Saturday, February 19, 2011

{My Parties} Brett's Jungle Safari 1st Birthday Party!

This morning, I designed a sweet little Jungle Safari 1st birthday party for Mr. Brett. Brett is the cousin of Grant (Jungle Book Birthday), but we went an entirely different direction with this party. The palette was much softer and baby-like with light blues, animal prints, raffia, baskets, and touches of green, yellow, and orange. 
 You may remember my inspiration board for this event, here.

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The inspiration for this party started with some ideas that party-mommy Jennifer sent me from Etsy. She loved the idea of a pastel jungle safari, so we we went with that!
I found this absolutely precious light blue leopard print fabric on the backdrop at Hobby Lobby and that was really my jumping off point for the entire concept. The little grass mats are also from Hobby Lobby--get there now--they are out for Easter!

Pin It  Because I am a total freak for the details, I try to make every little piece of the puzzle special. So, for the forks and napkins, I wrapped them in leopard print crepe paper and tied them with raffia. This blue "tablecloth" is actually a curtain from Target.
 On the menu, I suggested lots of "jungle" foods, like Little Debbie Zebra cakes. To up the cute-factor, we served them on skewers.
 My husband is a banana pudding junkie, and he actually made some mini banana puddings for family that we had in for Christmas. So, I took his idea and ran with it. I wrapped the handles of the spoons in the same crepe paper as the other utensils to tie them in with the theme, and also to give them a little extra cute detail!
I found these great crates at Hobby Lobby and I think they will be really useful for a variety of different events, but they reminded me of shipping crate that you might find a jungle animal in, so I flipped them over, and used cute animal print scrapbook paper to make them more "jungle."
 Gorilla Grape skewers were another fun, healthy item that we served with these cute little baskets. I originally did these for my Very Hungry Caterpillar party and I've gotten such a kick out of seeing all the other parties that have used that same concept for their caterpillar parties!
 I designed all the paper goods for this party, using some paint.net magic and a super cute font called "Jungle Juice."
 This is a GREAT recipe for kids' parties. It is called "Baboon Butter" and it's peanut butter, chocolate chips, and bananas, served with graham cracker sticks. I know plenty of adults who would love this recipe too!
 Hungry Hippo Dip was hummus with fresh veggies. Those cute banana leaf plates are from Hobby Lobby.
 I custom-made this cupcake stand using cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, and ribbon. The little wooden animals are from Hobby Lobby as well.  (They seriously know my name in there).
I used a cupcake wrap template that I downloaded and then cut my own wraps from wrapping paper.
 These fondant toppers knocked my socks off! Party-Mommy got them from Etsy Seller--CookieCovers. Even her packaging was impressive. Each topper was wrapped individually!
 I just think they are PRECIOUS!
 To add some extra "umph" to the backdrop, I made my own pomanders, using a styrofoam balls and some crepe paper.
 The beverage station had Jungle Juice, and also the cute little favors.
 The jungle juice was gingerale and pineapple juice--perfect for this theme!

 I got the idea for these favors here. I thought she has such a clever idea! They are filled with animal crackers. I found these cute, tiny little animals at Target.

 Brett's smash cake was from Schnucks, along with the cupcakes.
 I also handmade this birthday hat for him, using felt and pompoms.
 What a sweet family!  Huge thanks to Jennifer and Lloyd for letting me help with such a special day!
 Happy very 1st Birthday Brett! I hope you had an awesome time!
 Isn't he just so squeezable?!?!?


Vendors:

Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Etsy Seller, Cookie Covers
Fabric, Leaf Plates, Crepe Paper, Baskets, Crates, and Grass Squares: Hobby Lobby
Pastel Safari plates, napkins, and animal garland: MeriMeri
Clear Favor Boxes: BeauCoup
Small Stuffed Animals: Target
All Paper Goods and Printed Items, and Custom Birthday Hat: Handmade


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40 comments:

  1. JUST FANTASTIC! I love all the details - you are going to start a new trend with that crepe paper on the spoons - GENIUS! great party!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

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  2. So adorable, you did an awesome job and it looks perfect for a sweet first birthday! I especially love all the healthy snacks and lack of candy ; ) The animal print wrapped on the spoons is AWESOME!

