{market monday} i’m a lumberjack

It’s the start of a new week which means it’s…

I’m so excited to share our latest “Party on a Budget” design featured in the Winter 2012 issue of Bird’s Party Magazine. Each party or design we create has a special place in my heart, but this party truly is one of my absolute favorites! I love that it’s perfect for all ages and for so many different occasions including birthdays, couple’s showers, retirements, winter parties and more!

When J and I were trying to decide what theme we should choose for this issue’s feature, we visited Bird’s Party shop for a bit of inspiration. I fell in love with Bird’s Winter Birch Collection which was styled by Elissa of One Stone Events. I have always dreamed of living in a log cabin and the blanket used as the backdrop for the buffet gave us a brilliant idea—a Lumberjack party!

For the Lumberjack Mini-Buffet, we used ivory paper plates which we embellished with paper wood slices and a banner hung on twine with miniature clothespins.

After creating a tablecloth for the craft/dining table, the leftover material was turned into a table runner for the buffet. Food was served on wooden dessert stands I scored on Pick Your Plum and a wooden painter’s palette leftover from an art-themed party. Pick Your Plum is a daily deal website we feature on our blog every day on the sidebar.

During our yearly visits to the Mackinaw City area and Upper Peninsula of Michigan, we make a stop for a unique, local cuisine…pasties (pass-tees). Back in the day, miners took pasties or meat pies as their daily lunch. Our version was filled with ground chicken, potatoes, veggies and chicken stock then wrapped in refrigerated pizza doughThey seemed like the perfect thing to feed hungry lumberjacks! The meat pies were wrapped in parchment paper and tied with twine.

After scouring the leftover Halloween candy, Twix and Kit Kat bars were stacked like timber.

A red tin coffeepot served up juice and non-dairy mini pancakes were stacked on extra wooden food sticks from a recent Hawaiian luau and embellished with flannel shirt paper flags.

I was thrilled to find a log cake at our local grocery story for only $3.99! It was a little lonely on the wood slice so I embellished it with unwrapped Tootsie Rolls aka Mini Logs.

The table was finished off with a Lincoln Logs’ cabin, paper pine cones, plaid food tents and Log Cabin Favor Boxes.

The Dining/Activity Table was set up in the kitchen due to our bathroom renovation. I actually love how it turned out and the fourth guest could sit on the step which was the same height as the chairs.

The log fabric use to make the tablecloth was an unexpected treasure found during a trip to IKEA. I knew I could use it over and over again including gracing our Thanksgiving table last week.

A Lincoln Log cabin was constructed for the table centerpiece.

Each placesetting included a compostable bamboo square plate, flannel shirt cut out and clear plate. A napkin and utensils were wrapped up in a paper wood slice tied with twine. Bamboo cups recycled from a recent Hawaiian-themed birthday were wrapped with faux bois paper and twine.

One of my favorite elements of the party décor were the lumberjack plaid shirts. Besides using them in the placesettings, I sewed together small shirts, circles and squares cut from faux bois and plain colored cardstock. If you don’t sew, the bunting can easily be made using a small hole punch and stringing your shapes on twine or ribbon.

The lumberjacks can be sent home with Log Cabin Favor Boxes personalized for the occasion and filled with Miniature Tootsie Roll “logs”. Faux bois gable boxes found in Target’s Dollar Spot were filled with “Lumberjack Gear” which consisted of a homemade fleece hat with ear flaps and a foam beard they made as a craft.

We’ll be sharing the party activities and crafts later this week including how to use the Lumberjack Beard Template from the Lumberjack Collection.

The collection also includes Favor Tags…

…Party Signs…

…and Lil’ Party Tags!

The Lumberjack Collection is now available in The Market and is currently on sale for $20.00 (a 33% savings)!

I hope you’re inspired to grab a flannel shirt and have a lil’ fun in the woods!





Party Design & Styling, Photography, Printables: Piggy Bank Parties

Beard & Long-Sleeved Shirt Templates: Piggy Bank Parties

Tablecloth & Table Runner Fabric: Ikea

Fleece & Flannel Fabric: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores

Fleece Hat Tutorial: Tracy’s Treasury

Wood Dessert Stands: Pick Your Plum

Gable Boxes: Target

About Hank

I'm Hank, the Piggy Bank Parties' mascot, and all around fun pig. My favorite movie is "Babe," my favorite song is "This Little Piggy Went to Market" and my favorite book is "Charlotte's Web".

8 thoughts on “{market monday} i’m a lumberjack

    1. Thanks, Melissa! The boxes and plaid shirts are two of my favorite elements!

  1. I absolutely LOVE this! I fondly recall hours spent building with Lincoln Logs at my grandma’s house and love how you turned a classic toy into a fab party.

    P.S. I knew I should have bought those boxes at Target, they are perfect for this! :)

    1. I bought J a set of Lincoln Logs when we were dating ‘cuz he never had them as a kid! We pull them out at parties to entertain the kiddos…and adults! P.S. I knew I couldn’t pass up those boxes!

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