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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Birthday Safari

This birthday party was done back in 2009, for my son's 3rd birthday party. I thought it would be fun to have a "Safari" theme and take a trip to our local zoo. We served lunch and did cake and presents before we headed to the zoo, so those that couldn't go to the zoo didn't miss the celebration. It turned out great, except the zoo was so stinking humid! Here are some fun pictures from the party and the rest of the day.
For the invitations I found these cute little birthday adventure backpacks with birthday inserts. I took out the inserts and made cute little safari passports for all the kids. Inside the passports it had all the birthday info and zoo admission prices, along with some other really cute clipart. I have all the documents saved in a word file, just comment if you would like me to email them to you and you can make your own.

Since we were leaving after the lunch I didn't want to do too many decorations... but had to do some!

I hung jungle vines and leaves made out of brown and green butcher paper. I found some cute monkeys online and hung them from the vines. I also attached jungle animal print balloons to each post.

For my son's birthday I made a cupcake tower because it would be easier to serve. On the top was supposed to be a little safari cake with different animals poking out of a forest with a little safari boy on there. The cupcakes were just the different animal's heads poking out as well.

The breeze kept blowing out the candles, but we were able to sing "Happy Birthday" and get Mason to blow them out okay. It was so cute, Mason was so excited that he joined in the singing and sang Happy Birthday to himself.

Yummy crocodile cupcake
The piniata was made out of brown paper sacks with a box of candy inside and was labeled "Expedition Supplies" Mason loved trying to hit it way up high, he thought that it was the funniest thing in the world. The kids got brown sacks to put their candy in with a label on it "Supply Rations".

Party Favor table

The party favors were little safari hats and backpacks. Inside each backpack was a canteen, binoculars, a toy compass, animal sucker, candy bag from the piniata, and a paper with pictures of animals that they were to search for at the zoo.

All ready for the Zoo!

I thought this was a cute picture of Mason and his daddy heading into the zoo.

Safari Search: Different animals they all had to find around the zoo

Mason was so excited to find the elephant on his list!

Kids excited to see the monkeys, you might not be able to see them too good in the bottom of the cage.

We had such a fun time, and a great birthday. Thanks everyone who came and made this such a fun and special birthday for him!

P.S. I have the Safari Search and Safari Passport invites saved, if you would like a editable copy, just leave a comment and I can email them to you.


  1. Hi, please send me the word documents. My email is giay504 at Thanks!

  2. I love it, and I'm planning a safari zoo party for my son too this fall. Could you please email the documents to me at much appreciated!

  3. Hi!! its so planning a safari bday party this summer. can you please email me the invite info to thanks in advance:)

  4. Hello,

    I am planning a safari 1st birthday party for my daughter. She LOVES animals!! If you would please send the invite template, I'd greatly appreciate it! Thank you in advance! Send to

  5. Hi Jen! I so love the your ideas! Can you please send the invite template at Thank you! :)

  6. Can you please send your template to Your party looked awesome!

  7. could you send me the invites? - thank you so much!

  8. I love the invite idea!!could you send me the invites? Thank you for sharing!

  9. I love this idea! Could you please send me the invites? Thanks for sharing.

  10. As well as the animal search?

  11. Hi, I'm planning a safari party for my son's 1st birthday. I would be sooooo appreciative if you could send me the templates.

  12. I love the ideas and the cupcakes. We are planning something similar for our son's 4th birthday this summer. I would love a copy of the templates, please and thanks!!

  13. Hi. I loved all of your creative ideas. Can you please send me an email with any saved documents you have. Thanks so much! My email is:

  14. Super cute party! I would love if you would be willing to share your documents. my email is

  15. So so cute! Would love a copy of the documents you worked from -

    Thanks a bunch!

  16. Soooo adorbs, I am having a jungle/safari theme party for my nephew. I would love a copy of your passort document. my email is Thanks!!

  17. OMG super cute party, I love all of your ideas!!! As of now I am planning my boys 2 nd b-day and I was wondering if you can email me the template you have. Thank you so much for sharing =)

  18. Awesome ideas. Was Planning something unique for my son and this will surely do it. I would love a copy of the documents my email is

  19. Hi i would love it if you could email me the template for my sons first bday thanks so much
    My email is

  20. Hi!
    Great party! would be grateful if you could email me template on

    \thank you!

  21. Hi!
    Great party! would be grateful if you could email me template on

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  22. hi i love it can you please send me the templates on it will be use on my nephews 1st safari bday party.. thanks

  23. Please send the word documents to Thank you.

  24. Can you please send me the templates to Thanks so much!

  25. Can you please send the templates to me at Thanks so much!

  26. Hi I would love the templates for the invitations e-mail Thank You

  27. Could you please contact me in regards to invite and if you are able to make
    For me

  28. Hi I would like to get the templates if!

  29. Hi I love this. If available can I get the template

    Thank you

  30. Hi, I would like the templates if you still have them available. My email address is


  31. This is such a blessing. Can;t find such good quality invites like those anymore. Can you please email them to me please?