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A Lumberjack Birthday Party for Moose

A Lumberjack Birthday Party
If there’s anything that makes my heart pitter-patter, it’s a good theme party. (Besides you, dear husband.)

And it’s been far too long since I’ve thrown one.

The reason you haven’t heard from me in the last week is I was busy planning a Lumberjack Party to celebrate Moose’s birthday with friends. TIIIIMBER!!!!

Today I’ll share decorations and I’ll follow-up with a post on the Lumberjack Dinner Party menu.

This was the largest sit-down dinner party we’ve had in this house so far – our new record to beat is 11 people at our dining room table.

For a general theme I was shooting for woodsy, rugged fun!

Every good party centers around food. So the dining room was the first place I started.

A Lumberjack Birthday Party

Instead of a formal, fancy centerpiece, I created a meandering trail of center “items”.

Some of those things included: Ikea Lanterns + pinecones, my Coffee Can Centerpiece with Rhody leaves, green wine bottles with red berries (Michael’s), white candlesticks and birch tree tealight holders (from my Mom – borrowing is a beautiful thing).

I laid down 2 yards of green buffalo plaid flannel from Joann Fabrics as a runner.

A Lumberjack Birthday Party

For the place settings I used woven chargers (Pier 1) with my yellow everyday dishes and red napkins.
The adorable mason jar glasses were favors from my cousin’s wedding. The heart is made from chalkboard paper! I added some adorable red striped straws that I bought from Amazon a while ago.
You know I love a good before and after photo:
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
The sideboard in the dining room was where the “Toppings Bar” was located:
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
The Nearly No-Sew Autumn Bunting has been hanging there since the fall, and the “runner” was made of plaid wrapping paper from the Dollar Store.
I added some natural colored raffia (to look like wood shavings) and pinecones.
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
I should just write my Mom’s name all over this post. The hilariously appropriate “Got Moose?” napkins were also a gift from her! She found them at Marshall’s.
She was a key part of this party theme coming together!
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
Of course the graphic designer inside of me couldn’t help myself.
I made labels for all the toppings and desserts and stuck them with toothpicks.
I used the font “Tall, Dark and Handsome” for all print materials for the party. It’s a free download from DaFont.
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
I moved the Front Porch Desk inside to hold the desserts.
The “Timber!” sign was made from wrapping paper and drawn on with chalk. I also strung red and black streamers throughout the house (also from the Dollar Store).
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
The ADORABLE cake stand was borrowed from my friend Heidi. She had the cutest “gnome” birthday party and lent it to me!A Lumberjack Birthday Party
For the “S’mores-on-a-Stick” holder I put my dear Moose birthday boy to work.
I chose a perfectly shaped log from our stockpile and he drilled dozens of holes in it to place the s’more sticks in.
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And… I couldn’t help myself. I made more cupcake flags.
They had woodsy phrases on them, like: “Hey There Lumberjack”, “Moose”, “Timber” and “Happy Birthday”.
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
In the hallway I hung the remainder of the red plaid wrapping paper and made a little photo station. I bought some felt rectangles from Joann Fabrics and cut out beards and mustaches.
How can one be a Lumberjack without a massive amount of grizzly facial hair?
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
And of course there was lots of plaid, flannel, Carhartt and Lumberjack Hats to be had.
Don’t mind the cut-off heads.

A Lumberjack Birthday Party

For the mantle I used some wooden trees (borrowed from my Mom – so I don’t know where they are from, sorry!), built a few log cabins out of Lincoln Logs and added raffia and pinecones.

A Lumberjack Birthday Party

The bunting is the same I used at Christmas. It’s made from burlap.
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
A Lumberjack Birthday Party
PHEW! That was a lot of photographs!
We had an AWESOME time with friends. Happy Birthday Moose!
I’ll be back later with food details – YUM, YUM, YUM!

DIY Project: Cupcake Flags

Maybe you haven’t heard, but cupcakes are the new black.

You must be living under a rock if you haven’t experienced the cupcake fad explosion over the last few years. There are now whole stores devotes to selling cupcakes (Read about some tasty cupcakes I got for my birthday here) and The Food Network even has a new show, Cupcake Wars, devoted to the trend.

However, it’s “trend” status is morphing into “tried and true staple”. Many have questioned when the cupcake fad would end, but lately I’ve been reading how many event and catering specialists are now thinking it is here to stay. (Which I am personally quite glad to hear.)

Brides have been trading in the classic tiered wedding cake for trays of cupcakes in all colors and flavors. One wedding I went to this summer even had a “Cupcake Bar” (E – they were delicious by the way!).

Then the cupcake flag was birthed. See this beautiful example from (Hostess with the Mostess) below.

How did this begin? Perhaps hostesses wanted to combat the informality of the cupcake? Perhaps brides who had foregone the traditional “cake topper” wanted something special?

Just like “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop,” the world may never know.

Martha Stewart has downloadable templates for these flags, which are fine and dandy if you find one that works for you. But, what if you want your name on it? Certain colors? A theme? You might get some strange looks if the cupcakes at Cindy’s baby shower have wedding rings on them.

What’s a gal to do? Custom flags of course!

Many vendors on Etsy can create custom beautiful flags for you. BUT, I would recommend trying to make your own.

I made my own flags for our wedding. Moose wasn’t feeling the cupcake suggestion, so we ended up serving cheesecake. But visions of wedding cupcake flags had already infiltrated my crazy bride brain, so I invented…. cheesecake flags!

The best part about making your own is that you can have as many different kinds as you want. An Etsy vendor will likely charge you per design. With color and text variations, I had about  27 different kinds of flags. (Overkill? Yeah. I know.)

The other, and probably more enticing, reason to make your own is the fact they they are very inexpensive!

I made 150 of these flags. Can you guess how much I spent?

Toothpicks = $3
Hot Glue = $3
Printing Costs = $5 (This is if you go to Staples and not print them yourself.)

TOTAL COST = $11

I was able to fit 27 flags on a sheet by flipping half of the triangles around to create square shapes.

I used Adobe Illustrator. If you don’t have that you could probably use Microsoft PowerPoint or Publisher (it’s just triangles people! There are also lots of nice rectangle flags, like the one I posted above if triangles scare you.)

After that, I cut them out and hot glued a toothpick to the back. Bada boom. Three episodes of Smallville later, I had 150 cupcake (er, cheesecake) flags ready to go.

No one noticed that the back was blank. (*Seriously, wedding guests. Did you notice?) Heck, I wouldn’t have noticed. After I pulled that puppy out I would be eating that dessert with glee.

I hope this helps you make your cupcake involved event a little more celebratory and a little less expensive.

Cheers : )

Pssst… Images from (Hostess with the Mostess), and (FoodNetwork.com)