Jungle Theme Party: Kathryn's Jungle Jam Birthday

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Explore your wild side with a jungle theme party!  This post features tons of great party ideas for a jungle birthday party, from food to activities.

Crocodile, tree frog, and monkey sugar cookies on a tiered serving tray.

So excited finally to share Kathryn's Jungle Jam birthday party with you guys!

Kathryn is my friend's daughter, and when she came up with the idea for a south American jungle themed party, I was hooked.  I helped with this party, but I can't take all the credit.  Kathryn's mom, Beth, took the lead, and I just helped out and had fun brainstorming (and hanging out, and crafting together...and there may have been some wine involved.)

Paper vines decorating a back porch at the jungle birthday party

Beth and her husband Brien transformed the backyard into a mysterious jungle full of wild animals and exciting challenges.  I love the vines they made and hung all over the patio to greet guests as they arrived.

Paper leaves and a stuffed monkey decorating the jungle party.

There were some furry monkey friends hanging out around the patio and yard, too.  It's amazing what a little construction paper and a few bought props can turn into!  

Stuffed monkey sitting on a drink dispenser full of green punch and decorated with a garland made from real leaves.

A kid's extensive stuffed-animal collection can come in handy from time to time!

Handmade wooden sign reading Piranha Pass at the Jungle Party

The backyard was set up with a number of different fun challenges, designed to test the strength and mettle of our intrepid adventurers.  

Rope bridge activity at the Jungle Birthday Party

Like a rope bridge, over piranha infested waters.

Wooden sign saying "Quick-sand" next to a sandbox activity at a Jungle birthday party.

Quick sand..

Child digging for snakes and treasures in a sandbox at a Jungle Party

...watch out for the snakes!

Balance beam activity at the Jungle Party next to a sign saying "falling boulder bridge."

Balance and skill was required to traverse Falling Boulder Bridge.  (The boulders were beach balls lobbed by the parents.)

Snake Pit sign next to a bounce house, with a stuffed snake wrapped around the wooden sign.

And of course, the snake pit!  

Birthday girl behind a giant stuffed snake in a bounce house at the Jungle Party

The snake pit was the bouncy house, filled with stuffed snakes from Oriental Trading.  

Stuffed snakes in the bounce house as a favor at the Jungle Party

The snakes also doubled as the take-home favor.  

Little girl wearing a fake mustache and holding two stuffed snakes in a bounce house at the Jungle Party

Also, they were plain old AWESOME.

Painted parrot tucked in the leaves of a tree at the Jungle Party

Beth made paper parrots to perch in the trees around the yard.

Worn wooden wagon with a sign reading "Jungle Tours" on the side.

Brien made all the signs with a wood-burner tool.  I absolutely love the little touch he addedwith the wood-burner to this old radio flyer wooden wagon.  

Feed Me sign on a fence, with a dog peeking through the slots of the fence.

The family dog was kept out of the way, but still part of the party!  Happy girl got lots of treats.

Brown play dough in chunks for a monkey poo throwing game at the Jungle Party

Want to know what I contributed?  Well, I'm very proud of the monkey poo flinging game.  ;-)  (Brown play-dough).

Monkey poo flinging game at the Jungle Party

And I love that when I suggested such an off-the-wall idea, Beth and Kathryn loved it.  I have such great friends.  

Dessert display at the Jungle Party

I also made the dessert table for the party.  Kathryn doesn't like cake and icing, but she loves brownies.  

Snickerdoodle blondies topped with a gum paste tree frog at the Jungle Party

Brownies and snickerdoodle blondies were the perfect alternative to cake.

Brownies topped with  gum paste tree frogs and snakes at the Jungle Party

Jungle tree frogs and snakes decorated the treats, to make them fit the festive theme.

The birthday girl eating a gum paste tree frog.

Kathryn may not like icing, but she does like gumpaste tree frogs!

Tiered tray of jungle sugar cookies at the jungle birthday party.

I also made a selection of sugar cookies decorated as south American jungle animals.  Crocodies, tree frogs, and monkeys.

Sugar cookies topped with cheetah print chocolate transfers instead of royal icing.

And some fun K cookies, too, iced with chocolate instead of royal icing!  I'll have a tutorial coming up on this technique.

Chocolate covered oreos with cheetah print chocolate transfers and chocolate crocodiles.

Little chocolate crocodiles and fancy animal print chocolate covered Oreos were a huge hit.

bowl of gummy worms at the Jungle Party

Gummy worms, of course.

Jungle Party chocolate treats on a plate on a table runner made from real leaves.

I love how the table runner made from real leaves turned out!  I'll have that super-easy tutorial coming up soon, too.

Mom and dad wearing pith helmets and a false mustache at the Jungle Party

All in all, a spectacularly fun and fabulous Jungle Jam birthday party.  Well done, Beth and Brien!  Kathryn is a lucky kiddo.

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido

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