“Where the Wild Things Are” Themed Birthday Party!

We had a party for Oliver’s 1st birthday, and I’m still in a state of shock that a year has already passed.

The party theme was one of my dearest childhood books growing up, “Where the Wild Things Are”. It was a wild rumpus of a party and couldn’t have been a better celebration of Ollie’s first year of life.



I draped paper leaves attached to ribbon everywhere I possibly could. Over the kitchen entrance, on the kitchen island, some paper leaves taped to a table runner, and then a bushel of paper leaves on a round mirror. It was very “wild” looking. I bought “Where the Wild Things Are” decals, stuck them on the backs of card-stock paper and glued wood dowels to them. They were placed in vases filled with different fresh leaves, some I bought and some cut from my backyard trees and bushes. I tried to take the greenery theme throughout the house by placing small vases in the bathroom, living room and back porch, all filled with green leaf bouquets.

My girlfriend Monica made this amazing chain banner for the party. She’s a craft master and it added the perfect special touch. Thanks, Monica!:)

For the mirror, a “Max” cut-out face was taped on, so when you looked directly at the mirror, you became instantly transformed into, “Max”.

I’m a dork, I know, but it was fun;)

I made Oliver a “smash cake” of his own and a little cake banner draped over a larger cake for the guests. It was held with a “Max” and wild thing creature. Adorable.

I decorated the smash cake with a simple “Max” face.

Oliver didn’t know what to do at first.

But eventually he caught on:)

He smooshed it well. Real well. NiceĀ  job, Ollie!:)

I made mini “Where the Wild Things Are” magnets as thank-you favors for our guests. They were pretty stinkin’ cute. I got the template from here.

Here’s the post on how to make these magnets. I can think of a million-and-one new ideas for other magnet projects using this style of magnets. It was so easy.



It was a great party. Good food. Wonderful company. And a happy one year old.

Updated – August 24th 2013



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  • Posted August 22, 2012 at 2:55 AM | Permalink

    That’s a great birthday that you guys have designed for oliver. I am sure the kid would have loved it. Some hard work but still a memorable event you have created for your child.

  • Posted August 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM | Permalink

    Thanks! I had so much fun putting it together:)


  • Jennifer
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 7:29 AM | Permalink

    Will you be putting up the how to part for the magnets soon?

  • Posted November 15, 2012 at 8:08 AM | Permalink

    Hi Jennifer. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll have that posted by the weekend.

  • Erica
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM | Permalink


    You have some really adorable ideas!! Thank you!!

    PS: Where did you get the tent? It is awesome!!!

  • Mary Monroe
    Posted May 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM | Permalink

    Love the idea of a WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE party.

  • Debi
    Posted August 24, 2013 at 4:21 AM | Permalink

    Where can I find the instructions for the magnets? They look like a great party favor to make for my daughter’s 15th birthday party. Yep, this is the theme she wants. Also, how did you make the signs for the plants, and where did you find the stuffed animals–they are very expensive on Amazon.

  • Teri
    Posted August 14, 2015 at 1:55 AM | Permalink


    Loveee your party! am planning the same thing for my son’s first birthday! (whose name is oliver as well haha)

    just wondering – where did you get the decals from?

  • megan
    Posted May 19, 2016 at 4:49 PM | Permalink

    Where did you get the Max balloon? Or how did you make it?

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