How to Host the Best Theme Birthday Party
For little ones or kids at heart…
The most special
day of the year is approaching—your child’s birthday! Leading up to the big day,
your little monkey gets incredibly excited, and you ponder how to make the day
extra special this year. So why not bring the zoo home, and host a theme party
with a difference!
goes without saying, but the first rule is: Follow your child’s preferences.
Anything is possible, whether they like pirates, unicorns, dinosaurs, Disney,
or simply the color red—with a bit of creativity, any theme can be turned into
a party to remember.
The birthday cake is
one of the most important parts of any birthday party. If done right, it can
bring a smile to all party guests. There are several ways to bake a fab theme-cake.
You can use a shaped baking mold or
work with royal icing and gum paste
to create edible cake decorations.
can use non-edible decorations to enhance your cake, such as candles, cake topper picks, or make your
own flags and bunting with wooden skewers and craft paper. These options cost little
money and make a big impression.
If you want to go
the extra mile, you can pattern your cake batter, like in this zebra bundt cake,
or our Smarties cake,
which is just perfect for a zoo themed birthday bash.
The Drinks & Snacks
explorers will appreciate an exotic selection of drinks at your zoo party, such
as this Safari smoothie.
Serve a selection and decorate with fun straws for a more colorful presentation.
If you’re also
going to serve hot lunch or dinner at your party, think about something a
little more exotic, like this coconut-crusted
cod with banana leaves, or carrot
hummus with pita bread.
If you’re serving
more sweet delights like donuts and cupcakes, a simple trick to dress them up
is by covering them in a chocolate
ganache and adding some white chocolate “zebra stripes,” or work with
edible sprinkles. An exotic fruit platter will offer a healthier alternative.
You can use special cookie cutters
to stamp out zoo-themed melon, papaya, and kiwi shapes.
There are a lot of
party decorations that you can purchase on the cheap in discount stores or
online, such as balloons, table runners, cupcake wrappers, or paper cups and plates in zebra, leopard, and many other
animal patterns. Even confetti is
available in awesome animal shapes nowadays. You can, of course, also make
those yourself, or with the help of your kids.
A themed birthday party
is all about the right types of activities to keep the children occupied. Many
popular kids’ party games can be adapted for your theme. You can organize a
scavenger hunt by hiding little zoo animals
or play musical chairs with animal songs. Charades are a lot of fun with
animals to act out, and face painting is always a winner.
are great to calm the kids down. Why not make some “animal food” bags with them—goodie
bags that they can take home afterwards! You can use simple lunch paper bags and
get the kids to decorate them with “Monkey Munchies,” “Elephant Food,” and
“Zebra Snacks,” then fill them with candy. They will enjoy this even more if
they make the snacks themselves. Our muesli energy
bites, for example, don’t require any baking, and animal-shaped butter cookies
will make cute snack bag fillers. These can be colored in with edible food markers. The kids will love
Let us know which theme party you would like to
host, and share your photos and ideas in the comments below!
Published on September 18, 2017