06 Nov

REAL PARTIES: “Wild Rumpus” Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

Today’s Real Party feature looks like so much fun! It’s a “Wild Rumpus” Birthday that Kristen Gau created to celebrate the milestone first birthday of her (super adorable!) son Henry.

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

Inspired by the colors of autumn and the Where the Wild Things Are book & movie, this party is packed with creative ideas! Read on for lots more pics & all the details, as told by Kristen…

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

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“My husband and I love reading Where the Wild Things Are to our son Henry and are have been a bit overly excited about the movie. Months ago when we learned the movie would be released one week before Henry’s first birthday, we decided a Wild Rumpus would be the perfect party theme!

My first inclination was to do a jungle atmosphere incorporating Max and the Wild Things, but the beautiful autumn colors here in the Midwest and close proximity to Halloween inspired me to give the “jungle” an autumn twist.

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

I designed the invitations in an orange, yellow and black, then made a pennant banner and door sign to match.

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

I coordinated the orange color in the printed elements to Paper Source’s papaya envelopes and used a roll of papaya wrapping paper as a table runner for the food table.

I also used my large collection of Paper Source die cut leaves to decorate the “trees“, which were fallen limbs that I spray painted black.

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

To bring in more elements of the book I found Where The Wild Things Are plush dolls from Crocodile Creek and boxed puzzles for the kiddies at Mudpuppy.

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

Food:
We had fruit cups and cheese sticks for the little ones and “grown up” kid food for the adults such as mac and cheese, gourmet grilled cheeses and pb&j sandwiches, tomato soup, apple slices and popcorn balls.

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

For the table I found some cute, colorful first birthday plates at Target and ordered the BEAUTIFUL mini cake and cupcakes from a local shop, The Cakery.

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

Henry loved his cupcake and got icing all over himself as every one year old should.

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

Party Favors: Oh Henry Bars, orange fangs, and crowns!

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

Henry’s Wild Thing onesie and Max costume were handmade by sellers on Etsy and I sewed the crown and bib.

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

My husband designed and built “Max’s private boat” that fits over the top of Henry’s new red wagon. We plan to pull our little Wild Thing around in the boat for trick or treating.

REAL PARTIES: Wild Rumpus Birthday

We had a perfect day for the party and enjoyed celebrating our little man’s first birthday with our family and friends. Even though Henry will likely not remember his first birthday, I wanted to make it special and it will be a memory I will always treasure.”

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Everything turned out SO CUTE, Kristen! Thanks for the party inspiration!

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42Comments

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Stephanie Miller SAYS:

This is the cutest party I’ve ever seen! And I’m not biased at all since I’m doing the same thing for my son’s 4th birthday in December. ;) Thanks for all the ideas and adorable pictures!

Reply November 6, 2009 at 10:55 am

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Kristy SAYS:

What a Perfect Party Kristen! Every detail is amazing. Your son is gorgeous!
The cake was so sweet and perfect. It tugged at my heart thinking about the book and how much my on little boys love hearing about when he sails away….
The OH HENRY bars are such a clever idea!
Beautiful party. Thanks for sharing.

Reply November 6, 2009 at 11:11 am

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Linda Harrison SAYS:

SUPER cute!! LOVE the theme!

Reply November 6, 2009 at 11:13 am

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Suburban Princess SAYS:

Wonderful! I love all of the little touches!

Reply November 6, 2009 at 11:36 am

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Tia Jones SAYS:

This is so adorable. My son’s class had a Where the Wild Things Are Party last week. We could have used some of these ideas. Well done.

Reply November 6, 2009 at 12:33 pm

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amber SAYS:

So cute! Where did you get the plastic utensil holders shown in the photo before the cupcakes?

Reply November 6, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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darlene SAYS:

Please post where you bought the utensil holders. Great party!

Reply November 6, 2009 at 1:25 pm

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Rachel SAYS:

That is seriously the cutest birthday party I have ever seen. and love the theme! of course.

Reply November 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm

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Donna SAYS:

Gorgeous! The details are fantastic. What a happy boy you have.

Reply November 6, 2009 at 1:48 pm

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Kristen SAYS:

Thanks for all the sweet comments everyone! It was so much fun to have a party for our little guy.

Amber and Darlene, the utensil holders were from Target a couple years ago. They were a lucky find and come in handy at almost any party, unfortunately I’ve searched online and haven’t seen anything like it since.

Reply November 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm

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Heidi Snyder SAYS:

I would love to have exact party for my son!!

Reply November 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm

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Gwen SAYS:

This is such an adorable party. Love your attention to all the details!

Reply November 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm

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Lisa Cabanes SAYS:

‘Where the Wild Things Are” was one of my very favorite books….I LOVE this party idea. It is truly brilliant.

Reply November 6, 2009 at 9:27 pm

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Shanon SAYS:

A wild rumpus indeed! Love the onesie–etsy artists are the best and make party planning so easy! Kristen, the event is so creative. But do tell where I can find that print above your mantle. Digging that just as much as those yummy cupcakes.

Reply November 6, 2009 at 11:36 pm

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Angela Hudson SAYS:

This is truly adorable. Thank you for sharing it!

Reply November 7, 2009 at 4:40 am

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