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Bright & Modern “Wild Rumpus” Birthday Party

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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!”

PARTY DOWNLOADS:* (high-resolution PDF format)

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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  1. Kelly March 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

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

  2. S. Miller March 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

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

  3. Stacy ~ Scrumptious Swirls March 30, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    OH My Goodness so creative & detailed!

  4. Mayra- In Flight March 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm

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

  5. Michelle March 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm

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

  6. HiLLjO March 31, 2011 at 5:20 am

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

  7. Sara March 31, 2011 at 8:52 am

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

  8. Mindy March 31, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Love this dol! So fresh modern fun and youthful!

  9. Linda March 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

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

  10. Marisol March 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I absolutely love this party!!

  11. Joyce March 31, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    So creative! Love it!

  12. dani marie March 31, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    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

  13. Sandra April 1, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Wow! I love this party its gorgeous.

  14. Mandy April 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

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

  15. Amazing Parties Puerto Rico April 6, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Its beautiful and UNIQUE!!!

  16. CreativeBusyHand April 8, 2011 at 6:46 am

    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.

  17. heathersewczak October 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

    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

  18. Amanda Stoker October 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

    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.

  19. Bre January 1, 2012 at 10:54 am

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

  20. Kim P August 12, 2012 at 8:05 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!

  21. Yesenia November 1, 2012 at 11:59 am

    How did you make the yellow flowers that are on the branches on the very first picture?

  22. Jackie Jennings February 15, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Adorable! Wow…Party Planning sure has come a long way!

  23. C August 23, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Hi! What a great party theme! I’d love to know where you got the boat and quote that is printed on the menu. (…from far away across the world…).

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