Gather all the lions, tigers, and bears in the neighborhood and throw your child a grrrrr-eat birthday party with our Jungle Party Ideas! We have provided some general party planning tips as well as jungle-themed decorating suggestions, and food, game, and activity ideas that will ensure your guests have a wildly good time!
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Planning & Invitations
What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic Jungle party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins, and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing or renting the following items for your Jungle party:
- Safari Hats, and vests
- Toy binoculars
- Fake or real flower arrangements, inflatable palm trees and silk vines
- An animal pinata
- Potted plants like ferns, bamboo, or palms
- Animal-print rugs or blankets
- Jungle music CDs
- Animal Planet DVDs
- Stuffed animals
- You may also want to consider hiring a snake or reptile handler to come to your party to entertain and educate the children about different jungle animals.
Creative jungle invitations can help build excitement before a party. If you have time to make your own, here are some ideas to get your started:
- Cut palm leaves out of green construction paper. Run a glue stick along the outside and sprinkle with green glitter. Write your party details in the center.
- Fold a sheet of yellow construction paper in half to create a card-style invitation. On the front, draw large brown uneven circles to resemble giraffe spots. In one of the circles, write “You’re Invited…” Write your party details on the inside, and either continue the spotted theme, or use a large sticker or stamp of a giraffe.
- Design your invitations to resemble a passport, with “Africa” stamped on the inside.
- Attach a card-style invitation to a box of animal crackers and hand-deliver to your guests.
- Use creative wording for the party details, such as:
Jude’s African Safari Birthday Party!
Jungle Location: 1234 Palm Tree Lane
The Adventure Starts at: 2 PM
RSVP to the Den Mother at: 555-123-4567
- If you don’t have time to make your own invitations, take a look at our popular personalized jungle invitations, which include your child’s name and all the party details on a background that fits your jungle theme.
- Give your house a “welcome to the jungle” feel by placing large potted palms or other plants in the party area.
- Hang animal prints or mosquito netting from the ceiling.
- Cluster a few coconuts, a bunch or two of bananas, a safari hat, and binoculars in the middle of the food table to create a centerpiece.
- Make signs that say things like “Madagascar: 21 Miles,” “Giraffe Crossing,” “Go Wild,” and “Monkey See, Monkey Do” and post them to the walls around the party area.
- Cut out construction paper paw prints and tape them going up a wall or to the front door.
- Decorate with stuffed jungle animals or other types of wild animal figures. Or, set up a stuffed animal petting zoo.
- Use chalk to draw big gray elephant footprints on your driveway and the sidewalk leading up to your front door.
- Make a cardboard jungle using wrapping paper tubes to form palm tree trunks and green construction paper to make large palm leaves. Use a brown marker to draw ridges on the trunks.
- Play animal sounds for background music or show an animal-based movie (such as episodes of Animal Planet) on mute on the TV.
- Drape green streamers from the walls and ceiling to resemble vines.
Create Jungle-Themed Costumes for Your Guests
Make no-sewing costumes for your guests using animal print fabric. Just cut the fabric into jagged-edged rectangles, and then cut a circle in the center of each piece of cloth big enough for a child’s head to fit through. When the children arrive, slip the rectangles of cloth over their heads and tie each at the waist using rope or cord.
You can also make individual animal headbands for your guests using wide construction paper strips. (It may be necessary to staple two lengths together unless you have access to long sheets of construction paper.) To decorate the strips, cut out different-colored ears and glue them on, then draw on patterns or glue on faux fur from a craft store. For instance:
- Tiger headband – orange construction paper with black stripes drawn on it.
- Lion headband – glue brown faux fur onto a strip of yellow construction paper.
- Giraffe headband – yellow construction paper with brown spots drawn on it.
- Zebra headband – draw black stripes on a strip of white construction paper.
Serving party treats that complement your theme is fun for both the host and the guests! Serve up some wild jungle fare that will have everyone roaring with delight! Here are some suggestions:
- Serve animal crackers or animal-shaped cookies in safari hats lined with paper towels.
- Hippo Muddy Puddles can be made from brownies cut into circles topped with hot fudge. For a special touch, add a marzipan animal to each (found at specialty and gourmet stores).
- Make an easy trail mix that includes raisins, nuts and M&Ms.
- Make your own banana chips! Arrange slices of banana in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Brush with a thin layer of honey. Bake at 150 degrees for two hours with the oven door open 1 inch. Flip the banana slices over and bake for another two hours. Let cool and serve!
- Use jungle animal-shaped cookie cutters to cut fun shapes from cheese and lunchmeat and serve them with crackers.
- Serve beverages in canteens or animal-print party cups and give each guest a jungle-themed silly straw.
- Serve tropical foods like mango, papaya, coconut and cashews.
- Make a “banana pop” for each guest. Insert a Popsicle stick into the bottom of a halved banana. Pour chocolate syrup over the banana until it is completely covered. Roll the chocolate-covered banana in a thin layer of nuts. Freeze 4-6 hours before serving.
- Set out small bowls and fill each with a different gummy insect.
- Make a jungle cake using your favorite recipe or mix. After baking the cake, frost the top with green icing. Add a few watering holes with blue frosting and/or mud puddles with chocolate sauce. Add plastic palm trees and jungle animals to complete the effect.
Jungle Cupcake Idea
Instead of one large cake, serve smaller bites to your little jungle animals. Decorate cupcakes to look like your child’s favorite animals. Below are some of our animal cupcake ideas to inspire you.
- Use our chocolate cake recipe or yellow cake recipe to make the cupcake batter.
- Make the frosting using our Buttercream frosting recipe.
- Divide the frosting into separate bowls and add a different color of food coloring to each bowl. Use whatever colors match the animals you plan to make.
- Frost the cupcakes and decorate using icing, sprinkles, candy and other shaped treats. For example, we suggest using small Nilla Wafers to make mouse or bear ears and chocolate chips to make eyes!
Party Favor Ideas
Send your guests home feeling like kings and queens of the forest with fun jungle party favors such as:
- Small binoculars
- Animal Planet DVDs
- Gift certificates to a nature preserve or zoo
- Stuffed jungle animals
- Safari hats
Also check out our complete favor sets and personalized products such as zipper pulls, placemats, and stickers.
Party Planning Toolbox
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Games and Activities
Which team’s “Elephants” are stronger? Find out with a few rounds of this game.
Players will have a blast in this spin on the classic game of “Duck, Duck, Goose”!
This scavenger hunt is a simple and fun way to entertain a large group of children during an outside party.
Your guests can make their own “pet” lions using our Lion Craft Pattern.
This party snack is easy to make and healthy too!
Find out which team’s “Flamingos” have the best balance with this game.
Be the first person to push a peanut over the finish line… using just your nose!
Your guests will be as happy as hippos in mud if they get “stuck” when the music stops.
Match 5 in a row to win jungle bingo!
Send your guests on a make-believe safari in search of wild animals.
This is a great animal-themed circle game for younger children.
Your guests will love decorating our printable Jungle coloring page.