September 13th, 2010 |

Woodland Forest Party Inspiration

I recently worked on a woodland forest custom inspiration board and invitation design and just LOVED the way it turned out.  The birthday boy’s mom was nice enough to allow me to share it with you….

While trying to incorporate a color palette of chocolate brown, olive green, rusty red and a turq-y blue, I decided to stick with a slightly more modern pattern, and used the owl and acorn as our two main images.  I am thrilled with how it turned out!  (see  invitations, cupcake toppers, and stickers here) Jackson’s mom is planning a BIG party – family, friends and a select group of Jackson’s buddies.  What I love about the inspiration boards you are about to see below is that they could be interpreted for both a kid’s birthday party, but also an adult’s party!

 

Images: moss ball garland, moss balls, bark vases (save-on-crafts.com), fall centerpiece (partiesandpretties.blogspot.com), owl party hats (chachke designs via etsy.com), terrarium centerpieces (bhg.com), felted acorns (fairy folk via etsy.com), owl wreath (stinkytoesdesigns.com), banner (whhostess.com)

I like the idea of playing with natural elements when it comes to decorations: bark-covered vases, baskets of moss balls, pine cones, pumpkins and gourds.  Mixing in some modern paper elements, such as paper trees, pennant banners, and centerpiece sticks coming out of pots of moss balls will give the party an updated look.

 

 

Images: silverware bags (southernweddings.com), baked beans and corn on the cob (frillymillyevents.blogspot.com), apple cider (amyatlas.com)

You can get really creative with food displays!  Using wood slabs as trays, old tree stumps as pedestals, and unusual vessels for serving will create a rustic yet modern look.   I love the idea of serving baked beans in miniature mason jars, and corn on the cob on sticks, mini sliders on wood planks – kid-friendly and design-savvy enough for the adults!

 

Images: owl cupcakes (realsimple.com), popcorn cones and lollipops in moss boxes (mercinewyork.com), pie pops (bakerella.com), rice crispy pops (theknot.com), owl cookies (sweetopia.net), acorn cookies (amyatlas.com), hedgehog cupcakes (mylife-myloves.blogspot.com)

There are so many fabulous options for creating a woodland forest dessert table!  I envision using tree-stump cake plates, boxes filled with moss, some miniature toadstool mushrooms, and decedent desserts.  Picture mini pie pops, owl and hedgehog cupcakes, frosted cookies – both owls and acorns, brownie pops, chocolate-dipped rice crispy treats, and jars of candy in our pop colors.  Yum!

I hope you enjoyed a peak into how my brain works as I start planning the paper designs and party details for a client!  I just love this theme for a fall party!  I think there is so much you can do with it, and between the rich colors and natural elements, it will create a party that is warm and fuzzy!  I know I am looking at this concept for a birthday party, but I think it would be darling for a baby shower too!

There have been some wonderful woodland fairy parties floating around the web lately too….check out Kate Lander’s party and Sharnel Dollar’s party for some wonderful inspiration, too.  For more information about our party planning/inspiration board services, please click here.

 

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