I can't believe my son is FIVE!! I feel like I have been a mother for forever but at the same time these five years have gone by too fast! How does that work???? :)
If there is one thing people know about my son Talon it is that he L-O-V-E-S animals! He is always carrying one with him, he talks about them all day, watches his sister's princess movies "as long as they have cool animals" and he goes to bed with a different stuffed animal every night! :)
So when the time came to plan a little party I knew how easy it would be to please him ... do an animal party with his cousins!!! It couldn't have gone any better (unless every cousin could have been there!) We all went to the OC Zoo inside Irvine Regional Park. Talon goes there a LOT and knows every animal's name like "Billy Jean" the deer, etc. He was in heaven showing his cousins everything! Then we ended up back at our house for an "animal-themed" lunch! I thought I would share the party details if anyone is interested .... I got a few ideas from fellow bloggers and I will link up to them!
The Invite ...
I first saw Chalkboard Speech Bubbles when Positively Splendid did a giveaway ... I thought they were awesome and would work for so many things!
For the party we had everyone write their favorite animal on the chalkboard and I created this collage ... it actually turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the party and it will be fun to look back on this with Talon!
I also just wanted to share some of the decorations ....
I LOVE these frames from Ikea (I will be dedicating a whole post to them probably ... that's how much I love them!) I thought it would be a fun way to display with the food. Talon helped me come up with the signs with things like "Lion" Lemonade, "Panther" pizza, etc.
I love to check out Tip Junkie when I am planning parties ... it's such a great resource and I highly recommend it! My search for animal parties led me to this amazing safari party featured on GreyGrey Designs. If you check it out you will see I copied a few of her ideas that were too adorable to pass up:
"Baboon Butter" ... and I used the recipe here (turned out way more tasty than I expected)
and her "Gorilla Grapes" (so simple put they look fun I think!)
I also made a lettuce salad (named after my parent's pet turtle, Lucky)
we had "panther pizza"
and "lion lemonade" too!
I couldn't resist buying animal crackers
For favors we bought a bunch of animals from a local dollar store, put two in a bag (with free passes to come back to the zoo). The note says "Thanks for coming to Talon's fifth birthday party! Come visit us at the zoo again!"
The only other activity (besides playing with a million animal toys and jumping on the tramp) was using foam animal stickers on this big roll of paper to create our own "zoo"
Isn't he a lucky boy to have so many cousins close by?
I love being his mommy!
Eating lunch under the tramp!
An example of his thank you notes
The party turned out so much fun and although I posted a million pictures I promise it was a pretty simple and fast preparation for this! If anyone is interested in using my invites, thank you, labels, etc ... let me know. It would be pretty fast to just change the names, info for you!!!