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When it comes to collecting, children know how to do it best. Whether its rocks and twigs or marbles and toys; the simplest treasures can fill their little hearts with joy!

Submitted by Jen Marshall of Wayfarer Family, out of Portland, OR, this Treasures & Trinkets Birthday Party transports you to that very world, where imagination takes flight and creativity begins. Don’t miss it!

While collecting party ideas from this darling occasion, be sure to pick up on these cute details:

  • Darling two-tiered birthday cake
  • Leaf sandwiches
  • Eclectic treasures and props
  • Burlap runners and table covers
  • Wood crates adorned with pine sprigs
  • Wreath decorating activity

Vendors:
Cake: JaCiva’s Bakery
Totes: Papermart.com
Plates and napkins: Target
Square collection prints: Artifact Uprising
Photography: Wayfarer Studio

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Treasures & Trinkets Party Details:

This is what Jen shared about the party- “Our daughter, Isla, absolutely loves to collect little treasures wherever we go. Rocks, sticks, leaves, shells- you name it! We have been photographing her collections for over a year now, and so she is well known among our friends and family for this little passion of hers. During a hike this summer we were talking about Isla’s upcoming 3rd birthday, and she asked if she could have a collection party. We were so impressed that she came up with this idea all on her own!

Once we decided on the collection theme for Isla’s birthday party we began to save the little treasures she found on our walks so that we could use them as decor. My wonderful mom helped me stage the party area. She has such a fantastic eye for design and helped me bring my vision of an eclectic and organic setting to life. We displayed Isla’s collections by grouping similar items in jars and also sprinkled them around the table tops.

Tucked amongst all of Isla’s treasures were framed photos of her out collecting. The images were taken around the globe and the settings varied from the beaches of the PNW to the jungles of Borneo. We used a few frames that we had and thrifted the rest. Displaying these images at Isla’s party was such a fun little way to showcase her passion for collecting everywhere she goes.

Isla’s Collections

In addition to the actual items we displayed, we hung photographs of Isla’s collections as additional decor. We enjoyed talking with our guests about where in the world Isla made each collection.

Isla’s collections even served as the inspiration for the lunch we served at her party: leaves, acorns, sticks and twigs! We made different sandwiches and cut them out using leaf and acorn cookie cutters, sliced veggies into long sticks and served them with ranch dip, used skinny pretzel sticks as twigs, and then made up a Parmesan ranch snack mix and called it “collector crunch”.

JaCiva’s Bakery made Isla’s gorgeous collection-inspired cake. We worked with the wonderful staff at JaCiva’s to develop the concept for the cake, and provided the decorator with several of Isla’s collection pictures as inspiration. Isla chose the flavors (lemon for one tier and red velvet for the other). All of the decorations on the cake were edible and hand-made! We are so happy we decided to splurge on Isla’s cake this year. It was absolutely perfect!

We decided to share Isla’s love of collecting with her friends by taking them on a collection walk around our neighborhood. We bought some jute totes to hold each child’s treasures. My husband, Isaac, hand lettered each of the darling metal-lined name tag and we attached them with twine.

Collections Galore!

Thankfully, the weather during Isla’s party was gorgeous, and we all enjoyed taking a “collection walk” around the neighborhood. Colorful leaves, moss-covered twigs, bright berries, and seeds of all shapes and sizes filled the kids’ totes. Isla and her friends had a great time finding all sorts of treasures for their own collections!

After our walk, Isla and her friends used their collections to make fall wreaths. Before the party, we cut rings out of cardboard, spray painted them matte gold and attached a twine loop to the back with a glue gun. We set up a table outside with the cardboard wreath backings and a bunch of bottles of tacky glue. At a nearby table we set up a little glue gun station for attaching the heavier items. The kids had so much fun decorating, and their wreaths all turned out so cute!

As party favors, Isla’s guests got to take home their collection totes and wreaths, and we also sent them home with a little sweet treat. We bought clear rock candy sticks, and packaged them in cellophane wrappers, tied with twine and a cute hand-lettered tag that Isaac made. The tags said “you rock” and “you’re a gem” ’cause we just can’t resist a little nerdy wordplay!”

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