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40 Wild Ideas for a Safari-Themed Party

40 Wild Ideas for a Safari-Themed Party

Hey you party animal! Whether you’re planning baby’s first birthday party or an elegant safari-themed wedding, nothing is more fun than animals in party hats and a healthy dose of leopard print . From tiger-striped cupcakes to fancy three-tiered cakes topped with golden lions, we can’t get enough. If you’re feeling the call of the wild, check out these gorgeous and whimsical safari parties to get inspired. Then, go bananas.

1. Wild Animal Party : Line the party table with an animal parade! Just because it’s a safari party doesn’t mean the color palette has to be brown! (via 6th Street Design )

2. Zebra Notes : Technically these are Valentines, but we love the idea of giving out these little cards as invitations. Just tie a little animal onto each card for a fun pre-party favor. (via Sarah M Style )

3. Animal Print Photo Booth : Our very own Creative Director Anj has a particular obsession with animal print, and created a totally wild photo booth for her 30th. (via Anjelika Temple on Flickr )

4. Leopard Print Cake : For a more refined safari theme, paint a white cake with yellow leopard spots and decorate the table with lots of greenery and natural fibers. (via Wedding Chicks )

5. Animal Party : Not only are we loving the animals on the table, the colorful stools are adorable! With a red and white color palette, the safari animals take on an almost circus theme. (via Ikea )

6. Tiger Cupcakes : Meow! These tiger striped cupcakes are actually super easy to make but the effect is amazing! Top them with white frosting and a mini toy tiger for extra wow. (via Amy Atlas )

7. Palm Tree Table Settings : For an adult safari, stick with golds, rich browns and amber. Just the simple touch of a mini palm leaf on each plate adds just the right amount of color. (via The Wedding Chicks )

8. Red and Blue Safari : Even though this is a kids’ party, the simple color palette feels very grown up. (via Ikea )

9. Wild Cake Pop : How cute are these animal print cake pops ?! Get the affect by dripping chocolate horizontally for the zebra stripes or by painting little half circles for the leopard print. (via Popsugar )

10. Zebra Stationery ($18): Send out invitations to your chic safari party using these very glam zebra stripe stationery. Never ones to settle for black and white, we love the pink and blue options.

11. Interactive Wall Decal : Even without the zebra, taping balloons to the wall with zebra washi tape is really cool party decor. (via Catch My Party )

12. Wild Animal Drink Stirrers ($17): If you’re going to be cocktailing , you absolutely must have these golden zoo animal stirrers.

13. Leopard Balloons : This is what your party needs — gold and orange animal print balloons . (via Project Nursery )

14. Wrapped Drinks : Wrap mason jars in burlap and zebra-print ribbon for a classy touch of safari fun. Bonus points for putting them all in a bamboo tray. (via Kara’s Party Ideas )

15. Put a Mask on It : What a cute idea to put an animal mask on each guest’s chair! Not only does it make awesome decor, they can take them home as party favors. (via Celebration At Home )

16. Printed Sunglass Favors ($7): Kids and adults alike will have fun with these neon print sunglasses! Give them out as party favors or use them as a prop in a photo booth !

17. Safari Dessert Table : Cover the dessert bar with a burlap tablecloth and then put all the desserts on trays with cute little handwritten labels. We especially love those animal print cupcakes. (via Kara’s Party Ideas )

18. Girly Safari Party : Holy girly overload! Take a whole new direction and make a pink party with pretty frosted animal sugar cookies and pastel decorations. (via Hostess With the Mostess )

19. Animal Print Mask ($1): Get your party animal on with these adorable masks! We’re pretty sure not just the kids would have fun wearing these.

20. Pink Safari : How cute is this layered cake with the animal and banner topper ! We appreciate the more subtle take on a safari themed party. (via Kara’s Party Ideas )

21. Birthday Animal Gift Wrap ($7): Wrap your presents in this whimsical paper to make your gift table the wildest one ever.

22. DIY Wild Cat Stand : Wish you had these incredibly gorgeous cake stands? Well you’re in luck, because these are actually really easy to make. If gold isn’t your jam (say what?!), reach for a paint bottle of neon green or pink. (via Make )

23. Animal Print Candles ($8): Make a wish on these party candles and your wildest dream just might true.

24. Gum Ball Jars : Another easy DIY alert! Depending on your color preference, you could fill the jars with all kinds of colored candy although we think the gum balls add a fun circus element. (via Pink Pistachio )

25. Baby’s First Safari : This safari party is all glam with a gold and white color scheme. The animal silhouetted banner would be super easy to DIY with a stencil and some spray paint. (via Hostess With the Mostess )

26. Animal Hearted Invites : Inside each of these loving invites is a little toy animal with a heart painted on it! We are most definitely RSVPing yes! (via Design Love Fest )

27. Party Hats : How adorable are those tiny party hats! Sometimes it’s the smallest detail that just takes a party to a whole ‘nother level of charming. (via Pink Pistachio )

28. Giraffe Stencil Glasses : Whether you’re serving milk or cocktails, stenciled zoo animals on the glasses are always a good idea. Mix up the colors or animals so guests remember which drank is there drank. (via Hostess With the Mostess )

29. Zoo Candles ($11): Pick up a pack of these animal candles for a cake topper that does it all.

30. Ruffle Animal Cake : Who would’ve though a ruffled cake would look so good with zoo animals on it! The simplicity of the all white cake makes it the perfect backdrop for all the animal patterns. (via Lil Sugar )

31. Painted Animals : Zoo animals in pajamas? Have you ever seen anything so cute! Just paint cheap toy animals in bright colors and decorate them with mini pom poms. (via Pretty Providence )

32. Face Masks : For the very mature safari party, try a black and gold color palette. These paper mache masks would be incredible in a photo booth! (via The Sweetest Occasion )

33. Neon Jungle: Naturally, we love anything neon, and these animals are pretty much our favorite. Paint them your favorite colors and then use them to top the cake, tie them to gifts or just set them around for extra colorful decor. (via Fellow Fellow)

34. Golden Safari Centerpieces : This is definitely the most glitzy safari we’ve ever seen and we love it. Running a strip of burlap down the middle of the table is the perfect way to show off the delicate gold animals and white flowers. (via Hostess with the Mostess )

35. Glitter Boxes : Why settle for paint when you can add glitter! Just coat toy animals in glue and dip them in colored glitter for some adorable decor. (via Hostess with the Mostess )

36. DIY Party Animal Pendants : Give these necklaces out as party favors, but don’t be surprised if you see your friends wearing them long after the party is over. (via Flamingo Toes )

37. DIY Golden Animal Placeholders : These would be the perfect way to number the tables or to tell guests where to sit. (via Brit + Co )

38. Party Animal Pumpkins : We’re not used to seeing pumpkins outside of Halloween, but it turns out they make really cool zoo animals. Especially that flamingo . (via Studio DIY )

39. Tiny Party Hats : Roll tiny hats out of colored paper and tape them to plastic animals. We can see putting one of these on each cupcake. (via Oh Happy Day )

40. Minimalist Safari Cake : Sometimes the simple look is the most effective and this white cake is charming with just a couple animals on top. Although we feel like they secretly want a party hat. (via Bleubird )

Are you ready to go on the prowl for some cool safari party decor? Would you go with bright colors or paint all your lions gold? Talk to us in the comments below!

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Everything You Need for a Safari Themed Birthday Party

Lauren Miolene

We’ve all been to dozens of kids birthday parties , and we can probably agree they get repetitive quickly. That's why it’s always best to have a fun and exciting theme to make it stand out from the rest. If you’ve ever thought about hosting a safari themed birthday party, take this as your sign to get adventurous!

If your kiddo’s birthday is soon, take a walk on the wild side this year by hosting a safari themed birthday party using creative ideas from The Bash. Start with an outdoor venue, live animals, and of course plenty of safari inspired food and drinks. Use our handy kids birthday party checklist as a guide, so you don’t miss a thing.

Keep reading for safari themed birthday party ideas…

Safari themed venue.

You’ll want to establish a home base for this safari themed birthday party. We recommend keeping the festivities outside to enhance the adventurous setting.

Park venue safari themed birthday party idea

Having the safari themed birthday outside just makes sense, so take the party to the park! Visit your local park that has plenty of tables, a pavilion, and a play area to celebrate the guest of honor. The park is also the perfect location so guests have ample space to run around and play.

Backyard venue safari themed birthday party idea

You can never go wrong by hosting your child’s birthday party in your own backyard with the fresh air and sunlight. Sometimes the comfort of your own home makes the best party venue for everyone. Spend the day outside and easily transition the get-together inside depending on the weather.

Zoo venue safari themed birthday party idea

If your child is an animal lover, organize this birthday bash at the zoo. Contact zoos in your area to set up a tour with different event packages. Visit different  website to read about animal interactions, a private party space, and other fun surprises.

Safari Theme Party Outfit

You’re probably wondering what to wear for a safari themed party, and the answer is all in the details!

Safari Hats

Safari hats safari themed birthday party idea

Invite guests to bring their dress up safari hats or take a trip to your local party store to distribute at the celebration. Your child and their friends will love this special touch that will get them into the safari spirit and provide additional protection from the sun. This creative touch also doubles as a party favor!

Animal Print, Camouflage, and Neutrals

Safari clothing safari themed birthday party idea

Tap into the adventure for this safari theme with animal print, camouflage clothing, or neutral colors. Ask parents to dress their kiddos in these wild prints to help complete the safari aesthetic.

Safari Vests

Safari vests safari themed birthday party idea

To feel the part, guests will have to look the part. Stock up on children’s safari vests from Amazon so everyone can look like a wildlife explorer. These vests come complete with badges, patches, and plenty of pockets to keep some extra goodies in.

Binoculars safari themed birthday party idea

To complete any safari ensemble, you’ll need a set of binoculars. Of course guests can bring their own pair if they have them, but you can also distribute them in goodie bags so they can be used during the party. Shop binocular party favors on Amazon so everyone can have their own set.

Safari Theme Party Entertainment

These safari theme party entertainment ideas are guaranteed to bring a roaring good time.

Live Animals

Live animals safari themed birthday party idea

This safari party requires animals, we don’t make the rules! Take a look on The Bash for live animals that can make a special appearance at the birthday celebration. Communicate with different animal handlers to decide which types of animals make the most sense for the faux-safari party. Choose from monkeys, reptiles, and much more!

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Bounce House

Bounce house safari themed birthday party idea

The kids will feel like queens and kings of the jungle with an epic bounce house at the celebration. Browse various party inflatables including obstacle courses and waterslides that will match the safari themed birthday party. Jumping like kangaroos all day is the perfect way to release some of their energy.

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Face painters safari themed birthday party idea

Let the kids (and adults) unleash their inner animals by transforming them into their favorites! Face paint artists on The Bash use non-toxic paint to turn guests into safari creatures like lions, and tigers, and bears—oh my!

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Photo Booth

Photo booth safari themed birthday party idea

A photo booth is exactly what this party needs to help create the safari feeling. Rent a photo booth for the day that will provide safari themed backdrops and props for an immersive wildlife experience.

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Food carts safari themed birthday party idea

Allow the kids the opportunity to try different foods from various types of carts. From cotton pizza, to snow cones, and even donuts, party guests will love the freedom of choosing their own party food. Book your child’s favorites on The Bash.

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Safari Theme Party Activities

Incorporate these safari theme party activities that will keep guests of all ages occupied and entertained.

Mini jeeps safari themed birthday party idea

You’ll need some sort of transportation for this safari adventure! Charge up your child’s mini trucks and cars, or shop safari vehicles on Amazon for guests to drive around the yard in. Block off an area with plenty of space so parents can keep an eye on the little ones.

Animal Charades

Animal charades safari themed birthday party idea

Put everyone’s acting skills to the test! A few rounds of animal charades is the perfect activity for this safari themed birthday party. Write various safari animals on a piece of paper for guests to randomly choose and act out. Their friends will have a ton of fun guessing and laughing about what animal they are.

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunt safari themed birthday party idea

Send the little explorers on a safari themed expedition during the party. Break everyone into groups, give them riddles to solve, and watch as they follow along to find the prize. You can keep this activity safari themed, but any type of scavenger hunt will work.

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities safari themed birthday party idea

Hosting your party outside means there will be plenty of space for all kinds of games and activities. Set up stations with things you probably already have like hula hoops, jump ropes, and other fun yard games that will keep everyone occupied.

Safari Theme Party Decorations

Get wild with these safari theme party decorations that will make this birthday extra special.

