BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH DIY WOOD CHIP CHALKBOARD ORNAMENTS

BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH DIY WOODCHIP CHALKBOARD ORNAMENTS
BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH DIY WOOD CHIP CHALKBOARD ORNAMENTS
I've been a busy beaver here lately, as two of our boys have a birthday within 2 days of each other this month, so I have been organizing their birthday parties!

My eldest son recently joined Beavers and absolutely loves it! So there was no hesitation from him when I asked him what theme he wanted for his 8th birthday party this year - Beavers! So cute, right?

The very first thing I like to do when planning a party is to print out my birthday party planning checklist (I posted about this wonderful checklist here, and I have it available as a free download for you!). I've been using this checklist for years and it keeps me organized and is so helpful to have everything in one place!

FREE BIRTHDAY PARTY PLANNING PRINTABLE CHECKLIST
FREE BIRTHDAY PARTY PLANNING PRINTABLE CHECKLIST
Beaver-themed party decorations are nonexistent here in my town so I had to make my own, which I have often done for previous birthday parties throughout the years anyways. My son wanted to have a glow-in-the-dark bowling party, so luckily the bowling alley supplied all of the tableware and even balloons!

After searching the internet for ages, I finally found a super cute beaver graphic. I added a few more logs then used it in my design for the invitations and thank you tags for the goodie bags.

BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY DIY INVITATIONS AND TAGS
BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH DIY INVITATIONS AND TAGS

We usually like to make our own birthday cakes, but between all of the birthday parties (one each for the boys and one for the family), we opted for a store-bought sheet cake and customized it with the beaver theme.

We sketched out a cake design and gave it to the local bakery. My husband then used chocolate fondant to make 2 beavers, and he also mixed pretzel sticks in with some fondant to make the beaver dam and lodge. We finished it off by adding some chocolate rocks - which are always a huge hit with the kids!

BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY CAKE
BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY CAKE

The cupcakes were made for our family party later in the week. Using the same cute beaver graphic, I printed out some tiny beavers on cardstock and attached them to a toothpick - don't they make the cutest cupcake toppers!? I added some buttercream icing "grass" and chocolate rocks and topped them with the most delicious (and most addicting!) chocolate wafer sticks!

BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY CUPCAKES
BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY CUPCAKES
I already had an idea in my head about having wood chip chalkboard ornaments for party favours, so I enlisted my husband for some help! His colleague has a lot of wood on his property, so he was able to cut a bunch of wood chips for me! They ended up much larger than anticipated, but I love the way they turned out!

My husband used a belt sander and then smoothed them out even more by hand sanding with a sheet of sandpaper. I painted on some chalkboard paint with a foam brush and voila, a hanging wood chip chalkboard!

BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH DIY WOOD CHIP CHALKBOARD ORNAMENTS
BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH DIY WOOD CHIP CHALKBOARD ORNAMENTS

BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH DIY WOOD CHIP CHALKBOARD ORNAMENTS
BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH DIY WOOD CHIP CHALKBOARD ORNAMENTS
And in case you were wondering what else I put in the goodie bags...

Since it was a glow-in-the-dark bowling party, I opted to include some glow sticks and laser finger flickers. I found adorable bowling pin and ball erasers at the local dollar store as well as a notepad with bright paper, and I just had to include a twig pencil! I added in a couple of small treats, too!

These goodie bags were a huge hit!

BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY FAVOR GOODIE BAG IDEAS
BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY FAVOR GOODIE BAG IDEAS
So that, my friends, is how we rocked Lee's beaver-themed birthday party! :) We had a lot of fun and the kids absolutely loved the DIY wood chip chalkboards!

I can't wait to share with you my other son's race car-themed 3rd birthday party! Post coming soon! Be sure to check out more of our birthday parties here.

Are you planning a birthday party soon? I'd love to know what party themes your kids have had! What do you usually include in your goodie bags?


BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH DIY WOOD CHIP CHALKBOARD ORNAMENTS
BEAVER-THEMED 8th BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH DIY WOOD CHIP CHALKBOARD ORNAMENTS



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