Boy Green's 1st Birthday Party

Now that he’s officially a year old, I guess I can’t refer to him as “Baby Boy Green” anymore. (All photos in this post by Beth Furgurson Photography)

boy green

While this is not my typical design post, throwing any party certainly has its own design elements involved, so I wanted to share a few pictures from Boy Green’s 1st birthday party.  Between Pinterest and Etsy, there are so many options for creating adorable children’s parties.  Since he is only 1, I tried to restrain myself and not go too over the top, but I found a few cute things that I couldn’t resist.  We chose to do a woodland theme for the party and it all started with this adorable invitation from Tiny Fox Print Shop on Etsy.

woodland invitation

I loved the hipster woodland animals!

I created this Welcome sign for our front door.  The cross-section of wood is from Michael’s, I painted the letters, and the adorable owls are from the same shop (The Happy Star on Etsy) where we purchased the animals for his mobile.  (Kristen was once again great to work with and was happy to accommodate my custom order!)

woodland welcome sign

The chest by our front door held a framed copy of the invitation, the picture below, an owl stuffed animal that was a baby shower gift, owl birthday glasses, and the goodie bags.

woodland welcome table

I wanted to recreate one of his newborn pictures that Beth did for us.  Our hydrangeas didn’t bloom nearly as beautifully as they did last year, but we were still able to get some fun pictures.

newborn to 1 year

The goodie bags were a last minute detail.  I used brown paper lunch bags, decorated them with woodland stickers and stamps, and closed them with fox and owl mini clothespins from Michael’s.  Inside the goodie bags was a laminated picture of Boy Green on the trunk along with two woodland magnets from Cherry Cute on Etsy.

woodland gift bags

woodland magnets

From the mantel, using the same fox and owl mini clothespins, I hung each of his month pictures.  Everyone enjoyed looking at those and seeing the progression from month to month.  I also included a few other pictures and his name sign that is on the door to his room.  Do you see the sign that my sister and brother-in-law’s little boy made for Boy Green?  He is 5, and is such a great big “cousin-brother,” as he calls them!

birthday mantel

month pictures

We had the party in the afternoon, so we didn’t need a big spread of food, but we did want to have a few snacks for our guests.  Not all of the food followed the theme, but I picked a few things I thought were cute.  We had two trail mix options (I loved those mini easels – from Michael’s!).

woodland birthday snacks

Chocolate peanut butter acorns…these were super easy to make and really yummy! (mini Nutter Butters, Hershey’s Kisses, mini chocolate chips, and melted chocolate chips to ‘glue’ each piece together)

chocolate peanut butter acorns

We also made these owl crackers (big round crackers, cream cheese, slivered almonds, Ritz Bits, and craisins).

owl crackers

And last but certainly not least…the cake, from Shyndigz!  The cake toppers are from Mia Sophias on Etsy, and the gnome and mushrooms are again from Kristen at The Happy Star.

woodland birthday cake

The big cake was for the guests, and we baked a small smash cake just for Boy Green.

1st birthday smash cake

I‘d say he loved it :)!

eating cake

We had a great day celebrating with friends and family.  It is hard to believe that he is 1 already!

Green family

(Boy Green’s adorable owl shirt is from Isaac Original Designs on Etsy.)

Why don’t we reveal Boy Green’s name?  I read many blogs where the bloggers use their children’s names on the blog.  While I personally know many of you who read my blog, the internet is vast and there are many new people who visit my site.  Most of my visitors are friendly and are truly interested in a design or project I have done; however, others are not.  For the sake of his privacy and protection, Andrew and I have decided to keep his name off of the blog for now.

Cathy Green Interiors monogram