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Sam's Man Cub First Birthday

printsforevents By printsforevents  in Birthday


Party Recap

Our son, Sam was a huge baby and I immediately started thinking of him as a little bear cub. So when it came time to plan his first birthday, I knew that had to be the theme. I started by creating some watercolor illustrations of bears and foliage, which were used in the invitations and printed goods. I stuck with a mostly black and white color scheme for the party, and worked in brown and green foresty elements like hand-sawn wood logs (thanks handy husband!) a big, reclaimed wood sign above the dessert table, wooden crates, and eucalyptus garlands on the banquet table. I accented with copper elements including bakers twine, flatware, and picture frames.  I also wanted to have a bit of a wild, little boy feel so I worked in some tribal elements like feather garlands, tribal-print birthday hats, and a teepee for the kids to play in. My favorite element of the party was the banquet table. We had a big eucalyptus garland running down the center with little tea lights placed among the leaves. Each place setting had a cutlery pack with tags that read, "feed the bears." For drink cups, we used mason jars with bear paw tags attached. We served grilled chicken, corn, and potato salad for dinner. For dessert, guests chose from chocolate cake, bear paw cookies, ice cream jars, and fruit cones. Activities included: splashing in the creek, playing in the teepee, a scavenger hunt, corn hole, and of course, cake and presents. After the party guests were sent off with bags of s'mores trail mix and felt bear masks for the kids. We had so much fun at this party and I hope you enjoy the photos! I also used as much as possible from the handmade community. Check out the vendors for some amazing shops.

Invitations and printables: Prints For Events,
Party photography: Abbey Deerest Photography,
Eucalyptus garland: Fifty Flowers,
Bear masks: Sarmon Designs,
Birch straws: Eve's Party Market,
Copper cutlery: The Fulfilled Shop,
Sam's shirt: Loved By Hannah And Eli,
Sam's hat: Wild Trio,
Sam's moccasins: Monkey Feet USA,
Teepee: Inhabit Teepees,
Twig pencils: Crimson Hollow,


Party Highlights

  • What People Ate

    Grilled chicken, grilled corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, watermelon.

  • What People Drank

    Blueberry mint lemonade, iced tea, water.

  • Desserts

    Chocolate cake, bear paw cookies, ice cream jars, mixed berry fruit cones.

  • Party Favors

    S'mores trail mix

  • Activities / Games

    Scavenger hunt, Corn hole, splashing in the creek, playing in the teepee.


Party Helpers

  • Abbey Sargent



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