    Thanks for the tip on the grass mat - I live in hobby lobby too but haven't been there in two weeks... so you know where I'll be on Monday LOL!

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  3. I am WILD about this party! Soo darn cute..I dido that about you just started a new trend with those spoons!! LOVE!! Great job!

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  4. So so many cute ideas here, Brittany! From the cutlery to the food to the pomanders--all INSPIRED! :) Fab!!

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  5. This is way to cute! I love the food idea. Awesome job.

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  6. Love the crates and how you used them as food stands, the "grass (table) skirt," the animal cupcake toppers, and animal prints everywhere. So clever down to the last detail!

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  7. Great job! Everything looks so good and the fondant toppers are precious. Love the grass accents too!

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  8. Amazing! Love all the details. Those cupcake toppers are too perfect and I really want to try that baboon butter - yum!

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  9. Fabulous! I love that you are a fanatic about details...I am as well and often think I am crazy for it! Great food and LOVE the spoons. Definitely will be using that one:)

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  10. Oh my goodness soooooo cute!!!!!! You thought of every single detail!! I'm speechless, so cute : )

    Paula

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  11. This was a great party. All of the little details are perfect!!

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  12. So awesome. Wish I had seen your post before my daughters wild jungle themed 2 party. I would have stolen some awesome ideas from you!!! Great job.

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  13. The cute cute cutest!

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  14. This party is totally amazing and cute! The food is even themed! What a very stunning idea! Thanks for sharing this! :)

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  15. What did you use for the board behind your table? Is it attached to the table? And did you cover it with wrapping paper? Thank you in advance for your help!!

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  16. the animals that are peeking out of the food, where are they from? If you made them, what did you make them out of? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Alanna! You can get those from Hobby Lobby or Michaels, or even Joann or Hancock. They are usually on the aisle with the little wooden shapes. They are like 50 cents a piece or something!

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  17. Did you make the birthday banner too? And did you buy the food name cards somewhere?

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    1. I actually made both of those things on my computer. :)

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  18. hi. i love your ideas. any recipes you are willing to share?!? Thanks!

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  19. I would like to make the recipes for my son's first birthday. Can you share?

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    1. There aren't really any recipes to share--the baboon butter is listed in the post and everything else was purchased or made by the hostess. The banana pudding was just banana pudding, whipped cream, and vanilla wafers. :)

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    2. Thanks :) I look foward to recreating something like this for my son :)

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  20. Hello! Do you by chance sell your designs for the table cards, banner, and such?

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    1. Hello! No, I am sorry, I don't sell printables. They are not very high quality, so I don't feel comfortable selling them to customers. If you are looking for cute safari printables, there are plenty of people on Etsy who sell cute themes!

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  21. Where did you get his shirt from?

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    1. His mom got his shirt, so I am not sure, but I think she got it from an Etsy seller.

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  22. I love your ideas!!! I was wondering how you pasted the print scrapbook paper to the crates. Did you use any special adhesive spray? or is the paper stapled?

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    1. I actually used just plain old double stick tape!

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  23. I am having a party tomorrow and I am so interested in making the baboon butter. I know it is only three ingredients, but do you know how much of each? Did you use a food processor?

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    1. The amount you use is up to you. Add as much or as little as you want to make it taste the way you like. No food processor, just some elbow grease!

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  24. Just ginger ale and pineapple juice! :)

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  25. Where did you get the leopard crepe paper?? So cute!

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  26. I love your ideas! I am going to try to use some of them at my daughter's zoo party in a few weeks. How did you make your cheetah cheese?

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    1. Hi Kels, I wish I could help with that cheese recipe, but it has been two years since this party and I am not sure exactly what it was. The party-mommy made it. Sorry! :)

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  27. I love this and as my daughter is wanting a "Lion King" party you've given me some really neat ideas. How did you do the backdrop?

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