E's Winter Woodland 1st Birthday Party

It says a lot that we are charging into summer, and I am now just posting about E's birthday party. That took place in January, you know, during winter. We had a simple little lunch for her birthday party, complete with soups and hot chocolate bar. We had a little kitchen explosion as the guests were arriving and an emergency car issue, so I was too flustered to get a ton of pictures. Thankfully E's personal photographer, aka my awesome sister, was able to catch a few snaps during it. 

I got alot of my decorations and such from Amazon and Oriental Trading Company. I wanted a lot of wood accents, so I got birch plates and napkins, along with birch paper straws. The utensils were all made of recycled wood. Those didn't go over as well as I would have liked. I got simple white soup/ice cream paper containers for the lunch items, and used gold metallic cups for those drinking cold drinks. 

The hot chocolate bar was a hit with a lot of the older kids who came to the party, as they liked experimenting with the different syrups and sauces. We have a Keurig, so I just got some hot chocolate pods for the machine. That way I wasn't constantly having to make a thing of hot chocolate. 

I choose simple decorations. I had some wood left over from when my father-in-law and husband took down a tree, so I used that as simple directions on tables. I got this really cute woodland animal set and placed those around the wood pieces. I used white and cream colored paper poofs over the food in the kitchen and the dining room table to represent snow (cheesy I know) I also grabbed a few picture frames with pictures of E over the year and placed those around. I did the same thing at her baptism party and people really enjoyed looking at the pictures of her. 

My saving grace was Minted. I am a member of their site, and they had sent an email about being able to use their online party invitations for free for a limited time. I snapped that up! I got a discount code for party supplies, and ordered a few tags, stickers, and this awesome banner that matched the theme perfectly. 

I was very tempted to do a yule log cake, but was rapidly running out of time (Mental note for next year- don't got out of town for a few days the week before the party) So one of my co-workers took a few ideas I had and made a tree cake for us. I got a letter E, and glued a metallic birch paper onto it and used that as a little decoration for the cake.  She had fun smashing the cake and trying to eat it. 

All in all, it was a great party and E had a great time (despite not having a nap) Check out my pinterest board for all of the decoration and supplies I used, as well as some other inspirations. I would highly suggest looking at the hot chocolate printables, as they are great!