Fun fact–the first item Zach and I bought when we found out I was pregnant was a giant Winnie the Pooh bear. I had grand plans for a Pooh themed first birthday party pretty much from the day Erin made her appearance in the world. (Obviously, the army had other plans since her first birthday fell two days before Zach deployed #fail.) This year though, I started planning her Winnie the Pooh Second Birthday party from the moment September started and, you guys, it was so worth it.
Planning a Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party
I knew that, since the party was going to be just us, I wanted to keep things fairly simple while still trying to bring a little bit of whimsy and Hundred Acre Wood’s flair to the festivities. Pinterest is my go-to for any type of party planning but I also scoured the DisneyFamily instagram where I found the inspiration for Erin’s birthday cake. Full disclosure: I’m horrible at baking cakes. This is actually the first time one of my cakes turned out both edible and aesthetically pleasing.
Winnie the Pooh Party Food
For the food, I went with a few light lunch options to pile on our plates and they ended up working perfectly for our 3pm party.
Pig(lets) in a Blanket: I felt a little bad eating something named after one of my favorite Hundred Acre Woods characters but these mini pigs in a blanket were soooo good! And super simple since they’re just mini versions of hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls. One can of crescent roll dough cut into smaller triangles worked perfectly for one package of mini sausage links.
Veggies from Rabbit’s Garden: Maybe one of the simplest foods on the table. An assortment of veggies straight from Rabbit’s garden.
Tigger Tails: aka bacon ranch pasta salad-one of my go-to summer recipes and a dish Erin (and Zach) really loves. Rotini pasta is a must for these twisty tigger tails and the bacon elevates a super simple dish into something a little more special.
Twigs from Eeyore’s House: Again, simplicity for the win–simple pretzels equals cute twigs.
Lemonade with Mint: I added some mint to give this simple lemonade recipe a little more pizzazz. The real star of this though were the cups. I used some brown construction paper and a sharpie to make a Hunny label for our mason jar cups. So cute and seriously so simple.
Pooh Bear Birthday Cake: Cakes are not usually my forte, you guys (ask my husband about my past years of failed birthday cakes) but I think this year I found my go-to recipe. This lemon layer cake tasted amazing and was perfect for Pooh’s face; for his ears, I baked some lemon poppyseed muffins (from a box because #momlife), cut the tops off and stacked two for each ear. Buttercream frosting is my birthday cake kryptonite but I attempted it once again and managed to make a version of a simple buttercream that was edible (albeit a little sweet). It’s probably not a surprise that I’m not the best decorator so this simple Pooh face worked perfectly for my skill set! All in all this was definitely my most delicious and I love how cute it turned out too.
Winnie the Pooh Party Decor
Most of the Pooh themed parties on pinterest were geared more toward boys with lots of green and red but I chose a slightly more muted color scheme with gold + butter yellow+ white. I only bought a few things to decorate for our party since we had quite a few things we already owned that fit perfectly with the Pooh theme.
Pooh & Piglet Stuffed Animals: We bought Erin’s gigantic Pooh Bear + Piglet at the Disney Store before she was born and of course, I had to include them in the party decor. She loves playing with her giant Pooh (he is still almost twice the size of her) and they really made the whole party come together.
Wooden Crate Photo Display: Originally, when I was planning her first birthday party, I had planned on having a photo display of all of Erin’s monthly photos from her first year but since this was her second year, I opted to include a photo of her as newborn, as a one-year-old and a current photo. We got the crate photo display from Hobby Lobby and it actually hangs in our living room on most days. For the fourth photo slot, I printed out a little invitation I created using some vintage Pooh illustrations to look like an old book cover.
Tree Slice Birthday Sign: Can you have a Pooh themed party without mentioning Pooh’s beloved hunny tree? I think not. We bought this tree slice at Target and I used black paint to write out ‘Erin Turnz Two’ in Pooh-esque handwriting. To add a little extra interest, I printed out some bee illustrations, cut them out, and pasted them to the sign.
Yellow + White Tassel Banner: Another find from Hobby Lobby and part of the decor for Erin’s new bedroom in Hawaii. We hung this on the wall as a backdrop to the table decor.
Gold Balloon Garland for Erin’s Highchair: Which we ended up adding to the front of the table because Erin couldn’t help kicking it while she ate. Still super cute though!
We tried to make most of her presents super interactive and she absolutely loved this drawing pad.
Even though it was simple, Erin really loved her birthday party and we had such a blast celebrating her!
This Winnie the Pooh themed birthday party was so adorable and came together so easily. I’m absolutely tempted to use it again when Erin gets a little older or for a future kiddo!
Am I the only mama who struggles with birthday cakes? If you have a tried and true recipe, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below (especially if it’s chocolate)!