Balloons safari themed birthday party idea

Any birthday party, especially a kid’s, needs balloons! Balloons are one of the best decor options because they are fairly easy to purchase or even assemble yourself. For this safari theme, use various shades of brown, green, and orange, or any other color you might find in the wild. You can also get balloons shaped like typical safari animals to incorporate. Details like this will help bring the wild theme to life!

Pro tip: Hire an event planner through The Bash that is an expert in assembling unique balloon arrangements.

Stuffed Animals

Stuffed animals safari themed birthday party idea

The key for any event decor is to make use of things you might already have. Incorporate your child's stuffed animals throughout the space to capture the safari theme. Find jumbo size plush animals including tigers, giraffes, and elephants that everyone will want to get a picture with.

Tableware safari themed birthday party idea

One of the best places to incorporate themed decor for an outdoor party is on the tables. Whether you decide on multiple small tables or one large one, incorporate animal inspired tableware for guests to use. Shop animal print utensils , napkins, and tablecloths that will make the celebration pop.

For this safari, you can also use details like vines, pampas grass, and compasses for a wild dining experience.

Tents safari themed birthday party idea

Any experienced explorer most likely spends the majority of their time in a tent. Play into the safari theme by setting up tents in the outdoor space for a backdrop. Arrange a few blankets, pillows, and small activities like coloring books that will help keep everyone entertained.

Safari Theme Party Food and Drinks

Make sure there is plenty of fuel for the explorers at the safari themed birthday party.

Safari Themed Birthday Cake

Safari birthday cake safari themed birthday party idea

You’re going to want to incorporate the safari theme into every party detail, including the cake. Place an order from your favorite bakery ahead of time to ensure there will be plenty of sugary animals, fake vines, and other wild accents on the birthday cake.

Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets

Dinosaur chicken nuggets safari themed birthday party idea

Who says dinosaurs can’t be invited to the safari party? Chicken nuggets are one of the most loved kid’s foods that are easy to make because all you have to do is pop them in the oven! Serve with different sauces, french fries, and maybe some broccoli trees.

Trail mix safari themed birthday party idea

It’s important that a safari explorer keeps plenty of snacks on hand that are easy to travel with, for example, trail mix. Make your own by purchasing a variety of nuts, dried fruit, and small candies. You can also set up a trail mix bar including separate ingredients so guests can make their own take home bag.

Mud cups safari themed birthday party idea

This dessert is a delicious DIY treat! All you’ll need to do is add crushed Oreos, gummy worms, and candy rocks on the top of a pudding cup to look like mud. If you don’t prepare these beforehand, kids will love decorating and customizing their own.

Ants on a Log

Ants on a log safari themed birthday party idea

One of the best snacks for kids usually incorporates them being hiddenly healthy. Make a childhood classic of ants on a log that will help fuel the little explorers during the safari themed birthday party. All this classic entails is spreading peanut butter on a celery stick, and topping with raisins. This snack is easy to customize because you can easily swap the peanut butter with hummus in case of any allergies.

“Jungle Juice”

Jungle juice safari themed birthday party idea

Whip up a big batch of kid-friendly jungle juice to quench everyone’s thirst. Add any ingredients you want; fruit juice, Gatorade, fresh juice, soda, the possibilities are endless. Serve in a beverage dispenser with a spout so kids will be able to easily refill their canteens. For an adults only drink, try adding champagne for a delicious and fruity mimosa.

Animal Crackers

Animal crackers safari themed birthday party idea

Who doesn’t love animal crackers? Arrange a platter of plain and frosted animal crackers with different types of dessert dip. Guests will enjoy this sweet treat by dipping their cookie in edible brownie batter, cookie dough, and cheesecake dip.

Banana Splits

Banana splits safari themed birthday party idea

This safari themed birthday party will make everyone go absolutely bananas! Your child and their friends will love a homemade banana split that is the perfect treat to end the day.

Safari Themed Party Favors

You’ll definitely want to toss a few of these safari themed party favors into everyone’s goodie bags.

Custom Canteens

Custom canteens safari themed birthday party idea

Once everyone RSVPs and the guest list is complete, place an Etsy order for customized canteens with everyone’s name. Kids will love having their own custom canteen to drink out of and make them feel like they are on a real safari.

Animal Bubbles

Animal bubbles safari themed birthday party idea

Little kids love bubbles, so give them their own to play with! Find animal inspired bubble bottles on Amazon for guests to use during and after the party.

Animal Ears

Animal ears safari themed birthday party idea

Once the face painter turns the kids into their favorite animals, give them ears to match. Visit your local party store or place an online order for lion ears, tigers, giraffes, and more. Try to stock up on a variety so everyone can choose what animal they want to be.

1st Birthday Safari Theme Party: Wild One

Turning one year old is wild! That’s why “Wild One” is such a popular first birthday party theme. You can easily incorporate these same safari ideas into this milestone occasion, but you’re not going to want to forget these details.

Wild one smash cake safari themed birthday party idea

If you’ve seen kiddos go wild and destroy their gorgeous birthday cake, that’s exactly why smash cakes have become popular. Smash cakes are typically a smaller, homemade cake specially made for the guest of honor. After the proud parents help blow out the candle, let the one year old celebrate their special day with their own cake. It’s completely up to them if they play with it or eat it, but this way it saves plenty of birthday cake for the other guests to enjoy.


Photographer safari themed birthday party idea

A first birthday only happens once, so you’re going to want to remember it forever. Hire a photographer to capture every detail: the decor, the cake, and of course all the smiling faces in attendance! Miss no photo opportunity with our helpful 1st birthday picture list for ideas.

Photo Backdrop

Photo backdrop safari themed birthday party idea

You’re only going to be able to host a “wild one” themed birthday for your baby once, so make a photo backdrop for plenty of pictures. Create your own using a safari background, plush animals, and a big metallic “1” balloon. This backdrop will also act as a focal point in the party space.

Find more kids’ party ideas and inspiration here on The Bash.

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A table set for a children’s birthday party with giraffe and lion figurines as centerpieces, green and orange balloons, and party hats at each place setting.

July 29, 2023

Does your little explorer spend all their time slashing through the dense jungle in the backyard with their pretend machete? Or maybe their room looks like a wildlife refuge with all their ferocious stuffed safari animals. If either of those descriptions sounds like your child, then we’ve got the perfect birthday party theme for you.

With a safari theme birthday party , your mini adventurer is guaranteed to have a ferociously good time while also showing off their love for nature. Keep reading for more safari theme party ideas than there are zebras on the savannah.

“ Giraffe Birthday ” by Rifle Paper Co. for Paperless Post; image via Pexels .

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Plan a journey to the wilderness… or to the backyard

You know that a safari theme birthday party would be perfect for your little animal lover—but what exactly does the party planning look like? There are a ton of exciting options to make this next birthday a special one, both at home or out in the wild. Here are some ideas to add a bit of adventure to your safari birthday party.

1. Visit a local zoo or wildlife center

Zookeepers actually make great party hosts, especially when they bring some of their furry (or scaled) friends for each guest to take a look at. Plus, they often have party rooms you can rent out where the explorers can enjoy safari snacks on-site.

2. Create a backyard safari

In many places, it’s possible to hire an exotic animal handler who will visit your home with their menagerie. Your little adventurer will never forget the birthday they hung out with a boa constrictor!

3. Plan a wild dress code

For your safari theme party idea, encourage guests to show up in animal masks, animal prints, or full-on costumes of their favorite beasts. 

Due to the *nature* of a safari theme birthday party, there’s a good chance that it includes some kind of outdoor element. But what if the weather isn’t cooperative? Hardy adventurers won’t let a little rain or snow stop them… but it might stop your birthday plans. Luckily, there are plenty of fun safari activities you can plan for indoors.

4. Put on a movie

There are so many fun animal movies to choose from. Might we suggest “Madagascar,” “The Lion King,” or “The Jungle Book”?

5. Play some games

Whether you’re playing Monkey in the Middle or Sleeping Lions , plan some fun kids’ birthday party games to have everyone feeling like a true party animal, indoors or out.

6. Create some safari crafts

With a few simple party supplies, you can set up a safari craft station where your young guests can make their own artistic safari animals.

Safari-themed party supplies are available at Paperless Post Party Shop .

Decorations for a wild safari party.

Whether you’re hosting at home or elsewhere, you’ll want the venue to give off serious jungle vibes for your safari-themed party. Seek out garlands and streamers that look like vines, and balloons in varying shades of greens and browns. Some other decoration options to consider include the following.

7. A fun garland to set the mood

Set the mood by inspiring guests to Party like an animal with this decorative garland , featuring an elephant wearing a party hat.

8. An animal-shaped pinata

Fill this cheeta party pinata from Paperless Post Party Shop with treats for the kids to enjoy.

9. Creature-shaped plates

From animal print plates to plates shaped like animals , themed plates help bring your safari theme to life.

10. Animal-inspired costumes

Get into the safari spirit with safari animal print party hats and lion masks .

11. Delightful safari-themed party favors

Thank your guests for a roarin’ good time by sending them home with safari print party bags filled with trinkets like temporary animal tattoos .

Feeding hungry safari explorers (aka partygoers)

Of course, a day spent exploring will leave your guests licking their chops and circling the birthday cake like it’s a water buffalo. So, what kind of food does one serve at a safari-themed birthday bash? Animals eat all kinds of things, but these explorers will probably have a taste for cakes and treats, above all else.

12. The birthday cake

Maybe it’s shaped like your child’s favorite jungle animal or decorated with a scene from the safari of their dreams. Also, some animal candles make the perfect topper. 

13. Cupcake decorating kit

For desserts that can double as an activity, have your guests decorate cupcakes with animal-themed toppers . 

14. Animal tail treats

We love this idea of decorating chocolate-covered pretzel rods to look like tiger tails!

15. Veggies… but shaped like a lion

For a healthy snack, you can make a safari-themed veggie tray by using a dip (like hummus or ranch) as a lion’s face and surrounding it with peppers and carrots to form a lion’s mane. 

A child’s birthday party invitation with a boy’s photo in the center surrounded by safari animals including a lion, giraffe, zebra, hippo, crocodile, and more.

Wording for an adventurous invite

Once you’ve picked out your favorite safari-themed invites , it’s time to invite your child’s fellow adventurers with the perfect birthday invitations . If you’re more of a Tarzan than a Jane and have trouble choosing the right words, consider the below examples for your kids’ birthday invitations to get those creative juices flowing. 

Welcome to the jungle!

Axl is turning FIVE

Saturday, April 2nd

The adventure begins at:

4 o’clock in the afternoon

Please RSVP

Or, if your safari theme party is taking place at a location other than your home, you might use the following wording on your safari invitation :

Calling all critters!

Join us at the John Hammond Zoo

Animal print attire is highly encouraged!

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Head deep into the jungle with this collection of simple Safari party ideas. The kids will have a wild time with fun and playful party decoration.

There are plenty of ideas that are easy to incorporate with a little DIY planning. This is a great party theme for any little adventurer.

Related articles:

  • How To Make An Easy But Awesome Monkey Birthday Cake
  • The Ultimate Guide To Easy Party Ideas For Boys

A Safari party is perfect on so many levels. For a start it is great for not only birthday’s, but also baby showers and christenings.

It also works as a great party theme for both boys and girls. You could say in a way that it is the perfect party theme, one which all party guests will have a great time.

Everyone will certainly have the time of their life at a Safari party. With it’s striking decor, it’s adorable characters and it’s capacity for wild adventures, this is a party that everyone is going to love.

How Do I Decorate For A Safari Party?

Decorating for a safari theme party is going to be a LOT of fun. There are a lot of safari party supplies that can be purchased, as well as using other items found in the dollar store.

Whilst there are some specific party ideas further down the post with decorating ideas, the simplest way to decorate the party space is to stick to the earthy colors. Think of brown, green, yellow, orange and white as a good starting point and it’s easy to build from there.

It is a good idea to create a party backdrop . This can easily be achieved using budget friendly plastic tablecloth’s in your chosen party colors.

Next create some tissue paper garlands to hang around the area and suddenly you already have the perfect jungle feel. Make some vines by twisting together brown craft paper. Add vine and palm leaves to them for extra effect.

If you have any stuffed safari animals, use them as decoration props. It is also a great idea to look out for them at second hand shops.

Add some animal cutouts, animal print balloons and even some inflatable animals for some extra wild touches to the jungle theme party.

Real Safari Party Ideas

Use these real Safari parties to give you an idea of how to put the party together. Each of these parties takes a slightly different spin on the Safari theme.

