Jungle Party ideas
A jungle party can seem daunting, but with this guide, you'll be swinging through trees like Tarzan in no time. Whether your little one wants a jungle animal themed party, or safari, this guide is sure to help you get some fantastic ideas laid out to make your party a day you and your child will remember for years to come.
Planning and invitations
- Animal prints, flower prints, and maybe even some mystery footprints, are sure to entice your invitees.
- Make your invitation exciting with a shape like a jungle flower you have to open, or a banana to unpeel.
- Send your guests a ticket to join on a jungle safari.
- Show the jungle inspiration on the invite with greens, browns, and blacks. Incorporate some bright pops of colorful elements on the invitation to make the details stand out.
- Use burlap and animal print for a more jungle safari look.
- Inexpensive animal masks make fantastic invitations! Simply attach a tag with the party details to the mask.
- Create butcher paper vines, and hang them up with fishing line and non-damaging hooks. Decorate with leaves made out of green construction paper, and tissue paper flowers.
- Bring your tiki torches indoors with these cardboard, construction paper versions on bamboo stakes.
- Use silhouettes of animals, or animal footprints, to put on walls and around the home. Think elephant, cheetah, zebra, monkey, and rhino.
- Use stuffed or inflatable animals to stick in the vines.
- Make a pennant banner or sign with your child's name to hang above the food table and decorate it with leaves/vines.
- You can use plastic tablecloths to make vines by cutting strips out of different shades of green into wave shapes, and hang! Attach vines and leaves around the perimeter of the food table.
- A directional sign is always a huge hit with all those vines, your guests will appreciate the directions. Cardboard and a stick, and you've got yourself a fantastic jungle sign.
Customize your party with personalization on invites, thank you cards, banners, food labels and favors. Use burlap ribbon, animal print ribbon, or green ribbon to add a unique jungle touch.
- Download a free jungle font and print custom tent cards, water bottle labels, and tags or browse our personalized products.
- Print each party guest's name on a jungle safari pass.
- Help the guests keep track of their drinks by labeling cups and bottles.
- Find inspiration online for your food labels and rename your party foods to match the jungle theme.
The jungle is full of fantastic foods and even healthy ones! Use your theme to not only showcase some yummy foods but fun ones as well.
- Use your jungle theme to create a beautiful fruit/veggie tray.
- Have a few different gummy candy areas for kids to make their own gummy jungle.
- The perfect cake for a jungle party is definitely a dirt cake. Individual dirt cakes make for stress-free serving. The kids can decorate their own dirt cake. (see here)
- Banana leaves, available at local markets, are a fantastic way to display foods, like chicken strips or other proteins.
- Use animal-shaped cookie cutters to cut out animal shapes from sandwiches or quesadillas.
- Animal crackers are a fantastic snack and fit in perfectly with the theme.
- Make a kid-friendly jungle juice with fruits and juice. Take a simple juice and dress it up with chopped fruits.
Send your guest home with a keepsake or two to help them remember the amazing day in the Jungle.
- Purchase jungle-colored jelly beans or gummy candies to put in a bag for an easy take-home favor.
- Jungle animal toys can be glued to a baby food lid to make a great candy container favor.
- Give a safari hat as a party favor. Simply attach a personalized thank you tag, and you're good to go.
- Colorful cookies decorated like safari animals make a favors almost too cute to eat!
- Give your guests a favor that helps them transform into wild beasts with an animal mask or headband with animal ears.
Games and Activities
A jungle theme party has tons of opportunities for fun when it comes to games. You can make many games jungle theme with just a little creative thinking.
- A jungle-themed game of Headbands with animals as the characters
- Pin the tail on the monkey! Or change this game to fit your child's favorite jungle animal. (see here)
- Get some fake coconuts and make a bowling lane in your hallway (or outside) to knock over plastic or inflatable jungle animals.
- Have a safari or a jungle scavenger hunt with treasures for the kids as they find their way through the jungle to their goal.
- Play a game of Jungle bingo
- Kids love dressing up for parties and a jungle theme is no different. You can even help kids make their own costumes at the party.
- Make your own safari hats with paper plates, bowls, and twine pre-paint the bowls/plates and have them cut out beforehand. You can easily decorate these with jungle theme stickers
- Make safari vests out of felt or butcher paper
- Make binoculars out of toilet paper/paper towel rolls (see here)