A woodland Wild One birthday party: details + free printables

From Luca’s cake smash photo shoot  last week to his birthday party this past weekend, we are all a bit pooped over here. Big brother Rocco might be feeling it the most as he shared in all the excitement {and extra sugar} with his little bro. The party was a success and Luca was definitely celebrated and loved on! Here’s a look at his woodland style Wild One first birthday party.

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This time around I made planning easier on myself and simplified a bit more than Rocco’s first birthday party. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely still sprinkled in special details. I just did it in a more efficient and budget-friendly way, like making the black and white invitations myself, incorporating things on hand like decor from Luca’s woodland nursery and refraining from personalizing every single little thing (no labeled water bottles, etc.).

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Also, thanks to my mom I was able to include some quality reusable items like the table runner and pillow she made with fabric from the local craft store. They are so cute!

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Many mama’s take monthly photos of their cubs and I love the idea of incorporating them into first birthday parties. It’s so much fun to relive that first year of crazy growth at a glance.

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Another one of my favorite quick and easy party details was the “Wild Paw-corn” with coordinating sprinkles. Plus, it tasted just as good as it looked! It’s officially my new go-to party treat since you can coordinate the sprinkles to match any theme and it looks so pretty in a glass bowl. Here’s the recipe I put my own spin (and name) on from Pinterest. You gotta try it!

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The only thing I needed to assemble was the favor bags (above), which were super easy! I picked up small craft paper bags, filled them with two Girl Scout S’mores cookies and sealed them with pre-printed stickers from Etsy.

These 4×6 black and white printables I designed and framed were a fun and easy way to fill space. I made generic versions to share with you, if you’d like to do the same (see links below). Enjoy!

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Free 4×6 Woodland Wild Ones printables:

Wild One
Fearfully & One-derfully Made
Let’s Get Wild
I’m 1 Let’s Party!
Be Brave Little ONE
Thank You notecard

Luca said let’s party and we did! Now it’s time for a bit of hibernation (wink).

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Luca is ONE: a woodland wild one cake smash + lifestyle session

Well, that was a quick year! Our little Luca boy turned one this past week. Even amongst the joys and challenges of transitioning to two in our crew, the year definitely flew! We could not be more in love with our sweet and silly little stinker. I think everyone in his life would agree that he brings us all so much light!

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Score, Rocco is 4: Hockey Birthday Party: skating + concession snacks

Four years fly when you’re raising an energetic little guy! Our little hockey lover, Rocco, requested a hockey birthday party this year. We didn’t do a big one with friends last year, so we thought we would pick it up a notch this year. Besides the fact that I truly enjoy planning parties, he’s getting old enough now to really appreciate it, which makes it even more fun. It was actually pretty easy too, since we had a lot of the hockey decor on hand from his bedroom and toy collection. Here’s a look at Rocco’s “score, I’m 4!” birthday party.

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Our dining room redesign with a modern mix: white + warm

Like many first time home builders, when we moved into our house three and a half years ago we didn’t have the extra funds to fill every room. And even if we would have, I learned my lesson on impulse decor decisions with our first home. Don’t do it! Therefore, our current dining room remained pretty bare the last four years. As much as it drove me nuts to stare at the big blank grey walls, I appreciate the time we spent getting acquainted with the space. It really helped us figure out the direction we wanted to go with custom designs and decor.

I love both giving and receiving inspiration, especially when it comes to home design. So, for the love of sharing here’s a look at before and after our dining room redesign.

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My goal was to create a modern yet warm and inviting, bright and cozy space for family dinners and entertaining. This fall we were able to see our dining room dreams come to fruition. I’m extra grateful that we completed it in time to host Thanksgiving this year. Just as long as no one breaks out in a pumpkin pie fight on my fresh white walls (wink)!

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We updated the space with a DIY faux white brick wall, reclaimed wood dining table, super affordable white eiffel style chairs, and a custom dry bar by Franklin Builders.

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Baby boy fashion alert: keepin’ it comfy + keepin’ it real

Our littlest man, Luca, is almost nine months old! I cannot believe I’ll be planning his first birthday in just a few short months. It’s like they say, “the days are long and the years are short,” right mama’s?

In the meantime, we are having so much fun learning all about him! Luca is an observer, yet he will make his voice heard, especially when trying to keep up with his big bro. He’s not super ticklish, but when you catch the right spot he has a hilarious love/hate to be tickled laugh. Our little love is a snuggler, but is also on the move crawling and climbing to stand on ev-er-y-thing.

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