Llama Party Ideas

by Emily Churchill

Created on May 17, 2019

Llama mia…here we go again! We’re livin’ la vida llama and you’re invited! These quirky, furry camel-like creatures hail from the mountainous Andes of South America. They are naturally social and live in herds, so it makes sense that they are the face of a new kind of party animal. They are kind of smart, adorably goofy and ready to help carry supplies. Sounds like the makings of a great friend, right?

Well, when you gather your friends for your next birthday party let these Llama Party Supplies inspire you with a pastel color palette, desert vibes and party hats. We'll show you a few ideas of how to pull it all together from the invitations to the party favors.

Llama Birthday Party Invitations

These accordion-style llama invites sweetly reveal your party details. Sometimes just adding a little detail to your invitation give it a touch of flare that will have your guests even more excited to RSVP. You could include a fringe tassel to the invite. Stickers and temporary tattoos are always a hit with the little kids and easy to tuck into an envelope. If you plan on hand delivering your invitations you could hand it off with a cactus-like rock candy stick.

Llama Birthday Party Decorations

It’s fiesta time! Decorate your space with bright colors, Mexicana banners, maracas, lots of cactus, and of course, a llama! In case you don’t have access to a real llama, use a llama piñata as the centerpiece of your food table. The great thing about using a piñata as decoration is you can use it as an activity later.

Want the look of cactus on the table but don't want to worry about guests pricking their fingers? Place cactus pinatas in clay pots at both ends of the table and fill with rocks. Plastic “clay” pots and rocks can usually be found at your local dollar store.

To create an eye-catching backdrop with a fiesta flare, use three different shades of green plastic table covers, trim two, fringe, and hang on a curtain rod. To fringe the edges, use scissors and cut slits up every 1/8” or cut down on time and use fringe scissors.

Decorate with a Happy Birthday banner and Mexicana papel garland. Llama party hats can help fill in any empty spaces on your buffet table and they will add a splash of color.

Air filled letter balloons make great big statement pieces on the front of a food table. You can find ones that say, “Happy Birthday”, “Party”, “Llama”, or spell out the child’s name. Name too long? Use the birthday child’s initials or birthday age. Air filled balloons do not require helium and usually come ready to hang with tabs with holes on top. Run twine or ribbon through the holes and secure to either end of the table with painter’s tape or Balloon Stick-Ups.

With tableware this cute it can play a part in the decoration duties. Set up a crate to display the llama covered plates and napkins. This will make it very easy for guests to serve themselves, and hey, that's one less thing you need to spend your time doing during the party. So sit back and grab a plate of food for yourself too!

Llama Birthday Party Food

Since llamas hail from South America, fiesta themed food is perfect for a llama party. Taco bars are always a hit. Set out bowls full of taco filling and toppings like shredded beef, shredded chicken, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, peppers, onions, guacamole, beans, olives, sour cream, salsa, and hot sauce.

If you are looking for fun themed food try dipping pretzel rods in melting chocolate and sprinkling white Jimmies to look like cactus spines. Place in a clay pot with rocks to look like a cactus plant. Green rock candy set in rocks also looks like a little pot of cactus.

Layered Jell-O may not be a traditional Peruvian dish but they are colorful and delicious! They are time-consuming but oh so pretty! You can make them in just about any colors your heart desires.

If you are looking for more authentic food here are some traditional Peruvian food ideas:

  • Ceviche – Peru’s national dish
  • Tiradito – sashimi style fish marinated in spicy lime juice sauce
  • Stuffed avocados
  • Quesadillas
  • Anticuchos – grilled meat skewers
  • Papas a la Huancaina – sliced potatoes with spicy sauce
  • Causa Limena – mashed yellow potatoes filled with vegetables and fish or chicken
  • Tamales – corn/potato dough filled with meats, cheese, chilies, vegetables, and spices, then wrapped in banana leaves
  • Tequenos – cheese sticks, Won Ton wrap filled with white cheese
  • Empanadas – stuffed pastry filled with fried ground beef, onions, olives, hard-boiled eggs, and raisins but there are many variations to be found.

Llama Birthday Party Activities

You gotta have a piñata at a llama party! Other fun activities include:

  • Making floral headbands
  • Pin the Tail on the Llama
  • Cactus toss – cut green pool noodles to look like cactus, place in a large pot or bucket with heavy rocks to weight down, and toss a ring. The guest that hooks the most cactus wins
  • Adopt a Llama – have a table set up with mini stuffed llamas and let your guests adopt one to take home
  • Pass the Llama – like hot potato but with a stuffed llama

Llama Birthday Party Favors

Give each guest a goody bag and let them take home cactus pretzel rods, rock candy cactus, and all the goodies they snatched up from the piñata. If you really want to make their parents love you, give them maracas. If you want a more traditional goody bag to give to guests as they leave there are a ton of little favor bag stuffers to browse through on BirthdayInABox.com. Here are some of the most popular selling party favors.

Party styled and designed by Kylie from Made by a Princess. Head over to her blog for more party tips, recipes, and free printables. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with all of our party ideas and see our favorite ideas on Pinterest!

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