Ike’s first birthday party was themed after the Maurice Sendak book “Where the Wild Things Are“. Isaac and I were both fans of this book as children, and the character Max in the book suits Ike just perfectly. Don’t you?
Gabby and I had a little photo shoot with the wild thing a few weeks before the party. We took some of his best shots and added a 4×6 photo to the favor bags.
Planning the party was somewhat bittersweet. It was fun to plan all the details of such a fun theme, but it did force me to face the reality that my baby was growing up.
A lot of the details for the party were handmade, courtesy of Pinterest. Follow insearchofthe25thhour on pinterest for the full details. But here are some of my favorites.
The favor bags. These are cotton muslin bags that I used an iron-on shirt transfer to put the image from the book’s cover on.
Inside the bag is a small bottle of bubbles, rock-shaped chocolate candy, and a photo of Ike in his Max costume.
Book Art. I used dollar store frames and printed images from the books to display notes about the party scapes.
The ones I used read:
Now Stop! Be Still! Please Take a Moment to Sign Ike’s Book
Oh Please Don’t Go! We’ll Eat You Up We Love You So
Then All Around From Away Across the World He Smelled Good Things to Eat
The paper tree forest. Gabby helped out with this one A LOT. Hanging paper balls from the ceiling and green streamer “vines” from the cabinets. Gigi and I puffed the balls and opened the fans.
All of these decorating items were purchased from a party supply store except the leaves, which were cut from construction paper.
Fruit Boats. These were construction paper sails, little food trays, and kebab skewers. They were filled with red and yellow fruits, we used watermelon, red grapes, strawberries, and some pineapple.
Crown sandwiches. These may be my favorites. I used this cookie cutter to make the shapes and filled the sandwiches with chicken salad.
Some of the other tasty treats from the party included:
- A Cheese Ball
- Pasta Salad
- Mexican Rice (Ike’s fav)
- Fried Chicken
- Green “Monster” Punch
- Crown Frosted Rice Krispie Treats (thank you Dori!)
- And CAKE of course there was CAKE!
The cakes were purchased in Indiana at a local bakery. The smash cake was the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. It got Ike super messy though with all the black icing. I loved it!
The full sized cake.
Ike’s smash cake. And his “I am one!” banner, purchased on etsy.
In place of a traditional guest book, we asked Ike’s guests to sign a copy of “Where the Wild Things Are” for him to keep as a memory of his first birthday. The little messages turned out really cute and I am glad he will have this memento.
Gigi found the two little boats to use as decoration during the party.
Gigi also had this fathead made, of my fatheaded baby. I love it! We took it home. I think Ike would like to display it in his room when he is a teenager. We used this as a photo drop for the guests.
The wild rumpus sign over the highchair was also purchased from etsy.
I had a “decorate your own crown” activity using paper crowns and colored pencils. I found some pencils that were shaped like tree limbs at World Market.
We used an existing mirror to display Ike’s monthly photos. It made me a little teary-eyed to see my baby growing up before my eyes.
Finally, the guest of honor. I knew that the max costume would be a bit much for an endless family party, so I bought him this simple onesie that declared him “King of all the Wild Things”. Also purchased on etsy.
There you have it. Ike’s birthday party looking picture perfect to be archived forever and ever as the day that mommy was amazing. Ha! Thank you to everyone who kept me sane and helped out with this. I will have to post some of the actual party happenings in a separate post.
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- Marvelous Monday Link Party.
- Weekend Wind Down Link party
- Happiness is Homemade
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