It was a vintagy Moonrise Kingdom/Camp Wandawega inspired party, and we had planned to have it outside at my aunt and uncle's house. We were going to do a campfire, a nature walk, and have their beautiful old yellow canvas tent set up and decorated.
But all the rain from the WHOLE SUMMER decided to fall that morning, afternoon, and night, and we had to move it into the garage. The kiddos had a ball, but it hurt my heart a bit.
Cute little bear from Target's Pillowfort collection, and play fire by me. ;)
I had more than one person tell me the unexpected rain was somewhat of a metaphor for the year Fiona and I had. They're not lying. ;)
So I guess it's only right that I had to scrap everything and rethink the day. This little girl keeps me on my toes!
All the s'mores we never got to eat. :( We still have marshmallows and chocolate.
If anyone wants to do a campfire call us up.
There are tiny washers glued to the back of each pennant on this banner.
I actually remembered to weight my banners this year, and we weren't even out in the wind!
There was a lot of family memorabilia on the table. We had my mom's moccasins, my grandparents' lantern, compass, bobber, roasting sticks, and kiddie lawn chair. We also had Zach's grandpa's fish knives, and this sweet old thermos I found at my aunt and uncle's house the day of.
The party favors for the grown ups were "s'mores-to-go" with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and Teddy Grahams.
Instead of cakeballs, I put energy bites on a stick! If you do this, keep them in the freezer till right before cause they did start to fall off.
I really love life-like animal figurines. You know, the little rubber plastic ones like these. It's so hard for me to not buy all of them at the craft store, but I got a couple for the cake and the kiddo favors. ;)
My mom made three ah-mazing cheesecakes! S'more, Hawaiian, and Root Beer Float. I got my s'mores somehow!
We always have the party guests sign a book for the birthday girl. This year's was Curious George Goes Camping.
Favors for the two baby guests were little birdies. ;)
And the big kiddos got packets with animal figurines (heart eyes), little woodland critter tattoos, coloring pages, and a cute little chart of how to make shadow puppets. (Which we would've done in the tent, but you won't hear me complaining about it!)
Our nature walk checklists!
I got most of my Instagrams from the past year printed and hung them on this fabulous frame Zach made. It's supposed to be for our bathroom mirror, but I'm stealing it.
I had a little play area for the kiddos with books, "sleeping bags", and toy food to cook over their pretend fire. The kids loved it, and I'm so glad since we were all kinda squished inside!
We also made binoculars for our nature walk. So easy to prepare, and the kids really seemed to like doing it.
Fiona was hamming it up. She had such a great evening. She loves people, and likes to be silly.
Her "Happy Camper" shirt is from LilMongo's Boutique on Etsy, and the moccasins are from Trendy Ends - also Etsy. And she actually left her kerchief on the whole evening!
Cake time was hilarious. She really has not had sugary stuff, so she was VERY into it.
Proud big sissy!
We love you so much, Fiona! From your time in my belly, to your birth, to this intense year we've had, you've come through so much. You have the best smile, and make us laugh every day. ONE! We made it!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out on that rainy night with us! We loved celebrating with you!
Party Styling: Kara Hallead
Photography: Faith Zimmerman
Cheesecakes: Carol Scheuerman
Tablecloth: Hobby Lobby
Log Cake Stand: TJ Maxx
Instagram Prints: Shutterfly
Wood Font: Wood Sticks from Dafont
Plush Fire and Logs: Kara Hallead