When we found out that our first baby was a boy, I proceeded to do two things: bought a baby blue rug for the currently neutral nursery, and began scouting first birthday party themes.
I can’t explain why, but for some reason I had just always looked forward to planning birthday parties. Maybe it’s because I love a good theme. Or perhaps it’s because first birthday parties are so dang cute. Either way, it was way more fun than planning my wedding. And much cuter.
For the theme, I knew I wanted something cute, yet not cartooney; sweet, with a touch of sentiment. And of course, a theme that fit a warm summer day in the backyard.
Cue, the Hundred Acre Woods.
I had come across some quotes from the classic Winnie the Pooh stories that sweetly summed up how I felt about my little bear. And the outdoor/woodland theme was something that I could really stretch in terms of decor and food.
We have a brewing tradition in our family, ever since my husband started brewing his own beer a few years ago. He’s usually done beer, although seeing as this blend was inspired by Cameron, he went with a honey root beer instead. And also with tradition, I made the labels.
The food was really fun, as I had so much to work with. The party was between lunch and dinner, so I just needed to provide some finger snacks. I used a little bear cookie cutter to cut out some sandwiches which I made with local jellies, almond butter and honey.
That brings me to my table. You know when you’re pinning ideas for an event, or even a craft or dinner idea for that matter, and you know that no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to make your stuff look THAT good? My table was my personal exception. I loved it. I may have taken more photos of it than my son. It was exactly how I had pictured it — “piglets” in a blanket, wood serving platters made from an abandoned log by my father in law, adorable wood card holders, my honeybee cake, and a burlap banner adorned with Cameron’s name. I even threw a faux moss runner on the table to give it a little more woodsey feel.
As fun as the decor and other only-adults-would-appreciate items were to create, I wanted to make sure that the party remained about my little one-year-old. Cameron loves books, so I had all the guests write a special note in a friendship book for him. The book had a sweet classic Pooh quote on each page, so the guests were able to write their message to him alongside it. I know it’s something we’ll both treasure (but for now, it’s hidden as he’s a tornado of destruction).
I loved everything about the party, and once I get some time, I plan on weaving some of the decorations into Cameron’s room now that he’s transitioning from sweet baby nursery into spunky little boy. More photos and sources below!
Root beer labels: Designed by me, blank labels from Amazon
Hunny flower centerpieces: Flower pots from Target, painted by me
Hive cake mold: Amazon
Pooh quote frames: Homegoods
Pooh’s Friendship Book: Amazon
Bee cupcake toppers: Amazon
Classic Pooh stuffed bear: Amazon
Bees on lanterns (I just hot glued them on): Amazon
Wood sign for keg: Amazon
Wood place cards/menu holders: Amazon
Rustic paper straws: Amazon