Jungle Buddies Birthday Party by Julie Verville


For a ‘roaring good’ time check out Julie’s fun Jungle Buddy Birthday!

Whether you are hosting a party at your local zoo, or simply looking to create a jungle theme in your own backyard, this adorable Jungle Buddies theme is the perfect décor backdrop. When creating our jungle party theme for sweet Cole, we wanted to bring together a number of animals using a few key focal colors: yellow, green and black.

When guests arrived at the party, they were greeted by a dress-up station housing jungle explorer plastic hats and binoculars along with a safari jeep standee which served as the perfect photo op. Prancing in the backdrop of our photo station was an adorable zebra standee, part of the Jungle Buddies collection. I love incorporating dress up items into both the party’s décor and favor options for young children, as they are not only practical gift options, but something that can also be used during the event. After gathering their dress-up items, a fun jungle theme directional sign pointed guests in the party’s direction.

Our main dessert table was most certainly a focal point of our party’s décor. We hand painted a plywood backdrop green and then added the giraffe and hippo silhouettes from our party’s decor using black paint. To anchor and bring height to the table, we added palm tree standees to the ends of the display. To bring the eye up, and for a bit of humor, we added a monkey cutout hanging from one of the palm trees. And to bring the eye downward, completing the entire design concept, we added green tissue balls along the base of the table.

For a rustic touch, we used a layered burlap table skirt for our dessert table. The center of our dessert table was this jungle theme cake, decorated with a simple and modern touch with palm leaves. We added this DIY elephant cake topper, complete with his own party hat!

Our cupcakes were dressed up by adding personalized cupcake wrappers around each base, sprinkling edible confetti on top and adding an animal cracker topper. We love how these special details transform a store-bought cupcake into something special.

Desserts were served on jungle theme paper plates with black paper napkins and fun emerald green forks. We dressed up our forks by adding them to a galvanized cup wrapped in burlap. ‘Jungle Juice’ was served in coordinating jungle theme paper cups.

Guests also snacked on our fun themed snacks during the party! ‘Safari Snacks’, aka Bugles, were wrapped in favor bags which are perfect individual servings and a great way to display bulk snacks.

Doubling as a snack and take home favor for guests, we added animal crackers to simple ball glasses and then gave their tops a bit of a makeover. To pull in more of the yellow coloring into the party, we spray painted plastic safari animals yellow along with the Ball glass tops. Once painted, we simply hot glued the animals to the tops of the ball glasses and added our fun, personalized,‘Thanks for a Wild Time’ favor tags using black and white twine.

We hope you got some ‘wild’ ideas for your next jungle theme party! Looking for more great party ideas? Check out our Safari Theme Party by Brittany Schwaigert or Heather Bauer’s Safari Theme Party.