My little man celebrated his first birthday recently and I’m excited to be able to share with you all the details from his fox themed party. I got a little party crazy and started planning when he was 9 months old.
It’s a big celebration when your child turns one, not only for them but also for the parents. There’s a lot to contend with in the first year so I think its a time for the whole family to celebrate and say “yay, we made it!”.
I love the woodland theme for kids parties that has been so popular. I decided to make the focus of the theme a fox and incorporate a few forest elements like leaves and acorns into the mix. I created a double sided invitation which I had printed at Vistaprint on linen stock. A single sided printable version of this invitation is available in my Etsy shop.
WOODLAND THEMED PARTY FOOD
The children that came to the party ranged in age from 2 months to 8 years old so I kept the menu simple to cater for all the little ones. I made a selection of finger sandwiches for the adults and I made the kids sandwiches a little more interesting by using an acorn and a leaf cookie cutter to cut them into different shapes.
The acorn shaped sandwiches were a hit with the kids as they were just the right size for little hands. I filled them with avocado and cheese, ham and cheese or egg.
Of course I couldn’t buy cookie cutters and not bake cookies. I followed this sugar cookie recipe from Glorious Treats and they worked out perfectly. I used an acorn cutter and a number 1 shaped cutter to make the biscuits. I had intended to make the icing using the Glorious Treats recipe as well but time got away from me so I was able to purchase royal icing at the shops and I went with that.
You can make your biscuits a few days ahead and I thoroughly recommend you do. Its easy to underestimate how long it will take you to mix, roll, bake and ice and I had to call in a helper to get my production line of biscuits going. I didn’t ice all the biscuits leaving them plain for the smaller crew.
As well as the sandwiches and cookies other items on the menu included:
Is that the cutest little fox you have ever seen? My cake topper came from Ruta Felt where there is an assortment of tiny felted animals including a mouse playing piano and a fire breathing dragon. I’m keeping my little fox friend as a momento of the party. The cake bunting came from A Fete Beckons.
FOXY PARTY DECORATIONS
I had a navy, orange & grey theme for my decorations. The birthday boy wore his super cute fox t-shirt from b. childrenswear on Etsy. A word of warning there are some gorgeous clothes for kids in this store. Only look if you feel like shopping!
I’m lucky enough to have a Mum that sews so she helped me make the fabric bunting. The navy spot fabric was from Spotlight and the grey fox and orange patterned fabric are from Spoonflower. The kids wore felt party crowns with little fox ears attached.
I revamped an old mirror frame and replaced the mirror with chicken wire. I used mini pegs to display pictures of the birthday boy from birth to one year old.
FOX PARTY FAVOURS
I had two different packages made up depending on the age of the child. The older kids got a Fantastic Mr Fox sticker & activity book and some iced biscuits. The younger crew got a crayon roll made from woodland themed fabric and some plain biscuits. And of course they got to take home their fox crowns which would make a handy addition to the dress up box.
I wrapped all the favours in brown paper and tied them with twine. I had scraps of fabric left over from the bunting so I made little tags to attach to the package.
LIST OF SUPPLIERS
Fox Birthday Invitation – Bonjour Berry
Fox Food Supplies
Acorn, Oak Leaf & Number 1 cookie cutters – Emerald Spring Gifts (on eBay)
Felted Fox Cake Topper – Ruta Felt
Cake Bunting – A Fete Beckons
Mini Milk Bottles – I got mine from Bed Bath n’ Table but I haven’t seen them there in a while. You can get them online at Pink Frosting.
Paper Straws – Pink Frosting