Jungle Party Ideas

By Emily Churchill

Created on Jun 14, 2016

If you have little ones that seem to be getting into monkey business every time you turn around, then this Jungle Party might be the perfect birthday theme for your household. Let the gang go wild! And even though the guests won't actually be swinging from the decorative vines like Tarzan, our Jungle party items will turn your party space into a lush, tropical green forest! Jaguars and Toucans and Geckos, OH MY!

Browse through all of our Jungle Party Supplies to find every element you need to turn a party into an adventure. Gather up all of your safari buddies and have a wild time!

Invitations - Wind Guests Up for a Wild Time

Invite fellow jungle travelers on your journey in a unique way. Print party details on a simple tag and attach to Jungle Animal Wind Ups with Hemp Twine. Package in small boxes for mailing or hand deliver.

No matter how you announce the party there are plenty of creative ways to tie in the Jungle theme.
  • 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.

Decorations - Indigenous Flora and Fauna

Create the feeling of a remote tropical oasis by filling your party space with plenty of flora and fauna.

  • Flank the space with a pair of Jointed Palm Trees. Top with a Natural Grass Mini Table Skirt awning for that added jungle touch.
  • Go wild with a bamboo sign. Start by lashing bamboo garden stakes together to create a frame. Back with burlap and top with large sticker letters. Add Hibiscus Hair Clips for pops of textural color.
  • Apply butterfly and toucan Giant Jungle Wall Decals to poster board and trim around edges. Hang with monofilament for that “in flight” affect.
  • To create volumes of vines, cut Green Plastic Tablecloths into strips and pull along edges to “ruffle”. Twist brown mailing paper into rope-like vines and intermix with the green ones. Adhere large paper leaves for even more layers of vegetation and texture.
  • Bring your tiki torches indoors with DIY 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.
Adding a pair of these “faux palm trees” to the table top brings the forest canopy to eye level. Construct them by simply inserting a fake fern stem into the top of a Natural Bamboo Mini Tabletop Torch. (TIP: remove the candle holder to be able to insert the stem further.)

Jungle Buffet - Equipment Requirements

A well-equipped traveler is a happy traveler so gear guests up with these fun pieces.

Jungle Buffet - Provisions

The jungle is full of fantastic foods and even healthy ones! Offer travelers a plethora of jungle appropriate provisions. Giving each item a fun name enhances the theme and deepens the jungle immersion.

  • 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.

Jungle Activities - Exciting Expeditions

Give little adventurers an opportunity to explore with a creative expedition. Transform colorful paper plates and plastic tablecloths into an adorable (and earth friendly) parrot. Simple shapes glued together and embellished with colorful strips make construction easy enough for small hands.

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)

Favors - Treasures and Souvenirs

Gift guests a Jungle Party Favor Box stuffed with treasures and trinkets to remind them of their wild adventure. Black Binoculars and a Compass Whistle are both fun and functional. Sweeten things up with a package of coconut cookies and top it all off with a straw Pith Helmet, sure to be worn on any and all subsequent jungle journeys.

Looking for even more favor ideas?

  • 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.

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