Coolest 1st Jungle Theme Birthday Party

by chinda
(stockton, ca)

To let everyone know that it was a jungle theme birthday party, I created a picture invitation of Jack and a monkey swinging from a vine on Microsoft Paint and had it printed at Costco. For 27 (3x4) invitation pictures, it only costs me about $5.00. The invitation was sent out two and half week before the party.

Our main party attraction was the jungle cave. Our guests love walking through it to get to the restroom which is near the formal living room. It was constructed in the hallway that connects the family living room and the formal living room. To constructed the jungle cave I used the brown paper roll that my sister purchased to wrap presents a while back. I bought two tubes of brown and green paints from the craft-store that costs $2.00 each. I have some gray paint for the rocks that was left from a paint job we did for one of our bedroom. The construction paper roll was also used to create vines that goes all over the place. I cut out big leaves from green construction paper and struck it on the vines.

The cave looked great considering I did not spend a lot of money. We used staple gun to stick jungle cave and vines to the wall and ceiling. I had so much fun that I decided to do it for the door leading to the garage and cover the fireplace. I put moss and little frogs around the cave that covers the fireplace. where the presents are set at. We got a lot of compliments on that one because it looked real.

To add to the jungle scene, I decorated the mantle with a gorgeous painting of a tiger and add some fruits, jungle stuff animals and vines. Also, I put twigs around the ceiling fan so it looks jungle/rain forest like and stuck three big snakes from those twigs so when people walk by it will sorta creep them out.

Since it's jack 1st birthday, I created a collage on a foam board of him from the time he was born and put cupcake borders around it to make it festive. Then to set the scene, I had my husband brought out my flat screen to put in the party room so I can put on a rain-forest video that I purchased on for $7.00. Between the TV, I stand two birch tree trunks from the floor to the ceiling. To get this birch tree I made my husband haul it from a neighbor's house and cut/measure it exactly the height of the inside of our house. This tree was blown down by a windy storm. I hung a stuff monkey, a parrot and some ivy plants on that tree. All around the sitting area I set stuff jungle animals to set the mood.

The tables were covered with green tablecloths from the dollar store and has a basket of fake exotic fruits. The only table that has a different tablecloth is the buffet table. I went to purchase a party store for this one. It has pictures of a panda, tiger, and parrots. All the stuff animals I have decorated for the party. The stuff animals were all purchased at a second hand store because I did not want to spend too much when the stuff animals will not be played with; however, I did make sure they looked clean and have not been played with much. We used the zoo plates for the party. I had my husband hand fold the utensils with green napkin and use a brown construction strip to wrap it. This make it look formal and like we went through a lot of trouble to make our son's 1st birthday party great.

The party was successful, we had a lot of foods and the kids love their treat bags that matches the buffet tablecloth. Thank goodness, I had the treat bags in a bowl that state "If you're a kid, grab a good bag." this takes away one less job I have to do. Also, I have a sign that request the guests to sign his first plate that is in elephant shape that I found at the dollar store. It's really hard when you're child is at the age he requires all your attention.

Hope my jungle theme birthday party ideas helps other who are looking to celebrate kids' 1st birthday.

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