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.

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.).

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!

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.

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!

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!

 

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).

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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My best friend, Photography from Eileen, outdid herself once again with Luca’s one year photo shoot. Here’s a look at his woodland style Wild One cake smash and lifestyle session.

But first…CAKE! And a special shout out to my mama for making this little birch beauty.

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“Clean up clean up everybody everywhere, clean up clean up everybody do your share!” Luca loved the cake, if you can’t tell. Game on in the sweets department. Once you start these kids they don’t want to stop. Well, neither do I. So, I think I’ll be feeding him straight broccoli for the next several meals.

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Thank you again Auntie EE {Photograpy From Eileen} for sharing your beautiful gift with us, once again!

Happy birthday, Luca! We love you more than words can say!

“Fearfully and ONE-derfully made.” Psalm 139:14

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.

Rocco’s friends all met us at the 3o3 hockey and training center to skate and practice their slap shots.

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His dad’s buddy that works at the 3o3 rink set up the full hockey experience by stacking pucks just like the pro’s and all!

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We even snuck in a team pic before heading over to the concession stand back at our house.

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The party room included red, white, blue and black hockey gear.

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Each player found their spot with a puck name tag on their straw. I found these in store at Hobby Lobby. They weren’t specifically made for a hockey themed party, but when I spotted them they were the perfect fit!

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The cake was an all vanilla (Rocco’s request) custom ice cream cake from Dairy Queen. I ordered the hockey guys topper online. Stacked pucks made the perfect cake platter!

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Since there wasn’t any of the delicious cookie fudge inside the ice cream cake, Oreo pucks made a great mix-in.

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The marshmallows on the bottom right were homemade and super easy! I just bought some Ghirardelli white cholocate candy making chips,  dipped one side of the marshmallow in the melted chocolate, then dipped it in red sprinkles and let them harden for a few hours. Rocco loves marshmallows so much that he could eat an entire bag if I let him. This was a fun and festive way to add an extra sweet little treat to the concession stand. You could coordinate these to match any event. Slide them onto a stir stick for a hot cocoa treat. Dip them in gold sprinkles for a New Years Eve partie or rainbow sprinkles for Valentines day, you name it!

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Once the referee blew the whistle at the end of the game (I mean when the mama’s said their sugar head was ready for bed), each player got to take home a referee style party favor bag.

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I designed the Hockey Tic Tac Toe game, that went along with a hockey stick pencil, temporary tattoo and lolly pop. The coloring sheets at restaurants have made Rocco a huge tic-tac-to fan! If you have one too, download this free template.

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Now onto the next December event…

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Merry Christmas and Happy Hockeydays!

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A boho-inspired one year photoshoot: feathers + fringe

Wishing my very special ONE-year-old niece a very happy birthday today! I cannot believe a year has flown by since this sweet girl was born. I love her more everyday! A few weeks ago I had fun setting up boho-inspired one year photos that her mama dreamt up. It was the perfect summer night with the sun beaming through the trees and I was able to catch this cute little hippie girl’s spunky and sweet personality in action (biting mosquitos and all)! The girl knows how to get the job done at her shoots, what can I say? #babygirlmodel

Here’s a peak at this beautiful baby girl’s session (featuring her handsome daddy and gorgeous mama)…

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Happy first birthday, my Kiki girl! I can’t wait to watch you learn to walk and talk this year and I know God has great plans in store for you this year and beyond! Your auntie loves you very much!!!

“He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.” – Psalm 91:4