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Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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.

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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…

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme


“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.

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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.

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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.

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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.

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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.

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

Oh Henry Bars, orange fangs, and crowns!

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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.

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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.”

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

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

42 responses to “REAL PARTIES: “Wild Rumpus” Birthday”

  1. 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.

  2. Wonderful! I love all of the little touches!

  3. 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!

  4. SUPER cute!! LOVE the theme!

  5. 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.

  6. amber says:

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

  7. darlene says:

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

  8. Rachel says:

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

  9. Donna says:

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

  10. Heidi Snyder says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. Gwen says:

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

  13. Lisa Cabanes says:

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

  14. 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.

  15. Angela Hudson says:

    This is truly adorable. Thank you for sharing it!

  16. Down Pillow says:

    Such a cute idea :) Henry’s just adorable!

  17. Kristen says:

    Shanon – I purchased the art for the print from iStock photo, then modified the color to match my decor and had it printed on photo quality paper.

  18. Lindsan says:

    OMG! Everything is just perfect! Wonderful party!

  19. Aunt Joanie says:

    Great job!

  20. Coniqua says:

    This party is absolutely adorable. I especially love the paper leaves and party favors.

  21. Carrie says:

    OMG! What an excellent idea! This would also work great for teachers who are teaching the book!!


  22. Shauna says:

    This is absolutely brilliant! I believe that I will be using some of your ideas at my son’s 1st bday as well! Kudos to you and your imaginative mind!

  23. holly says:

    Beautiful! Love the table cloth…where did you find it?? And those super cite crowns??

  24. Kristen says:

    The table cloth is from Crate & Barrel and the crowns are by Beistle.

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  26. staceys says:

    Love it! so sweet. My favorite is the birthday plate, did you make it yourself or etsy it? what a lovely idea, especially if you do a new plate for each birthday- so sweet.

  27. Anna says:

    What a cute party!!! Do you party plan for a living??? If not, you definitely should!!! Very creative ideas :)

  28. marianne says:

    it’s absolutely adorable!! the details are amazing!!

  29. Corey says:

    I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Julianne says:

    Great theme and what a sweetie! Well carried out, i love the ‘oh henry’s’ very cute!

  31. carrie says:

    what etsy seller did you get the onesie from?

  32. Kristen says:

    Stacey, the birthday plate was from a local paint your own pottery studio. They have blank pottery that you paint with your own designs. I love your idea of doing a plate for each birthday! Carrie, the onesie is from I Candy Designs –

  33. MC says:

    adorable party… where did you get the utensil holder… pls post, thanks!

  34. Kristen says:

    Thanks MC – the utensil holders are from Target a while back (see comments above) but I’ve not seen them available for quite some time.

  35. mayra says:

    this is so cute! great ideas… do u mind if i use some of ur pics for reference?

  36. Wendy says:

    Does your target still sell those paper plates and napkins? I LOVE them and they are perfect for my son’s 1st birthday party, but I cant find them at my target or online.

  37. Rachel says:

    Where did you get your birthday banner on your mantle?

  38. Amanda says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas! We are throwing our son his 1st birthday next month and your log really helped me to get wonderful ideas for the celebration. It is almost fall and feels like it last few days here in NY so the Autumn feel will fit perfectly! Thanks again! Keep cherishing all the momets of motherhood. Your son is beautiful and the pic is very adorale of you and him. Enjoy the rest of summer.

  39. […] Simple and well done is difficult, but this “Wild Rumpus” party based on the book “Where the Wild Things Are” by XXX did an exceptional job of carrying through a fantastic theme without being too much. I love how she used the branches and die cut leaves—the color palette is fantastic! This party was originally seen on Hostess with the Mostess. […]

  40. Paige says:

    Amazing party and I’m especially loving the banner. Did you make it? Buy it? Would love any tips you can spare. Our wild thing’s first birthday rumpus is in two weeks and we’re in full party-planning mode, which this amazing post has made much easier. Thanks!