Last week was Brother’s Birthday! We had the most fun with a “Where the Wild Things Are” themed party for him and I want to share birthday party pictures and all of my sources with you today!
With each party we throw, I get more excited and think it was more fun than the last. Then it keeps getting better and better. The “Where the Wild Things Are” party one was truly fun and in fact, its been so fun, the kids (and my husband) asked me to leave the decorations up. They are about to make me nuts, but we have the trees still growing in my living room and may for another few days, at least!!
We initially couldn’t decide on a theme for the party as Brother’s suggestions of what he wanted ran the gammut from Ninja Turtles to Where’s Waldo to Legos to Where the Wild Things Are to Baseball and Football to Campout Party to The Jungle Book to Minion to Superhero.
When he told me he wanted a “Superhero, Lego, Football, Wild Things Animal” party, I opted to make the decision for my indecisive little man. Thanks to a quick Instagram/Facebook poll and a quick peruse of Pinterest, the decision for “Where the Wild Things Are” was made.
Usually, I’ll see one thing and the vision will just come and thats exactly what happened. We were less than two weeks from party time, so I didn’t have time to waste. I stumbled upon the cutest invite you have ever seen and was off and running. The girl who designed the invite (Rachel – her contact is found in the pin below) updated the text for $7 and emailed it to me to print that same day. Seriously, perfection and I appreciated her doing it so fast for me as I was already within two weeks of party time.
I began to pin a few more things and I could see the greens, navy’s and tan decor filling my home and little wild things running everywhere. I ordered a bunch from Amazon (sources below) and took a quick trip to Target, made a few signs and found a few free printables (all links on my pinboard), and with that, the party idea came together. Below is my pin board and then images as I started to plan and saw it all coming together.
We decided that like the illustrations in the book show, we would have a tent, a growing forest and a kid-sized boat for decor. Then to entertain the little kids during the party, we would read the book and let them make their own little wild thing masks out of paper plates and other craft items I had laying just around the house. It truly was perfect and Brother loved every bit of it.
First up, the boat. I used some cardboard boxes from the garage, paint and wrapping paper to make the boat. The waves are made from tissue paper I had laying around. The Hubs helped me put it together on party day! I couldn’t have pulled this off without him!
For the tent, we just took three pieces of wood we had in the garage, screwed them together and draped a sheet over it. Easy peasy as it was all stuff that was laying around the house and then we just put it all back the second the party was over.
As all of the greenery came in, we blew up balloons and I channeled the old days of high school float making, prom balloon banner making and homecoming pomping as I envisioned how it would all go up and turn my living room into a forest.
Honestly, as I started to hang it all, it looked AWFUL. Sometimes it takes a time or two to get it right and when its right, you know it. Initially, it was too sparse and could use a bit more texture/3-D effect. I used green paper plates for the leaves, tightened them up a bit, taped one coming out for more of an overhang feel and then added tree trunks with brown butcher paper. It turned out amazing – hence it still being up. Ha.
When our friends arrived on party day, they were greeted with a friendly sign on the door that read, “Welcome Wild Things!” That sign is still on the door and I get tickled every time a stranger comes over and sees it.
When friends walked in, there was a table with crowns on it to “Crown Yourself” and then you saw the living room where all of the decor was. The table where we made our own wild thing mask was also right there.
Off to the right was the kitchen. I used extra balloons and streamers to continue the theme and colors and I was so glad I did. It took extra time, but was worth it as it really completed the “feel!”
On the table, we served applesauce pouches, popcorn, BBQ chicken sliders, fruit, marshmallow smores, and chips and salsa. I made little monster cupcakes and we had “Swamp Juice” (a gingerale/lime sherbet punch) to drink.
I had cute little tags on most of the items – “Wild Fruit” or “Monster Sammies” and then a sign that quoted the book and said, “We’ll eat you up, we love you so.” I also made another sign (foam board and a sharpie) that said, “Inside all of us is hope, fear and adventure. Inside all of us is a wild thing.”
This may have been my favorite part of the party. I read the book to the kids and as I read, they acted it out. They “roared their terrible roars”, “gnashed their terrible teeth”, “rolled their terrible eyes” and “showed their terrible claws” at me and it was pretty adorable! I LOVE the picture of me reading to them below and I also have the cutest video of Moose doing it that I need to post!
Other than that, we took a few family pics, Brother opened presents and we called it a day! It was a Happy Fourth Birthday indeed and seriously the most fun party and so thankful for my little Wild Man!
Below are a few collages of pictures posted (these I posted on social media) as well as affiliate links to lots that I purchased and a few things I had my eye on! Whether you are doing a nursery, party, halloween costumes or whatever, there is TONS out there for this theme and it is such a fun one to do!!
If you have questions about throwing your own wild things party, let me know as I would love to help!