First Birthday Pow-Wow

My little man turned one and I just cannot believe it. They always tell you time flies with children, but man, it really does. Our son is the only grandchild, great-grandchild, nephew, etc. between both my husband and I’s family. Since we have such a BIG family, I knew they would all be there to celebrate our wild little man!


When trying to decide on a theme, I wanted to do something that incorporated his interests. When he was around 6 months old, we taught him how to make an “indian sound” by holding our hand up to his mouth. Now at 12 months he can make the “indian sound” all by himself. That’s how I came up with a tribal themed pow-wow.

The party planning commenced with these invitations that one of my good friends Cassandra designed. How adorable are they?! She is so creative! Highly recommend for any of your customized designing needs!


I created the burlap, feather, and fur banners. I had so much fun making banners for each room. (I’m even repurposing the fur banner for his nursery!)


I also created his high chair banner. I stuck with the feather theme and added a variety of colors.


Since we had so many people attending and luckily his birthday is in the summer, I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and host the party outdoors. I found these beautiful dreamcatchers on clearance. I hung them on our birch tree in the backyard which served as a festive backdrop during his cake smash. (Sidenote: highly recommend doing cake smash outside if possible! There was cake everywhere!)


Being a hot July day, I knew we would need plenty of drinks. I ordered Avery water bottle labels off Amazon, used their free online template with colorful arrows, and created these “Wigwam Water” bottle labels. I think they turned out great and added a nice little touch to the party.


We served tribal tea (sweet tea) and raspberry lemonade out of these fun mason jar cups. I used twine and feathers to tie around the top for a festive look. I ordered the birch paper straws off Etsy.



I found these adorable plates, napkins and cups on Etsy from SteshaParty. They were so cute!


I originally wanted to do a trail mix bar where guests could assemble their own bag of trail mix, but my husband nixed that idea and encouraged me to just buy the bag of pre-made trail mix to make my life easier. So that is what I {begrudgingly} did. I wanted something fun to serve them in and hand stamped these paper bags for both the trail mix and jerky. They turned out much better than I expected. I am also a big fan of single serving size items at parties. I think some guests are more apt to pick up a single serving to snack on than make themselves a whole plate.


For food we served the jerky and trail mix along with teepee sandwiches, teepee pinwheels, spring mix salad, quinoa salad with jalapeno vinaigrette, watermelon feta blackberry skewers, multi-grain tortilla chips, roasted red pepper hummus, and pita chips. I tried to stick with the tribal theme and chose “natural” foods.






I have to give a huge shout out to Ali’s Little Cake Shop for the delicious cupcakes and smash cake! I decided to go with a variety of flavors for the cupcakes. I ordered these adorable cupcake toppers from Eventprint and used the chalkboard as a key to let guests know which topper symbolized which flavor.  And how cute did his smash cake turn out?! Ali did such an amazing job!!




The party was a great success. My little man had a ball and we did too. How should a one-year old birthday and cake smash end? With a dip in the baby pool! This guy was just living the high life on his birthday!




Wild One T-Shirt: Moodz Online

Feather Headband: Graham & Brooks

Invitations: @brownberrydesigns //

Burlap Banner: The Gathering Host – Click for Etsy Shop

Feather Banner: The Gathering Host – Click for Etsy Shop

Feather High Chair Banner: The Gathering Host – Click for Etsy Shop

Dreamcatchers: Earthbound Trading Co.

Water Bottle Labels: Amazon

Wild One Burlap Banner: The Gathering Host

Mason Jar Cups: The Gathering Host

Birch Paper Straws: The Party Gnome

Plates, Cups, Napkins: Stesha Party

Jerky Bags: The Gathering Host – Click for Etsy Shop

Trail Mix Bags: The Gathering Host – Click for Etsy Shop

Teepee Cookie Cutter: Chocolate Supplies

Arrow Skewers: Eventprint

Fur Banner: The Gathering Host – Click for Etsy Shop

Cupcake Toppers: Eventprint

“Wild One” Cake Topper: Eventprint

Cupcakes: Ali’s Little Cake Shop

Smash Cake: Ali’s Little Cake shop

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Virginia is for lovers…and winos!

Did you know that Virginia is for lovers… and winos?! Here in Virginia we have plenty of wine trails to choose from throughout the state.  With over 250 wineries and scenic views, a day at the wineries is a popular social event. To celebrate National Drink Wine Day, I have rounded up my top 5 wineries in Virginia:

  • Blue Valley Vineyard: This winery is located just off I-66 in Delaplane, Virgina.  They just built a beautiful new tasting room with a gorgeous view out of floor to ceiling windows. This winery feels like you are sitting in someone’s home, very warm and cozy. Great place to hang out and socialize for a few hours or also for a private party.
  • Stone Tower Winery: As you drive up the mountain, on a windy gravel road you start to think you went the wrong way.  However, once you arrive at the top of the mountain, you realize you are in the right place as you are greeted by a huge vineyard and scenic views.  My favorite part of this Leesburg winery is the massive amount of outdoor seating that is available.  It would accommodate large groups nicely.  Great winery to bring a picnic lunch, sit outside and take in the scenery on a nice day. Also plenty of green space for pets and children to run around.
  • Boxwood Winery: This modern winery is located in Middleburg, VA. The vineyard’s contemporary decor stands out compared to other area wineries. Sophisticated tasting room as well as shaded outdoor seating make this a unique stop on a Northern Virginia wine tour.
  • Tarara Winery: This classic Loudoun County vineyard is located on over 450 acres of manicured grounds. The winery is located in the basement of a large estate.  Beautiful property and outdoor seating.  They offer a summer concert series on the grounds which would make a fantastic date night!
  • Quattro Goomba Winery: I always like to make Quattro Goomba the last stop on my winery days.  This winery is located in an old auto garage in Aldie, VA.  It doesn’t have a fancy tasting room like other wineries, but it has a killer atmosphere!  They have wine slushies, live music on the weekends and outdoor seating.  They recently opened a brewery on the property which is a nice alternative if you had enough wine for the day.  My favorite part of this winery is the amazing pizza they serve. Hence why I prefer it as my last stop, who doesn’t like to cap off a day of wine drinking with a delicious pizza?! This is definitely the “it” winery for atmosphere and fun!
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