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Jungle Safari Birthday Party Ideas

Jungle Safari Birthday Party Ideas

My young friend Sidney was born a conservationist. I’ve never met another person so enamored with or concerned for animals. She even had her wildly talented mother turn her room into a treetop hut overlooking the Costa Rican jungles–with all the correct trees and animals painted on the walls.When her birthday rolled around this year, she wanted to celebrate with a safari birthday party theme.

I was grateful I was given leave by young Sidney to mix up my animals from different continents. 🙂

Load of ideas for a completely doable a safari birthday party!

Remember when I told you Sidney’s mom was wildly talented? I mean ridiculously artistic. I showed up with the ideas and a menu, and her mom put an amazing amount of polish on them. You’ll see what I mean!

Entrance for a safari birthday party Entrance sign for a safari birthday party

Sidney’s mom, Susan, painted this sign for the front door on a piece of cardboard, then aged it. We’ll give styling points to Sidney for the palm fronds across the entrance!

Handmade tablescape at a safari birthday party

Jungle Safari Tablescape

My part was to come up with a table for the party guests to eat at and a dessert table. Just like last year’s Left Shark party, everything had to be done low cost and EASY. We made almost everything from paper, so check, and semi-check!

There's a lemur looking down on us--at a safari birthday party

Sidney helped decorate outside as well. Members of her very large collection of stuffed animals were strategically placed around the party. This lemur (buy here) kept the tablescape company.


I really lucked out with the table settings! The centerpieces were from the watercolor fishing baby shower and recycled to fit our jungle/safari party theme. I put a few fiber optic butterflies (buy here) in the thickets to delight the girls.

The placemats and plates were a clearance find at Hobby Lobby, and matched everything wonderfully well! I found paper printed to look like burlap in the dollar bins at Target over the summer and used that for a table runner. If you can’t find a roll of paper for your runner, you can buy a real burlap runner similar to it here.

Elephants in party hats a safari birthday party

Seriously, my favorite part was the animals in party hats. My helper made these, and I love the detail! She even cut mini-festooning for the edges after starting with a few plastic safari animals (buy here).

Binoculars as a party favor a safari birthday party

Each place setting also sported a pair of binoculars that were also a party favor (buy here.) Sadly, I didn’t catch a picture of the safari helmets (buy here) the girls got as well–but they had a great time with them! Everyone decorated their helmets at the beginning of their party with a little glam.

Hand painted signs with good directions a safari birthday party

Other Safari Party Decor

Back to my amazing friend Susan! She made this really fantastic guidepost for the party. Again, she used cardboard to make each individual sign. After painting them, she burned the edges to age the signs, nearly giving Sidney a heart attack that the art was going to be ruined in the process. (Ha!)

Tissue paper parrots a safari birthday party

My helper that made the animals with party hats also designed some templates for a few tissue paper pom parrots. The parrot is sitting on vines made from twisted brown craft paper and freehand cut leaves. CLICK HERE TO LEARN TO MAKE THIS DIY TISSUE PAPER PARROT.

Click to learn how to make a DIY Tissue Paper Parrot

Snack ideas for a safari birthday party

Safari Birthday Party Food

We laid out a few snacks for the girls while they were running around and swimming (this was a pool party), and made a few in-theme containers for them to go in. Accompanied, of course, by animals in party hats!

More snacks at a safari birthday party

The cheetah was my favorite!

Tiger tail snacks - a safari birthday party

Pretzel rods dipped in candy melt and drizzled with chocolate made great “Tiger Tails.”

Zebra cakes - a safari birthday party

Nothing could be easier than these Zebra Cake Pops! Buy the Little Debbie snack cakes (like these), and put them on sticks made for holding cookies (but here) and pop them in a vase. Done!

Here are a few more of my favorite shots from the party…

Animals in party hats at a safari birthday party Beware of wild animals! Bears at a safari birthday party

safari-birthday-party-20 DIY Sock puppet animals were a great activity for the kids at the safari birthday party

Safari Birthday Party Activities

Sock puppet animals. Since this was a pool party, we didn’t have to plan much, but we worked in a craft for the girls to do while we waited for all the guests to arrive. We put out socks and a wide variety of ribbons, pipe cleaners, google eyes and material and told the girls to make sock puppet animals.

Pith Hat decorating. The plastic hats got the royal treatment using the same supplies as we put out for the sock animals. This was really a two for one for prep work!

Scavenger hunt. Sidney’s dad created a scavenger hunt that had them running all over. He did a little bit better than I did at Maddie’s Glam Emoji party, as the girls took a little longer to get through to the end to find the treasure chest. Which coincidentally, was a chest of silly string they proceeded to have a battle with in the front yard.


Everyone in attendance had a really fantastic time, and Sidney’s mom and dad’s extra special touches made the party really spectacular!

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.

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