The great thing about a themed party is that no two parties are exactly the same!

Typical Jungle Safari Party

Source: A Pumpkin and A Princess

This jungle Safari party is simply amazing. The party decor, the earthy color scheme, the funky cake and the simple yet delicious table display. It all works together perfectly.

The hanging rosettes are totally gorgeous and look awesome set back against the striking green leaves.

Cheetah Party

Source: A Small Snippett .

Another great way to hold a Safari party is to focus on one aspect of Safari. In this instance it’s the cheetah.

The cheetah print everywhere looks awesome. It’s even included on the ties on the chairs. Having the cheetah print as the focal point ensures that everything blends together perfectly.

Madagascar Safari Party

Source: Love Every Detail

For some amazing Safari party ideas, you can’t go past Madagascar. This is certainly a party that is deep in Safari.

The cupcake toppers are sensational and even the ‘dirt’ cups look delicious. Everything is matched perfectly with printable’s and the colors are bold and striking.

Venturing up to this party table, you are literally walking into the jungle.

Baby Shower Safari Party

Source: Stix N Pops

A Safari party makes a gorgeous theme for a baby shower.

The cupcake tower with the cake on top is stunning and creates a fantastic table feature. The baby curled up on top of the cake is just adorable.

This is a fun and cheeky party, and would certainly be a lot of fun for a mum to be.

Pastel Safari Party

Source: Grey Grey Designs .

Pastel decoration might not instantly be the decor that comes to mind when you think of a Safari party, but this example goes to show that it can be done.

Everything looks like you would see it in a nursery, the baby spin on the party is simply delightful. The cupcake display has to be my favorite part of the table display.

Safari Party Food Ideas

There are so many fun themed treats that you can make for a Safari party.

Creating theme food adds to the fun and helps to create the jungle atmosphere. For simplicity, stick to finger foods.

Some easy Safari food ideas include:

  • Delicious and also fun monkey pops . This is an easy recipe and the monkey heads are available as a free printable.
  • Kids love jello and this is so easy to have available at the party. Stick to jello in safari colors where possible.
  • Have a fruit station. Fruit will always be found on safari, so this is a great excuse to get some healthy food into the kids.
  • It would also be fun to use some vegetables and turn them into animal faces. For example, use carrot sticks to create a lion’s face with drip bowls for eyes, cauliflower for the nose and slices of mushrooms for the mouth. Or perhaps slice a cucumber and lay it out as a snake.
  • Obtain an animal cookie cutter of choice for some fun cookies

Fun Safari Games & Activites

To throw the most awesome Safari party, it’s important to have some games. Examples include:

  • A spin on Simon Says. Instead of saying Simon says, you could say, “The jungle says to swing your arms like an elephant”.
  • Safari animal scavenger hunt.
  • Sleeping lions. Play some music and when the music stops, the kids fall to the ground and lay as still as they can.
  • Jungle Animal Charades
  • Pin the tail on a (Safari animal of choice)
  • Have someone available for face painting an assortment of jungle animal face masks.
  • Create a craft table where the kids can color in jungle animal masks.
  • Make a pair of binoculars by taping two toilet rolls together and fixing some string to the ends so they can hang around the children’s necks.
  • Create a photo booth with safari props and animal party hats.

Safari-Themed Birthday Party Favors

Kid love to explore their goodie bags end the end of a party. There are lots of party favors that you could include that match the theme of the party such as:

  • Plastic little animals
  • Animal stickers
  • Tiger tails
  • Animal tattoos
  • Animal eye masks

A Safari party is a whole lot of fun for the entire family. The kids might like to dress up in their favorite Safari animal costume or as a Safari explorer to really feel like they are entering the jungle together.

With the striking party decor and some fun themed food and games, this party is going to be a roaring success.

Need some ideas for a different theme? Check out more  party ideas  for a ton of inspiration with different themes, games and more.

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August 9, 2014 at 4:17 pm

I may never go to a safari party, but I sure enjoyed all these options! Thanks for coming and linking up at The Weekend Social. All posts get pinned in our pinterest board! Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on culinaryflavors.gr ! I hope to see you there!

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August 9, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Thanks Katerina. They look so much fun don’t they! You never know, there could always be an excuse for a safari party 🙂

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So cute! Thanks for linking up with The Caffeinated Crafters this week!

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Thanks April, glad you could stop by 😉

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August 12, 2014 at 10:26 am

Awesome round up of Safari Parties! Thanks for sharing them at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party:) Hope you can join us again starting tonight!

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Thanks Adrian. I love the round up posts and seeing what other bloggers are creating 🙂

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Welcome to the Jungle, Party Animal! Let’s get WILD and grab yourself a handful of Gorilla Poop {chocolate covered raisons} because this post is all about the food! If you’re surfing Pinterest for some Safari Party Food Ideas you’re in the right place. I’ll try to be short on words because let’s face it, this post is totally more about the party eye candy and scroll worthy pictures.

I have no intention of passing myself off as a caterer or master chef at anything, so do not be deceived. None of my parties ever have gourmet food. But, what they ALL have are clever names for everything. Ask anyone, it’s my favorite item on my party checklist: Cleverly Name the Food…

I’m not that excellent at cooking/baking but I excel in punny humor. My ideas for the Safari Party Food was no exception. I also excel in making everyday things that are simple, like cutie oranges fill up an entire food display. Feast your eyes, party animals…


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Safari Party Food Ideas | Snacks

We’ll start small and cover the snack first. I went for the whole Market Place theme with good in paper bags. I’ve always loved those scenes in Disney’s Aladdin where the Marketplace vendors offer Jasmin dates and pistachios. I suppose I was channeling my inner Disney with this party setup. The names for the food were fun to do too. Most of the snack food is very simple and can be bought in the bulk foods section of Winco.

Here is my list:

  • Banana pies – Banana Moon Pies
  • Monkey Chow – Banana Chips
  • Snake Eggs – Green Grapes
  • Gorilla Poop – Chocolate covered raisins
  • Giraffe Spots – Rye Chips
  • Banana Treats – Runts Bananas {I bought on Amazon!}
  • Beetle Wings – Lays Potato Chips
  • Tree Roots – Pretzel Sticks
  • Elephant Snacks – Peanuts
  • Zebra Cakes – Zebra Cakes
  • Jaguar Claws – Bugles
  • Grubs – Gummy Worms
  • Animal Crackers – Animal Crackers
  • Lizard Eyes – Hummus

You can find all of my labels available as a digital download on Etsy .

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Safari Party Food Ideas | Appetizers

There were a few bigger items that we ate with our Snake Subs. These 2nd level foods took a little more work than just emptying them into a bowl and slapping a cute label on it. So naturally, I recruited my mom, the Original Party High Priestess and Captain of the Pun Team to assist. She made these food items:

  • Lion’s Main – Veggie tray with ranch dip
  • Ladybugs – Caprese Skewers
  • Tiger Cub Cuties – She also drew all these tiger faces!

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Safari Foods Ideas | Snake Sub Sandwich

Now for the main course. My entire plan for this food table centered around this giant Snake Sub Sandwich I just had to make. The tricky part was getting it all cut and out the door, then on the table and everyone through the line before the bread got hard. I bought those super soft loaves of fresh-baked bread from Safeway and we cut it up.

I used my acrylic cupcake tower as an elevation and made the snake coil around it. The same roll of brown craft paper I used to make the vines came in super handy! I premeasured my space and rolled up the serving paper for the Snake Bread the day before the party. This way I knew where everything would go and fit.

The snake is all bread {+ a face} and the fixings were brought out last since they’re not on the ice. Here is my list with the Food Names:

  • Provisions – Cheese Slices
  • Too Talky Toucan – Lunchmeat {Roasted Turkey}
  • Wild Boar – Lunchmeat {Ham}
  • Defiant Parrot – Lunchmeat {Rotisserie Chicken}

The Defiant Parrot making a repeat appearance from Cash’s 2nd Pirate Party . Even more fun food names over there! Including Seagull Poop… hmmm… seems to be a theme for the boys’ parties…

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Safari Party Food Ideas | Desserts

The look on this little Grub-Eater’s face makes it all worth it. His “Cash is King” Custom Cake Topper from my Etsy Shop is his own design. Roth’s Bakery once again did an amazing job for me on the cake and cupcakes. I always walk in with a list of expectations and they have pulled through every time. We went simple this year with a grassy area for his toy Lion who is also King.

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For many of the cupcakes, we used a large polka dot circle cupcake Topper in the themed paper. Honestly, I just made as many I could from the scraps of the WILD Banner .

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Finally, after the kids located the Elusive Leopard Torch we were able to cut cake and serve the cupcake toppers. You can find these glitter Safari Cupcake Toppers in my Etsy Shop . I offer them in 28 Glitter choices.

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Until next time Party Ani mals Kandice

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Planning the perfect party doesn’t have to be exhausting! Choosing a theme is half the battle but once you find inspiration for your theme you’ll find your idea will quickly come together. Safari themed birthdays are a great way to get your child’s and their guest imagination moving.

You can make a big impact in a space with decorations that make your guest feel like they just stepped into a jungle. Many kids love animals which makes this such a fun party theme, not to mention it is extremely gender neutral. We have composed 20 ideas and recipes so that you can plan the perfect safari themed party. So grab your binoculars, put on your safari vest and let’s go on this adventure together.

1. DIY Balloon Centerpiece

These balloon centerpieces were initially designed for a pineapple themed party but their tropical themed arrangement would work perfectly for a safari theme too. This step by step tutorial is super easy you’ll have a big impact arrangement in no time at all.

Balloon centerpieces are a great way to fill up space while keeping it interesting and entertaining for the kids. If you don’t have a table big enough to host the arrangement you could consider attaching it to your wall for decor.

https://www.blog.birdsparty.com/2016/07/diy-balloon-fronds-tropical-party-table-centerpiece-garland.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BIRDS PARTY

2. Sand Slime

It seems like slime is the latest craze with the kids these days. Glitter slime, neon slime, you name it and there is probably a slime variation of it. The texture alone is probably the most fun part of slime, you can stretch it, pull it, twist it and form it into anything you want.

Why not impress all the kids at your party with sand slime. You could consider making this sand slime to use as an activity in a sensory box depending on the age group or you could make this slime to send home as part of thank you gift to your guests.

https://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/04/07/how-to-make-sand-slime/ PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: FRUGAL FUN FOR BOYS AND GIRLS

3. DIY Binocular Favors

These do it yourself binocular favors will definitely get all the kids excited at your safari themed party. They’re easy to make and require minimal tools and resources. They’re super simple that you can have the whole family jump in on the craft making.

Fill these binoculars with treats and trinkets to send home with your guests. If you already have party favor plans you could consider making these binoculars for the kids to wear while at the party or make a fun eye spy game out them too.

https://www.handmadecharlotte.com/diy-jumanji-movie-night/ PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: HAND MADE CHARLOTTE

4. DIY Treasure Stones

These treasure stones are a fun and easy do it yourself project that you can do for your safari themed party. They’re super adaptable for many different themed parties because you could call them dinosaur eggs, stones or cannon balls. These treasure stones are made out of coffee grinds, flour, sand, and water. It has a playdough-like texture that can harden.

Place a secret treasure in the middle and let the kids go on a safari hunt to find the treasure stones in your yard. You could even have them use the binoculars you made in the previous tutorial to scout for their treasures. The rocks are hard enough to keep the trinket inside but are easy enough for younger kids to break open.

http://www.makelifelovely.com/2014/01/how-to-make-diy-treasure-stones.html PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: MAKE LIFE LOVELY

5. Animal Figure Decor

This blog shows you how you can take an animal themed party and modernize it. You can find animal figurines at many places like Hobby Lobby, Walmart, and even many dollar stores. Consider using them as decor for an inexpensive way to decorate your space.

You could use the animal figurines as cake toppers to fill up space as well as dress up a simple cake. You can even use them as centerpieces on your table. If you place them on candle holders you can create dimension within your centerpiece.

http://www.hellotinylove.com/emerys-2nd-birthday-party/ PHOTOS AND IDEAS HERE: HELLO TINY LOVE

6. Rainforest In A Jar

This rainforest in a jar is a very fun project that you could use for decorations at your safari themed party. However, if you have older kids you could consider making this a fun craft for everyone to do at the party.

