Little Lumberjack Birthday Party | Emerson’s First Birthday
To be honest, I didn’t put much thought into Emerson’s Birthday Party theme. I knew awhile ago that I wanted to do something fairly inexpensive & easy so a Little Lumberjack Birthday Party was obvious since we already owned 90% of the decorations. Yayyy! 🙂 Our Christmas decorations totally stayed up much longer than I’d care to admit due to the overlapping use of décor. Faux pine trees, lanterns, plaid fabric, wood slices, some kraft paper, and a little DIY was all it took for this whole party to come together.
For his Little Lumberjack Birthday Party Invitation, I knew I wanted to use these fun string & button envelopes while keeping the invitation itself pretty simple. I used bold typography, a splash of red, simple lumberjack icons, and a birch overlay background. A buffalo plaid check covered the entire back of the invitation. I definitely wanted to use this cozy pattern throughout all of the lumberjack décor.
As I previously mentioned, the majority of the decorations for Emerson’s Little Lumberjack Birthday Party we had already owned. I used kraft paper, which was leftover from Brent’s birthday party, as table runners. We dusted off our rustic lanterns that sit on our patio in the summer and placed them on wooden slabs as our centerpieces. I saved tin cans over the weeks, peeled off the labels, and tied a piece of buffalo plaid fabric around them. Easy peasy! Lastly, when my husband wasn’t looking, I snipped off a few pine tree branches to finish them off.
For the Little Lumberjack Birthday Party table display, I created a kraft garland banner using the same font from Emerson’s birthday invitations + buffalo plaid tape. I searched high and low for buffalo plaid tape, and finally found some but wasn’t willing to pay $15 for tape I’d never use again. I debated for days whether to make that purchase, then it finally hit me: make my own! I used the same buffalo plaid pattern I used on the invitations and just printed a huge sheet of that pattern onto sticker paper. Yayyy, another win! For the cupcake toppers, I cut birch straws and tied some buffalo plaid fabric around them and for the other cupcake toppers, I hand-made little foil axes. Out of alllll of the decorations, those bad boys took the longest. Oye. Lastly, little pinecones were splashed around the tables as fillers; I scored them just days after Christmas at 75% off!
For the place setting decorations, I took mini kraft paper bags, which I already owned, and stuffed them with napkins and cutlery, even cute birch straws! I wanted to add a bit of color, so I added buffalo plaid “tape” to the front. I put together a few lumberjack favor bags for the kiddos that attended, which included Golden Grahams, Mini Marshmallows, and Chocolate Chips. They were a hit for kids of all ages 🙂
I created a Birthday Poster with Emerson’s First Birthday accomplishments. And probably my most favorite part of the entire party, a poster of his monthly pictures. I printed off every monthly picture I had taken and “taped” them up to a chalkboard table runner paper that was leftover from Brent’s party. I chalked “How I’ve Grown” and a heart in the 12 month spot since this party was before his first birthday 🙂 I wasn’t even going to do this poster; it was a total last-minute addition, but I am SO GLAD I did. It turned out better than I thought it was going to. I had full intentions of just tossing it after the party but it turned out that cute, it is now hanging up in Emerson’s room <3
Those monthly pictures were super tough to do as the months went on. Not only did he refuse to lay on his back past 8 months, he was all about putting that monthly sticker in his mouth. The last few pieces of the decorations consisted of his highchair banner and birthday hat. Emerson wasn’t too sure what to make of that cupcake. But don’t let that fool you, he’s not shy when it comes to food! I got his plaid shirt from Old Navy, and the suspenders are from H&M last summer; we also used them for his 6 month pictures 🙂
Lastly, I had a lot of kraft cutlery bags leftover from the place settings, and I wanted to use them somehow—I felt just horrible throwing something so cute away. So I thought I could incorporate them as “sleeves” for the Thank You Cards. I coordinated the birthday cards with red envelopes and Johnny Cash stamps. Fun Fact: Did you know that Johnny Cash has a song called, “Lumberjack“? Coincidence??! 😉
There you have it, Emerson’s Little Lumberjack Birthday Party is in the books! The whole day was a whirlwind. A bit overwhelming for mom and for Emerson, but it was so great to be surrounded by people who care so much for the little guy. He really is lucky to have so much love & support in his life. He’s blessed; we are blessed <3 <3 <3