Crafts & DIY

Harper’s 1st Woodland-Themed Birthday Party

Woodland. Everything Woodland. Zulily, stop reading my mind already. I knew this would be Harper’s theme the moment I found out I was pregnant. Foxes and owls. Owls and foxes. How could I resist?

Soon I’ll be sharing on the blog how Eric and I designed, DIYed and decorated Harper’s Woodland Nursery; but today, I’m sharing her woodland-themed 1st birthday!

1st Woodland Birthday Party Ideas

(I used these chalkboard markers for the above project)


First things first: The Invite! I ordered the invites from Bloomberry Designs on Etsy and printed them at OfficeMax. Last I checked the shop was taking a short break, but hopefully will be back soon!

1st Woodland Birthday Party Ideas


Now for the crafts. Pinterest, I love you. But you already knew that, didn’t you? Check out these adorable Honeycomb Owls below. Not only was this craft super inexpensive, it was also super easy. I got the honeycomb balls at Michael’s on sale for 79 cents. 79 CENTS. I cut the nose and ears out of a sheet of craft foam and taped them on. And then googly eyes to top it off, obv.

1st Woodland Birthday Party Ideas


The Door Wreath I made with scrapbook paper, a gluestick, some cardboard, and ribbon. Yep. That easy. I printed out Harper’s monthly pictures and just mounted them on scrapbook paper. I attached the pictures to each other with glue and then reinforced the back with some cut-up pieces of cardboard glued on. Attach a cute ribbon at the top to hang it up. Done!

1st Woodland Birthday Party Ideas

Here’s the wreath hanging on our front door for the guests to see as they entered (the fox and owl flower pots are from Home Depot).

1st Woodland Birthday Party Ideas


Are you ready for this next one? The “ONE” Banner. The burlap bunting was also on sale for 79 cents at Michael’s. The tassels were 1.99. The stickers I already had. LIKE A BOSS. Needless to say, this craft was also super cheap and super easy, #winning.

1st Woodland Birthday Party Ideas


This “craft” was probably my favorite. Cupcake Owls. Enough said. Huge thankyous go out to Eric’s mom and aunt for making these a reality. We took some shortcuts and used store-bought cupcakes, Oreos, and M&Ms. My top priority was to make Harper her own healthy birthday cake from scratch, the cupcakes were meant more as a fun project for the guests. If you have the time, or the room in your party budget, you could definitely sub homemade or healthier store-bought cupcakes, Newman O’s, and SunDrop Candies.

1st Woodland Birthday Party Ideas


And now for the Favors. I ordered the tags from ThePrettyPaperStudio on Etsy and then printed them. Snagged a package of cellophane treat bags at Michael’s for about 4 bucks. The night before the party I put my friends to work stuffing the bags with marshmallows, Hershey’s bars and graham crackers. (Note: you could definitely do a healthier version with marshmallows from Whole Foods and Whole Foods 365 Organic Graham Crackers). Since this was a 1st birthday, the treats were really for the adults :).

1st Woodland Birthday Party Ideas

For Harper’s Healthy (and delicious!) Smash Cake Recipe & Photoshoot click here.

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Did you do a theme for your little one’s 1st birthday? What kind of crafts/projects did you do? Let’s get some ideas out there for our fellow moms! 

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  • Mommy Little
    September 8, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    This is seriously SO adorable. Great job!

    And I love the s’mores favors, that is so clever!

    • Marla
      September 8, 2016 at 8:17 PM

      Thank you so much!

  • Onlygirl4boyz
    September 8, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Such a cute idea! Looks like a lot of fun! Good job mama!

    • Marla
      September 8, 2016 at 8:18 PM

      Thank you!!

  • Baby Castan On Board
    September 8, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    I am planning a woodland theme for my little guys first birthday in November. Thank you for sharing your great ideas.

    • Marla
      September 8, 2016 at 8:29 PM

      No problem! Definitely check out those shops on Etsy – the stuff I ordered you can also get themed for a boy!

  • sayhellonature
    September 9, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Aww, I love it! This is such a cute theme. Keeping this in mind for our little girl’s birthday parties!

    • Marla
      September 10, 2016 at 12:48 PM

      Thank you! We are woodland-obsessed around here 🙂