These past couple of weeks have been CRAZY! I’m just now able to sit down & catch my breath. Before I dive into the party details, I wanted to explain everything that happened the week of the big day since a lot of my tips & tricks are about the party prep. I had A LOT going on the week of Bear’s party; so my saving grace was panicked prayers, lists, & scheduling out the to-do’s across the week. Not only does throwing a party create a ton of work (especially with as many DIYs as i had), but we also closed on our new house, had family & friends stay with us, and I decided to cook for the party instead of cater (which I realized is hard to do when you’re in between kitchens).
The first step of a party is obviously the invitations. The invitations set the tone of the entire event so you really have to have an idea of what the theme is going to be as well as the date, time, & guest list. Ideally, you want to send out your invites about 4 weeks before the event. I ended up sending them out about a week late since we were out of town.
My next step was starting on all of the DIY projects I wanted to do. I love doing things myself; not just because I’m stubborn but also I love to customize things. I’d rather explain how I created something than explain where I bought it.
The backdrop I created (with tons of help from my husband & mom):
I found this font on my pinterest, I wanted a tribal look to go along with the theme. My mom printed “WILD ONE” onto a transparency sheet so we could project it onto foam board and outline it with the back of a paint brush. I then cut them out with my trusty styrofoam cutter.
Making a mini campfire took a lot more effort than I expected; hunting down the supplies was the hardest part (linked under picture). Once you get the supples it’s super easy & makes a fun little s’mores station!
Since I wasn’t catering, the next HUGE step was to create the menu for the party. I love to cook & studied nutrition and food science technology in college, so this was a really fun step for me. I wanted to create a menu that was easy to eat and had a southern feel to it. The trick to cooking for 25 people is to plan ahead! I put all of my recipes on one document and printed it out; this became a life saver when it came time to make a grocery list and start cooking. Be sure to calculate how many servings you’ll need; I used this formula.
Chicken & Waffle Sandwiches
Green Bean Casserole
Spicy Louisiana Shrimp Dip
As far as desserts, the only thing I actually made myself were the cookies & the cupcake decorations. In my opinion, sweets are sweets, and unless you have an award winning dessert, buying them is an easy way to save on time.
Mini Cheesecake Squares (purchased at Sam’s Club)
Chocolate & Vanilla Cupcakes (purchased at Sam’s Club)
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here are a couple of other shots from the party!
Thanks for stopping by and celebrating with us! Feel free to ask me any questions, I’m sure I’ve missed something.