SO my son is now 15 months, goodness how time flies! I say that as I am finally getting to posting his First Birthday party that was in December (might I add a Safari party in the height of a snow storm!). My husband and I are somewhat obsessed with Africa safari animals, as we went to Kenya and Tanzania for a safari on our honeymoon, and our son’s bedroom could be an ad from the”And Beyond” Safari tour company. Seriously, how sweet is this theme though for a boy’s first birthday party!
To be fair, we decided to try and do the same entertainment for Carl that we did for my daughter, so we had a zoo themed puppet show with “Maggie the Moose.” Maggie brought out safari animal puppets, Carl loved the songs and tried to kiss the tigers and bears. It really was a hit!such as lions, giraffes, zebras and even forest animals.
Carl loved the songs and tried to kiss the tigers and bears. It really was a hit!
For the tables, I picked up burlap cloth from the fabric store and cut them into runners. I almost do this for every party, and its a real money saver! I ended up spending less than $40 (with a coupon) for the runners, and used cactus plants and the binocular party favors for centerpieces. I tried to keep to the safari party, or zoo party theme throughout the room.
Surprisingly, friends and family did show up even though we got almost 4 inches that Saturday! I didn’t know they got snow in Africa…but it seems the lions, zebras, elephants, and monkeys all kept warm!
We tried to have it nice and toasty inside the cabin, picking binoculars and safari hats for favors, and a tiered cake full of lions, zebras, elephants and monkeys’ silhouettes and an African Acacia tree at the top! Overall, I would say a definite success.
Here are some more pictures of the decor and our friends and family that made it out–hope they felt like they were on a trip to Africa for a couple hours! Any excuse to escape NY in the winter is a good escape!