It will keep the kids busy and they’ll have something fun they can take home with them. You can get a lot of the materials at your local dollar store or craft store at an inexpensive price. Make sure to purchase a variety of safari animals and let their imaginations run wild.

http://thecraftingchicks.com/rainforest-in-a-jar-kid-craft/ PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: THE CRAFTING CHICKS

7. Foil Balloon Backdrop

Foil balloons seem to be all the rage as of late. For good reason because, hello, they’re super fun! Foil balloons come in all sizes, colors, letters, and numbers. A phrase like “wild one” is very fitting for a safari themed party.

You could consider complimenting the foil balloon arrangement with a statement wall piece like this backdrop. It is made from brown paper twisted to look like vines. Add some leaf cutouts and you’ll have a jungle wall in no time.

http://www.carefreeblondeblog.com/2016/08/diy-wild-one-birthday-party.html#.Wumw79PwZTZ PHOTOS AND IDEAS HERE: CAREFREE BLONDE

8. DIY Animal Cupcake Toppers

Following animal figurine decorations, try using them for cupcake toppers too. This tutorial walks you through how to spray paint the figurines right up to how to make their adorable little party hats.

Spray painting animals is an awesome way to modernize a juvenile theme while still making it fun for the kids. This is always an easy way to make party favors for your guests too. Let them eat their delicious cupcake and then take their cupcake topper home too.

https://projectnursery.com/2015/08/diy-animal-cupcake-toppers/#_a5y_p=4216698 PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: PROJECT NURSERY

9. Safari Themed Snacks

Party food doesn’t have to be difficult and tiresome and let’s face it the decorations alone can take all our time and energy. Instead of making fancy foods to serve at your party you could consider using accessible packaged foods you can buy at the grocery store and labelling it with animal themes.

Cheezies can be used cheetah food, spinach dip for hippos, and if you don’t need to keep your party nut-free you could serve peanuts for elephants. Use labels to print your phrases onto and then you’ll have this animal food ready in a hurry!

http://www.roxyskitchen.com/safari-jungle-themed-first-birthday-party-part-ii-appetizers-finger-foods-snack-ideas.html PHOTOS AND IDEAS HERE: ROXYS KITCHEN

10. Chocolate Bear Paws

Bear paws are easy snacks that can be suitable for kids of all ages, and the adults will love these too. They are soft and chocolatey and will be snatched up quickly.

The claws are made out of almond slivers which makes the whole dessert edible and fun. Your animal lovers will love these tasty treats.

https://family.disney.com/recipe/chocolate-bear-paws/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DISNEY FAMILY

11. Paper Plate Hippopotamus

Involving your guests in interactive crafts that can keep the kids busy at your party is always a good idea. These fun hippo themed paper plates are very cute and will keep them entertained.

Depending on the duration of your party you can have them make this craft from painting all the way to gluing. If you’re crunched for time with you could consider doing all the painting work pre-party and just have the kids assemble their hippo instead.

https://iheartcraftythings.com/paper-plate-hippopotamus.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: I HEART CRAFTY THINGS

12. Oreo Dirt Cups

Dirt cups may have been around for a while but they definitely make a great animal themed food. It is an easy way to make a delicious dessert that stays in line with your theme all the while pleasing all your little guests too.

It has chocolatey layers of creamy pudding and oreo crumbs and then buried gummies worms within. Their imaginations will be booming with this dessert.

http://shariblogs.com/oreo-dirt-cups/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SHARI BLOGS

13. Paper Plate Snake

Instead of tossing your bubble wrap in the trash the next time you get an online order make sure to save it for this fun craft. This is another easy craft that all your little party guests can partake.

Using a rolling pin and bubble wrap you can achieve a textured painted snake very quickly. If you don’t have a rolling pin you could even use a slender cup so each child can paint their own. Once the plates are dry simply cut the snake in a swirl shape, glue on eyes and tongue and voila, it’s done!

https://www.craftymorning.com/paper-plate-snake-craft-using-rolling-pin/ PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: CRAFTY MORNING

14. Safari Tour

Interactive activities are a great way to keep your guests busy as well as keep them moving around. Afterall, a lot of kids love to run around a play. How else are they going to burn off all that sugar? This print out was originally designed for a preschool classroom but it can make a great party activity too.

If you’re having an outdoor party you could place stuffed animals around the yard, if you don’t have enough or all the animals called for on the sheet you could simply print off a picture of the animals instead. Have the kids go on a scavenger hunt and check off once they find all the animals. You could even make it a contest and have there be a prize for the guest who finds all the animals first! If you’re having the party indoors you can do the same just hide the animals throughout your house instead.

https://playtolearnpreschool.us/classroom-safari/ PHOTOS AND PRINTOUT HERE: PLAY TO LEARN PRESCHOOL

15. Safari Passport Invitations

Once you have decided on your theme the next step is to usually get the invitations ready to send out. Having the invitations themed to match the party is a great way to let your guest know what to expect as well keeps things creative and fun.

These safari passport invitations are a great idea and very customizable. This tutorial walks you through how you can make your own. The original design includes a photo of the birthday child but you could always leave the photo blank so your guests can draw a picture of themselves and bring their passport to the party.

http://prettypaperprettyribbons.blogspot.ca/2011/04/28-candles-blog-hop.html PHOTOS AND IDEAS HERE: PRETTY PAPER PRETTY RIBBONS

16. Adopt A Pet Party Favor

Party favors are a great way to give a thank you to your guests for coming to your party. After the kids have enjoyed their safari themed party you could set up a pet adoption center. Fill the pet station with safari stuffed animals and let each kid pick their own.

If you’re worried about disagreements of who get’s what animal you could always assign the adoptions yourself. Your guests will remember this fun safari themed party for a long time.

http://blog.wantsandwishesdesign.com/2016/12/pet-adoption-birthday-party.html PHOTOS AND IDEAS HERE: WANTS AND WISHES

17. Animal Cracker Funfetti Cake Batter Dip

Animal crackers are one of the easiest ways to get animal themed food at your party. This delicious snack resembles a kid-favorite snack, Dunkaroos.

This recipe only requires 4 ingredients and only takes 10 minutes to make. Serve this dip with delicious animal crackers and your guest will be dipping into this savory snack the whole time.

http://www.farmwifecooks.com/animal-cracker-dip/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes# PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FARM WIFE COOKS

18. Lion Hummus

If you have a hard time getting your kids to eat healthy foods then you’ll definitely want to serve this platter at your safari party. Make healthy food fun by creating animal shapes.

Kids have big imaginations and if you can make healthy food look well, not healthy and more fun then they’re bound to eat it. This recipe is super easy because it uses store-bought hummus. The hardest job you’ll have with this recipe is cutting all the vegetables.

https://eatingrichly.com/lion-vegetable-tray/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: EATING RICHLY

19. Quick And Easy Fringe Garland

Another great way to decorate your safari themed party would be to make your own leaf garland. You can transform your space into a jungle with this easy do it yourself project.

Making fringe garland is an easy alternative to cutting out individual leaves. You get the same colors and effect but it is a whole lot easier and stays within your theme. As an added bonus this garland is super inexpensive and creates a big impact in a room.

https://jennybatt.com/blog/quick-and-easy-tunnel-fringe-garland PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: JENNY BATT

20. Safari Party Decor

If you’re looking for a safari themed party that can cover ideas from head to toe then this is it. This post has inspirations from the food table to a lush photo backdrop and everything in between.

This post also offers free printables like the adorable animal footprints that you can place all over your floors. You can even turn an ordinary fruit drink into an “explorer energy drink” that your guests will love.

https://www.americangreetings.com/inspiration/celebration/jungle-birthday-party-theme?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=seer-birthday-2018&utm_term=keyword&utm_content=device&pp=0 PHOTOS AND IDEAS HERE: AMERICAN GREETINGS

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Calling all party animals! A safari party is a wonderfully wild way to celebrate any occasion. From jungle themed birthdays to safari themed baby showers, the possibilities are endless! 

We’re sharing everything you’ll need to throw the best safari theme party on this side of the savannah. So, grab your binoculars as we begin our exploration through the best safari and jungle party ideas!  

Set The Scene

Jungle theme party decorations for a Safari birthday party.

Using the right safari party decorations is essential for an immersive party experience. Start by transforming your party space into a lush jungle. You can decorate with green foliage, palm leaves, and animal print fabrics. 

Palm tree balloons and jungle theme balloons for a safari birthday party.

If you’re throwing a safari birthday party, we suggest popping in some balloons. This leafy green balloon garland kit is a wonderful safari decoration that you can display anywhere. You can even spruce it up with a fun giraffe or zebra balloon. 

And if you’re feeling adventurous, grab a black permanent marker and a jumbo balloon or two! After inflation, draw fun animal prints like cheetah spots or zebra stripes on them!

Dress The Part

Encourage your guests to embrace their wild side by asking them to wear their best safari explorer attire. An ideal jungle theme party outfit would include khaki clothing, safari hats, and animal print accessories.

On the flip side, you can ask your guests to dress like their favorite safari animal! If you’re winging it, this parrot costume is colorful and fun! Be sure to have some animal theme birthday party hats ready for anyone in need of some extra spots or stripes! 

Parrot costume to use as a fun idea for a jungle birthday party.

Exotic Eats

Colorful fruit for a jungle theme party food idea.

When it comes to the best safari party food ideas, the more variety the better. Your menu should be as vibrant and exciting as the jungle itself, so choose foods that are fresh and colorful. 

We suggest starting with tropical fruit skewers featuring an array of juicy pineapple, mango, kiwi, and watermelon. You can also serve mini sliders topped with grilled pineapple and tangy barbecue sauce for a delightful combination of flavors. 

For a jungle party food idea that’s a bit more adventurous, serve bite-sized samosas! Perfect for fêtes with an older crowd, they can be filled with aromatic spices and vegetables. 

Jungle birthday party cake ideas.

Finally, don’t forget to have exotic eats that are sweet! If you’re throwing a safari themed birthday party, the focal point should be on the cake. You can decorate it with colorful frosting and jungle animal toppers. And if you’re planning a “Wild One” party, top it all off with this darling acrylic cake topper set ! 

Safari party supplies.

When it’s time for your party animals to feast, keep things tame with a sturdy tableware setting. We recommend mixing and matching some animal print party supplies with animal pattern party supplies. 

Jungle theme party supplies for a safari party table setting.

You can also take the rainforest route and use some “into the jungle” plates , napkins , and cups . It would make a perfect place-setting combo for a jungle cruise party! To complete the look, you can hang some paper lanterns or animal print balloons from the ceiling. For added effect, scatter some animal figurines and jungle-themed confetti on your party table. 

Safari Party Games & Activities 

To give your guests the full safari experience, make sure you plan lots of thrilling activities. You can set up a “wildlife photo booth” complete with safari props, such as binoculars and animal masks. Partygoers will love pretending to be on a safari. And, you’ll love the adorable pictures that come out of it! 

Scavenger hunts are another exciting jungle birthday party activity. Simply hide animal-themed clues around the venue that lead to a treasure trove of safari party favors. You can even play it up by putting the prizes in these ferocious favor bags !  

Cheetah print safari party supplies.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our exploration of the best safari birthday party ideas! Don’t forget to check out the rest of our safari and jungle party collection, here . 

If you’re looking for more, you’ll find all kinds of brilliant kid’s party themes on Le Blog . From our fête to yours, bonne chance! Xx

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How To Host a Wild and Fun Jungle Theme Party

Jungle theme party decoration

If you’re a party animal with an urge to host a jungle theme party, we’re with you. Visions of palm fronds, exotic birds, and tropical flowers dance across our imaginations, inspiring party ideas for a host of different events.

Whether you’re planning a jungle-inspired or safari-themed birthday party, baby shower, graduation , or other fun event, this guide will help you set the scene. You’ll also get some digital invitation inspiration that will have your guests going wild with excitement.

3 Steps to Hosting a Jungle Theme Party 

Jungle theme party: Children standing on cake station

There’s a wide variety of options for a jungle theme party. You can opt for bright hues or baby animals in soft pastels to suit a baby’s first birthday party or select more elegant prints and party decor for a teen’s sweet 16 . You can also modify the jungle theme to suit a graduation party by hosting a jungle luau to honor the journey into the “concrete jungle.” 

Whatever jungle or safari theme party you choose to host, here are some ideas ranging from animal-inspired decorations to tasty feasts you can serve up.

Go Wild With Decor

When it comes to the color scheme of a jungle theme party, animal print is king. Use animal motifs and colors like orange, green, and brown when decorating the event space. The jungle is also a bright and lively space, so hues like magenta and red can be peppered throughout the party decor — think orchids and hibiscus flowers that bloom in the jungle. 

