This real Woodland Wonderland Party was put together by the brilliant and always creative, Colleen Sprunk. The inspiration for this adorable girl's birthday party came from a sheet of scrapbooking paper with a bird motif she found at the local scrapbooking store. It truly is unbelievable to me where you can find inspiration. If you are crafty this party's for you.
I know you are going to be shocked when I tell you that she actually made this whimsical toadstool cake herself (yes, she was up all night doing it). I am so impressed - I am definitely going to have to start watching "Ace of Cakes". To make this cake she used a premade fondant then added food coloring to each of the different pieces. So adorable!!
The decorations are definitely eco-friendly since she used real acorns, pine cones and stones for the centerpiece. The birdhouses can be purchased at Michael's either pre-painted or painted plus you can use them after the party; the birds will love you. The topiary trees were made by inserting a painted wooden dowel into a small square flower pot then the wooden dowel was inserted it into a square piece of floral foam that was placed inside each pot. She then used green paper cut outs from the scrapbooking store to make the tops of the trees – she used 4 for each tree – folded them in half then glued them together to each wooden dowel. She then glued butterflies and birds to each tree top. To hide the florist foam she used small flowers (green mums) as the tree grass.
She made a low table for the girls to sit around by placing a piece of plywood atop buckets filled with sand (you can also use rocks or anything heavy to keep them in place), she then used a brightly colored (red) flat bed sheet as the tablecloth then topped with a roll of orange burlap which was used as the table runner – you can pick this up at a floral supply store or local fabric store. Now this is what I call thinking out of the box and keeping your costs down.
In keeping with the woodlands (sort of campy) theme they decided to serve an outdoor grilling favorite - hot dogs & chips. They mixed up a signature party punch for all to enjoy. She also baked and served animal sugar cookies in the shapes of deer, squirrels & birds.
For fun the girls played musical chairs and made bracelets. Each bracelet making kit was packaged into a cellophane bag with matching stickers adhered to each bag (another easy option would be to put all supplies into a few bowls on the table and just let the girls make their own selections). You can get everything you need for the bracelet making station at Michael’s in the bead section.
For the favors, Colleen purchased these little baskets from Michael's and embelished each one with flower stickers from the Martha Stewart collection. Each basket contained a few pinches of moss, and were intended for the girls to take home the bracelets they had made that day. This is such a great party idea. Colleen - once again you outdid yourself.