Monday, April 22, 2013

Ryland's Jungle Safari 2nd Birthday Party

This year we went with a jungle safari theme for Ry's 2nd birthday.  I actually had some of the ideas for this theme since last year, which made it much easier to plan.  I love Pinterest, it's a great way to look up ideas and save them for later use.  I found so many neat ideas it was hard to narrow down everything I wanted to do!  I found some great arts n crafts and a game for the kids as well as cute cupcake cake ideas, decor and favors.  My friend Jenn even found me a face painter!  I'm super excited how everything turned out and Ry had a blast.

Welcome to the Jungle!

I found the wording for the invitation online and converted it to evite.

Come on a Jungle Safari Party
Who knows what you'll see?
Could it be a lion or a monkey in a tree?
No, it's the giraffe who stretches his neck to see.
Or the elephant, who waves his trunk with glee.

Friends of the Jungle have gathered to say
Dress up in animal or safari way (optional)
And join us in celebrating
Ryland's 2nd Birthday!

Cake and light refreshments will be served.
Face painter will be avail for 1 hour.
Jump house in the backyard (weather permitting).
Crafts & scavenger hunt planned.

When guests arrived they were greeted by jungle vines, the favor and craft table.  I had 3 different animal print pith helmets for the kids to wear, animal print sunglasses and the favor bags which contained lollipops and animal fruit snacks.  The craft table contained the binoculars for the kids to decorate with stickers.  The binoculars were made out of toilet paper rolls and multicolored yarn.

Upon entering the living room you came across the coloring station, animal print balloons, some safari friends (giraffes, elephants, lion and monkey) and pictures of Ryland.

I found the monkey coloring sheets online

Hollywood style pics
Cute idea I found on Pinterest, picture from Halloween :)
As you worked your way into the kitchen you came across the cupcake cakes and food table.
Giraffe cupcake cake and tiger cupcakes.  You can't see them but I used animal print cupcake liners as well.
giraffe birthday cake - made with love
Fruit and veggie trays, zebra cakes, tiger tails (Cheetos), gold fish, Swedish fish (piranhas) and pretzels (tree trunks).  Later on we also put out chicken nuggets.
To fit the theme Ry wore khaki shorts and a rhino safari shirt.

Thankfully we planned Ry's nap better this time around.  We woke him up early that morning so he would go down for his nap by 11:30am.  He ended up waking up on his own around 2:15pm.  Perfect!  By the time guests started arriving at 3pm he was fully awake and ready to party!  No crying this year!  :)

The birthday boy 4/13/2013

The bounce house was a hit!
tons of fun!

Hamming it up for the camera
trampoline fun
cousin Blake
Face painting by GlitteRee

Thomas the Train
scavenger hunt for wild animals

scavenger hunt for wild animals

I found the animals at Party City, 48ct
The animals were hiding in the grass

Organizing his animals after the hunt
Make a wish!
Happy Birthday Ryland!



Hanging out with Ju-Ju and Nana
Ry and Baba
Ry loves playing his guitar

We love to color!
Wrestling with the kids
Happy Birthday to our little man!  2 years old!
Ryland and his friends had such a good time at his party, there were definitely plenty of things to keep the kids occupied.  I thought for sure Ry would crash, but he was happy and probably on a sugar high and stayed up well past 8pm.  We waited to open his gifts until the very end, after most of the guests left.  He loved everything!  A big thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated Ry's birthday with us.

Plastic Zoo animals, animal print balloons and zebra gift bags - Party City
Animal print sunglasses and pith helmets -
Yarn, cupcake liners, food coloring - Michaels
Cake and food ideas - Pinterest
Stickers and plates - Dollar store
Face painting by GlitteRee
Vines and leaves - borrowed from my friend Jenn
Photog - my friend Amanda

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