Take a walk through the woods: it leads to this magical event. Here, a little lumberjack by the name of Eli turns five years old to explore crackling campfires, a s'mores table, and an indoor grove of Fir trees.
Meet the Lumberjack Team
The idea of a lost lumberjack in the woods came to Eli's mom, Shannon Von Eschen, in a dream.
"The entire event was inspired by lumberjacks," she says. "And based it all on the idea of a team of lumberjacks who'd gotten lost deep within the woods, long, long ago during one of their logging missions. It was then us, as guests, who were going to stumble upon their camp, and their legacy, and getting to enjoy all things lumberjack: pancakes, axe target practice, tree sawing, s'more roasting, and wilderness camping under the stars."
Pictured here: Shannon, husband and father Jason, and the birthday boy Eli (who was turning five) all wore lumberjack attire to the party, plus woodsman-inspired temporary tattoos.
An Adventure Awaits
Calligrapher Taryn Eklund Ink designed the invitations. Note some of the fun details: a brass compass needle affixed to the envelope, a list of beard facts, the promise of s'mores, and an encouragement to "wear plaid and a smile."
"It smelled and felt like you were truly outdoors."
Four "Lost Lumberjacks" made an appearance at the party: One sitting at camp, near the fire pits; one at the bar serving drinks; one in the upper attic, still lowering his tree cuttings down into camp; and one, outside the camp, at the wooden scrap pile. Plus, a full-sized skeleton horse stood tied at the camp's entrance, waiting eerily outside.
Eli's constellation-inspired cake was made by Moriah of Wildflower Cakes. I'd given her a theme, as I wanted the cake to be dark, mysterious, and masculine. "It was such a hit and so very dapper!"
After cutting the cake, a star piñata was lowered from the ceiling.
The kids were each given scavenger-hunt bags made by Lana's Shop, and forestry items on the list were hidden all through the party. The kids had a blast hunting all over for the tiny hidden gems.
As always, the most amazing part of the whole day, was Eli's reaction. My heart nearly burst seeing my own tiny lumberjack-clad boy cling to my legs, saying he couldn't 'wait for my friends to see this!'"