Our sweet little baby turned one this month.  As she grew through this first year, we started to see more and more glimpses into the little person she was growing into.  Her kisses were fierce, she developed a tiny, imperious smirk that could command legions, and the glint of mischief in her eye was always accompanied by her own melodic language of affectionate growls and inquisitive songbird notes.  She climbed and clambered and rolled and somersaulted fearlessly around the confines of her world.  We couldn’t think of a better theme for our bright, curious, wild at heart girl than the book Where the Wild Things Are.

“And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.”

- Where the Wild Things Are

“That very night in Max’s room a forest grew and grew- and grew until his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around.”

-Where the Wild Things Are

In the book, Max, child-king of the Wild Things, sails to a wild and tropical fantasy island.  We recreated that same sense of lush magical verdure with our green and gold leaf garlands and organic sylvan accents , opting for touches of blush and peach to soften the palette.

These fantastic printables from Beyond the Woodland tied in the literary theme while also allowing us to create a more customized feel, which was a lifesaver while stuck at home.

Our beautiful Wild One wooden topper was made to order by the fabulously talented Thistle and Lace Designs

A jewellery tree and glitter crowns created a “Crown Yourself” station that perfectly invoked Max’s iconic coronation as the ferocious King of the Wild Things.

We had an initial mishap with our cake, but thankfully the extra paper toppers I originally made for our cupcakes with my Cricut saved the day!

I also used my Cricut to add personalized details to our balloon arch.

While this may not be the big first year celebration we had planned for our little one, we still found ways to feel festive and commemorate this very special milestone.  Our families found cute jungle backgrounds and themed outfits to “Zoom” in for her very first taste of cake and sweet treats.  And like Max, we took comfort in knowing she was together- at least in spirit- with the “someones who love her best of all.”