Carly of Zolmer Design Co. out of Alberta, Canada sent in this fun Wild Child Themed Birthday Party. Her kids are very energetic and busy, so this theme had a very literal meaning which most of the guests found hilarious. Her children, Zara and Zachariah were both celebrating October birthdays, so this “Wild Child” theme was perfect for a joint birthday bash! The black and white party decor exhibited a wild and outdoorsy connotation and really went perfect with the theme.
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How many guests were at the party? We had approximately 50 guests attend (about 18 kids and the rest adults).
Who was the event or party for? Tell us a little about them! The party was a combined birthday for my two kids (both born in October). Zara turned 2 in October and is vivacious, busy, curious, stubborn and full of life and spunk. Zachariah turned 4 in October and is curious, BUSY!!, adventurous, fearless and loves attention. Both of my children have a zest for life and do not stop for anything. They go non stop all day and their absolute favorite thing to do is to be outside playing, having a fire or “working” in the yard. As you can tell from the photos of my son, he has a cast from is extremely active lifestyle (which has not stopped him from doing anything). I felt the theme of this party was particularly fitting for my kids as they are certainly “wild” children, and are extremely adventurous. In saying that, as parents, my husband and I hold true to many of the prints used throughout the party such as “stay wild my child”, for although they are busy, it reminds us that they are young and full of life.
Why did you choose the theme? Where did you look for party ideas and where did you shop for party supplies and products? As mentioned above, my kids are very inquisitive, busy and ‘wild’ and therefore the theme seemed to be an obvious choice for my kids. Typical “wild” themes already include black and white tones, however, I also love black and white and my home is mainly all white, therefore the decor colors and theme fit perfectly in our home setting. For party ideas, I started on Pinterest and made a general board of ideas for the party. Most of my party supplies and specialty products were sourced and ordered on Etsy (as they carry many handmade, theme specific products). All other party decor materials and supplies came from general party stores such as Party City or Michaels.
What are your favorite elements or highlights of the party? My favorite elements of the party were the over-sized white and black globe balloons with the handmade fringe, black and white prints encompassing so many fun expressions, small details that encompassed the wild theme and the dessert bar! The highlights of the party were the face painter we hired (she was amazing and it ended up that a bunch of the adults wanted their faces painted too – who knew!?) Also the bouncy castle with an obstacle course and slide we rented ended up being left at our house for an extra 5 hours, so after the kids had their fun, about 20 adults participated in relay timed events! It was absolutely hilarious and there were certainly some injuries.
What types of foods were served at the party? Food served at the party were buns with meat and cheese, fruit skewers, veggie tray, bruschetta, schwarties hashbrowns, meatballs and chips.
What types of desserts were served at the party? Cakes, candies, powdered doughnuts, brownies, decorated sugar cookies and Oreos (all desserts fit the black and white color scheme)
What DIY projects were involved, if any? Tell us about them. Pom Pom Garland – used regular white sewing string and threaded it through black and white pom poms to create little pom pom garlands. Balloon fringe – used black and white tissue paper, cut vertical lines in them and rolled them and stapled them. Once I had 8 assembled (4 of each color), I layered them on the balloon string I would be using for the giant globe balloons. Small Black Teepees – At Michaels, I found a teepee craft and used the wood materials provided for the base of the teepee. It only came with a cheap paper cover (which was folded and wrinkled), so instead I bought large black sheets of felt paper and traced the cheap paper onto the black felt. I glued it around my teepee base and then added black and white feathers at the top. I was also able to find a wild themed stamp set at Michaels which I used black ink to stamp dinner and dessert napkins, all the inserts for the flowers, food toppers, tags for the gift bags and some banners.
What games or activities were at the party? What were the party favors? As previously mentioned, we rented a bouncy castle that had a slide and an obstacle course for the kids as well as bean bag toss, and we rented a professional face painter which was a huge hit! I assembled personalized goodie bags for all the kids that came to the party, and also as guests left they took cookies, candies and goodies with them in little black and white bags provided from the dessert table. The party was wild and crazy for sure as we scheduled the party from 2 to 5 p.m. and the last guests left at 11. I didn’t expect that the adults would enjoy the bouncy castle or face painting as much as the kids and most people were overwhelmed by the decor, which made me feel good knowing my work didn’t go unnoticed! With Interior Design being my main passion, I have a huge love for party decor and design and would love to eventually incorporate it into my business one day!
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Vendors & Credits
Cookies – Sugar Leaf Bakery Kids Clothes – Shirt “Young, Wild & Four” – Baby Threads Apparel Pants “Wild” – Mand E Fashions Shirt “Im 2 Let’s Party” – Happy Life Tees Leggings (arrows) – Willbird Baby Cakes – Cake Affair Teepee/feather/Arrow Garland – BB Garlands Teepee Wall Decals – ADzif Arrow Balloon Decals –Msapple Wood Arrow Decor- The Barn Owl Wall Decal – “Lets have an adventure” – Starlight Decals All other party decor (garlands, banners, balloon fringe) created by Carly at zolmerdesignco.com