Cardboard Box Birthday Party

This birthday party for little Reid is so fun and overflowing with darling details! Reid absolutely loves crawling inside cardboard boxes and pushing them around the house, so his parents Brianne and Sean Walker thought a cardboard box birthday party was perfectly suited for his one year celebration. And really, what kid doesn’t love playing with boxes? Brianne used her creativity and a lot of love to deliver a fantastic party for Reid.

Reid’s dad and grandpa constructed a cardboard play-yard, transforming ordinary boxes into rocket ships, trains, helicopters and planes, and bringing tons of fun to the little party guests. As fun as the boxes are, we all know how addictive popping the accompanying bubble wrap can be, so they created a game for the older kids you might be tempted to try out yourself: bubble wrap hop scotch!

For the coordinating party decor, a red, black, and kraft color palette was used to match with the colors you see on a standard package. Lots of red balloons brought in the party feel, along with a delicious and perfectly styled dessert table stocked with all homemade desserts. Brianne created her own customized and super budget-friendly utensils with some affordable bamboo flatware that she then hand stamped. She also made Reid a special birthday hat out of sand paper (to give it a little more texture), then decorated it with pom poms and felt.

The party guests also enjoyed a snack table full of small eats to munch on, like veggies and cups of cheerios, all packaged and labeled with kraft paper that coordinated so well with the theme. Guests also took home “lunch boxes”, filled with cardboard books, bubbles, and animal crackers. Reid’s dad, Sean Walker, captured these great images of the day, and if you are as charmed by this party as we are, be sure to see the full gallery for more.

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Photography: Sean Walker, Reid’s dad
Invitation: Karrie Pyke from Posh Paperie
Paper Goods: Handmade by Brianne Walker, Reid’s mom
Desserts: Made by mom Brianne and Reid’s Grandmother
Labels: Martha Stewart Collection from Staples
Lunch Boxes and Baker’s Twine: The Smart Baker
#1 Lollipop Candy Mold, Bamboo Flatware, Not a Box Book:
Kraft “ONE” letters: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store

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    Angela Smith says:

    One of my favorite family’s! Such an ADORABLE party!

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    Kelli Taylor says:

    Oh my gosh I LOOOOVE this!!!

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    GENIUS! i wish i were invited- looks like so much fun!

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    Randi says:

    That is just the cutest party I’ve ever seen. I love every single detail.

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    Jenny D says:

    This party is so darling– amazing use of colors, textures, and clever styling. LOVE that is was a family effort, you are all so talented!!!

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    This is seriously awesome!!! I am throwing a monster-themed party tomorrow…is it too late for me to change it into a box party? LOL! I love every little detail. You are so creative. Reid is one lucky little guy! Definitely a party to remember :o) -Sarah @ Repeat Crafter Me

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    Dahlia says:

    really wonderful! So age-appropriate and could be scaled way up or down based on a parent’s budget.

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    Kristin says:

    OMG! How cute is this! I really wanted to do something special for my daughters 3 rd birthday! I think this might be one of the top ideas!!!! It is great, I am sure I can find boxes of all sizes from the grocery store I work at and all of the kids at the party would have a blast! Thanks for the great post!

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    Kate says:

    This is such a cute idea. Honestly one of the best themes for a 1st birthday I’ve seen…ever!

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    I knew Brianne would create an amazing party for little Reid and boy did she! Love everything about it!

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    Jill says:

    Super cute and clever! Thanks for sharing! Smiles, Jill

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    Jackie says:

    This is so genius!! LOVE it! So creative!

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    Leonie says:

    This is without a doubt one of the best ideas I have ever seen for a toddlers Birthday Party. Well done. Every detail is fantastic.

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    Cristina says:

    I absolutely love this party!!! I wish I could find the cups for my son upcoming birthday

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    Coco says:

    Hands down one of the cutest, coolest, most original parties I’ve seen. Love love love every single detail. Amazing!

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    Oh my gosh this is the greatest party ever!! Asking for a little help from Brianne here,not sure how to contact her, but I’m planning my son’s 1st! We are going to do a classic red bouncy ball theme because our little guys could care less about a paci or blankie but carries and snuggles a ball like it’s a stuffed animal :) “ball” is also one of his first and favorite words, nothing thrills him more than a simple ball. I spy reid carrying that ball in lots of pics too! I’m first wondering where you got those red take home balls. I can’t find them anywhere! And also, I love your palette. Did you just run kraft paper thru your home printer for all your great signage/labels/banner? Thanks for all the help!!

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    Amy says:

    I love this idea and really would like to do this for my son in Jan. I just cant seem to find an invite that will suit the theme. I was wondering if you could post or send me a pic of the invitation, please and thank you. You can blur your address if you don’t want me to see that part. I just LOVE this idea and thought I’d be able to find an invitation by now. Thanks for your help.

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    Susan Snipes says:

    What great ideas! Very, very creative. Going to share with my daughter-in-law for my grandson’s next birthday!

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    T says:

    You have so many creative elements! Where did you find the brown paper pulp cups?!

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    Sara Ella says:

    I featured this idea on my blog today. It’s so cute! If you have any other birthday ideas you’d like to link up come on over :)

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    Parmila says:

    This is one of the best party idea I have ever seen….I have never posted any comments before to any blogs….but I couldn’t stop myself today :)….excellent job

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    Tamicka says:

    Hi do you happen to have any tutorials on the cardboard box creations? Thanks a bunch for inspiring creativity!!