I’ve always ‘had a thing’ for children’s author Maurice Sendak. I remember choosing him for an assignment when I was at Teacher’s Training College. There is something about the ‘wild rumpus’, ‘king of all kings’ and not to forget nudey Mickey in the ‘Night Kitchen’. Maurice Sendak passed away in 2012 leaving us with fabulous books like Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. He also leaves us with a beautiful quote from one of his last interviews; “I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more.” Another great quote from Sendak and the Wild Things is, ‘I’ll eat you up I love you so,” and when I saw this awesome party from Christchurch mum and owner of Party Styling company The Little Carousel, I wanted to eat it up I loved it so!
Jen said; “Our choice for the Where the Wild Things Are theme is because we consider our Madden to be the king of all wild things. He’s a perfect mix of funny and crazy and has been all go since the day he was born – so we thought it would be a very fitting theme for him! … he very much likes reading books and we read this book to him.”
Jen got her invitations from the fabulous online store Etsy. She used Oh Happiness Cards store and if you follow the link to the Etsy store you will see heaps of Where the Wild Things Are options.
Jen has used a great mix of DIY decorations, party supplies from stores and other bits and pieces. It all comes together beautifully. I love the use of the plywood background. Such a great idea to bring in a wood/natural element and plywood is so on trend! Jen purchased party supplies from the fabulous NZ online party stores Pop Roc Parties and Sweet Pea Parties. The personalised Chalk Poster is from Auckland Graphic Design company The Lilybug Project. You can purchase these through their Etsy store with prices starting from around $25. Jen made the pallet sign and mod podge ONE herself. I always think it’s great to add some toys to your party decor and framed quotes and pictures. A simple way to add an extra touch to your party theme and decorations. Jen has done this so well. I also love the pine cones and crates.
Jen said: “Due to house renovations, I outsourced a lot of my baking as we have no kitchen. I used some great local vendors who really are amazing! We also got some cheese platters and club sandwiches from New World, they make up a platter for you in the deli, the adults LOVED them, we were unaware they even did platters but were really happy with them!” The crown cookies and wild thing cupcakes are from the talented Christchurch baker and decorator – Serena Bull-Baking Art. Follow the link to her Facebook page to see the wonderful creations she makes.
Madden’s party was held at the local Plunket rooms. Plunket rooms can provide a great venue for little ones parties. They usually cost about $50 to hire. Jen said, “We had no need for party games or activities, because it was held at our local plunket rooms we used the toys there which was great fun for the one year olds and they have a wee outside playground as well. Totally worth it!!”
This awesome cake was made by Jo at Sugar Baby Cakery located in St Albans Christchurch. I just love the ‘Wild Things’ dancing around the cake. The fabulous custom made cake topper is from the wonderful Kylie at Love from Seventeen. Kylie has lots of cake topper options. Follow the link to her website to check them out.
Jen said she, “Had wee paper bags with a bubble wand and play dough in. Each child got a felt crown as a favour as well which I got from small business Oh Em Gee, she handmade them for me. (Madden had one as well with fur on it but I couldn’t seem to get any good photos with it).”
I love how Jen has used a mix of DIY and supporting local and small businesses. Oh Em Gee is a small business run by mother of two, Emily Gee, in Tauranga. She specialises in bespoke felt flowers. They are so beautiful. Good on Jen for buying from and introducing us to such wonderful NZ talent!
So many fabulous ideas in this ‘wild’ party and yes we could ‘eat it up we love it so!’ The adorable Madden also had a ‘cake smash’ photo shoot in ‘Wild Things’ style to finish off his first birthday celebrations. These gorgeous photos are from Christchurch photographer Hazel and Cass who specialises in newborn photos. You fall in love with her newborn photos! Thanks so much to Jen and Madden for sharing your party with us. We LOVE it!
Party Styling: The Little Carousel
Chalk Poster: The Lilybug Project
Favors: Oh Em Gee
Cake: SugarBaby Cakery
Cake topper: Love from Seventeen
Venue: Plunket Rooms
Catering: New World
Cupcakes: Serena Bull Baking Art
Photographer: Hazel and Cass