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Toddler Talk: Woodland Party

It's quickly becoming that time of year for fun, fall-themed parties. When my daughter became a toddler, we threw her a woodland-themed birthday party, complete with toadstool cupcakes and "gnome-made" granola. It was the very first birthday party I ever planned, so of course I wanted it to be cute. But, I also wanted it to be simple. I made all of the food and decorations, and it turned out really adorable. Best of all, this theme is perfect for boys AND girls of all ages...

The food and dessert tables were so much fun. I used brown burlap fabric and red polka-dotted wrapping paper to cover the tables. A simple "clothesline" of black-and-white photos from my daughter's first year hung above. I served food in brown kraft paper compostable dishes and borrowed mason jars from my grandma to use for the drinks.

The menu was woodland themed, too. We had black forest ham & brie sandwiches, harvest salad, a "pumpkin" cheeseball with veggies, toadstool birthday cupcakes, popcorn balls, chocolate nests and "gnome-made" granola. The coolest décor item was the massive tree stump I had my husband haul into our house, which we used as the cake stand!

We only had two party games: a piñata (which I made from old boxes and tissue paper) and a photo booth. We used real deer antlers and other fun props for the photo booth, which was lined in the same polka-dot wrapping paper I used for the tables. The invitations were adorable, too. I made them myself using PicMonkey, then tied them with red raffia and stuffed them in kraft paper envelopes, complete with a deer stamp.

Like I said, this party was so much fun. It was special, unique and easy for me to put together on a small budget. Enjoy!

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