Planning a kids birthday party can open up doors to a world of imagination. Wonders and thoughts that may have dimmed in our minds as we grew older. We get a chance to get creative, be crafty and try to do things in a different light.
For me, that opportunity came when I planned my cutie pie nephews second birthday party in New York. So when we decided to throw Arjun a party, I got super excited. After some brainstorming, we decided on a jungle theme due to his love for animals (Dr.Seuss was the runner up). Living in SF, and hosting the party in NY created a lot of challenges, but with proper planning we got it all done. I flew into NY a week before the party and ran around NYC to get everything I needed. The stress was really quite thrilling.
We booked a place called World of Wings in NJ who were exceptionally accommodating. We've never had a better experience with a venue, and I highly recommend it for your kids birthday.
This party was a result of a lot of DIY décor items. From miniature party hats for the animal figurines to the vines for the 3 foot large balloons. It was all hands-on.
(Side note: the pics below are all screenshots from our photographer, as I got too excited to wait for the full res images. I take no credit for the photography, his contact info is at the end. )
Lets start with the kids table:
We decided to make it crafty, with placemats drawn onto kraft paper, cute animal stamps around the table and a centerpiece made of artificial grass and animal figurines placed as if they are grazing in the fields. By the way, those figurines are hand-painted, and absolutely stunning. We also wrote funny warnings on the flags such as “Party Animals” “Trespassers will be eaten” and “Wild Animals on the Loose”. Special thanks to both of my amazing sister-in-laws for working with me and putting this table together better than I had envisioned.
On to the Adults Table:
This we kept very simple as the focus was meant to be on the food tables. We took fresh moss and small plants from the NYC flower market, repotted them and made them into centerpieces. Simple, classy and not too tough on the wallet.
Drinks Table and Gift Bags:
I love stripey straws and mason jars, so had a good time with these. I got little flags printed for the straws that said "Arjun is two." The gift bag tags, I designed and printed, to add extra customization.
These tables were set up by our caterers who not only understood the theme we had in mind but went above and beyond to make it come to life. The décor was fantastic and so was the food! Thanks La Promenade, we had a great time working with you!
The Dessert Table:
Most of my attention and work went into this dessert table. I wanted this to be the centerpiece for the room. Shout out to my mom, whom I aspire to be. We worked on this table together, and without her it wouldn’t have been nearly as awesome. Another shout out to my artistic brother who free-handed and cut out those animal and tree silhouettes. Though the pictures speak for themselves, I gotta say- the desserts were delicious and fit right into our theme!
Okay- Here we go…
Here's our birthday boy, with his parents and with me and hubby!
All in all, the party went off really well! With the butterfly exhibit, petting zoo, face painting, ball pit, arts & crafts, I think the kids had a good time. For the private hall that we decorated, we made it more mature so to create a good balance between the kids and adults. Hope you liked our event styling! If you have any questions about the DIY items or other questions, reach out anytime! I'll try and post a DIY for the miniature animal party hats.
I think event decor is my calling along with baking of course. Hmmm...One day
Our Wonderful Vendors:
Venue: World of Wings in New Jersey
Food: La Promenade
Desserts: Kakes ‘n More
Photographer: Flowing Color
'Till Next Time!