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.
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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.
Favor Bag Labels:
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.
For table centerpieces, I used a combination of mylar palm tree centerpieces found on eBay, as well as bunches of bananas.
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:
Inflatable Jungle Animals:
Since this was the first children's party I have ever planned, I had fun choosing the favors. There are 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:
No longer available, but you can get these ones from Amazon instead
Jungle Animal Plush:
Food and Beverage:
For little snacks and an additional favor, I had a tower of animal cracker boxes on display.
I used lemon-lime Hawaiian Punch, but you can also use Green Gatorade.
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.
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.
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).
A jungle party needs a jungle-themed playlist! Here is the one I put together, downloading all the mp3's from Amazon:
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)