How to Throw a Little Lumberjacks and Jills Birthday Party

Today is the big reveal…are you ready…wait for it…the pictures from Tallulah and Baxter’s joint birthday party with a Little Lumberjacks and Jills theme! The kids birthdays are a mere 9 days apart so it worked out perfectly for a boy and a girl.

I must admit I swiped this cute title from a wedding shower I saw on Pinterest. I added the ‘little’ part and the rest is lumberjack party history.

Say it loud and say it proud with a banner. I always do. Love the log font it was perfect. A Lincoln Logs centerpiece was a must. The goodie bags (filled with rubber ducks dressed as lumberjacks – yes they exist, pancake mix & bubbles) were made to look like log cabins. We also had mixed CD’s for the adults with songs like “Feed the Tree” by Belly, “Start Chopin” by Dinosaur Jr. and “Lumberjack” by Johnny Cash. It was later brought to my attention that I should have included songs by Kenny LOGgins and Justin TIMBERlake & I am still kicking myself.

I’ve written entire blog posts about how I change out the vignette in this corner of my dining room regularly. For the lumberjack party I used an old lantern of my mothers, a stump saved from a curb, some branches and ball moss from a nearby park and a couple of mossy letters inspired by this party that I later converted into a St. Patrick’s Day craft.

Is there such a thing as too many banners at a party? I think not. Come back Thursday to learn how to make your own pinecone and pictures banner.

I will go into gory detail about the food tomorrow, but here is a sneak peak. We went for a lumberjack breakfast theme serving silver dollar pancakes in place of cupcakes, candied bacon on a stick, maple syrup ice cream and more! Another salvaged trunk and my husband’s axe made the perfect table dressing.

We thought better of buying a log cabin playhouse and instead made our own out of a cardboard box. Full details on how to make your own Thursday. All the little lumberjacks and jills enjoyed playing in the cabin and quite a few people posed for pictures.

I love to have various little stations set up for the kiddlets scattered around the parties I throw. This felt storyboard was a big hit. There were different color beads, beanies and bows to dress your lumberjack or Jill with.

A 3rd activity station was a lumberjack themed sensory bin. Toddlers love them a sensory bin. I filled a large tupperware with birdseed, pieces of wood, scoops, faux saw, nets, ball moss and let the kids have at it. I still have flocks of birds in my backyard gobbling up left over sensory bin bits.

Needless to say lumberjack themed party hats were hard to come by. I didn’t let that stop me, I just made my own. More details on how to make your own on Thursday.

This might be the last year I get to pick an obscure theme for a birthday party (remember Tallulah’s fawn themed first birthday party? Refresh your memory here and here). She will be 4 next year and I’ll be forced to throw a Dora or Diego party. I had to squeeze one more party o’ kitsch in before opinions started forming.

Don’t forget to stop back all week long for more buffalo plaid covered lumberjack fun! Tomorrow I will talk about all the food and my husband Chris will be sharing one of his scrumptious homemade ice cream recipes. Thursday will be all about how to make party hats, log cabins, felt boards and more. Friday I’ll show you some of my other favorite parties from around the web that inspired me. Oh and don’t forget Monday I showed you some of my fave Lumberjack themed goodies from Etsy here and on BlogHer.

What is the most obscure party theme you have ever thrown? How about most obscure that you have attended? Who knows I might get lucky and get to pick the theme next year too. I had been thinking about and planning this party for almost a year so I need to start planning ahead for the kids 2nd and 4th birthdays.

6 Responses to “How to Throw a Little Lumberjacks and Jills Birthday Party”

  1. Margot Potter

    This is just fantastic! What a cool mom you are! You are amazing, Ms. Perkins! You also look amazing!

    I have officially used up today's quota of exclamation points.


  2. Gail

    The bacon idea looks cool, but I couldn't find the food explanation. Can you tell me what you did?


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