30 Mar

Bright & Modern “Wild Rumpus” Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Not only is today’s Real Party clever, stylish, and fantastically MODERN, it even comes bearing FREE printables & a theme “Resource Guide”! Interested yet? GOOD! Because Jackie of Jackie Culmer Photography and Design definitely whipped up a dream of a party with this “Where the Wild Things Are” inspired first birthday soirée that she both designed and photographed, and I’m so excited to share all the clever, inspiring details with you!

In addition to woodsy, natural elements like a tree stump cake riser and cobblestone moss balls, this festive “Wild Rumpus” is filled with bright pops of sunny yellow, grassy green, and contemporary white… a fabulous party palette for spring and summer celebrations!

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Read on for lots more beautiful images + all the creative party details AND links to download the fabulous themed printables pictured here, as well as a very detailed Resource Guide Jackie created that’s filled with lots of creative ideas for this theme in ADDITION to what’s pictured here! {Thanks for your generosity, Jackie!}

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jackie

The main table, or cake table, was the focal point of the celebration and featured elements that would remind you of the woods when spring is just starting. We used twig balls from IKEA and TPT Home, and lots of pops of yellow and green to surround the beautiful cake. The cake, by Sweet Gems, was inspired by the invitation I designed. Table centerpieces were simple white vases from IKEA with billy buttons in keeping with the round elements on the main table.

I incorporated a few sayings from the book and movie to create custom signs to display around the event, including “We’ll eat you up, we love you so!” around the cookie favors and buffet table, and a custom buffet menu that had the quote, “…from far away across the world he smelled good things to eat.” On the invitation, we used “Let the Wild Rumpus Start” on the front, and “he sailed off through night in day in and out of weeks and almost over a year to where the wild things are” on the back, which included directions to the venue.

As part of Korean tradition, Ben, the birthday boy, was given five different objects to choose from (a stethoscope, microphone, money, golf ball, and book) to predict his future. I created a sign incorporating a phrase from the movie and tags to customize this special event. Guests were given a raffle ticket and invited to place their ticket in whichever jar/object they thought Ben might choose. Ben chose the golf ball (which I’m sure made his father VERY happy!) and a winner was chosen from the corresponding jar to receive a copy of Where the Wild Things Are and two plush dolls.

For party favors, Judy wrapped chocolate chip and sugar cookies individually in cellophane bags embellished with raffia and a round Thank You sticker that I designed for her.

Please also see the Wild Rumpus Resource Guide that I provided to my client. It’s full of lots more ideas and resources for this theme!”


– Design: Jackie Culmer Photography and Design
– Venue: The Little Prince Cafe
– Photography: Jackie Culmer Photography and Design
– Stationery & Party Printables:  Jackie Culmer Photography and Design
– Flowers and Wood Piece Rentals: Tammy Garden Design Warehouse
– Cake: Sweet Gems
– Cookies: The Corner Bakery


PARTY DOWNLOADS:* (high-resolution PDF format)
8×10 Signs (3 designs)
5×7 signs (3 designs)
Thank You Favor Tags
Dol Tags
Directions Card (blank)
Wild Rumpus Party Resource Guide (more inspiration!)

P.S. If you’re interested in purchasing the themed invitation for this party, Jackie can customize the design especially for you and add your own information, change up the colors if you’d like, etc. Just contact her for details!

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Kelly SAYS:

This is just ridiculously ADORABLE and CHIC! I wouldn’t mind having this as my 30th birthday!!

March 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

S. Miller SAYS:

I love how well the Korean tradition was tied in with the theme! This party is just fabulous in every way!

March 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Stacy ~ Scrumptious Swirls SAYS:

OH My Goodness so creative & detailed!

March 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Mayra- In Flight SAYS:

Amazing, truly feels like you’re inside the pages of a book!

March 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Michelle SAYS:

Great party idea. Wonderful pictures and decorations. Congratulations on your son’s Dol.

March 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm


What a well-thought out party. Everything is just to a T. I love the whimsical flora.

March 31, 2011 at 5:20 am

Sara SAYS:

Oh my goodness, this is hands-down the coolest party I’ve ever seen. I want one!

March 31, 2011 at 8:52 am

Mindy SAYS:

Love this dol! So fresh modern fun and youthful!

March 31, 2011 at 9:22 am

Linda SAYS:

What a great birthday theme! I love the pop of yellow.

March 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

Marisol SAYS:

I absolutely love this party!!

March 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Joyce SAYS:

So creative! Love it!

March 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm

dani marie SAYS:

I just adore everything about this!!!! I actually featured the cake in my Thursday’s TOP 10 {cakes} today :)http://danimariedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/03/thursdays-top-10-cakes.html

March 31, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Sandra SAYS:

Wow! I love this party its gorgeous.

April 1, 2011 at 6:52 am

Mandy SAYS:

Wow! Words cannot describe how much I love this party. So amazing!

April 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

Amazing Parties Puerto Rico SAYS:

Its beautiful and UNIQUE!!!

April 6, 2011 at 3:45 am

CreativeBusyHand SAYS:

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Apr. 08, 2011. Thanks again.

April 8, 2011 at 6:46 am

heathersewczak SAYS:

Holy cow…this is AMAZING! I can’t believe all the little details, so unique, creative, and fun…and I love that the tradition was brought in! Thank you so much for sharing!

Smiles, Heather

October 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

Amanda Stoker SAYS:

I would LOVE to know where you got the cake topper for this cake. I’ve been looking online for ones with this theme and that’s the cutest one I’ve seen.

October 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

jenn s. SAYS:

Hi Amanda –

The cake was made by Sweet Gems: http://sweet-gems.com/ – but you could probably show the design to some of the super talented vendors on Etsy and have them make you something custom. I really like Two Sugar Babies: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoSugarBabies?ref=top_trail, but if you do a search for “fondant toppers” you’ll find a ton of seller options: http://www.etsy.com/search/handmade?search_submit=&q=fondant+toppers&view_type=gallery&ship_to=US

Good luck!

October 24, 2011 at 9:28 am


I’ve been wanting to use this theme for my daughter’s first birthday in February! Thanks for so many great ideas!!!

January 1, 2012 at 10:54 am


LOVE this! I only saw the picture of the occupation icons and scrolled down a little without looking at the picture of the family and just KNEW it had to be a Korean family. How incredibly unique to incorporate this beloved book with a traditional Korean 1st year birthday. Awesome idea and outcome, KUDOS!

August 12, 2012 at 8:05 am
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