Here are some great jungle decor items to consider for your upcoming bash.

  • Balloon decorations: No event is complete (especially a safari theme birthday party) without party balloons! Look for animal balloons featuring tigers, elephants, monkeys, and other wild beasts. You can also opt for zebra stripe or animal print balloons. Display them around the event room, make a DIY balloon garland , and tie a few special latex balloons to the chair for the birthday boy or birthday girl.
  • Safari animal stickers: If your jungle-themed party is a kid’s event, get some animal stickers they can use to decorate cards or stick on each other. Giraffes, zebras, lions, and crocodiles are all great choices. For an even wilder atmosphere, look for animal stickers in vibrant colors or metallic designs that shimmer and shine.
  • Animal print tableware: Set the stage for a jungle-inspired meal with animal print tablecloths and animal table decorations. For easy clean-up and an easy design element, use paper plates, cups, and napkins featuring a safari theme. For a young child’s birthday party, consider plates featuring wild animal faces. For older kids or an adult safari party, look for jungle motifs like monstera or palm leaves and jungle animal prints, which can be more elegant.
  • Confetti: Never mind the clean-up. There’s something about confetti that makes a party even more fun. Sprinkle animal print confetti on the table or hand out party favor bags or goodie bags with party poppers packed with confetti.
  • Birthday banner or backdrop: If you’re hosting a jungle birthday party or baby shower, draw attention to the guest of honor with an animal-inspired backdrop. Hang an animal print on the wall, use wild animal wall stickers, or make a balloon arch with green, orange, and brown balloons. You can even find large safari wall stickers on Etsy and Amazon that the mother-to-be or birthday kiddo can repurpose in the nursery or bedroom.
  • Photo Booth: Capture memories of the day and relive the fun of your jungle theme party with a photo booth. Set up a themed backdrop and have plenty of photo props such as animal cutouts, animal face masks, safari hats, and animal print glasses.
  • Live animals: This may be over the top, but live animals are the ultimate VIPs when planning a safari zoo party. Some party planning companies offer exotic animals like camels for large events while others offer horse rides. You can even consider a virtual experience with companies like Dave’s Jungle , which offers virtual live animal and reptile shows. Alternatively, you can take the party to the zoo or a wildlife learning center where you can get up close and personal with incredible creatures.

Get Dressed Up in Costume

If you’re hosting an animal party, consider asking guests to don their wildest attire. Whether you’re going all-out with costumes or simply suggesting wild prints, dressing up is always a fun idea. You can also offer animal party hats to make dressing up easy.

You can find animal costumes in adult and kid sizes, including fleece options, which are great for those cold-climate celebrations. If you’re looking for something more elegant, ask guests to sport their best animal prints. From zebra high heeled shoes to leopard print shirts, there are great options for safari theme parties that are more upscale in nature. 

For the more laid-back Safari Steves and Sallys out there, khakis, linen pants, and bush jackets — basically the staple items for safari attire — are a surefire way to get in the spirit of the theme. 

Fun and Filling Food Ideas

Jungle theme party cupcakes

The food you choose should match your jungle party theme. If you’re hosting a whimsical safari baby shower, delicate cupcakes with mint green frosting are a great choice. Don’t forget to add animal-themed cupcake toppers such as sweet blue elephants or pink lionesses for a festive look.

If you’re hosting a child’s birthday party, you can serve a larger meal to keep the ravenous wild animals content while playing with their friends. Get creative with a cheese and salami platter in the shape of a lion’s mane or cut up a sub sandwich and lay it out on the table like a snake. If you want to create a more substantial meal, grab a bag of zoo pasta with animal noodles. 

For easy snacking, set out bowls of pretzels — label them as jungle logs — and peanuts that you can call elephant snacks. A bowl of bananas can be presented as monkey treats and gummy snakes fit right in with the jungle theme.

Don’t forget to set up a spot where guests can quench their thirst. For an adult party, serve up jungle cocktails or jungle juice using ingredients like rum, lime juice, and pineapples. For kid parties, offer lemonade or other alcohol-free drinks in jungle-themed cups.

If you’re hosting a birthday party, put some thought into a safari birthday cake . You can order a sheet cake featuring various jungle animals or find a simple cupcake recipe and decorate it with animal crackers as cupcake cake toppers. If you want a more elegant cake topper, paint miniature animal figurines in non-toxic gold and place them on the top of the cupcakes.

4 Jungle-inspired Invitations for a Wildly Fun Event

Jungle theme party: Tropical party decorations

The best part of any event is spending time with people you care about. If you’re hosting a jungle party, not just any old invite will do. With Greenvelope, you can send stunning online invitations that you can fully customize. Here are some of our favorite digital invites for a jungle theme party. You’ll find options that are sweet and wild for kids’ birthday events as well as fancier options for older teens and adults.

1. Jungle Wild Invitation

Jungle wild invitation

Design: Frau Brandt (photo courtesy of Angela and Evan photography)

This wild invitation puts the special star at the center of the show. Upload your favorite picture of the birthday boy or girl or the event honoree to make them feel like the king or queen of the jungle. The illustrated monkeys, tropical birds, and green palm fronds are the perfect addition for a jungle theme party.

2. Jungle Party Invitation

Jungle party invitation

Design: Signature Greenvelope

This vintage-inspired invitation features delicate sketching of a jungle scene, complete with monkeys, palm trees, and canyons. The subtle colors make it perfectly suited for a more modest or upscale jungle theme party.

3. Sweet Lion Invitation

Sweet lion invitation

Design: Noonday Design

This sweet little lion invitation features a golden lion adorned by a plush mane and mandala designs. It’s perfect for inviting guests to say happy birthday to a young child or celebrating the mom-to-be at a jungle theme baby shower.

4. Palm Leaves Invitation

Palm leaves invitation

Design: Claudia Owen

This palm frond invite features ferns against a vibrant and exotic background. The scrawling text adds a touch of elegance, making this invite is perfectly suited for more upscale jungle theme events such as graduation parties.

Go Wild With a Jungle Theme Party

Whether you decide to throw a jungle safari birthday party , a safari baby shower party, or another wild event, it’s sure to be a success with these decor and food ideas. Pair your animal print centerpieces and safari birthday party decorations with stunning online invitations.

You can easily customize your invites — or add your own design — making each event unique and special. Hosting a party with a jungle safari theme has never been easier. For more tips on throwing a successful event, continue browsing our blog to plan your next epic shindig.

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We had a wild time at my kid’s combined birthday party. With a Safari theme party and an amazing animal show, the kids had a blast. And you can share in the fun because all the resources for this safari party are listed at the bottom.

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Scroll down for tons of DIY safari decor and party ideas!

Easy Safari themed party decorations

Some stacked hula skirts from the dollar store worked fantastic for this safari backdrop.You could also stack these raffia table fringe skirts

I also got some animal print fabrics and draped it in front, some animal print lanterns and bandanas .

A big piece of zebra pattern burlap found at my local fabric store was perfect as a tablecloth.

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I used all the printables from my Animal Safari printable set to make several banners.

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These easy printable animal print lanterns with raffia fringes make for a quick and fun safari decoration.

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I loved these animal print balloons so much I placed them all around. The kids had so much fun bringing them home too.

Here I tried to unsuccessfully hide the air conditioning unit with those balloons… hum … that’s when I wish I had invested in a screen.

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I used a bunch of stuffed animals all over the tables. It’s amazing how many stuffed animals a kid can accumulate over the years!

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I found these cool dessert plates, napkins and cups that so perfectly matched the theme HERE .

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Coming up with safari themed foods was a bit tough but then I stumbled on these fantastic hippos from Kinder ! A slam dunk!

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We also had twigs (pretzels), wild tails (grape and strawberry skewers), cheetah puffs (cheese puffs) and of course animal crackers served with popcorn in individual treat boxes, as well as wrapped chocolate minis.

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I renamed the lemonade Sahara Spring, wrapped the water bottles, and offered some more mature refreshments for the parents staying over in a cooler tagged “survival gear” 🙂

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This year I saved a little money by making my own cake. I pouring over the internet for ways to make animal prints on frosting and was very pleased with the results. I explained how I made it in How to make and animal print safari cake .

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I also crafted the festive cake topper by cutting small triangles out of the full sheets of the animal print pattern. I used the 2″ cupcake toppers to add the ages of the girls.

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The entertainment

This year I bought the craft instead of making it. These How to make and animal print cake from Oriental Trading fit the bill nicely.

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The main event was the animal show from Reptacular Animals . If you live in the Los Angeles area I would highly recommend them. They were wonderful! We had 15 mixed animals from snakes to chinchillas to scorpions. We moved some outdoor furniture in the shade of a tree and draped a canvas on the ground for the kids to sit on.

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After sitting for the animal show, it was time for the kids to get some wiggles out and hit this giant giraffe piñata!

If you are lucky enough to live near a Mexican party store, most will make whatever shape piñata you’d like. They’re always over sized and cheaper than any small piñatas found at chain party stores.

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Well fed (sugared up), educated, and exhausted, the kids left the party with one of these adorable stuffed animals . What fantastic memories!

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Homemade zebra and Leopard cake

Animal Show from Reptacular Animals

Balloons and Kinder Hippos from Amazon

Plates and cups from Discount Party Supplies

Crafts and party favors from Oriental Trading

Piñata from your local Mexican party store.

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How To Throw A Safari-Themed Party

Do you have a wild one to celebrate this year? A safari theme is great for a child's' birthday party or an adorable baby shower! Also perfect for a zoo, jungle, wild one, or animal-themed party! From the invitations to the party favors, all ages will go wild for this safari celebration!

An event space filled with the right decor, activities, and snacks to match will make all of your guests feel like they are deep in the jungle. Have your guests trek into an exploration they won’t forget! From baby showers to birthdays, a safari-themed party will be an adventure for all!

Whichever party animal you are celebrating, remember to make the party as wild as they are! Let’s get down to the details in creating this wild celebration!!

Welcome To The Jungle!

Whatever has inspired you to go with a safari-themed celebration, I hope you create an event that all will remember! 

Celebrating birthdays, baby showers, and other special life events bring memories for a lifetime. Your creativity should give the party life, so have fun with it! 

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1. Safari Party Invitations

To begin organizing your celebration, start with cute custom safari invitations! You can be as creative as you want with these. Keep it simple with a classic mailed invitation that can be curated to fit your safari theme party. 

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For a kids' birthday party, have the paper invitations be in the shape of an animal, like a lion's head or a whole hippo! Hosting a safari baby shower? If the mama-to-be loves animal print, use several print designs to curate a fun invitation that your guests will absolutely love! 

While planning out the guest list, consider how many kids and/or parents your venue can accommodate. Other considerations are if the event space has room for tables and activities. If you need help deciding on the right venue for your party, we have a great blog to help you out!

Make sure your safari invitation includes pertinent details, like if you would prefer no gifts, will there be face painting or anything out of the ordinary that guests can look forward to. The more details provided, the better all can be prepared to have a good time!

2. Go Wild With Party Supplies & Decorations

Bring your safari-themed party to life with wild decor and party supplies use different shades of green with gold accents to wow your guests. giant stuffed animals, like elephants and giraffes, will be the perfect photo op for an instagram-worthy backdrop for your guests.   .

Another great photo opportunity is to create a safari jeep cardboard cutout! This picture-perfect safari jeep wouldn’t be complete without some amazing safari balloons! You could find one to rent or if you are crafty, make one yourself! Or even have a toy car for all to play in! Everyone will love this adventure! 

Are you planning a girly safari party ? Bright coral and pink shades are a perfect match! How about the classic shades of green to replicate the jungle? Drape a safari balloon garland on the wall with large stuffed animals for a picture-perfect backdrop for the mama-to-be. Or hang behind the cake table for everyone to feast their eyes on! Include balloons as table centerpieces and for your entrance! The more balloons the better, for any and all photo opportunities!

We can’t forget about a sign to welcome all of your guests! The entrance will set the scene for what your guests are about to walk into. 

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Will your party be outdoors? Rent a safari-themed bounce house or jungle gym and add a fun balloon garland to make it feel like they are in the jungle and are swinging alongside other animals! Have a fun picnic set up to match your boho safari theme .

We understand parties can get pricey, especially renting out a bounce house or hiring a petting zoo. Try making your own backdrop with a fun and easy green backdrop made out of palm leaves , a tropical balloon garland , and several wild animal masks which will be great for taking pictures!

