How to Create a Wild One Birthday (on a budget!)

Easy birthday theme for a first birthday.

Jude’s first birthday has come and gone. My last first birthday for one of my babies, tear. I knew this would be my last first birthday, but between homeschool, work, and trying to stay sane… his birthday approached faster than I imagined, and I wasn’t fully prepared.

Truth be told, I kind of threw this theme together last minute… like 6 days before his party, last minute. 😬

Even with that said, his first birthday was by far my favorite! I wanted to have a little pajama party for his cousins, but with Luke’s golf schedule we had to have his party on a Sunday night, so that wasn’t going to work.

Then I wanted to purchase him a teepee because I think they are so darn cute, so I thought about doing a teepee theme… but that didn’t really lend for too many decorations.

After a very early morning (like 3am early) I landed on the idea for a Where the Wild Things Are theme.

Enter: Pinterest!

Everything you can possibly imagine for Where the Wild Things Are can be found on Pinterest and Etsy. I ordered a little romper from 2 Trouble Boys which by the way, the personalized romper was shipped the very next day… I was SUPER impressed! I also ordered the little “One” crown from the same shop owner.

Next, I ordered a cake topper from Carol Cow Crafts

I actually prefer to order Kroger or Costco cakes over boutique bakeries and then decorate them my own way with cake toppers and figurines. Not only do I think Costco cakes taste better… they are SO MUCH CHEAPER! I will say though, do not purchase a Costco cake unless you have a large amount of people to feed. With COVID, Jude’s

party was very small, so I opted for a Kroger cake. The cake + topper was $25 total.

I then searched Etsy for little ways to decorate for his party and found lots of PDF printable files for Where the Wild Things Are. Some of the ones I ordered were from Everything by Elle Co. and Bryna Cumplido Events  . By ordering the printable files, I saved a lot of time and money. I also bought a black tablecloth, balloons and confetti from Party City.

Lastly, I went to Walgreens photo center and printed 12 of my favorite Jude photos. I took twine + clothes pins and taped it to a chalk board so it read “One Wild Year” …. a super easy idea and only costs about $5 to print 4×4 photos at Walgreens.

All in all, his entire party cost me less than $150 including the Amazon tent, outfit, decorations and cake!

If you’re looking for a very quick and easy theme for your little Wild One, this rumpus was is a hit!

What was your favorite birthday theme for your child?













Shanisty Ireland is a former award-winning Television News Anchor with more than 15 years of experience on-air. Today, Shanisty freelances on national and local media outlets featuring some of her favorite recipes and hot topics from her blog. Shanisty has been featured on The Today Show, Ellen, U.S. News and World Report, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy and hundreds of local TV News and Radio stations.

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