You guyssssss, my little guy is officially 1 year old! I can’t believe it. People always told me how quickly the first year goes by and I never believed them.
“It’s a year, it’s 365 days, it’s not going to go fast.”
Boy was I wrong. That was hands down the fastest year of my life. Also, I remember when people would ask what I was going to do for his 1st birthday party and I told everyone, “nothing big, it doesn’t have to be over the top.”
Fast forward to making S’mores on stick, and borderline calling the local Zoo to see how many forest animals I can rent and put in my backyard (kidding, sort of…I didn’t completely rule it out). We threw Wyatt the most adorable birthday party.
The theme was “He’s a Wild One!” and it was probably the most Pinterest thing I was ever able to pull off. Believe it or not, even trying to get this adorable picture of him was a success. Matter of fact, even the pictures we didn’t use came out cute!
1st Birthday Party Tip #1
If you are not opposed to the same theme as your baby shower, reuse decor! My mom and sister actually saved almost all of Wyatt’s Woodland Theme baby shower so I was able to save some money by reusing decor in that way!
1st Birthday Party Tip #2
You definitely don’t need to go CRAZY, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t! I found a good compromise. We ended up forgoing the live bears and raccoons and opted in for something a little more simple. I chose one aspect of Wyatt’s birthday party and went all out on it. For us, it was a Trail Mix Bar! Instead of having everything over the top, I kept the general feel of the party pretty simple except for the Trail Mix Bar!
So, the tablecloth was one that my mom had left over from my baby shower that never got used so this was perfect to lay down under all of the goodies! Either way it was only $5.95 on Amazon.
I grabbed some of this faux moss at Michaels in the flower section. Now, this stuff CAN get pricey if you buy the individual cut pieces of faux moss so what I did instead was buy it in strips (which was a lot cheaper) and cut it out into shapes myself.
One of my best friends actually found this adorable “Make Your Own Trail Mix Bar” sign on Etsy and got it printed for me, in my opinion it quite literally made the table! I think it was only $3.00 or something, again another cheap find!
The S’mores On-a-Stick came out DELICIOUS! I actually just made this up in my brain (someone call Food Network immediately I need a deal). We had several kids at the party and while at this point I didn’t see the need for “Goodie Bags” I wanted to have something for the kids to munch on that was sort of a “treat”. And honestly I ate way too many myself. The recipe is at the bottom of the post!
I think the hardest part of putting together this Trail Mix Bar was figuring out what I was going to put everything in and when I went looking for wooden bowls, or tin cups they were incredibly expensive. Again, I used some bowls that were leftover from my baby shower but there were only a handful. Instead I used some dark grey soup bowls that I already had. ALSO! I used an unwrapped tin coffee can.
Now, if you are planning on doing a trail mix bar I would highly suggest planning enough in advance that you can ask around on Facebook for people to give you their coffee tins because this made an adorable addition. Plus, they have larger and smaller sized tins so perfect for all the goodies.
Trail Mix Bar Ingredients:
Graham Crackers crumbs
2 bags of Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
Graham Cracker crumbs
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Melt down 2 bags of semi sweet chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil. You can either buy Graham Cracker crumbs for $5 a bag OR you can buy the Graham Crackers and crush them up yourself! Take the jumbo Marshmallows and dip the top into the chocolate then roll the chocolate covered Marshmallow into the Graham Cracker crumbs. Line them on the parchment paper and let them come to room temperature. Finally stick ’em on the skewers!
All-in-all, it was an absolute amazing day filled with love, fun, and new memories! I can’t believe how quickly that year went by but watching my sweet boy grow is absolutely breathtaking.