12.17.2010

Jungle-Themed First Birthday Party

Wow, it is just incredible how fast a year goes by. One year ago I was home with a newborn, and now my "baby" is a one-year old toddler!

We celebrated his big "1" with a jungle-themed party since he enjoyed his Evenflo Triple Fun Jungle Exersaucer so much. The party turned out well, so I wanted to share some of the design elements and inspiration here for you in case you ever want to throw a jungle-themed party.

Stationery:

I am fortunate to have a very talented friend who creates and sells custom stationery. Just like with Grayson's birth announcements, I wanted something unique and customized based on the party's inspiration, so I contacted The Cheshire Kat Designs to create a cohesive stationery theme for the event. Here is what we came up with.

Invitations:

Banner:


Door Signage:



Food Signage:




Favor Bag Labels:







General Décor:
For me, the easiest way to do a jungle party and save on décor was to do the party outside in a spot with trees and greenery. Luckily I live in Los Angeles, and was fortunate to have a nice 80 degree rain-free day in December to work with. The courtyard of our building was nicely surrounded with shrubbery and palm trees, which made for the perfect setting.



Centerpieces:
For table centerpieces, I used a combination of mylar palm tree centerpieces found on eBay, as well as bunches of bananas.

Balloons:

From Designed2BeSweet

Tablecloths, Plates, Cups, Napkins, and Utensils:
I was able to purchase a lot of my basic décor items from the eBay store Sweet Creations Parties. The seller has a huge stock of party basics in a wide variety of themes and colors. They also shipped quickly, are mindful of your party dates, and gave me a nice combined shipping discount. I went with lime green table covers, chocolate brown napkins and cups, and lime green plastic cutlery.
The plates I actually got from a different retailer, because I was set on finding a classier (non-cheesy) animal-print plate. This is what I found:
 
From PlatesandNapkins.com

Serving Dishes:

From Amazon

Inflatable Jungle Animals:

From Designed2BeSweet

Favors:

Since this was the first children's party I have ever planned, I had fun choosing the favors. I purchase the entire contents from Designed2BeSweet. They had SO many choices on things to get for jungle-themed party favors and supplies, and at very competitive prices. Here is what made up each bag:

Bags:

From Amazon

Bubbles:

From Amazon

Lollipop:

From Designed2BeSweet

Stationery Set:

From Amazon

Jungle Animal Plush:

From Amazon

Food and Beverage:

Animal Crackers:
For little snacks and an additional favor, I had a tower of animal cracker boxes on display.

Swamp Juice:








I used lemon-lime Hawaiian Punch, but you can also use Green Gatorade.

Sandwiches:

I got four 3' sandwiches from Subway, as they are budget friendly, can feed a lot of people, and hey, people like Subway. I named them "Safari Subs" to keep with the theme.

Starters and Sides:
I hit up good ol' Costco for these. For an appetizer, I went with taquitos, and named them "Bamboo Shoots." The side dishes were a pasta salad and a Mexican Caesar Salad that I nicknamed "Amazon Salad." I served them in the palm leaf serving platters pictured above.

Cupcakes:





I decided to take on the task of actually making and decorating my own jungle animal cupcakes to save money on getting custom-designed cupcakes. While this did save money, it was pretty time-consuming making and decorating these in bulk. I got the design instructions from Betty Crocker, where they even have a helpful video tutorial for them. Then, I trayed them up with some fake grass purchased from a craft store.

Misc:

Animal Tracks:


I thought it would be a fun touch to have different jungle animal tracks leading from the elevator to the party entrance. I cut these out of construction paper.
Piñata:



The party activity (besides food, eating cupcakes and opening gifts) was a piñata. I was fortunate to be able to find a GIANT piñata in downtown LA at the Alameda/8th area for only $15.00. That's right, this massive zebra only cost $15.00! They had other large piñatas too, but we decided on a zebra.

Wrapping Paper:
As an added details, we decided to wrap our gifts to Grayson in animal print paper. I was able to purchase some in a few different patterns from eBay store Sweet Creations Parties. They looked great as a starter to our gift table (which also had a lime green cover).

Playlist:
A jungle party needs a jungle-themed playlist! Here is the one I put together, downloading all the mp3's from Amazon:


Tarzan Boy (Baltimora)
Trashin' The Camp (Phil Collins, from the album Tarzan)
Run Through The Jungle (Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Jungle Party (Funky Monkeys)
Deep in the Jungle (Joe Scruggs)
Rockin' In The Jungle (The Eternals)
Jungle King (Hot Lips Page)
Jungle Boogie (Kool & The Gang)
The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh) (The Tokens)
Bungle In The Jungle (Jethro Tull)
Monkey Man (The Rolling Stones)
Jungle Love (Steve Miller)
Concrete Jungle (Bob Marley)
Wild Thing (The Troggs)
Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
Theme From The Monkees (The Monkees)
The Bare Necessities (Bruce Reitherman, from the album The Jungle Book)
I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) (Phil Harris, from the album The Jungle Book)
Circle Of Life (Lebo M., from the album The Lion King)
I Just Can't Wait To Be King (Jason Weaver, from the album The Lion King)
Hakuna Matata (Ernie Sabella, from the album The Lion King)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John, from the album The Lion King)
George of the Jungle (The TV Theme Players)
Welcome To The Jungle (Guns N' Roses)
Colonel Hathi's March (The Elephant Song) (Disney Studio Chorus, from the album The Jungle Book)

3 comments :

Emily said...

Great ideas!!
Loved your post!!

Alva Phillips said...

Those decors looks so cute,,, I’m just wondering where’d you get those ideas…


Love
ALva@Sign Maker

ramonaruby said...

@Alva - lots of online research!