Birthday parties

Throw a cottage-themed birthday shindig!

Bring the cottage to the city with this outdoorsy bash!

By Emily Piccinin

Throw a cottage-themed birthday shindig!

How to throw a cottage party

Bring the cottage to you!

You don’t need to drive for hours—or even own a cottage­—to host this woodsy fete that brings the great outdoors to you. 

 

Throw a cottage-themed birthday shindig!

Send your invitations

Gather three rectangles of variously coloured and textured paper, two twigs and a piece of twine. On the smallest rectangle, write or print out your party details. Arrange the layers from smallest to biggest and glue together. Glue one twig to each end, roll together like a scroll and fasten with twine.

Throw a cottage-themed birthday shindig!

Decor ideas

Start with decorations. Pay a visit to a ravine or forest (make a family hike out of the occasion, perhaps?) and collect birchbark and an assortment of wood pieces, acorns, pine cones and leaves. Arrange your findings, along with some flashlights and lanterns, on wooden crates around your room or backyard. To make this sign, on a piece of scrap wood or birch bark, paint a phrase or direction to help set the mood or guide guests around your party. Use a hot glue gun and attach twigs around the border to frame your sign. 

Throw a cottage-themed birthday shindig!

Trail mix bar

Next, set up a trail-mix bar. Fill glass jars, which you can get at your local dollar store, with a variety of nuts (opt for seeds if this is going to be a nut-free mix), dried fruits, chocolates and candies. At the party, hand out paper bags for the wee guests to use to create a personalized trail-mix treat. 

Throw a cottage-themed birthday shindig!

Lunch time

 For lunch, grill fare like hot dogs and hamburgers. Proudly haul out your incredibly impressive watermelon BBQ with candy skewers.

 

Throw a cottage-themed birthday shindig!

Sweet-and-salty ice cream sandwiches

Some sweet-and-salty ice cream sandwiches (find the instructions here) will round out the day-at-the-cottage experience.

Throw a cottage-themed birthday shindig!

This article was originally published on Jun 16, 2015
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