Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Drew's 2 wild safari party

My baby boy turned 2 over the weekend!  Drew LOVES LOVES LOVES animals and so we planned an animal safari for his big day.  We called it "Drewsie's 2 wild safari" and it was adorable!  Thankfully we had awsome weather for the day too!  A perfect 65 and sunny February day!  Gotta love California! 

This was Drew's invite:

I found this Giraffe print tissue paper at a local store and used it to cover a wooden A for the entrance.  The green zebra print is a bandanna from hobby lobby I added for a pop of color.

I was obsessed with these cupcakes for months and couldn't wait to do them for this party!  Thank goodness for my mom who helped me make them.

Andrew's main cake was difficult to narrow down.  There are so many cute safari ideas!  I decided on this giraffe print because I really wanted to stay away from fondant and it seemed easy.

The give away favors were these super yummy chocolate covered "zebra tail" pretzels.  
Andrew's special banner
The snack table included Tiger Tails (Cheetos), Zebra cakes, Gorrilla grub (Banana pudding), Sugar cookies, animal crackers (which happened to be jungle edition!) and marshmallow grass pops.
I made a ton of vines to use for the backdrop.  I have a tutorial here: Jungle Vines tutorial

Loved this don't feed the animals sign. :)

I left the hungry hippo out in case anyone wanted to play.  No one did though.
My Genius hubby decided fruit was an awesome centerpiece and yummy too!
The paper bag safari vest and paper roll binoculars I made for all the kids were a hit as well as the Pith hats I found n  The vest tutorial is here: Safari Vest tutorial
I found 2 foam Pith hats that were a little softer for Drew and Matty to wear so I added their names to them.
I made these passports for all the kids to add stickers or color in for the activity tabel.  There were also make your own scene safari sticker sheets and decorate a mask kits on oriental trading co.
E.J. made this pinata to match the theme since I really had no desire for the kids to smash an animal to bits.  It was actually pretty sturdy and no to hard to do.  Just very time consuming.  You can see the tutorial here: Zebra striped pinata tutorial
We even dressed up our play structure with a table grass skirt and vines to look like a hut
Some of the animals we used were left over from Matty's circus party.  So glad I kept them!
Our Jeep even ended up as decor!  

I found this alligator ring toss at walmart for less than $5!  We didn't actually play the game, just used him as decor.  He may make a reappearance at this summer's pirate party!  We'll see!

Jungle Juice (Pineapple juice and 7up) and Swamp water (Ice tea)
Zoo pals happened to have a Safari edition out for their plates and cups.  PERFECT!
Old starbucks jars repurposed with some burlap, twine and scrap paper.  I found the green paper straws at

E.J. took the kids around the backyard for a Safari tour.  He came up with cute facts and names for each animal.  It was AWESOME!!
My favorite part was when someone asked how much Henry the hippo weighed and he replied "He doesn't like to talk about his weight.  It's an issue" HAHAHA!

Andrew actually decided to join in this activity!

Cute water labels at the watering hole
Cake time!!!  Wait until you see what's inside...
Zebra Print cake!!!  How awesome is this!?!?!?  Took forever but well worth the wow factor!

So that was Drewsie's big day and I have to say that was his best party Sooo-fari!!!  LOL!


  1. I love the creativity!! You did such an awesome job!!!! - michelle

    1. Thank you! Creating memories like this is my favorite thing to do!

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