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Now, you could keep the other supplies simple with a safari party kit that includes everything from highchair banners to safari animal plates. Or have all of your party supplies shades of green to make your other safari party decorations the main attraction. 

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Another fun (and easy) way to customize your party is to write the names of your guests on large palm leaves. This will serve as the seat assignment and is such an adorable detail that everyone will want to take theirs home!

3. Wild Adventures

Hosting at your home and needing some safari activities to keep your little explorers entertained have a safari-themed craft table for the kids to color or paint their own animal masks if you have an active bunch, create a fun scavenger hunt for them to find clues out in the wild be sure to have safari hats and binoculars for their journey (which would also double as a fun favor to take home). .

Understandably, creating activities that everyone will enjoy can be a bit challenging. Try to incorporate a few different options, like a bounce house, an inflatable jungle gym, or a fun game of Monkey See, Monkey Do!

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Another fun activity would be to hire a petting zoo to show off some wild animals. A great picture opportunity and it may be the first experience for some, which will make for great memories! Whichever adventure you choose, your guests will have a wild good time!

If you're hosting your party around a movie like the Lion King, Madagascar, or Jumanji, you could host a slumber party and show that movie. Or, have the movie playing in the background at your party. It would entertain your guests and give some background noise to your party. 

Set the safari scene! There are so many different safari themes to choose from. You could have a very tropical setup surrounding your guests with palm leaves and other plants. Set up inflatable lounge chairs with outdoor lights for your nighttime movie show. You could host indoors at a trampoline park and let the kids (and parents) run wild!  Don’t forget the details and the decor to complete the safari party experience. 

Want to have your little guests feel like true explorers? Have a costume station with khaki vests, plastic safari hats, magnifiers, and binoculars. Have little personalized jars where they can collect rocks and other items they find in nature to take home with them. 

A safari-themed party is fun year-round! No matter the season, hosting a wild party will coordinate with any activity you choose. 

4. Safari Snacks

Your little explorers will be in need of some refreshments after their safari adventures! Your guests will love the safari-themed snacks you have to offer. Whether you are hosting a safari birthday or baby shower, all will enjoy the snacks offered. Time to get creative and personalize your table setup! 

For your adventurous guests, keep it simple with bite-size foods and small snacks. Along with the safari party decorations, you want to make the food just as fun! Have fun food puns for your safari snacks, here are some fun examples below:

  • Alligatorade
  • Jungle Juice (green punch)
  • Animal Crackers (or any animal-shaped food)
  • Dirt Cups (with gummy worms, of course!)
  • Monkey Bites (any banana treat)
  • Safari Salsa & Hungry Hippo Dip
  • Cheetahs Cheetos
  • Zebra Cakes

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It might be hard to limit all of the fun options that you will find! But it will be better to have extra than not enough for those that may be picky or have restrictions. 

A safari party theme is great for so many celebrations. The cake, for instance, won’t depend on the color scheme you choose for your party. You could have bright pinks and coral colors mixed with greens, an all-green palette, or really get wild with green, white, and gold accents! Choose a cake with different animal print layers, or make it a simple white cake with party animals on top or with a fun safari cake topper ! Any option you choose, you and your guests will love it!

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Along with your main safari-themed birthday cake, include individual cupcakes or treats! Make some fun animal cake pops or cupcakes with party animal toys on the top! You could also have cookies made into personalized name cards at the table as a seating chart! Make the party with as many details as you want!

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If you have simple snacks and desserts, make your table the main attraction! Decorate with balloons, a greenery backdrop , a banner , and a raffia table skirt with palm leaves , rubber snakes, and other animal figurines! Add in a cute safari cake topper and this will bring the table to life and everyone will love it! 

5. Party Favors

Favors are always a fun surprise to send your guests home with as a thank you for coming to celebrate your little one or mama-to-be. your safari party favors can be a simple, crafty gift like a survival kit. something that is useful and that they will remember the experience by. for an adult celebration, you could have cute, customized candles or candies. .

Your little explorer will want to thank everyone who came to celebrate their special day! Another easy safari favor idea would be an adopt-an-animal station. Prepackaged stuffed animals, ready for them to grab and name as their own. 

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How about a unique send-off for their next epic adventure? Try different varieties of dehydrated fruit, colorful flashlights, an adventure book, a custom hat, and other items needed for a successful journey! Don’t forget to attach a thank you note for those that came! 

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Maybe you forgot about the goody bag and need a last-minute idea? Purchase grocery items to have a trail mix bar! Have little scoops that each guest can make their own mix to their liking! A sweet and savory treat for the car ride home that all ages will enjoy!  

Hosting a Safari party should be as wild as the one that you are celebrating! And we imagine that they are going to love this theme! 

This celebration will take a little planning and creativity, but with the tips above, I believe you will create an amazing, safari-themed party for great photos and memories!

These safari theme ideas can be used for other similar themed birthdays and other special occasions, and are great for every age! We hope that the wild guide above has provided some inspiration. 

Have you thrown a safari party yourself? Leave us a comment below, we would love to know the fun details you included in your party! 

If you need help choosing a theme or would like to create a custom theme, check out the options at Ellie’s Party Supply! 

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33 Best Finger Foods Safari Party Food Ideas To Try

Julie Higgins

Are you gearing up for a party that’s both wild and whimsical? Look no further!

Our guide to finger foods safari party food ideas is your first step into a jungle of flavors and fun!

But what exactly are finger foods?

Well, they are bite-sized culinary delights that require no utensils and can be enjoyed with just your fingers.

These delectable treats range from mini sandwiches and skewers to dips and sweet delights that are conveniently portable and perfect for mingling at social gatherings.

The best part is that they allow us to savor a variety of flavors in one go, making them an ideal choice for any party.

33 Best Ideas for Finger Foods Safari Party Food Ideas

Whether you’re planning a kid’s birthday bash or a unique get-together for adults, these safari-themed finger foods are not just a feast for the taste buds but also a visual spectacle!

1. Safari Pop Sticks

Finger Foods Safari Party Food Ideas

2. Elephant Ears

Finger Foods Safari Party Food Ideas

3. Sweet Hippos

Finger Foods Safari Party Food Ideas

4. Chocolate Pineapple

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5. Safari Popsicles

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6. Crocodile Eyeballs

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7. Lion Bites

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8. Turtle Sandwiches

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9. Lion Cupcakes

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10. Monkey Cupcakes

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11. Bananas

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12. Safari Donuts

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13. Safari Finger Food

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14. Sweet Treats

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15. Safari Mini Burgers

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16. Animal Cupcakes

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17. Safari Party Nibles

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18. Safari Animal Tails

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19. Fresh Gorilla Snacks

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20. Hippo Dip

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21. Smake Sandwich

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22. Mud Bath

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23. Safari Animal Crackers

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24. Wild Sweets

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25. Zebra Bites

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26. Safari Animal Macarons

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27. Safari Macarons

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28. Giraffe Biscuits

Finger Foods Safari Party Food Ideas

29. Giraffe Spots

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31. Juicy Skewers

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Finger Foods Safari Party Food Ideas

Savory Finger Food Ideas

Miniature “wild” sliders.

Ah, the mighty slider. The perfect bite-sized sandwich that packs a punch of flavor!

But why settle for traditional sliders when you can take your guests on a wild taste adventure with miniature “wild” sliders?

Instead of the usual beef patty, experiment with exotic meats like kangaroo or bison.

These lean and flavorful alternatives will surely impress your adventurous eaters.

To enhance the experience, offer a variety of toppings such as caramelized onions for a touch of sweetness or spicy aioli to add a kick of heat.

These little wonders will transport your taste buds straight into the heart of the safari.

Animal-Inspired Skewers

When it comes to finger foods safari party food ideas, skewers are not only delicious but also visually appealing, especially when they are inspired by animals from the wild.

Picture this: Grilled chicken and pineapple skewers transformed into vibrant “Tropical Toucans.”

The combination of tender chicken and juicy pineapple chunks creates a burst of tropical flavors that will make your guests feel like they’re lounging under palm trees in the heart of an exotic jungle.

For those who crave something with a bit more bite, consider bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers as “Sneaky Snakes.”

The smoky flavors from the bacon perfectly complement the succulent shrimp to create an irresistible savory treat that slithers its way onto everyone’s plate.

Jungle-Inspired Dips and Spreads

No finger food spread is complete without some delectable dips and spreads to tantalize taste buds and add zest to every bite.

Get creative with your choices by offering themed options such as “Safari Swamp Guacamole,” which features creamy avocado dip with hints of lime and cilantro.

It’s like taking an adventurous dip into murky green swamps filled with hidden treasures of flavor.

For those who prefer a spicier adventure, prepare “Savanna Sand Dunes,” a spicy hummus made with fragrant spices like cumin and paprika.

Pair it with crispy pita chips for an authentic safari experience that transports your guests to the vast plains of the savanna.

These dips and spreads are the perfect accompaniment to your savory finger foods safari party food ideas, elevating them to new heights of deliciousness.

Sweet Finger Food Ideas

Jungle-inspired fruit kabobs.

Imagine the burst of tropical flavors as you sink your teeth into a juicy, refreshing fruit kabob.

These “Tropical Treats” are bound to transport you straight to the heart of the safari jungle.

For a delightful combination of finger foods safari party food ideas, thread bite-sized pieces of kiwi, pineapple chunks, and sweet mango onto skewers.

The vibrant colors will mimic the lushness of the rainforest, while the tangy sweetness will keep your taste buds yearning for more.

To take it up a notch, offer dipping options like velvety chocolate or luscious honey yogurt.

The creamy accompaniment adds an extra layer of indulgence and turns these kabobs into irresistible delights.

Animal-Shaped Cookies

When it comes to finger foods safari party food ideas , let your imagination run wild and bring safari animals to life with these adorable Lion and Zebra-shaped sugar cookies!

Baking these intricately designed treats is not only fun but also adds an element of whimsy to your finger food spread.

Using animal-shaped cookie cutters, create cute lion faces or zebra stripes before placing them in the oven.

Once baked to golden perfection, let your artistic side shine by decorating them with vibrant icing colors that mimic the patterns found in nature.

These playful cookies will elevate your safari-themed party and have guests marveling at their cuteness before devouring them.

Exotic Mini Desserts

When it comes to finger foods safari party food ideas, indulge your guests’ taste buds with some exotic mini desserts that will transport them from their everyday lives to an Asian-inspired oasis within the safari setting.

Offer delectable mango sticky rice bites that infuse chewy glutinous rice with fragrant coconut cream and ripe mango slices for a harmonious blend of textures and flavors that practically scream tropical delight at every bite.

Alternatively, tantalize their palates with coconut macaroons delicately infused with a hint of lime zest, offering a refreshing twist on this classic treat.

The subtle tanginess perfectly complements the sweet coconut, taking these bite-sized morsels to new heights of culinary bliss.

These exotic mini desserts will leave your guests yearning for more and make your safari party an unforgettable experience.

Let us remember that food has the power to bring people together, ignite conversations, and create lasting memories.

So whether you’re hosting a birthday celebration or a casual get-together with friends, consider embracing the adventure of finger foods safari party ideas.

As we bid adieu to this article, let’s take inspiration from our journey through savory and sweet delights.

Cherish the joyous moments shared around delectable finger foods amidst laughter and good company.

Remember that life’s celebrations deserve nothing less than a flavorful extravaganza that sets hearts racing and taste buds dancing in delight!

So go forth with confidence, armed with knowledge about these remarkable finger food ideas for your next safari-themed gathering – a feast that will leave your guests roaring for more!

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Luke’s Safari Party Food Ideas

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Looking for some Safari Party food ideas? Arlene sent me these photos from her son Luke’s 2nd Safari Party a while ago. Arlene used my Safari Party Printables to help decorate the party venue.

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Arlene had some clever {and simple} Safari Party food ideas for animal inspired food.  You can find the folding printable Food Labels she used in my Safari Party Printables  🙂

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No jungle safari is complete without a sighting of the ‘Big 5’!

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Thanks for sharing your fabulous Safari Party food ideas Arlene!

My  Safari Party Printables  can be personalized & customized by you, printed from your home computer, & used over & over again!

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A Night Safari Dinner Party

Why not plan a dinner party around a safari theme?  I had been to a wedding shower in an event space at a zoo and they did not tie the theme to the zoo at all, despite the fact that we could view the elephants from our location.  I thought how fun it would have been if they had themed the shower as “Suzy is wild about Bob”.  The following year I was asked to plan a thank you event for clients of my husband.  I immediately thought of “we are wild about our clients”.  Unfortunately that event never came to fruition.  

