Hi Friends! We are celebrating Lumberjack style over here on Fawn Over Baby Blog! This sweet little birthday party in the woods is extra special as the guest of honor is our precious baby boy Haines! Yes, it has been a year already and what better way to distract myself from this bitter/sweet milestone than to dive into planning mode!
Like McKenzie's One Year Milestone Celebration, we decided to keep Haines's festivities small and for just our little family of four. It sort of became a tradition by accident. When McKenzie turned one, Ryan was away at training and was unable to come home for a birthday party. So we brought the party to him and scheduled an adorable Tea Party Photo Session in the town that was hosting his training. So this time around we did the same! We set up a fun party-like atmosphere and celebrated how grateful and smitten we are over our little LumberJack Haines!
When it came time to plan, my husband and I thought of having a picnic birthday breakfast. Of course, I had to take it a step further (more like 200 steps further) and throw a theme onto this wonderful picnic idea. Since his nursery design is an "outdoor" theme, I wanted to create a picnic party in keeping with that and set a stage that resembles the space he loves most - His Room!
With Lumberjack Buffalo Plaid Red as the anchor, I began pulling pices that brought a rough and rugged element. Just a few days prior, Hurricane Hermine came through our town and with that came a lot of fallen trees and tree limbs. My husband helped a co-worker cut down an old oak tree in his backyard before the storm hit and lucky me, it meant lots and lots of twigs, limbs, and tree stumps -Exactly what I needed to bring my vision to life! ( I never thought I would ever in my life be so excited over tree stumps!)
In keeping with our outdoor Logging/Lumberjack theme, I called upon Marcia from the amazing custom cookie shop here in town, Yaya's Sweets & Treets to create these adorable cookies that represented The Great Outdoors! These were so beautifully done, I was hesitant to let anyone touch them, much less eat them.
The Food Buffet consisted of yummy breakfast items and a few treats for the kiddos. We had breakfast Sausage "TIMBER LOGS", fresh mixed berries "BERRY PICKING", mini pancakes with maple syrup "FLAP JACKS" w/ "TREE SAP" & Graduates lil crunchies "CAMPFIRE FLAMES". We washed everything down with either apple juice "RIVER WATER" or chocolate milk "MUDDY PUDDLE".
The Cake I made the night before. I found cakes that look like tree stumps on Pinterest and thought what an awesome touch that would be to our party in the woods. So I melted caramel candies to ice the top of the cake and melted then refrigerated chocolate melts, broke them apart and used them as the outer shell of the cake to resemble bark. I used a toy moose and trees I found at Michaels as toppers.
Our little LumberJack enjoyed his morning feast full of fun, food and family!
I found a few clipart images online, printed them out and glued them to wooden dowels to create last minute photo booth props. Even though we didn't necessarily have a "Photo Booth", we had fun posing with the different silhouettes.
When it came time for Haines's 1st Birthday Present from Mommy and Daddy, I was excited to have found this adorable felt campfire set from the wonderful Shop, Three Wee Monkeys on Etsy. McKenzie had a ball making Pretend S'Mores and showing bubba how to roast the perfect marshmallow. Haines's mainly used these pieces as teething toys, however, I know he will be building his very own campfire on the floor of his bedroom someday very soon!
CAKE SMASH TIME!!!
We had such a wonderful morning celebrating our baby boy! Its moments like this that just make me want to hold my family even tighter, as I feel so blessed to be apart of this little tribe and look forward to more memorable moments ahead!