April 27, 2016

Safari First Birthday

safari birthday backdrop

For A's first birthday, I went with a jungle/safari theme.
I think I decided on this theme when he was only 3 months old (lol) because he has this safari play mat that he loved at the time. It's such a fun theme that you can infuse with a lot of different color variations. I used a lot of orange, green, brown and yellow. Here are a few a ton of pictures from the party, along with sources. 

safari birthday invitation

We had the party at the Dockweiler Youth Center. It's a nice open room that's right on the beach, so you have really pretty views.

I got these adorable "passport" invitations from Etsy.

safari birthday entrance

We made some "vines" to hang from the doorway entrance and added this giraffe to welcome guests to the "jungle". The vines were made using this twinethese leaves and some leaves we cut from construction paper.


I hung A's progress photos with the same jute twine with these chalkboard clothespins. For this table, I printed and framed some of his cake smash pictures and added a first birthday chalkboard I made (using this tutorial), these safari animals, and used this book as the guestbook. The tablecloths are from Party City.

safari birthday party favors

For the party favors, I gave out this book to the little kids and this book for the big kids.

safari birthday gift table
The gift table. The safari suitcase was used to hold birthday cards (from Homegoods). The hanging monkeys are from Dollar Tree!

safari birthday photo booth backdrop

For entertainment, we set up a fun safari photo booth. Backdrop can be found here, prop here and here, "Jeep" here, and camera here.
safari birthday photo booth props
safari birthday photo booth props
safari birthday photo booth props
safari birthday photo booth

safari birthday food

Food was from Hummus Bar
safari birthday appetizers

Appetizers were Pretzel Twigs, Jungle Vines (veggie straws), Tiger Tails (Cheetos) and Monkey Munchies (fruit). Wood place card holders can be found here
safari birthday drinks

Drinks included Jungle Juice (orange juice) and Swamp Water (lemonade).

safari birthday drinks

Water bottles were made using this tape.

bamboo straws wood utensils


safari birthday candy

Bananas for Monkeys (Banana Heads), Earth Worms, Malaria Pills (Mike n Ikes), and Party Animals (animal cookies). Candy bags can be found here.
safari birthday candy






We made the centerpieces using thisthis and this.




safari cake table

The cake table was my favorite part of the room! A huge thanks to my mom and sisters who made that awesome orange backdrop and the vines!

safari cake

The cakes were from Cake Studio Cafe (she also did my wedding cake)

safari cake table
safari cake table
safari cake table
safari cake table
safari cake
safari cupcakes
safari cake table
safari cake
safari cake table
safari cake
safari cake table
safari cake table

safari cake smash

Someone was eager to get into his cake lol

safari cake smash
safari cake smash
safari cake smash

Feeding his daddy <3

safari cake smash

He was NOT happy with me lol

A couple extras...

first year with ultrasound picture
A with his ultrasound picture on his first birthday


My dress can be found here {and similar here}.

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