Last year we celebrated my twins’ first birthday with a Winter ONEderland since their birthday is in January – which turned out to be perfect as it ended up snowing that day here in Texas! This theme could be altered a bit to be used any time of the year – like making it camping theme in the summer. Since my twins are boy/girl, I tried to keep it fairly neutral, but you could really make this more girly or more boy depending on you child! My favorite part of their party decor was their cake I made. ….. HA! Like you really believed that.I did make these s’mores on a stick though. I know, I know, you are clearly just as impressed as if I made that cake. These are delicious and easy. Just dip marshmallows in melted chocolate, top with crumbled graham cracker, and stick a pretzel in them!I kept their smash cakes simple solid white which is my favorite for first birthday cakes as the icing photographs much better when it’s smeared all over them as opposed to bright reds, blues, etc.! Want to keep things easy? Have your local grocery store make these for you; I got ours at Kroger for $4 and topped with these wooden “one” signs. The little deer and bear are from Michaels in the toy section.I inflated large balloons from Hobby Lobby and attached a pretty floral garland from Michael’s to the string to make them prettier. This will definitely weigh down your balloon, so you can tape parts of the garland directly to the wall like I did.I kept all the snacks easy with pretzels as “twigs”, trail mix, and hershey kisses topped with a nilla wafer and morsel to make “acorns”. I also made bear, moose, and deer cookies and mixed various flavored teddy grahams together with a sign that said “Don’t feed the bears”.
I put everything in these wooden boxes I found at Michaels that I lined with wax paper just to be safe since they weren’t made to eat out of. The tree branch tags I wrote on are from Michael’s.The hanging foliage backdrop was also very easy to make. I stained a small wooden dowel and used string to hang dried eucalyptus and other greenery in a pattern.I purchased all the dried eucalyptus here and had lots left over to decorate around the table and throughout our home. (I also still have some used as decoration in our home, and it’s been over a year!)I created a fun photo backdrop for the guests and included these cute felt woodland animal masks as props. These would also be great party favors!I put these tassel garlands around their highchairs, and my girl’s floral crown can be found from one of my very favorite shops here. I had my little ones do a cake smash on their real birthday as well (which was a few days before their party) and had some printed to put up at the party. We just took these in our living room in front of a large window on a backdrop. My girl’s bib and tutu skirt can be found here and my boy’s linen overalls can be found here. The photo below is one of my very favorites and is still so fitting to their personalities a year later! This past year has gone by so fast and so slow at the same time, and I can’t believe I’m sitting here planning their second birthday!