Into the woods...
For a fun twist on an outdoor celebration, try a woodland-themed birthday party. The best thing about this theme is that it is so versatile. Tweak the ideas below to celebrate nature with cute woodland creatures and fairies; base it on Little Red Riding Hood the fairy tale; or even Into the Woods, the musical mash-up of many fairy tales.
Red Riding Hood's riding-hood
For a "Little Red Riding Hood" theme, the birthday girl will need a beautiful cape to wear. This hooded cape is created from micro velvet and has a satin lining. Available from the Etsy shop Shine ‘N Smile, this shop also offers a variety of accessories and a full "Little Red Riding Hood" costume.
Red Riding Hood party printables
Check out these gorgeous printable Red Riding Hood invitations from Bird’s Party Shop on Etsy. These invites are a great deal, and be sure to peek at her complete printable Red Riding Hood Party kit while you’re there!
'Into the' invitations
For a party based on Into the Woods (either the movie or the musical), this invitation with characters from the movie might be more in line with your style. Dalia’s Design’s Shop on Etsy will personalize your invite with party details.
Woodland felt crowns
Make your guests feel like royalty with these woodland felt crowns from Acme. Made of sustainable wool felt in a variety of colors, these crowns have an adjustable bands made from grosgrain ribbon for the perfect fit.
Red Riding Hood napkins
Cloth red and white gingham napkins make a perfect accent to an outdoor theme. From the Etsy shop Peapodray, these eco-friendly napkins can be machine washed and tumble dried, to be re-used over and over.
Cute toy critters
Adorable toys, crafted from sustainably harvested mango wood trees and stained with non-toxic water based stains — what could be better? The set from Acme includes a hedgehog, rabbit, bush and tree stump packaged in a wooden crate. These cute critters make a statement as a table centerpiece, or even as party favors.
Mushroom cupcake toppers
Another eco-friendly party accessory from Acme Party Box Company is this set of cute cupcake toppers. Each little mushroom is made of spun cotton and is perfect for gracing cupcakes or finger sandwiches. When you are done, simply remove the mushroom and put it on a fresh toothpick to use again.
Red Riding Hood cupcake toppers
For an edible cupcake topper, check out these Little Red Riding Hood fondant pieces from the Etsy shop Sweet and Edible. A set of twelve contains four iconic images from the tale: a basket, Little Red Riding Hood, a wolf and a tree. These bright decorations will elevate any cupcake to fine art!
Mason jar sippers
Never buy paper or plastic party cups again with these Mason jar cups from Acme. Each glass jar holds eight ounces and features a perforated metal sipper lid. The set comes with 12 striped paper straws.
Check out this party pack from Green Planet Parties. The palm leaf plates, cups and even forks and spoons are compostable and biodegradable! The set even contains two compostable garbage bags for easy clean-up.
For a fun party activity, send the guests into the woods! A scavenger hunt in the house or backyard is always a fun group activity, especially if the birthday girl in her red hood leads the way! Maybe they could end the journey by knocking on a fairy door that you attach to a tree outside like this one.
Little Red Riding Hood masks
Kids love photo booths and dressing up. These printable masks from the Etsy shop Amazing Party Shop feature Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, Grandma and the Woodcutter. Print these yourself at home on cardstock when you purchase the digital file.
Into the Woods quotes
These great printables from the Etsy shop BottleCapGuru are a must for an Into the Woods celebration. 16 quotes from the musical, written inside two-inch circles, can be used in so many ways! Print out on cardstock and use as cupcake toppers, or pin a quote on each guest’s back and play a game of, "Who said that?"
Tiny, rustic favor baskets like these can double as table decor and party favor containers. What a fun alternative to a plastic bag! Fill the baskets with flowers, candy, or small trinkets and send your guests home happy.
Plantable party favors like these plantable hearts and daisy confetti will make your guests (and their parents) smile! Scatter on the table as decor, create a fairy path for kids to follow, or just send these compostable favors home. When the material disintegrates, the wildflower seeds imbedded in each piece of confetti will grow.
Little Red Riding Hood bookmarks
A bookmark is sure to please both parents and party guests, especially when they are as cute as these Little Red Riding Hood bookmarks from the Etsy shop Mimiandlola. Buttons attached to a large paperclip are covered in vintage-style themed fabric.