girly jungle birthday bash

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

Charlotte is FOUR! She (and Sadie) is obsessed with the Katy Perry song, ROAR, so we went with a jungle/safari theme for her birthday party this year, with some added pink of course!

She had a blast, and it ended up being a really fun party for me to put together too, after some feet dragging. lol. let’s dive in!

roar-party-invite

 I designed this little invite in Illustrator-wow it’s hard to design stuff…I mean I always knew that, but I worked on this for hours before I was semi happy with it.

Also, I’m picky, soo….

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

The kids got some fun explorer hats and binoculars….(affiliate links are prevalent in this post…thanks!)

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

and then….a quick SAFARI yeah! lol I kinda loved these dorky cut outs animals…a lot…

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

on the tables I laid down a burlap runner, just cut in wide strips. (purchased here), then added some of the log centerpieces from my sisters wedding.

(I snagged some from my parents before they got rid of them)

and stuck a CUTE giraffe and FEROCIOUS tiger on top. (from Michaels)

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

I wrapped some mason jars with burlap ribbon (just hot glued it in), and filled them with these gorgeous (carnations?) flowers from Costco.

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

The table! I absolutely loved the backdrop-it didn’t come together til that morning, honestly…didn’t know what was going to happen there….haha.

I hung some more of that burlap, and then twisted some strips of kraft paper to look like vines. Hot glued on some faux flowers and tada!

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

Chic Tarzan-esque decor.

the garland was made with some of these large leaves and some pink burlap stickers from Joanns, clothes-pinned onto some twine.

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

the food! since the party was in the middle of the afternoon, I went with snacks, sweets, and healthy treats.

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

some fruit…

(place card holders)

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

“swamp dip” aka spinach dip and baguettes.

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

Hungry hippo veggies and dip

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

chocolate cupcakes with toppers

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just print on cardstock, cut out with a 1.5″ circle punch or scissors, and glue to a lollipop stick!

free cupcake topper download! craftiness is not optional

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

piranhas…ha! these were hands down, Charlotte’s favorite.

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

banana lollipops! (only for monkeys aka, all the kids)

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

zebra cakes! yess. these were gone super fast, I should have gotten more!

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

pretzel “twigs”

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

and some jungle cookies…

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

I threw in the towel a little on these and just stuck with one SIMPLE design…giraffes, obvs.

It was as simple as outlining and filling in the yellow, then blobbing the orangey brown while still wet. SO easy.

it took me about an hour to do them all….which was GREAT!

and they looked really cute.

double great.

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

animal crackers cause duh.

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

“monkey chips”

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

 and the simplest cake…I had grand plans but honestly wasn’t up to them, so I played it easy with some “grass” frosting and cake toppers.

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

some “lagoon water” and “jungle juice” (lemonade with a teensy bit of blue coloring…and some leopard and striped print straws.

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

The favors were in simple pink bags, closed with some leopard print duct tape

(it’s really bugging me that the one on the left is longer….grr)

It’s my OCD….

favors

they were some zebra lollies, a jungle/safari-esque animal, and a puzzle…plus the binoculars and hats!

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

I had thrifted this fun jungle print dress awhile ago (that’s actually where the theme came from), and now that she can finally wear it for her party, it’s kinda small.

oh well! at least there’s another girl to wear it soon!

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

Miss C had a great time, besides the usual party drama and hysterics…

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

I had these little “make a face” sticker pages out for the kids too…they loved them!

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

Happy Birthday to my best Charlotte-it’s going to be a fun year!

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

girly jungle birthday bash || craftiness is not optional

by the way, here’s my song playlist for the party-it was a group effort (I asked for help on FB), and I think it turned out pretty darn great.

Roar-Katy Perry

The Lion Sleeps Tonight-The Tokens

Circle of Life-Lion King Soundtrack

I just can’t Wait to be King-Lion King Soundtrack

Hakuna Matata-Lion King Soundtrack

Can You Feel the Love Tonight-Lion King Soundtrack

You’ll be in my Heart-Tarzan Soundtrack

Son of Man-Tarzan Soundtrack

Trashin’ the Camp (both versions)-Tarzan Soundtrack

Strangers Like Me-Tarzan Soundtrack

I like to Move it-Madagascar Soundtrack

The Bare Necessities-Jungle Book Soundtrack

I wanna be Like you-Jungle Book Soundtrack

Colonel Hathi’s March-Jungle Book Soundtrack

That’s what Friends are For-Jungle Book Soundtrack

Comments

  1. this totaly made me smile :) great party theme!

  2. What a fun post and a great birthday party! Loved it all. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  3. You really went out, but you always do! I love your little girl parties, thanks for sharing.

  4. this might be one of my favorite CINO parties yet! i love those vines and the name backdrop so much. it nails the girly jungly vibe. happy happy birthday to miss C!

  5. Will you be putting the invites and the food cards as downloaded links as well? They are super cute!!!

  6. How fab – total fun. All looks simple enough to borrow a few ideas, but the attention to every little detail is wonderful – pith helmets, lagoon juice and zebra cakes – what’s not to love? What a lucky little girl xx

  7. You throw the cutest parties! Great work!

  8. Wow! Your little girls are so lucky to have such a creative and energetic mama! I love every little detail.

  9. You are incredible. Leopard print duct tape?! You say it so casually as if every bloke has some in his tool shed!
    All so superb! (I couldn’t have resisted turning the giraffe’s head to have him peeking into the neighbours yard!)
    Well done and happy birthday to Charlotte

  10. Amazing as usual. :)

  11. Totally not a theme I would normally like, but you made it awesome! Charlotte is only 2 months younger than my oldest. =) (I may have mentioned that last year, I can’t remember)

  12. Natalie says:

    SO darling! Your backdrop is amazing and the table of goodies + the party would have taken me 3 weeks to prepare. You are creative to the bone!

  13. Marie Danneels says:

    You are an amazing woman; I love all what you realise !!

  14. Your parties are always amazing, but this one is beyond words! I love everything, how fun and cute! Happy Birthday to Miss Charlotte!

  15. Laura J. says:

    Ya know, I have a daughter named Charlotte… who is also turning four this year… and who also loves Katy Perry… It occurs to me that you could just ship your whole setup my way and feel like you’re getting twice the party! ; )

  16. Love the theme and the fun backdrop!

  17. Reading your posts always inspires and motivates me. Thanks so much for all the effort you put into – not only your creative projects, but also the sharing (love the photos and fun way you write!)

  18. Where did you get the cute “stands”‘ that you put your food tags in? Love them. Super cute party!

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