Child’s Animal Themed Birthday Party

Animal party ideas

by Sharon Maher on November 9, 2013

in Parties

I am always asked for children’s birthday party ideas, and for me an animal themed birthday party creates superb fun and is enjoyed by all.


Fill a room full of bright bold colours and soft animal toys.   For easy room decor use brightly coloured hanging tissue pom-poms, animal balloons and animal bunting to create the perfect atmosphere, bringing excitement even to the smallest party-goers as they just love bright colours and shapes. Bunting can easily be made from animal fabric; see Norah's How to make wedding bunting, for instructions. To continue the animal theme, add table runners and floor cushions from the same fabric.  Bunting and pom-poms work well together and won’t be too overwhelming for little eyes to take in.

animal ballons and bunting

For extra theme, these animal wall stickers are ideal, especially behind the buffet table. If you are really adventurous paint an old white sheet with animal faces to hang up.  I have used old painted step ladders to hang the sheet up an then sat soft animal toys on the steps.

Jungle animal wall stickers

Keeping with the animal theme, there are some fabulous animal invitations available to send out to guests, like these Let's Go Wild and Jungle Buddies Party Coaster from Not On The High Street.

Animal Invites

A buffet seems fitting for an animal party. Decorate the front of the buffet table with large letters spelling the birthday name.

To decorate the party table, use white table linen tied at each corner with brightly coloured ribbon. Complete with themed paper plates, cups and napkins to save time on the washing up and it is a safer option for small children.  Tie an animal balloon to each chair back.

Have a different seating area for adults to enjoy a hot or cold drink, or a glass of chilled wine.

Keep the food simple: small children like to pick up what they eat with their hands, so for party food cut-up fruit, slices of banana, quarters of strawberries and peaches, add vegetable sticks and cheese sticks. Finger sandwiches, crusts removed. Serve everything in brightly coloured plastic bowls or on plastic plates and keep to food and drink you know the children know and like.  New ideas can be a waste of money.  To add a bit of fun make a few fruit and vegetable animals, to decorate the table.

Older party children may prefer hot dogs and pizzas, plus lots of bowls of crisps or popcorn. Finish with animal shaped jelly and ice cream, cup cakes and a selection of animal shaped biscuits.

For older guests who are staying longer, more substantial nibbles might be more appreciated.

Animal Cupcakes

Keeping with the animal theme, these biscuits and jungle animal cupcakes decorated with animal faces make fantastic party food and one giant animal cup cake is a good idea for the birthday cake.

After the food, and to calm things down, gather the children to listen to an animal story.  To make this space more attractive, in the centre of the room place a rug or blanket and an extra large story telling chair, and scatter around animal printed cushions and soft toys.

Rather than the usual party bags, give each small child a small soft animal toy and a animal balloon to take home. For older children animal print T-shirts are an idea.

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Sharon Maher is a wedding and party planner, event venue stylist and also writes the blogs Norah Sleep Wedding Style, Norah Sleep Living Style and My Wedding Marquee about weddings, food, fashion, style and things that inspire her in life. Find her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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