Earlier this year we celebrated Jett turning two. She missed out on having a first birthday party last year because of covid restrictions so when we could have a small number of visitors between lockdowns I decided I would decorate for her birthday. Even though it was a low key affair at home with my immediate family it’s was still an effort to clean the house, decorate and organise food when you have a baby. In hindsight it was worth it as both my grandparents passed away during the following lockdown and this became the last time they visited our home.
‘But the wild things cried, “Oh please don’t go – we’ll eat you up – we love you so!”— Maurice Sendak
I chose the party theme of Where The Wild Things Are since the book is such a classic with fabulous illustrations and story, and well, Jett is also the King of all our wild things! I also knew it would be easy to decorate in the theme. Obviously most of the decor is familiar since I’ve reused all the items from previous parties. Frugal, sustainable, its win-win!! I had intended to purchase the costume but ended up putting it together myself (details below).
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“let the wild rumpus start!”— Maurice Sendak
- Cake: “made” by me and by made, I mean I stacked 2 store bought mud cakes together and iced it with store bought frosting!
- Cake toppers: I ordered the edible fondant cake topper from a small maker called Topped and added rosemary from the garden for decoration.
- Cupcakes: A mix of cupcakes form The Little Cupcake with my own cake toppers added.
- Hidden details: We served sausage rolls, spring rolls, soup and cups of tea at another table for adults.
- Fold up table: Borrowed from my sister Finding Femme
- Tablecloth: Reused from home but its just an old length of fabric from Spotlight!
- Table runner: Reused from home but the Faux moss was originally purchased from Spotlight a few years ago also.
- Foliage: Just foraged from our garden on pine cones collected out walking.
- Tree Stumps: Was originally firewood I borrowed from the in-laws, which the Captain and I spent an evening de-barking. I ended up never giving them back!
- Two Sign: Another recycled object from my cupboard. Made from hessian table runner (Spotlight) and white wooden letters (Typo). Tied to the fence using twine (Spotlight).
- Glass milk bottles: Had then for years and use them every party but originally purchased from Kmart.
- Bamboo Straws: have multiple sets of these eco straws all purchased from Local Pantry co.
- Plant Plates: These plates from Eco SouLife made entirely from fallen Areca nut leaves and are biodegradable, compostable, fridge & freezer safe, microwave safe, and have no chemicals. Available direct and also from Spotlight.
- Napkins: Off cuts of my Spotlight fabric.
- Chair: Secondhand that I purchased a few years ago from Gumtree. I reuse it constantly!
- Bunting: I made this years ago for Roo’s second birthday so just reused it. Its cut from hessian sheets and yellow card (Spotlight) and punched with a hole punch then strung with twine. I added ribbons from by sewing kit.
- I’m obsessed with the one from Pottery Barn Kids but they don’t have it in AUS stores. I made this one myself using a onesie we already had at home and sewed the crown, tail and buttons on using fabric from Spotlight. Ive since used the costume again twice already for book week and another party!
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: purchased from our local Collins Bookstore
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