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“Where the Wild Things Are” Party & Printables

“Where the Wild Things Are” Party & Printables

My oldest son Jonah’s second birthday is only two weeks away.  While planning for his upcoming party, I remembered all of the DIY decorations I made for his first birthday.  I thought it would be a great idea to give away everything I made for his “A Wild One” party.  It was “Where the Wild Things Are” themed and he even wore a Max costume.   I will do my best to include links to where items were purchased as well as download links to all of the “Where the Wild Things Are” printables. Not all printables are pictured below, so be sure to check the full list to get everything available.

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Where the Wild Things Are Party & Printables

I created the “A Wild One” Banner by printing it onto cardstock, hole punching the top, and stringing twine through the holes.

Where the Wild Things Are Party & Printables

I ordered the smash cake and cupcakes from Walmart Bakery. They are currently having a special where you get a free smash cake with a bakery purchase of $15 or higher.  The Cake Topper and Cupcake Toppers came from PaperlyPress on Etsy. The cupcake stand and tropical leaves are from Amazon.

I created the graphic in the background and it is now hanging in my son’s playroom as wall art. I changed the text to Birthday – King of All Wild Things so that you can download it for yourself. Where the Wild Things Are Party & Printables Where the Wild Things Are Party & Printables Where the Wild Things Are Party & Printables

For party food, I created Table Tents with clever names relating to the theme. We had Moss Balls (Cheese Balls), Crowns (Peanut-butter & Jelly Sandwiches), and Monster Teeth (Apples, Peanut Butter, and Marshmallows).  I made cheese balls and rolled them in chopped parsley for a mossy look.  They were a huge hit and turned out even better than I expected!  I included the recipe below. I used a Large Crown Cookie Cutter from Amazon to cut out the sandwiches and toasted them.  The monster teeth were also a really fun food for the kids and very easy to make. Where the Wild Things Are Party & Printables

Mossy Cheese Balls

November 7, 2017
: 30
: 35 min
: 4 hr
: 4 hr 25 min
: Easy

Cheese balls rolled in chopped parsley for a mossy look.

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Ingredients
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion (1)
  • 1/4 cup chopped ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • Assorted crackers and/or flatbread
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl let cream cheese, cheddar, and butter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add milk and Worcestershire sauce. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir in green onion and ham. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.
  • Step 2 Before serving, shape cheese mixture into a ball. Roll ball in parsley and let stand 15 minutes. Serve with crackers or flatbread. Makes about 30 (1-tablespoon) servings.

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I created a Crown Yourself Print and put it in a basket with Gold Crowns i got from Amazon.  We took photos of Jonah in his “Where the Wild Things Are” Costume and framed them in Walmart frames to display around the house.

Where the Wild Things Are Party & Printables

The Leaf Garland can be bought from Amazon and the Gold One Balloon from Hobby Lobby. I bought a “Where the Wild Things Are” Book from Amazon and asked people to write a note to Jonah on the front cover for a keepsake. I edited the graphic to say “Our Wild One” instead of Jonah’s name so you can use it too! You can print this Birthday Keepsake Note here.Where the Wild Things Are Party & Printables

Jonah’s favorite part about the party was riding around in his boat just like Max from the book.  We used poster board, tape, and markers to create a boat from his Radio Flyer wagon.  Of course his Build-A-Bear had to come along for the ride.Where the Wild Things Are Party & Printables Where the Wild Things Are Party & Printables

Lastly, I used the same prints from the “A Wild One” Banner but only printed out the crowns and the one to make bunting for his highchair.  He had a blast eating cake for the first time, and had to change clothes to open his presents.Where the Wild Things Are Party & Printables

Here is a round-up of all of the different “Where the Wild Things Are” Party Printables – OR – You can view all of them at once HERE.

Autumn at the Arboretum

Autumn at the Arboretum

Fall has always been one of my favorite times of year.  Around here, the last few weeks of October are some of the only times you can really enjoy being outside.  My oldest will be two next month, and we always look for activities to keep him entertained.  He likes to be able to run freely and touch everything he sees. Luckily, we have found zoos and botanical gardens a great way to get fresh air and keep him entertained.  We took a weekend trip to the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.  In the fall, they have a special event called “Autumn at the Arboretum,” with a village built from 90,000 pumpkins.

I had visions of taking beautiful pictures of my boys in the pumpkin patch, but of course reality always hits.  I was lucky if I could catch either child still long enough to take a decent picture. My oldest spent half the time snacking on crackers and throwing fits whenever I asked him to say “cheese.”  When we finally got them to the pumpkin village, I realized how impossible it was to get an infant and a one year old to look at the camera and smile at the same time.  I eventually gave up, and spent the day enjoying the trip instead of taking pictures. Here are my candid, real life photos.  They aren’t perfect, but neither are we.

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