My Son’s First Birthday – Outdoor Adventure Birthday Party
My son turned ONE in July! For his first birthday, I chose an Outdoor Adventure Birthday theme. I love entertaining and throwing parties, so putting together the party details was a lot of fun. I threw two parties for him, one with my side of the family and one with my husband’s side.
Here is a little sneak peek of the first party.
As my son’s 2nd birthday quickly approaches, I figured it was about time to post all the party and decoration details and reveal the pictures from his second 1st birthday party. 😉 Thank you for your patience.
Outdoor Adventure Birthday Theme
I loved the idea of an outdoor adventure theme for my boy. It fits our current life theme, Choosing Adventure, and it is the theme of my son’s bedroom in our new house. Read about our recent move here. (And stay tuned for his outdoor adventure room reveal in the upcoming months) When looking for party ideas and shopping, I made sure to buy decorations I could use for both parties, for future parties, and/or as decor in my house after the party. I don’t like spending a chunk of money only to throw everything away afterward.
Pinterest and Amazon are my go-to’s for searching party ideas. Starting with Pinterest, I saw and loved the trail mix snack bar idea. I was sold on the idea instantly. The trail mix snack bar was a perfect fit with the outdoor adventure theme, was great for little kids, was a lot of fun to create and was overall pretty easy and inexpensive to put together. After Pinterest, I looked on Amazon for color and decoration ideas, eventually deciding on a brown (dirt) and green (trees) color scheme to represent the outdoors.
Trail Mix Snack Bar
Now that I had the theme, color scheme and trail mix snack bar idea decided on, I was ready to put the remaining details together. I bought rustic galvanized buckets for the trail mix snacks, little plastic scoops for dishing up the snacks, and brown paper food trays to put the snacks in. I thought it would be fun to label the snacks, mainly for the look. Obviously, people know what Peanuts, Raisins, and Marshmallows look like. 🙂 I also bought a burlap coffee sack to set under the decorations to add texture and the rustic feel of the outdoor adventure birthday theme.
The trail mix snack bar, consisting of Goldfish crackers, Marshmallows, Peanuts, Raisins, and Peanut Butter M&Ms, provided snacks for both the kids and adults to munch on throughout the day into the evening and was a huge hit. Who doesn’t like Goldfish crackers? And Peanut Butter M&Ms (my favorite) for that matter? 😉
DIY Wood Crate Cupcake Stand
While searching for party ideas on Amazon, I saw this Wood 3 Tier Cupcake Stand. I love this! I had already decided to make cupcakes for the party and was looking for something to display them, but I couldn’t afford to buy this specific stand. So, I decided to be adventurous and create something similar using wood crates. Home adventures here we go. 🙂
This was very spontaneous of me. In the past, I may have entertained the idea but would have come up with multiple excuses why I couldn’t. No more excuses! And it helped that my husband was working a lot that week so I had to make it on my own instead of asking him to do it. 😉
I loved how it turned out. The height of the larger crate allowed me to display the cupcakes above the trail mix bar, which added height to the overall display, the stain color looks beautiful, and I used the crates to carry party items and decorations. And now I use the large crate for storage in my kitchen. This was definitely a victory in my book!
While searching Amazon I also found this Rustic Log Cake Stand. So cute! Maybe another time?!
These are the cupcakes I made for dessert which turned out to be my favorite party decoration. I mean – look at these – the wood grain cupcake cups and the decorative trees. So cute!
Take a look below to see the layout of the trail mix snack bar and overall party decorations at the second party. I love how it all turned out! 😀 And, how perfect that my sister-in-law has brown walls and a beautiful wood table to complement the theme. It was perfect. And speaking of complementing the outdoor adventure theme perfectly, wait until you see the picture below with the ski’s above my son as he is about to eat his first cupcake – also at my sister-in-law’s house. LOVE!!! 😀
We were going to order pizza for dinner to keep it simple, but my husband, who is the cook in the family, decided to BBQ ribs. He made delicious BBQ ribs paired with the bagged Kale salad from Costco. And to top off the night, my sister-in-law’s neighbor brought crab to share. Yummy!!
The party details all came together perfectly and the party was a blast!
Birthday Party Shopping List:
Here are links to the items or similar items I bought for the parties. Happy Shopping!
Thank you for joining me at my son’s birthday party. Please leave a comment if you have questions or want additional information.
To many more outdoor and birthday adventures,
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