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Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

As someone that adores bright colors and attention to detail, I’m just absolutely LOVING today’s Real Party feature – a vibrant & unique “Indian Elephant” theme created by the absolutely creatively gifted Jaime Curtis of Prudent Baby (who you might also remember from this clever DIY Cake Stand Tutorial).

And speaking of DIY, Jaime has also generously posted a bunch of tutorials on how to recreate several of the elements featured within this party – including the Fabric Silhouette Garland, the Kiddie Craft Station, and the giant Homemade Crayons!

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

Read on for tons of gorgeous, vibrant images – and all the party details, as told by Jaime

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

My daughter just loves elephants… most kids like to play “horsey” when they walk on all fours, but Scarlet calls it “elephant”.  So I knew an elephant party was the way to go.

She goes to a daycare run by an Indian family and loves Indian food, so the two seemed to work together to make a fun party theme, so a little Indian food, Indian music, and a bunch of elephants made for a super fun day in our backyard!

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

I rented tables (including one at toddler height), chairs, and bright tablecloths from party Party Pronto, and sewed a bunch of cheap, bright fabric together to create the ceiling “tent”.

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

I also added some tissue balls in bright colors and some theme-coordinating elements like the yellow lantern from Z Gallerie.

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

For the centerpieces, I planted flowers in bright 99-cent store buckets and covered the soil with white gravel, then added paper elephants that I’d decorated and glued to toothpicks.

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

I also made a few fabric silhouette garlands in the shape of elephants, one for the front door and one for the party space.

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

(Get the DIY details for the fabric garland here.)

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

We served an assortment of Indian favorites including mango, lychee, and coconut juice and (yum yum!) Elephant brand Ginger Beer.

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

We also served water and juice boxes with funny straws for the kiddies.

While we couldn’t get our hands on any actual Indian Beer, my husband did find this Belgian beer called India Pale Ale at World Market.

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

We also made a Mango Lassi recipe created by my friend Chitra at The ABCD’s of Cooking.

We hit up local market India Sweets & Spices for mango, mint, and coriander chutneys, some imported snack mixes (being careful to keep the spice to a minimum for toddler mouths), and unbaked papadams as well as some Sri Lankan sesame candies (we love anything sesame in our house!).

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

I picked up some easy-peasy Samosas, Raita, and naan-style bread at Trader Joe’s, and throughout the party my girls Erin from Mix Tape and Kelly from Yes, Please threw the Papadams and Samosas in the oven for ten minutes or so to replenish the tables. My mom made curried chicken wings and delicious quinoa salad for the vegetarians.

For sweets, Cuppielove provided the adorable and delicious cupcakes:

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

I also whipped up some homemade marshmallows made with Prudent Baby’s recipe, and some elephant-shaped candies made using a candy mold found on Amazon.

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

Our favor bags included a homemade giant crayon shaped like an elephant (DIY details here), a pair of shiny sunglasses (8 for $2 at Walmart), a couple elephant stickers, a homemade elephant lolly (also made from a candy mold found on Amazon) and some elephant confetti.

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

We also made a little treat bag for the grown-ups with some shiny bangles from Forever 21, and few elephant trunks found on amazon scattered about lent a silly touch!

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

{Kelly of Yes, Please design created the cute elephant graphic for the favor bags, as well as the party invitation.}

My husband created a playlist of amazing modern Indian music from Dublab that we rocked out to, and we rented a bouncy house from Party Pronto.

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

We also created a little craft station for the kiddies to decorate their own elephants, and then hung them to dry with wooden clothespins.”

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas


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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

24 responses to “REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme”

  1. Elisha Akram says:

    What an awesome party! Love the colors !

  2. Megan says:

    What a cute idea! I love the make-shift cake pedastal using a platter held up by candle sticks. And the elephant crayons are adorable!

  3. Simply gorgeous, beautiful vibrant colors.
    It is a great pleasure Jenn to start my day by reading your amazing posts. How is your baby girl?, bless her.

  4. Oh my God! I’m in love with these bright colors! Haven’t seen such a cheerful party theme in awhile! And the babies are so so cute!

  5. Kim says:

    Moroccan is so fun because you get to use so many fab rich colors! Love it!

    Kim @
    party inspiration

  6. Katy says:

    I just LOVE the elephant crayon idea! That gives me so many ideas for my friends’ kids!

  7. Being Wife says:

    Love, love, love all the wonderful use of colors! This wife is totally in love with the unique homemade crayons (great idea)!

  8. Sandy says:

    this is sooo stinking adorable! i love all the colors!!

  9. Gorgeous party, I love the colors, and treat bags are so cute!

  10. LOVE the vibrant colors!

  11. Jessica says:

    LOVE IT! I especially love how a toddler likes Indian food. God bless them!

  12. Jenn says:

    Such a neat idea for a party. And I absolutely LOVE the “excuse” to share another culture with the children. So neat that they all got a chance to try different foods and drinks than what they’re used to and listen to Indian music! Fantastic that they got to design their own elephants! Phenomenal!

  13. Paulette says:

    I used to recycle crayon stubs and pieces in a cupcake pan for my little ones. Great idea to use different molds to fit a theme

  14. Andrea Fraga says:

    this is beautiful, unique and definitely rich in color!!!

  15. What a great theme for a kid’s birthday. It’s slightly sophisticated, but still fun!

  16. twin xl says:

    Such a fun, cool, interesting theme :)

  17. The Fairy says:

    What a cute and “unexpected” idea. Very creatively pulled together theme.

  18. Judith says:

    This party is just fabulous!! I love the elephant banners and the colors are gorgeous! Super sweet idea and thanks for sharing such vibrant photos!

  19. Mel says:

    I LOVE the colorful imagery. Also the crayons idea. You said you got the mold off Amazon? For the crayons, too? Is that a standard candy mold that you used for the crayons?

    Mel at themeaparty

  20. Kate says:

    What a fun party! I loved your idea to put arts and crafts supplies in chip n dip containers. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  22. Anna-Maria Martin says:

    Wow that is so cool, I'm having a indian party too! I love the eleplants where did u get them from? I need them!

  23. theresa says:

    these are amazing ideas would love to implement