Good morning! Last weekend we celebrated Bugaboo’s 2nd birthday and Jellybean’s Baptism with a Winnie the Pooh-themed party! The weather thankfully cooperated (rain had been predicted all week!) and we were able to be outside, which was wonderful! Bugaboo had a lot of fun and it was great being able to play games. Here are some pictures of the party set-up! We kept the food inside and focused the decorations on this room. I’ll be back later this week to share the menu with you!
I’ll start by showing the invitations again (posted previously here) since they set the tone of the party! Classic Pooh is really beautiful! The theme definitely works well for boys and girls so it ended up being a great theme for our combined party.
The picture above shows how our invitations were sent out. It was my solution for wanting to include two separate pages – one for Bugaboo’s birthday and one for Jellybean’s Baptism. Our party was small so I wasn’t printing a ton of invites which made this doable – and it didn’t even cost extra postage, yay!
The decorations for the party were focused on one room where we had the food set up. The food table was really fun to decorate, and I created a storyboard backdrop for it.
I had a specific budget I wanted to stay within so most of the decorations came from things we already had around our house or DIY projects. It surprised me how many things we already owned that could fit into this theme! All the baskets, jars, and pots we already had. I painted the pots to look like Pooh’s honeypots and bought some pretty flowers from Trader Joe’s to put in some of them. I used scrapbook paper and leftover wrapping paper on hand to create a few banners and decorate the mason jars. I did purchase a couple sheets of Pooh scrapbook paper and some classic Winnie the Pooh bees from the scrapbook section of Joann Fabrics – I added these everywhere!
The food card holders were made from sticks and twine – a simple DIY project that added a woodsy feel to our table.
I made Bugaboo a birthday hat from scrapbook paper and yarn. The DIY tutorial can be found here, Paper Party Hat.
I also made pins for the Godparents to wear to honor them at the party! The DIY tutorial for can be found here, Paper Medallion Pins.
Our mantle got a makeover for the party and featured Bugaboo’s birthday sign. I created it in Photoshop to look like a map of the Hundred Acre Woods. I painted the plate using the same method I used to decorate our Christmas plates. A few Pooh books from my childhood and a couple fake pinecones helped fill up the mantle.
One of my favorite decorations was the wooden banner I made showcasing pictures from Bugaboo’s second year! I wish I had some pictures of Jellybean on it, but I made it before she was born! I used a wooden banner and Modpodge Photo Transfer to put the images onto the wood. I lightly distressed them with acrylic paint and added some of the bees!
Bugaboo helped decorate for the party by coloring pictures in his Winnie the Pooh coloring book. These are probably my favorite decorations because of how excited he was to be helping! Plus, I love how he sticks all the stickers on top of each other!
We played a few games at the party, which I was really excited about since last year Bugaboo was too young. We played Pass the Honeypot (like Hot Potato) with a Pooh stuffed honeypot Bugaboo got for Christmas. My husband put together a playlist on Spotify of Pooh-themed songs to play the game to.
We also played Pin the Tail on Eeyore. I drew a picture of classic Eeyore with Sharpie on a big poster board and then drew a bunch of tails. It was fun watching Bugaboo play – he definitely didn’t keep the blindfold on, but it was still adorable!
The final game was a guessing game. I got the game idea from this photo I found online and thought their Tigger rhyme was so cute! I filled mason jars with Honeycombs, Cheetohs, and pretzel sticks and made little guessing sheets for everyone to fill out. This was the only game with prizes – wooden ornaments with Bugaboo’s picture on them. I made these the same way I made the wooden photo banner, using the Modpodge Photo Transfer. I decorated the boxes and jar tags with Pooh scrapbook paper.
Here are just a couple more pictures of the decorations. I made banners to help decorate the space, and I put all of the plates and utensils in a basket. The plates were clearance at Target back in the Fall and the napkins came from Joann Fabrics. The friendly bee is actually a pin cushion from my sewing supplies :)
So there you have it! I had a lot of fun planning this party and I think the best part was that Bugaboo really got into it and helped me! While I was making decorations, he was coloring in his Pooh book to help decorate. He helped me fill the mason jars with the food for the guessing game and helped me put the characters in order for our banner. I loved having a themed party he was excited about and am really looking forward to future parties where he picks his own theme!
If you want to get even more ideas for a Winnie the Pooh-themed party, be sure to visit my Winnie the Pooh Pinterest Board – there are a ton of wonderful ideas out there!
I’ll be back Wednesday with a post about the party food and recipes!