Wild One Adventure Party

It's hard to believe another year has flown by and our baby is now an official toddler! We do big 1st birthdays in our family, more as a party for the adults that we all survived the first year! After the big "1", it's cake and an experience! Sissy got a bonus party last year with her Two Wild Jungle Safari Party because we needed something to look forward to during COVID.


For our son, he really is all boy and truly a wild one at that, so selecting a theme that fit him was an easy task.

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We went with a rustic, natural theme and tied in the wild one bear theme and all things nature throughout the party details.

Read on to find out more about our kid-approved, theme-related menu, kids' activities and games, party decor, and a downloadable scavenger hunt for the whole family!

PARTY FOOD:

Creating the menu and fun party food names is always one of my favorite parts of party planning.

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Starting from left to right...


"Forest Berries" were an easy treat and way to get some fruit on the kids' plates too! We actually just used little paper cups from the Dollar Tree, then my husband had the creative idea to dissemble it, and then trace the outer part on the black and white plaid scrapbook paper. I then cut them out and hot glued them to the cups to make cute little dessert cups, all for the price of $2.60. It took me about 30 minutes to complete the project.

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The "Birch Trees" were another easy festive food to make. I just dipped pretzel rods in White Candy Melts and then drizzled them by a fork with Black Candy Melts. When melting the chocolate, make sure to use 50% power and melt them for 30 seconds at a time or you might overheat the chocolate before you can use it!

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"Trail Mix" is just about as theme-related and easy as it gets! We found these cute galvanized metal bowls at Hobby Lobby.

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Having a Galvanized Three Tiered Serving Tray was perfect for adding height and dimension to the table.

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For the "Leaves", we found these yummy and adorable maple leaf cookies at Trader Joe's.

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Teddy Grahams for "Wild Bears" are another easy kid favorite and went perfectly with the theme.

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Pretzel "Twigs" were the last addition to the 3-tiered tray.

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These "Snail Sandwiches" are great to make ahead of time - just slice and serve! Check out the recipe for the Southwestern Chicken Tortilla Pinwheel Wraps.

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Of course we had to have a smash cake for the party (but our little man was a little too exhausted so we had to do the smash cake another day). I had this simple semi-naked smash cake made and just used pinecones and greenery for decor.

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I created the "Wild One" cake topper with my Silhouette Cameo Machine. Quick tangent, this was by far one of the the BEST presents my husband has ever given me as I use it for so many crafty things: party decor and signage, baby onesies, T-shirts for the kids, kids' names on drink and water cups, labels for organization and toy bins, and so much more! If you're even slightly crafty, I couldn't recommend this machine more!


Back to the Birthday... Here is the setup for the birthday cake smash session.

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Here are a few pics from my son's Cake Smash photo session. I realized that when I'm the photographer, I have way more patience for other kids than my own. I usually take an hour to let the kid get crazy with the cake and get all the cute angles and shots. When it came to my son, I took pictures for 5 minutes and called it good! He clearly was not having his cake (or eating it too). We snagged the White Teepee Tent from his room and jazzed it up with a Buffalo Plaid Banner and Burlap Banner. I made the letters for the Burlap Banner with the Silhouette Cameo Machine and then used both of the banners again at the party. The wooden bear, wooden crate, and greenery is from Hobby Lobby.

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I had these "Campfire Cupcakes" made at Lowe's Foods (a local grocery store) and then dressed them up with black and white plaid cupcake wrappers and bear and forest tree cupcake toppers.

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You can buy similar ones on Etsy, but of course I made both the cupcake wrappers and the cupcake bear and tree toppers with my go-to Silhouette Cameo Machine. If you're interested in any of the designs, just send me an email!

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I made this little bowl by gluing little twigs with a hot glue gun. Some say this may be a waste of time, but I thought it was pretty darn cute and basically free! I added these Kodiak "Grizzly Bears" inside (they are basically like a protein version of Teddy Grahams as they are packed with 5g of protein per serving!) We buy a lot of the Kodiak brand foods for our kids to get in extra protein and nutrients where we can since our kids can be picky and minimal eaters.

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For a little something silly, we had to have some "Bear Poo" (aka Whoppers).