These last few weeks I have been involved in planning a birthday party for my little brother. Having spent the majority of his summer in Kenya, we felt a safari theme was perfect. We put together a lot of things ourselves, keeping costs low but also adding a personal touch.
Our hard work all came together this weekend and I thought I would share a few photos with you. We were really happy with how it turned out and the kids (and the parents) seemed to enjoy it too! I hope this provides you with some inspiration and shows that with a little love you can host a DIY party too.
I made the two tiered safari themed cake. The bottom tier was zebra print madeira sponge with vanilla butter cream, covered in fondant with hand painted zebra stripes. The second tier was leopard print sponge with chocolate butter cream, covered with green fondant and fondant leaves. It was topped with a little elephant and lion made from modelling chocolate.
The food all linked to the safari theme. The sandwiches were made using animal shaped cookie cutters, something that could be recreated to fit any theme. We made tiger tangerines with permanent markers and chocolate covered oreos with dark chocolate ‘zebra’ stripes. We also created a lion dip ( a Pinterest inspired undertaking) using hummus, peppers, olives and crackers.
We found cute leopard print boxes on amazon which we filled with popcorn and crisps. We also found really cool safari truck boxes and instead of giving one to every child (wasteful and expensive) we used one for each table and filled with snacks.
I also baked some goodies for the parents to have with tea and coffee while their children enjoyed the party. I made stem ginger cookies, flapjack and mini victoria sandwiches- all easy to grab with a cuppa and no wrappers or mess.
Party bags/ favours
We gave every child a party bag as they left, these were simple brown paper bags which we hand stamped ourselves with an animal footprint stamp. We attached a luggage tag with a personal thank you message from the birthday boy. Most items inside was linked to the theme, safari stickers, temporary tattoos and pencils. A small safari toy as well as a handmade safari pick and mix (gummy snakes and crocodiles, foam bananas and elephant shaped sweets). We also included them some bubbles just for fun! We gave children ‘cheeky monkey’ lollies on the way out, from a homemade lolly stand made from a cardboard box, covered in brown paper.
For decoration we used old cardboard boxes, covered in brown paper to create safari-style warning signs. We used a ‘do not feed the animals’ sign for the food table, as well as the expected plastic table cloth, banners and balloons. Another free way to decorate is by using toys your child already has at home.
There you have it, a safari- style birthday party! I hope this has provided you with some inspiration for your next DIY kids party.
Until next time,