If there’s anything that makes my heart pitter-patter, it’s a good theme party. (Besides you, dear husband.)
And it’s been far too long since I’ve thrown one.
The reason you haven’t heard from me in the last week is I was busy planning a Lumberjack Party to celebrate Moose’s birthday with friends. TIIIIMBER!!!!
Today I’ll share decorations and I’ll follow-up with a post on the Lumberjack Dinner Party menu.
This was the largest sit-down dinner party we’ve had in this house so far – our new record to beat is 11 people at our dining room table. For a general theme I was shooting for woodsy, rugged fun! Every good party centers around food. So the dining room was the first place I started.
Instead of a formal, fancy centerpiece, I created a meandering trail of center “items”. Some of those things included: Ikea Lanterns + pinecones, my Coffee Can Centerpiece with Rhody leaves, green wine bottles with red berries (Michael’s), white candlesticks and birch tree tealight holders (from my Mom – borrowing is a beautiful thing). I laid down 2 yards of green buffalo plaid flannel from Joann Fabrics as a runner.
For the place settings I used woven chargers (Pier 1) with my yellow everyday dishes and red napkins. The adorable mason jar glasses were favors from my cousin’s wedding. The heart is made from chalkboard paper! I added some adorable red striped straws that I bought from Amazon a while ago.
The sideboard in the dining room was where the “Toppings Bar” was located. The Nearly No-Sew Autumn Bunting
has been hanging there since the fall, and the “runner” was made of plaid wrapping paper from the Dollar Store. I added some natural colored raffia (to look like wood shavings) and pinecones.
I should just write my Mom’s name all over this post. The hilariously appropriate “Got Moose?” napkins were also a gift from her! She found them at Marshall’s. She was a key part of this party theme coming together!
Of course the graphic designer inside of me couldn’t help myself – I made labels for all the toppings and desserts and stuck them with toothpicks. I used the font “Tall, Dark and Handsome” for all print materials for the party. It’s a free download from DaFont.
The “Timber!” sign was made from wrapping paper and drawn on with chalk. I also strung red and black streamers throughout the house (also from the Dollar Store). The ADORABLE cake stand was borrowed from my friend Heidi. She had the cutest “gnome” birthday party and lent it to me!
For the “S’mores-on-a-Stick” holder I put my dear Moose birthday boy to work. I chose a perfectly shaped log from our stockpile and he drilled dozens of holes in it to place the s’more sticks in.
And… I couldn’t help myself. I made more cupcake flags.
They had woodsy phrases on them, like: “Hey There Lumberjack”, “Moose”, “Timber” and “Happy Birthday”.
In the hallway I hung the remainder of the red plaid wrapping paper and made a little photo station. I bought some felt rectangles from Joann Fabrics and cut out beards and mustaches. How can one be a Lumberjack without a massive amount of grizzly facial hair? And of course there was lots of plaid, flannel, Carhartt and Lumberjack Hats to be had.
Don’t mind the cut-off heads.
For the mantle I used some wooden trees (borrowed from my Mom – so I don’t know where they are from, sorry!), built a few log cabins out of Lincoln Logs and added raffia and pinecones.
The bunting is the same I used at Christmas. It’s made from burlap.
We had an AWESOME time with friends. Happy Birthday Moose!
I’ll be back later with food details – YUM, YUM, YUM!