Tom’s 1st {Woodland Themed} Birthday Party!

I don’t really think he’ll have more Woodland-themed parties, but I didn’t know how else to title this blog.  Plus, he’s always surprising me so maybe this will be EXACTLY what he wants for his 16th birthday bash!  Bwahahahahahaha.


I was a little sick the morning of Tom’s 1st birthday, and then I realized it was nerves.


You must also know that I wasn’t sick on my wedding day, the day we bought our first house, or any of the days leading up to Tom’s birth. So the fact I was nervous over his 1st birthday party just proves what I’ve always suspected…

I am insane.

With that said, it was one of my favorite days ever!!

And it was a such a favorite, that I totally couldn’t narrow down this blog.  If you are someone who is interested in how nutty I can be when it comes to birthday party prep, then this blog (The Making Of Tom’s Party) is for you. You know, in case you want to make yourself sick over a party.

In the meantime, here is a recap of the party as told to you by your favorite (totally crazy) blogger friend.

This is the birthday boy telling you he is SOOOOO Big!


Did I mention we grew a tree on our table for the occasion?  In reality, a little dogwood fell in our backyard (Thank God!  I mean…sorry tree) so Kev chopped off the top, put it on our table and covered the top with Hobby Lobby greenery.  (I promise I didn’t even nudge that tree.  It fell on its own!)


I like to make little children think gnomes live in our fallen dogwood.  Oh, and we had lots of food!  Including acorns made of Hershey’s kisses with miniature Sandies cookies “glued” on top with icing.  Don’t you wish those fell out of trees?


Everyone should have a little skunk on their cupcakes for their birthday, right?


This was Tom’s favorite decoration BY FAR!  Super easy to make, if not a bit time consuming, but I got it done while watching two episodes of The Bachelor.  Oh, the sacrifices I’m willing to make…


I stole the Ikea picture frames and the idea from my sister and put a picture from every month of Tom’s life on our bookcase.  And just so you know, he’s always been cute.


We had crowns for the forest princes and princesses.  And some random brother-in-law.


Ribbon “wands” for the kiddos to beat each other play with.


Tom got lots of cool presents!


And he also got this — an old Kleenex box filled with cheap toilet paper from my mom and dad.  You know…so he could pull it all out.  To say he LOVED IT! would be a total understatement.  He LOVED IT LOVED IT!!  For the record, my parents also bought him that Radio Flyer car as a back up.  They let him keep both.


My mom made Tom a truck cake complete with his little head in the driver’s seat.




Oh, and we also had a photo booth!  Well…not a real one, but a makeshift one.  I will confess that I wasn’t as good as taking pictures of everyone as I planned.  But my sister was!  Thank goodness for little sisters.

All in all, I think our little bug had a wonderful and totally exhausting birthday!  He. Was. Tired toward the end.

He didn’t want his cousin, Reese, to leave.  Because he wanted Reese to be his pillow.


Happy Birthday to my sweet, wonderful, cuddly, happy, laughing, silly child!

LOVE you so very much!

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18 Responses to Tom’s 1st {Woodland Themed} Birthday Party!

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  2. waymel says:

    Have you thought about starting a party business? Because your parties are insane. Insane. I love the photo booth pictures!!!

  3. Melissa says:

    LOVE IT! So cute! and I read both entries. I’m working on Ben’s party right now… gator theme of course. I’m totally going to use the picture frame idea! I love it! That was quite an extensive dessert table. Everything looked yummy! I also like the photobooth idea. Happy 1st Birthday Tom!

    • loveandkate says:

      Thanks Melissa! Definitely do the pictures — it’s so easy and everyone really loves seeing how much they’ve changed! I can’t wait to hear all about Ben’s party!

  4. Cutest. Birthday. Ever! Can you plan my next birthday party? PLEASE? Not the girls. Me. That would be super.
    (Seriously, well done, Mama!)

  5. Jen says:

    It was AWESOME!! (I knew it would be.)

  6. Kaye Smith says:

    Tom and I both love the balloon wreath. Do you have a pattern your could send? Looks like it was a wonderful birthday for Tom and everyone.

  7. Beth Gaddis says:

    I LOVE that wreath. Love. I might have to have a birthday party this year just so I can make one.

  8. Meghan says:

    Can you please email me how you did the balloon wreath?? Love it and the while party. We have a similar theme for our daughters first bday next weekend! Oh and I live the fruit ‘kabobs’ great idea!

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  10. Love the wreath and would love to know how to make one!! Having a St. Paddy’s theme for my daughter’s first birthday and would love to do a shamrock!!

  11. Janelle says:

    Sooo many ideas that I will be stealing (I mean borrowing of course….) for my son’s Nature One-derland! Thank you!

    • loveandkate says:

      I’m so THRILLED! What a nice thing to say! You made my day. I’m sure you’re son’s party (and I LOVE “Nature ONE-derland!!” Seriously. Awesome.) will be amazing! LOVE.

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