Finally, I'm sharing my boys' fox birthday party! It's seems like it took forever for us to have the party and to now blog about it. Co-pilot and Little Pilot turned 1 and 3 years-old in October. The party was a joint fall fox party (you can read why we went with this theme here). Before I get into the details of our fox birthday party, here are the birthday boys:
This was the best picture I could get of the boys together - both so serious! I find that whenever we have a party I'm so busy prepping food and getting things ready that I hardly have a chance to take pictures before it gets too dark. :(
Just to refresh your memory here are the DIY fox party invitations:
I did try and snap pictures of the decor and food before the party so these pictures are a little better (all the sources are at the bottom of this post). I kept the decorating pretty simple with a mostly neutral colour scheme for fall: white, grey, black, orange and brown. I made a happy birthday sign to hang from the mantel. The black letters hang from a black and white gingham ribbon with mini clothespins. I also had a few silver balloons to match the ages of the boys. One for Co-pilot (1 year) and three for Little Pilot (3 years).
I had the sweets out on our dining room table. I made a few paper pinwheels from wrapping and scrapbook paper that I simply hung in front of our art. They kind of went well with the sepia tones in the picture. :)
For some reason I forgot to take pictures of the meal we had, but I did get all the sweets. My sweet tooth must have took over my brain. :) Just in case you were wondering we had a sage baked mac n'cheese, karjalan piirakoita (a Finnish staple) and date and walnut mixed green salad with a dijon, apple cider vinaigrette.
Now for the sweets. I made our usual vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese buttercream frosting. I made the fox cupcake toppers on photoshop and alternated the numbers 1 and 3 for both boys ages. The DIY cake stands I made worked well for the fox theme, I think.
I also made some graham crackers that I cut an acorn shape out of to tie into the fall theme. To bring in the silver from the balloons in the living room I put out some Hershey kisses and hugs as well.
I'm not sure if the s'mores marshmallow pops were a success or not. Tech Guy really liked them, but I had initially thought of toasting them a little so that the guests could make some s'mores with the homemade graham crackers above. It was one of those things that would have been great, but I ran out of time to figure out the toasting part. Does that ever happen to you?
I had some birch branch slices leftover from one of the games (you'll see it below) so I just scattered them around the table for a little more of a woodland feel.
For fruit I just put some raspberries and blackberries in small cupcake wrappers to make it easier to serve. My boys love berries and I think they go well with a fox party.
I also made this gluten free pumpkin cream pie for a classic fall flavour. We also had some Finnish pulla as well. For the table runner, I just layered strips of the same wrapping paper that I used for the pinwheel decorations.
We used a combination of disposable plates and cutlery and our everyday dishes for the party. The clear plastic cutlery was tied onto the napkins with some twine. I was happy to be able to find napkins in all the fall party colours. I also had some paper straws out for the kids and adults alike. :)
I was so happy with how the treat bags turned out that I had them out on the sideboard. I found the black and white gift bags already in the summer. I stamped a luggage tag with an acorn and just hand wrote the child's name on each one. Some more twine was used to close the bags and hold the tags in place. There were a few babies at the party and they received a little fox as their party favour.
I bet you were wondering what was inside these cute bags, right?!
From top left, clockwise: A party blower, felt fox sticker, all natural rock candy pop, fox socks :) (there was a girl version of these socks for the older girls), chocolate, fox puppet craft, yogurt pretzels and a fox toy. I did switch up some of the treats for the really little ones to some freeze-dried apple slices and fish crackers.
Here are the boys enjoying their birthday cupcakes. <3
We also had pin the tail on the fox which you may have already seen in my chalkboard post. I simply drew a fox onto the chalkboard and used masking tape on the back of the tails to get them to stick. I think the kids did better with this classic game. :)
That was my boys' fall fox birthday party. Both boys seemed to have fun and everything on the whole went really well. Thanks to everyone who came. It wouldn't have been a party without you!
Black and White Paper Plates and Grey and White Straws - Michael's
Polkadot and Black and White Gingham napkins: Dollarama
Orange plaid napkins: Superstore
Silver balloons: Dollar Tree
Happy Birthday Sign: DIY
Tree stump cake stands: DIY here
Fox Costume: DIY here
Black and white star paper bags, fox sticker and craft - Michael's
Fox socks - Gymboree
Fox stuffed toy - Indigo
Geometric packaged chocolate - Ikea