Finally the time came when I was planning to host a dinner party for some special friends and I really wanted to do something out of the ordinary.  I don’t really have enough room at my inside dining table for six, so this would be a dinner party out on the lanai.  I decided to set the whole party around a safari theme and spend our entire evening outdoors. 

This would be a great place for a few friends to relax together and enjoy the company and the food.  To get inspired I took a trek around Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.  Disney, of course did such an incredible job not just building, but creating what appears to be a little bit of Africa and Asia right out of the swampy lands of Florida.

Why not plan a dinner party around a safari theme?  I had been to a wedding shower in an event space at a zoo and they did not tie the theme to the zoo at all, despite the fact that we could view the elephants from our location.  I thought how fun it would have been if they had themed the shower as “Suzy is wild about Bob”.  The following year I was asked to plan a thank you event for clients of my husband.  I immediately thought of “we are wild about our clients”.  Unfortunately that event never came to fruition.  Finally the time came when I was planning to host a dinner party for some special friends and I really wanted to do something out of the ordinary.  I don’t really have enough room at my inside dining table for six, so this would be a dinner party out on the lanai.  I decided to set the whole party around a safari theme and spend our entire evening outdoors.  This would be a great place for a few friends to relax together and enjoy the company and the food.  To get inspired I took a trek around Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.  Disney, of course did such an incredible job not just building, but creating what appears to be a little bit of Africa and Asia right out of the swampy lands of Florida.

I had a basic space that served us well, but I wanted to give it the feeling of one of the exotic African safari resorts you see where guests fall asleep to the sounds of the animals in the jungle.  I looked around my house and began to find elements that I could move outside to give the space more of a feeling of an indoor dining room.  I brought out this bookshelf (yes, I had to hide all the books in a closet for the evening) and began dressing it with appropriate knick knacks.  I arranged this in the corner by the seating area.  This is where we would gather for drinks and appetizers.

At the other end of the lanai I brought out this piece of furniture we use as a bar and created this large, showy arrangement to be a focal point.  I mixed in a few artificial leaves and flowers I had on hand with ferns and palmettos cut in the wilds of Florida and added some of the feathers I have used in Fall arrangements.  

I picked up the elephant painting from World Market and hung it on the wall with Command Strips for outdoor use between my piece of furniture and my outdoor lamp which I elevated on a outdoor end table.  Hanging a piece of art really made the outdoors seem like a room within my home.  

A piece of a palmetto was also stuck up on the wall with outdoor Command Strips for a little more interest. 

For the table centerpiece I used these four black and leopard placemats which I laid out on the table like a runner.  I placed river rocks down the center as if they were a river flowing down the table.  Next, I took five variegated Liriope plants, tied Spanish moss around the pots with raffia and sat them down the center of my table.  I additionally dressed them up with bamboo.  Next I nestled some stately giraffes, an elephant and zebra wooden animals and finished with lots of votive candles.  

My table setting was easy to put together with these plates I found at Home Goods.  I saw these and thought they looked very much like the pattern of giraffe fur.  I used chargers which were a nice burlap texture.  The green textured glasses also came from Home Goods.  Black napkins were an easy choice, but I kind of skimped on my napkin rings, using a paper towel tube cut into pieces and covered with animal print duct tape.

When dusk set in, the whole feeling I wanted really enveloped us all as we settled in at the dinner table by candlelight.  I have shared the incredibly easy, yet very delicious  Chicken Curry and Rice  dish I prepared for my guests this evening.  Click on that link for the recipe.

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Wooden chargers Safari Grasslands Giraffe Mother and Calf appetizer plates Animal print tablecloth Artificial palm plants Antelope statues

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You are so good at this Chloe. In each table and party you create the feeling comes through loud and clear. Kudos to you!

Sandra, Thank you so much for your compliments. I have been hosting parties like this forever and am so glad I discovered blogging and the opportunity to share my ideas!

I absolutely love the safari decor in your photos. My living room use to be decorated in a safari theme and I really miss it… I wish I never changed it! lol Thank you for linking up with us on the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Link Party!

Wishing you an amazing week!

xx Lysa Co-Host

Thanks Lysa. I have had a British Colonial theme in the past which gave me lots of pillows and other figurines to use!

Your tablescape is wonderful, I especially like it after dark, it takes on a whole different feeling!!! Thanks for sharing on the Oh My Heartsie Girl WW this week!!! Karren

Thanks Karren, You are so right, it truly was beautiful after dark!

You have seriously thought of everything! I love all your sophisticated safari details!

Thanks so much Christine! I have wanted to do this for so long, I had a lot of time to think about the details!

You are so talented! How creative and adorable! Thanks for linking up at OMHG WW this week!

Thank you Alyssa! I will try and stop by again soon!

I love the safari theme for a dinner party! The table runner out of place mats looks great.

Thank you Valerie! At first I was disappointed I didn’t have 6 of the placemats to use, but I think it turned out better using them for a runner, too!

This is fantastic! I would love to go to a party like this and maybe I will host one someday! I love how you found a lot of it at your own house. Thanks for sharing this on Oh My Heartsie Girl Link Up.

I want to be invited to a party like this too, but I have to say, I loved hosting it! I am still holding out for hosting a “Bride is WILD about Groom” bridal shower at the zoo!

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Wow! I hope your guests appreciated all of your efforts and the details that went into your party. Your floral arrangement is stunning. Did you used to be a florist? I’m in love with those plates. I have to stay out of HomeGoods because I always find something I want.

Dawn, My guests enjoyed it all! Yes, my secret is out, my husband owned a flower shop when I married him and I went to work with him! I haven’t done it professional for years (and years)! Yes, Home Goods can be dangerous!

I love those plates! They are so cute! Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

Such a cute party I love all the attention to detail, so many cute decorations. Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday. Join us again Thursday morning.

Thanks Leia!

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Wonderful! Love seeing animal print done is a fresh, new way. Gorgeous table!

Chloe, I’m a new admirer of your safari setting. Kudos!!! Love it! I have been searching and searching for inspiration to do a safari setting, comfy and cozy in a home and not in a themed wedding space. “Your entire atmosphere is right on” I know yours was for a dinner party but it does not look “planned,” it gives the feeling of everyday living. I love this. Hope you don’t mind but I’ll have to adopt your ideas with credit to you of course. Thanks for sharing.

Linda, I am so honored by your kind compliments. I appreciate that you want to adopt my ideas into your own party! Have fun and make sure you share the pictures with me! Hugs! Chloe

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Dear Chloe: How fun to have this special table setting and theme. It is very exotic looking and you did a lovely job. Thanks for sharing and linking.

Thank you Bernideen, it was a really special dinner and evening!

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Hi I really love this decor I’m looking for similar plates where can I get the same or similar plates thanks

Thanks for stopping b y Chanel. I have had these for several years. I think I bought them at Home Goods, but I could be wrong about that. Good luck for your search!

I’m hearing jungle drums as I write. Chloe, WOW I really felt in the jungle. Just beautiful and so creative. You thought of everything.

What fun Chloe! You really went all out and really created a safari feeling experience! Love the focal point arrangement, beautiful! I know you’re guests were completely charmed, and that you all had a wonderful time!

Wow, Chloe, your creativity never ceases to amaze me. The entire scene looks authentically safari-like. The details are crazy good, and relatively simple as you described them. I’d feel pretty special if that atmosphere had been created for a dinner party for me!

Chloe, I have always loved safari themes. Who wouldn’t love to have dinner at this beautiful and well execute tabletop?!!

Usually I am always appreciating the talent that goes into executing a beautiful tablescape. However, this time I was taken mostly by the decor. The details that went into turning the place into an indoor/outdoor exotic setting. I particularly loved the evening pictures. When I saw the final product all I could think up was: ” At what time is dinner.” I know that your guests must have gain an enjoyable experience. It was a fantastic job .

Thank you so much Edmee! It was a lovely evening with friends. My favorite thing is setting a theme for my dinner parties and this one was particularly fun!

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Planning a Safari Party: The Food

March 2, 2023, celebrations.

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I  had so much fun planning Lucy’s 5th birthday party and wanted to share some deeper dive blog posts about different elements of the party. Today, I’m sharing all about the food ! You can find more about the party theme/decor HERE and party activities HERE .


My mom and mother-in-law handled all the food for the party and it was great! My mother-in-law blew it out of the park with these creative platters! She created a delicious berry tray with a watermelon elephant , and also lion-shaped veggie and hummus tray . They were SO festive and adorable! My mom also made an animal cracker funfetti + greek yogurt dip , topped with colorful sprinkles. We also had these yummy cheese sliders, plus chips, pita chips, guacamole, and applesauce pouches.

On the food table, I had these Safari Dinner Plates  (featuring so many cute and colorful animals!) and matching Safari Large Napkins .

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For every birthday, we grab a cake from Whole Foods. In the past (for Winnie’s 1st birthday and Lucy’s 1st birthday party ), I’ve ordered custom cakes, but this time we just picked up a small, simple (but super delicious) cake for singing happy birthday / blowing out candles. I also ordered mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa. They are bite-sized and perfect for big parties! I used these little animal party toppers to decorate the cupcakes and cake ( here’s another similar option ).

On the dessert table, I set out these adorable Safari Cheetah Plates and small Safari Animal Print Small Napkins .

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Note: I’ve included additional party items we didn’t use, but that are ‘on theme’ for this party. The products we didn’t use have an asterisk next to them listed below.


Safari Dinner Plates

Safari Cheetah Plates

Safari Large Napkins

Safari Animal Print Small Napkins

Safari Animal Cake Toppers

Lion Plates*

Elephant Balloon Napkins*

Zebra Napkins*

Party Animal Paper Cups*

Party Animals Cake Toppers*

Safari Candles*


Customizable Party Animal Signage Printable

Rifle Paper Party Animals Garland

Meri Meri Happy Birthday Garland

Customizable Party Animal Table Toppers*

Cheetah Balloon Garland Kit

Safari Balloon Bundle

4 Piece Gold/Pink Leopard Balloons

Gold “5” Balloon

Cheetah Foil Balloon*

Balloon Hand Pump

Balloon Electric Pump

Generously gifted by my Lucky Collective client, Manhattan Toy.

Loki Leopard – available on Maisonette , Target , and Amazon

Cozy Bunch Giraffe – available on Maisonette , Target , and Amazon

Cozy Bunch Zebra – available on Maisonette,   Target , and Amazon

Cozy Bunch Camel – available on Maisonette , Target , and Amazon

Luxe Liam Elephant – available on Maisonette , Target , and Amazon

Charming Charlie Lion – available on Target and Amazon

12 Piece Safari Stuffed Animal Set*

6 Piece Safari Stuffed Animal Set*


Mini Party Hats

12 Piece Jungle/Safari Animal Headbands

Safari Make a Face Sticker Sheets

Jungle Coloring Posters*

Party Animals Tattoo Sheets*

Leopard Tattoos*


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Safari Birthday Party for Kids…Family Style

I’m not “lion” when I say that there is no better way to pull off a party than family style. With a theme like jungle safari, there’s no monkeying around…well, maybe a little bit.

a vegetable tray made to look like a lion

What Do I Mean By Family Style?

I am a visual learner and I can do almost anything if I can see it. I am not one to usually create ideas out of thin air; I need help with that. That’s why God put us in families. For those of you who don’t happen to have 6 monkeys like me, friends can be the family you choose. Putting a party like this together is a group effort and I just happen to be surrounded by some amazing people. I love to provide opportunities to pull that creativity out when it comes to having a party.

Being a detailed person, I like to start with an idea and let it evolve by rallying my little adventurers and brainstorming together. Most things, at any party we put on, are a result of scanning Pinterest boards, searching Youtube videos, or asking around. I take a little of this and a little of that to form the vision for the project, pull together all the talents and gifts around me, and then set my zoo to work in areas that they choose.

Big Parties…Momentous Occasions

Let me start by prefacing the fact that we don’t have huge parties like this every year. What are you nuts? That would make me bananas. With 6 kids, I’d be a full-time party planner. We still celebrate birthdays every year with family and maybe a few close friends, but on a much smaller scale. Normally, kids enjoy breakfast in bed if they want, they get to choose their birthday dinner and dessert, and whether or not they want a present or an experience for their birthday. Big-themed birthdays happen on momentous birthdays like the 5th. I don’t know where this decision came from, it is just what we decided. You can do a big themed party at any age and every year if you want, I just wanted to make it clear that my life is not all about planning parties year-round. Big celebrations are special, but everything is worthy of celebration.

