Welcome back to the blog! We’ve had a lot to celebrate around here and it’s kept me busy. From birthdays to Mardi Gras to finally painting my living and dining rooms, I’ve been on the go, but I’m glad to have the chance to sit down and share with you the party animal celebration we recently held for my youngest son.
We managed to keep it simple, sweet, and handmade. The party was held at my home and we included a handful of family and friends. The kids entertained themselves in the backyard and came inside briefly to eat cake and ice cream. Planning on this, I kept the decorations simple, yet fun.
After posting several fun ideas for a handmade banner, I chose to use what I had: leftover striped party favor bags, washi tape, and baker’s twine (tutorial coming soon). The bags are originally from Target and were stashed in my party box. I realized they were the perfect size for a banner and would prevent me from spending the time cutting out scrapbook paper.
I decided to go with a homemade cake and store-bought cupcakes with the intention of topping the cake with “party animals,” i.e. plastic animals with party hats.
It was fun to accessorize the little woodland forest animals. Completely unnecessary, but fun. Using wrapping paper and a mini pom-pom garland I already had, I cut out small bits of paper, folded them into party hat shapes, secured with a hot glue gun, and glued a colorful pom on top. They were easy and fun to make and really made the cake.
Since the cake toppers had party hats, the kids needed them, too, right? Instead of making these from scratch, I found pre-made party hats at Target and Hobby Lobby and embellished them with rick-rack, pom-pom garland, and poms on the top. I added a hot-glue glitter three on the birthday boy’s hat. Again, the hats were quick and easy to make and turned out really cute. The kids all wanted to wear them when they ate their cake and ice cream!
The birthday boy enjoyed his hat and kept in on for quite a while!
I didn’t get around to making the gummy animals for the birthday party, so I decided to make them for the low-key class party. Using gumdrops, mini M&Ms, and a mini tube of icing, I created these cute characters you see above. My favorite may be the turtle and the duck!
Placed on top of store-bought mini cupcakes they look even more precious, but not too precious to eat! Most of the 2 year olds in my son’s class ate their gummy animal along with their cupcake. They were a hit and I will definitely make them again!
The party animals theme proved to be a fun and simple one to pull off. I had a fun time planning and preparing for this party and the kids (and parents) all seemed to enjoy themselves, which is what it’s all about!