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The Lumberjack birthday party theme is so much fun. We added Minnesota elements to this lumberjack first birthday party to add a unique touch and celebrate our home state. Read on for all the details.
Get ready to don your flannels and embrace the Northwoods charm because we’re about to throw the most adorable lumberjack first birthday party that even Paul Bunyan would be proud of!
Imagine a celebration where tiny lumberjacks roam, and the air is filled with the sweet scent of pine. Our little one is turning one, and we’re bringing the heart of Minnesota to the party – hotdish, cozy plaid blankets, and all.
So grab your boots, don your best “Uff da!” expressions, and join us in this rustic adventure as we celebrate our little lumberjack’s first year in true Minnesota style!
How this theme came to be
I had a lot of fun coming up with his theme. At first, I was thinking of doing a Caveman theme because we joke that he’s like Spot in The Good Dinosaur, but we just had a dinosaur 3rd birthday for my older son and it felt too similar.
So then I considered Where the Wild Things Are because I already created a ton of party decor items and it’s a super cute theme. (I was excited to finally use these at a WTWTA Baby Shower).
Finally, I settled on the Lumberjack theme. I realize that this theme is super popular right now, but there are so many fun ways to style it, that no two parties are alike.
Since we live in Minnesota, I thought it would be fun to incorporate the shape of the state, with trees, and of course, some red buffalo check plaid. I started with the invite and went from there.
Lumberjack First Birthday Party Invite
I tend to do Facebook Invites for most parties, but for special events like a first birthday, I love to send out a physical card in the mail.
Aside from holiday cards, most of the mail I receive is just junk! Delighting guests with a physical invite is always a nice surprise for them.
For this invite, I included a sweet photo on the back (he’s six months old here but who’s counting?)
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Lumberjack Birthday Dessert Table
I knew that I wanted a really fun focal point for the dessert table so I decided to put the cake and cupcakes on our console table in the living room.
This is on a skinny wall between our front door and hallway, but it was the perfect spot for a large backdrop.
When I picked it up and got it hung I cried happy tears. It seriously looked so amazing that I had it hanging in my home for weeks after the party. I couldn’t bear to take it down.
For the design, I did a huge state of Minnesota, which works well being a vertical state, and put the buffalo check pattern inside.
Then I took the same trees and icon from the invite and added the little sign right where Minneapolis is.
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Lumberjack First Birthday Party Cake + Cupcakes
I had his cake and smash cake baked at Target (SuperTarget’s here have bakeries) and they did a stellar job incorporating the theme.
I made the cute little topper using card stock and straws and stuck in some plastic trees to give some height to the cake.
Decor accents include a cute little Christmas truck from the Target dollar spot. So perfect! This little tree (similiar) was a great find to add to the decor.
I also love to serve cupcakes, because they are a great size for kids. I had Target whip some plain white ones up with a little dollop of green and stuck in some more plastic trees.
Lumberjack Birthday Brunch
We were planning to host a brunch party, something I hadn’t done before so I made a french toast bake the night before to keep things simple for the next morning.
We also picked up ribs from a local place — so yummy. Here’s the entire spread of food.
As you can see we also had bacon, yogurt and granola, a donut tower, and a Bloody Mary bar for the adults.
Mine had chalkboard labels on them, so I put out a chalkboard marker but the condensation wiped the names off quite a bit. I may have to figure that one out for future parties.
I found those little wood trees also in the Target dollar spot and glued those to the washi. I love how they turned out!
I will say, that I should have ordered napkins ahead of time. I ended up waiting last minute and Target didn’t have any large plain red napkins and I was out of time so I made due, even though they don’t really match (covers eyes with hands).
Lumberjack Hot Cocoa Bar
We also did a hot chocolate bar with some adult offerings. Being November in Minnesota, this was the perfect way to snuggle up during a crisp Fall day.
I loved this Red Hurricane Lantern so much that I bought two. They were super affordable, so why not?
High Chair Banner
I decorated my son’s high chair with a quick and easy paper banner as a festive spot for him to enjoy his smash cake.
All in all, this party was a huge success. You can throw a very put-together cohesive party without being a pro and without spending a fortune.
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