Delegate and Unleash the Creativity

Mom, you are amazing. Everyone knows it, but the best thing we can do for those around us is to impart all our brilliance by involving the whole family in the process. Learn to delegate and make this a family affair. Gone are the days of just mom doing all of the work, arriving exhausted at the party, serving single-handedly, and leading up the cleanup crew of me, myself, and I. No way! This is just as much a party for you as it is for everyone else. The party starts in the months previous when all the gathering, planning, and preparing are going on. As a result, the culmination is just the final act, the celebration of all the fun you have had preparing. Furthermore, this is about tapping into what is inside and modeling the joys of serving and loving on purpose.

This is not just a party. It is a celebration and I love to watch the other children working hard on making their sibling’s birthday so special. What are we celebrating? The goodness of God! If you are having a party for a King, how would you celebrate? Each little life God has placed in your care is a reflection of the King and a reason to celebrate. It doesn’t have to cost a pretty penny, in fact, finding out cost-effective ways to have a party is part of the fun. It is all about unleashing what is inside collectively as a family and really letting the creativity flow. Life is worth celebrating…every detail.

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Safari Party Favors & Decorations

We set the stage by transforming the whole backyard into a jungle safari. From a tiki torch-lined driveway to burlap-covered tables and cardboard cutout safari animals, guests were transported to a jungle safari paradise. A jungle safari playlist, with its wild animal sounds and tribal beat, roared in the background setting the stage for a complete sensory overload.

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Safari Ball Jar Tumblers

These pint-sized ball jars were super fun and festive. I loved the idea that everyone had a glass with their name on it and there would be less landfill. They also added to the decor. Using a hot glue gun, I glued burlap ribbon around and then hot glued a coordinating safari ribbon on top of that. I just purchased a few spools of ribbon at the craft store and then finished them off with a sticker to write their name. I popped in a bamboo straw and…voila!

Safari Binoculars

Upon arriving, guests were given a set of binoculars and a safari hat. The binoculars were made from pool noodles found at the dollar store in several fun colors. I cut them into binocular sizes and wrapped them together in various safari duct tape designs such as cheetah, zebra, leopard, peacock, and giraffe. A loop of burlap twine was fitted into the tape to form the strap. The children (of all ages) loved playing with these.

Animal Plate Favors

We purchased some adorable safari stencils on Etsy to create special “It’s My Birthday” plates for each family. Truthfully, I am not sure I would do these again, at least not on a plate. In hindsight, I think it would have been a better idea to use the stencils on a small square canvas to give as a gift. The idea was to give each family a special birthday plate of their own. The paint was baked in a low-temperature oven to preserve the painted image, but it didn’t last as long as we had hoped. We could have found a little better use of our time. Back to the drawing board on that one.

Animal Safari Cardboard Cutouts

This project blew me away as I was unaware of how talented my children were at painting. I discovered I had a family of budding artists. You never know what gifts your children possess unless you give them opportunities to explore. Their art abilities exploded after this party as they discovered their inner artists.

We gathered large refrigerator and appliance boxes from local stores that didn’t need the boxes. We just roughly traced out each animal and cut out the design and the children went to work coloring in all the details. Shout out to my mother-in-law for her amazing crafting gifts and patient love in working with the kids.

Safari Party Food

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The cool thing about the menu for this party was that the only recipe I used was for the cake. Everything else came together easily just by adding some fun safari-themed names on miniature chalkboards. I wanted to keep the menu simple and keep the cost down so we did organic hot dogs over the backyard bonfire and the rest were snack foods (on the healthy side of course).

The punch was Get Naked’s Green Machine juice purchased in bulk at Costco, but you could do any recipe or color. Keep it 100% juice. We don’t need to load our kids down with artificial colors or sweeteners when there are so many beautiful colors available in nature. This party punch looks yummy.

Safari Party Games

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Pin the Tail on the Elephant

This was just a spin-off of the old classic, Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Each child is blindfolded and spun around 3 times and set in the direction of the elephant where they have one opportunity to place the elephant’s tail…without feeling around.

Face Painting

Do you have any starving artists among you who need some extra practice? Face painting is always a hit with children, and it doesn’t take too much to get down to about 4-5 designs kids can choose from. Some face paint kits include stencils or designs in a booklet. You can find face paint palettes at your local craft store or on Amazon .

Hide n’ Seek Treasure Stones (aka Elephant Dung)

Who doesn’t like to play hide n’ seek? Hiding homemade elephant dung all around the property for our young jungle explorers to discover and inspect was really the cherry on top of the party. It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to take something ordinary and make it extraordinary. With only a few ingredients you most likely already have around the house, you can turn everyday flour and coffee grounds into mounds of giggles and hidden treasures.

By mixing flour, salt, sand, and coffee grounds together into a ball and hiding a small treasure inside, these Treasure Stones can be formed into anything from elephant droppings to horse dung (for a cowboy party). Scattered all over, the children delighted in searching out the property next to trees or under bushes to find their treasures.

Treasure Stones are hard on the outside, yet easily break open to display the treasure inside. Because the stones bake at such a low temperature, they are protected from melting inside the biscuits. Some common items you can hide inside them are:

  • toy rings or necklaces
  • little plastic animals

Treasure Stones aka Elephant Dung

a tray of safari party baked dough hidden treasure elephant poop

Going on a treasure hunt in the most unlikely place...elephant dung. Perfect for your safari party. Treasure Stones are hard on the outside, yet easily broken to expose a hidden treasure inside. The kids will love it!


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup used coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 1/4 cup sand (you can use coarse cornmeal if you are in a pinch)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • small toys such as plastic rings, coins, little plastic safari animals, etc.


  • Preheat the oven to 175 degrees. Add all your dry ingredients and then slowly add in your water making sure to keep a firm but moldable consistency. If the dough is too wet, add more flour or sand. The dough should be firm.
  • Break off pieces and roll into balls. Add a toy in the middle and slightly flatten to look like a smooshed ball. It should resemble elephant dung.
  • Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper and dust with flour. Bake for 45 minutes and allow to cool before hiding.

No worries about toys melting inside the Treasure Stones. The temperature is so low and they are protected inside the mounds. Recipe can be doubled or tripled depending on how many explorers you have.

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90 words to use on your next safari

From aardvark to zebra, each grouping or ‘family’ of animals has its own collective noun….

A safari is at the top of many a bucket list. And for good reason. Whether it’s your first game drive or your 100th, each and every one is an adventure; a true broadening of horizons; an education for the mind; and a rejuvenation of the soul.

Fully kitted out in brand new khakis, with cameras and binoculars at the ready, wildlife and nature enthusiasts from around the world eagerly clamber up onto the rugged Landcruiser. Barely able to contain their childlike excitement, they embark on a safari into the unknown.

For the next few hours, or days, they will be captivated by nature’s beauty, mesmerised by the most fascinating facts and regaled with stories (and safari words) they’ll continue to tell their own friends and families for years to come.

While on a safari, you get to do things you’ve only ever dreamed of. Like listening to the grunting gnus of the Great Migration as they traverse the mighty plains of East Africa. Or riding a horse in the African wilderness alongside curious zebra and giraffe (image © Kaskazi Horse Safaris).

Perhaps you’ll take to the sky in a hot air balloon and float peacefully over the world-famous Mara River or the equally renowned Namib Desert. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the Big Five , perhaps catch a fleeting glimpse of one of the Elusive Eleven , or you might even witness a kill, like something straight out of a wildlife documentary.

Going on a safari with an expert &Beyond guide is like stepping into a real-life encyclopaedia that is filled with countless unexpected (and often unbelievable) facts about the most curious of creatures, both big and small.

You’ll learn all sorts of wildlife trivia, like how the chameleon changes colour, what makes the flamingo pink, why the dung beetle spends its day rolling around in dung, and why lions have black tufts on fur on their tails and the backs of their ears.

You’ll watch in awe as the golden orb spider effortlessly spins its silky, golden web. If you’re patient, you’ll likely see one or two of the Little Five , the pint-sized namesakes of their more widely known Big Five counterparts. You might even learn some age-old bush survival skills, like how to make a fire using sticks , or how to make a toothbrush out of a twig and toothpaste out of ash and water.

The more inquisitive and adventurous safari goers often end up doing things they never even thought imaginable, like sticking their fingers in (dry) elephant dung to determine the gentle giant’s diet or taking part in a highly competitive and always entertaining dung-spitting competition.

Yes, you read that correctly. Known as bokdrol spoeg in Afrikaans, this is the comical sport of spitting small, hard pellets of impala or giraffe dung. The farthest flung dung determines the overall dung-spitting champion. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! What happens on a safari, stays on safari.

Perhaps one of the most popular “safari classroom” lessons is the ever amusing collective noun discussion. Did you know that each grouping or ‘family’ of animals, from the tawny tiger and the leaping lemur, to the sluggish sloth and the hefty hippo, has its own, often rather charming, collective noun?

Here are 90 words to use on your next safari … or journey (after all, safari is the Swahili word for journey). Whether you’re exploring the plains of Africa, the jungles of Asia, or the timeless landscapes of South America, these safari words often weave their way into discussions amongst wildlife lovers. While some are bonafide terms widely accepted in the industry, some are just tongue-in-cheek and meant for a smile.

And if you’re looking for some expert advice (and a few more safari words), our Safari 101: a beginner’s guide sheds light on some more game drive lingo and how to get the most out of your luxury safari adventure.

As they say in Swahili, safari njema or have a good trip. Don’t forget to pack your sense of humour and a keenness for adventure, and join us for a dazzling journey [pun(s) intended].

1. An armoury of aardvarks 2. A colony of ants 3. A shrewdness of apes 4. A troop of baboons 5. A cloud of bats 6. A skulk or leash of bat-eared foxes 7. A sloth of bears 8. A hive of bees 9. A herd or obstinacy of buffaloes 10. A kaleidoscope of butterflies

11. A caravan of camels 12. A chain of caracals 13. An army of caterpillars 14. A glaring of cats 15. A coalition of cheetahs 16. A cartload of chimpanzees 17. A quiver of cobras 18. An intrusion of cockroaches 19. A consortium of crabs 20. A bask or float of crocodiles

21. A murder of crows 22. A pod of dolphins 23. A cluster or flight of dragonflies 24. A paddling of ducks 25. A herd of dugongs 26. A convocation of eagles 27. A herd, memory or parade of elephants 28. A school of fish 29. A flamboyance of flamingoes 30. A chorus or army of frogs

31. A gaggle of geese 32. A journey of giraffes (on the move) 33. A tower of giraffes (standing still) 34. A charm of goldfinches 35. A band of gorillas 36. A cloud of grasshoppers 37. A confusion of guinea fowl 38. An array of hedgehogs 39. A bloat of hippos 40. A colony of honey badgers

41. A charm of hummingbirds 42. A clan or cackle of hyenas 43. A mess of iguanas 44. A prowl or shadow of jaguars 45. A smack or brood of jellyfish 46. 47. A conspiracy of lemurs 47. A leap of leopards 48. A pride of lions 49. A lounge of lizards 50. A herd of llamas

51. A plague of locusts 52. A labour of moles 53. A business of mongooses 54. A swarm or scourge of mosquitoes 55. A consortium of octopus 56. A parliament of owls 57. A bamboo or embarrassment of pandas 58. A pandemonium of parrots 59. An ostentation of peacocks 60. A waddle or convent of penguins

61. A prickle of porcupines 62. A rhumba of rattlesnakes 63. An unkindness of ravens 64. A crash of rhinoceroses 65. A round of robins 66. A bed of scorpions 67. A sluthe of servals 68. A shiver of sharks 69. A stench of skunks 70. A bed or snuggle of sloths

71. A knot of snakes 72. A clutter of spiders 73. A scurry of squirrels 74. A murmuration of starlings 75. A fever of stingrays 76. A streak or ambush of tigers 77. A knot of toads 78. A bale of turtles 79. A posse of vicuñas 80. A venue or committee of vultures

81. A kettle of vultures (when flying overhead) 82. A boil of vultures (when coming down to land) 83. A sounder of warthogs 84. A pack of wild dogs 85. A litter of wild dog pups 86. A confusion of wildebeest 87. A dazzle of zebras

And, finally, just for a laugh…

88. A safari of people 89. An ingratitude of children 90. A randy of rangers (as coined by the late Bob Griffin, a dear friend of &Beyond )

NB: there is no official collective noun for pangolins because they are solitary; some say predicament; I prefer perfection.


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