Last week was all about Ashley’s son Lake, and how she crafted an adorable DIY construction themed birthday party for him. This week, it’s all about my (Kristin’s) little guy, Bennett. Our youngest sons were born almost exactly a year apart, so February is a month of parties and celebrations for our two families.
Bennett is a rambunctious one. He loves any and all kinds of animals. In fact, at times, when he and his brother are running around the house, they could be construed for wild primates! A “Party Animal” theme was the perfect way to celebrate our youngest turning the big T-W-O.
As the mom (and doer of all birthday extravaganzas), this was easy to execute, colorful and was met with grand enthusiasm from the birthday boy himself. Win-win.
A Party Animal birthday party obviously needs animals and directly to Amazon I went! I purchased two different sizes of plastic animals (the cheapest I could find), as well as a Zebra piñata. A piñata full of candy probably wasn’t my brightest moment for a party of toddlers, but I was definitely the favorite mom in the room when the sugar was raining down on them so I’ll call it a success.
Once the animals arrived and were ready to be displayed for the party, they obviously needed hats to show their enthusiasm for Bennett’s birthday. This is super simple, and I was able to use items I already had around the house.
You will need:
- Cupcake liners
- Elmer’s Glue
- Scotch Tape
- Pom poms
Excuse the bad lighting on these pics. I did this the night before the party after the kids went to bed, and my brain was thinking more about the cupcakes than I was a quality picture! I gathered all of the different liners I had in my pantry (how I had this many different ones, I have absolutely no idea) and got to work.
First, take one liner, flatten it down the middle and fold in half.
Then, wrap the liner around your finger to form the shape of the party hat.
Tape the edge. I found this must faster and easier than gluing. Lastly, glue the pom pom on top and done.
Once the hats were complete, the rest of the decorating was simple. I purchased digital prints from Caravan Shoppe, where I was able to get ADORABLE large animal prints, party hats for the animals, placemats, and banner. The quality is great, the prices are affordable, and if you can delegate some of the decorating, then our lives just become that much easier, right?!?
In order to print, simply take the file in to your local Office Depot or Staples and ask for them to make in to an engineering print. Each print was less than $3 and was complete in less than a minute. I put them up, equipped with bow ties and hats, along with the large “2” on wall wall for a big statement and accessorized with a pennant banner used in our playroom.
On an opposite wall, I set up an additional print so the kids could play pin the bow tie and hat on the animal!
The food had an animal theme as well, with “snake” sub sandwiches.
And even some duck pond punch on the beverage table. Unfortunately, all of the ducks refused to swim upright and looked as if they died a tragic drowning death the entire party.
The dessert table included cookies from our favorite local baker, Kelsey Metsker, a rainbow confetti smash cake and homemade chocolate cupcakes with animal silhouette toppers.
The kids table was the most fun to put together. Using black and white striped wrapping paper, I lined the table and then decorated with the printed placemats, purchased felt animal masks, animal cracker favors, colorful cups, confetti and party hats. They all got a big kick out of the masks!
Overall, the party was a big success. The birthday boy loved the day. His friends had a great time. And as a mom, there’s nothing better than seeing your child live in the moment and feel just how truly loved they are.
I hope you can use these ideas to celebrate the party animal in your life.