Monday, August 11, 2014

Camp Lucas: Celebrating 1

It has been almost 2 years since my last blog post - wow! The time has flown by and this last year has been one of the quickest of my life. We welcomed a new little guy into our family last July - Lucas Donald Moll. There have been a ton of great adventures with family and friends, huge milestones, celebrations and parties, learning to overcome new challenges, and living this crazy, fun, busy life as a family of four.

A few weeks ago our family and friends celebrated Lucas' first birthday with a camping themed birthday party at our favorite park, a park I grew up going to with my sister, Mom and Dad: Gig Harbor City Park at Crescent Creek.

We had 38 happy little campers and 40 big campers join us on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We hosted a camp cookout themed lunch, a scavenger hunt, arts & crafts where campers could decorate a  personalized wooden camp medallion, a cozy teepee area created the perfect backdrop for our photo booth, and a new play area was just opened at the park featuring a cool ship to play on so the kiddos were happy as can be. We finished the day with sweets: s'mores on a stick, teepee cookies, cupcakes, s'more stacks, cake and girl scout cookies. Each family that joined us left with a Campfire CD featuring some of our families favorite sing a long songs.

Here is a peek at Camp Lucas! 

Invites to our Happy Campers

Snap a Pic 
Teepee backdrop and camp themed props for the photo booth 

 Guests were able to capture the days adventure with photos to take home. Our photographer gave us a copy of each guest photo that I am using to create a camp photo book. 

Arts + Crafts


I believe that every event needs some sort of floral element. For this party I did a combination of succulents and herbs potted in wooden boxes, tin cans and little ceramic pots. 

Scavenger Hunt 

Lunch is Served: Camp Cookout 

The cookout was served around and on a double sided wood burning stove. We had a fire on one side to keep the grilled items and the campfire beans warm. 

Cookout Menu:

Kosher Beef Hot Dogs

Chicken Sausages 

Campfire Beans 

Watermelon & Mint Salad 

Greek Salad 

Classic Potato Chips 

Extras for our Little Campers: 
Watermelon triangels on popsicle sticks

I packaged individual Greek salad and watermelon mint salads for the adults. It made for a easy grab and go for adults with kiddos and less stress for refilling salads during the party. 

Bamboo forks, spoons and knives, napkins and wet napkins were stocked in glassine bags in a vintage wood crate for a grab and go. 

Camp Treats 

 Natural colors, materials and vintage camping thermoses were used in designing the dessert table

 Cake forks had a wildlife washi tape wrapped around them
 and craft colored boats were used to collect all the goodies you wanted

A glimpse at the last year with Lucas 

An old window pane was the backdrop to string some memorable photos from the last year we wanted to share with guests. Here Reese and Rory are checking them all out. 

The Cake 

He started out a little unsure about this whole cake thing and a few minutes he had his entire face in the cake. We had one messy guy who had the best time enjoying his birthday cake from our favorite bakery

 Cousin Wyatt and Big Brother Cade sneaking a taste of Lukey Bear's Birthday Cake 

Thank you for Celebrating: Campfire Songs 

With the help of our friend Alika a CD was created for each family to take and enjoy the the rest of the summer. It was a combination of old sing a long classics and some fun kid sing a long songs too. This CD was the soundtrack for our party this day as well. 

Keepsake book of 1st birthday cards using the invite as the cover / Lucas camp medallion /  arrow art from old barn wood and wire created for Lucas by my incredibly taleneted friend Jennifer Robbins. 

It was amazing to have so many family and friends here to celebrate with us. I am thankful for the help of my Mom, Dad, sister Megan, friend Paolo and Alyssa in helping me make this day what I had envisioned - a fun camp themed celebration for our sweet little one Lucas! 

invites, scavenger hunt, camp lucas banner, menu signs, framed signs, thank you tags -  Kari Snyder
photobooth - Carino & Co. 
vintage khaki linens  -  Trendy Events
cupcake toppers - Shop Sweet Lulu

photos here are a collaboration by: Paolo Liloc, Kari Snyder, Megan Winther, Sheryl Brown, and Jordan Moll