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Both of my boys have birthdays during the Winter break – within two weeks of each other! We always throw them a joint birthday party. It’s a ton of fun, but sometimes it can be tough to come up with a great theme they’ll both love. This year we chose to go with a Winter Lumberjack Birthday party theme. Fun and whimsical, manly to boot. What more could a four and eight year old want?
This year we were visiting family in Florida after Christmas, so the party was at my mom’s house. Because Florida in Winter is warmer than most anywhere else in Spring time, we made most of the party an outdoor affair. I’m excited to share some photos with you guys!
There was one big influence in choosing the Winter Lumberjack Birthday theme. I knew I’d be able to take advantage of all those after-Christmas sales! Mom and I made sure to stock up on all things greenery, plaid, and animal themed. Joanns ended up being our best score – with most everything 75% off (or more).
I made all the signs for the party and we printed them on brown kraft paper for a rustic look. The banners throughout the house were hand-done chalkboard. Food label tents were also printed on kraft paper to keep a cohesive theme going!
All the food was made to have a woodsy / lumberjack / Winter feel … and I had so much fun with it. We opted for a chili bar since the party was during dinner time and there would be lots of family and friends hanging around. I made the chili base in a crockpot in the morning and let it simmer; perfect for a hectic day of setting up! Of course we had cornbread to accompany the main dish.
For snacks, you can see what all we had in the photos: chocolate logs, animal pellets, cheddar and kindling, chopped apples, and birch logs (plus popcorn at the boys request). Cider seemed appropriate for the occasion … that was for the kids. We had “lumberjack lager” for the adults. It was a Bota box of white wine, sprite, and cran-pineapple juice!
Lucky for me, mom had a picnic table outside already. She’s been wanting to paint it but I loved the green to keep with our theme! A green tablecloth coordinated nicely on the food table. We used plaid flannel fabric as runners on all the tables throughout the house (bonus: I’ll be able to use them for crafts now).
I found a great wrapping paper roll that matched the theme really well and used it to wrap photos around the house. It was so cute and fit in perfectly with the different decor vignettes. This is a really affordable way to make your whole house seem like part of the party!
I almost forgot the outdoor centerpiece details! This may be my favorite part of the party decor. These great wreaths were on sale for less than $5 (can you believe it). So we fluffed them up and set them on the tables. In the middle – for some height – we added a few coasters and placed these adorable mini red lanterns on top. Red candles, other bits of greenery, and some more lanterns added a bit of extra pizazz to the tables.
Lastly, we took mom’s Christmas tree – void of all decorations – and placed it outside on the patio. We thought this would be the perfect place for their presents to go! And of course because I can’t leave well enough alone, I added some cute pieces of decor to a red tray of mom’s that matched the theme perfectly.
All in all it was a wonderful time with friends and family that we don’t get to see often. Only made better by a super cute theme and fun decorations. If you love this theme as much as I do – click on the image below to download some free party printables!