjack first birthday party.

Hot chocolate bar supplies

  • milk
  • hot chocolate
  • rum
  • candy cane (whole and crushed)
  • mini marshmallows
  • fluff

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
  • ribbon
  • graham crackers
  • marshmallows
  • chocolate bars
  1. I placed two graham crackers along the bottom of the bag
  2. I placed one-half of a chocolate bar on top of the grahams
  3.  I placed two marshmallows on top of the chocolate
  4. I placed the other half of the chocolate bar on the marshmallows
  5. I placed two graham crackers on top of the chocolate
  6. 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!

This post is about Aiden's lumberjack first birthday party. Great printable, decor and food ideas for throwing a lumberjack first birthday party.

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This post is about Aiden's lumberjack first birthday party. Great printable, decor and food ideas for throwing a lumberjack first birthday party.
This post is about Aiden's lumberjack first birthday party. Great printable, decor and food ideas for throwing a lumberjack first birthday party.
This post is about Aiden's lumberjack first birthday party. Great printable, decor and food ideas for throwing a lumberjack first birthday party.






About Melissa

Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to my baby Aiden Milo (born November 2015), and a police wife to my husband Dan. I started this blog because, after having Aiden, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the er-lovely (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Considering we may have more kids in the future, I want to document everything we do, so we remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!
  • Kate

    We just had a lumberjack themed first birthday party for my son, too. It was a blast! I love the banner you made with the hats on your son’s pictures!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Kate! The banner was my favorite thing. Happy first birthday to your little guy 🙂 The lumberjack theme is so popular right now, but I love how they are all a little different.

  • Jessica Bradshaw

    Oh my gosh! What a cute idea! We had a lumberjack couples shower for my brother, but I love the idea for the baby.

    • Melissa

      It’s such a versatile theme. You can really make it work for so many different types of parties!

  • Shela Yount

    What an awesome idea!!! We have a little boy who’s about to be two .. definitely considering this theme now! <3

    • Melissa

      Thank you Shela! I think it would be a great theme for a two year old! It’s so easy and casual and there is so much you can do with it :0)

  • Emily |

    What a unique theme for a birthday party!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Emily!

  • Heather

    This is such a cute birthday party theme! I love looking at others’ ideas for parties, as I’m currently planning my son’s second birthday (gasp, where did time go?!). Great inspiration!

    • Melissa

      Ahhh, it goes way too fast! I hope you can use some of these ideas 🙂

  • The decorations look incredible! Y’all did such a good job on every little detail.

    • Melissa

      Thank you Erica! It’s always the little details that make the biggest impact I think.

  • Kim Reed

    What a precious party idea!! Love all the details. Happy Birthday!

    • Melissa

      Thank you so much Kim!

  • Meg

    How stinking cute is this! And unique, too! Love the banner.

    • Melissa

      Thank you Meg!!

  • The Gilded Wife

    Oh my goodness! You nailed the theme and I’m going to have to steal that idea of the banner faces – adorable! Looks like he had a blast at his birthday party 🙂

    • Melissa

      I am obsessed with the banner LOL If you make one I would love to see pictures. I think it is so fun!

  • Babies to Bookworms

    This is adorable! What a cute theme! I love the table set up and the outfits!

    • Melissa

      Thank you so much! It was a ton of fun to shop for.

  • Shannon Marie

    Such a cute party! I love it!

    • Melissa

      Thank you Shannon 🙂

  • Oh my gosh that buffalo plaid hat banner. Adorable!

    • Melissa

      Thank you! That was my FAVORITE thing!

  • I love the idea of a lumberjack birthday party for a little boy! So sweet and such creative ideas here. I love the hot cocoa bar and the matching t-shirts. So cute and great job! Happy Birthday to your little one!

    • Melissa

      Thank you so much!

  • Such a fun birthday theme! Everything turned out wonderful! Also, I feel like we have the same kitchen. Dark counter tops, and cherry (at least it looks like cherry) cabinets. 🙂

    • Melissa

      Thank you! That’s funny about the kitchen lol you have great taste 😉

  • This is so amazing!! You did such a great job with all the DIY details — my fiance will totally want this for his birthday, lmao

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

    • Melissa

      Thank you! I think my husband would like it too actually haha

  • SO. STINKIN. CUTE. My little one is having his first birthday in March. This has got me thinking… 😀

    • Melissa

      You should do it! There are so many great things you can do to make it unique and it’s casual so there is no stress for things to be perfect.

  • Brittany

    So cute. I am obsessed with the red and black lumberjack print 🙂

    • Melissa

      Me too Brittany! That’s the only reason I picked “lumberjack” haha so I could have buffalo plaid EVERYTHING!

  • OMG, this is ADORABLE!!! The entire theme is just perfect, and I love all the colors and how it all just comes together. Great first birthday, for such a cute little guy! <3

    • Melissa

      Thank you so much Savannah! It was a lot of fun to put together.

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  • Awwww! How cute is that! That is such a cute and unique idea!

    • Melissa

      Thank you!

  • O.M.G! What a unique and adorable party theme! I’m struggling to figure out a theme for my daughter’s first b-day. Thankfully I have 4 and a bit months to figure it out 😉

    • Melissa

      It comes up quick and will be here before you know it 🙁 But you do still have some time! I bet you could find some great ideas on Pinterest!

  • What a fun and creative theme for a party! (& that photo garland is everything!! ha!)

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