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Aria's Enchanted Forest 1st Birthday Soiree (50 photos)
Aria's 1st Birthday in the Enchanted Forest was inspired by a combination of things--including movies like Fantastic Mr. Fox and Shrek and stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Goldy Locks and the Three Bears, and Snow White. Really anything that's ever happened in the "Enchanted Forest" was fair game for this party and guests were encouraged to dress in "Woodland Attire". While there were no adults that followed this "suggestion", there WAS a little lumberjack, a beautiful fairy, a baby butterfly, a cute bear and the birthday girl was Little Red Riding Hood. I also made a bunch of felt animal masks for kids to play with as well. There was a large amount of cuteness at this party!!
The decor included birch branches, wooden crates, birch vases, lanterns, bunting banners, moss, rocks, wood slabs, succulents, ferns, dahlias, hydrangea, billy balls, butterflies and a bunch of other fun things!
An adorable favor station allowed kids of all ages to choose up to 3 age-appropriate favors of their choice as well as many gummy bears as they wanted. Games and activities included a Ball Toss Game into birch buckets, Bean Bag Toss/Cornhole, a water table, a mini circus tent and of course all of the fun animal masks I designed.
The food for the party was AMAZING and totally made it feel like an Enchanted Forest. We decided to handle all of the side dishes and desserts ourselves (the Grandmas, Aunts and myself (Aria's Mom)) and catered in the Entrees from Q BBQ and Brown's Chicken Catering. This allowed us to focus on making some amazing themed dishes. We had a "Poison Apple Salad", Potato Salad, "3 Little Pigs in a Blanket", "Puss in Boots' Caprese Swords", "Magical Mushrooms", "Acorn" Donuts, Mini "Acorns", Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Twigs, Black Forest Cupcakes (both alcoholic and kid-friendly versions), Fruit of the Forest Pies, "S'mores on a Stick" and I made an awesome Smash Cake decorated with fresh flowers and foliage and topped with a custom mini bunting banner. Drinks included pink lemonade, cider ale, anf assorted bottled beer, pop and juice boxes.
Party highlights include kids in cute costumes, the birthday girl playing with faux strawberries, lots of laughter and love, and Aria ended up being so sleepy by the time we presented her the smash cake that she barely smashed it! After a nap, Aria tried again and got a little messier, but she seems to be more of a dainty eater than we expected.
It was an amazing party and Aria and all of the guests loved it--I look forward to her one day looking back at these photos and thinking "Wow, I had an awesome 1st birthday Mom!"