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A Backyard Safari First Birthday (50 photos)


Benjamin the birthday boy eating a cupcake

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We were asked to plan
and design a casual but bright and fun backyard first birthday
celebration for Benjamin. Benjamin's mom told us she wasn't sure where
to start, but that he liked the colors orange and red, and that he
liked jungle animals. Since it was going to be an outdoor celebration
with guests aging from little babies to grandparents, we came up with
a safari party theme which is suitable for all ages! We used a simple
color palette of browns/tans, with pops of lime green and orange,
mixed with wood textures and animal prints.

Invitations: We custom designed the invitations to reflect the theme
of the celebration, and carried this design throughout the other party
stationery: the labels used on the goody bags, drink labels, menu
sign, and memory book sign.

Desserts: The cake, cupcakes, and individually packaged sugar cookies
were created by Cakes by Amanda. We gave her the theme, color palette,
some props we were using, along with some inspiration photos and let
her run with it. They matched the rest of the décor perfectly! The
cupcake liners even had animal print on them.

Drinks: Another way we showcased the safari theme was through the
beverages. We had two drink dispensers filled with juice—one orange
and one green—and appropriately named them "jungle juice" and "swamp
water." We also took mini bottles of water and simply covered the
labels with animal print duct tape and put them in a zebra striped
galvanized tub with ice.

Tables: Each table was set with reusable plates in orange and lime
green, a zebra striped napkin, wooden utencils, and clear cups adorned
with jute, twine, and cute paper straws. A simple strip of burlap was
used for the table runners over khaki colored cloths. The centerpieces
were a mix of small and medium sized potted tropical plants from a
local garden supply that we easily covered with burlap. All of the
chairs were rustic, wooden, folding chairs that used to be part of a
traveling carnival and were supplied by Eutopia Events. Little stuffed
monkeys and safari pith helmets hung from various chairs to decorate
the space, as well as to play with and take home as favors!

Goody bags: Boys and girls ranging in age from just a few months old
up to age 12 attended the party. Each child was given an age
appropriate activity bag filled with safari themed goodies! Some of
the items included were jungle animal socks for the little babies,
safari themed coloring books, bubbles in orange and green, safari
animal stickers and toys, safari craft projects, and puzzles. Each bag
was made of brown kraft paper and was decorated with a strip of animal
print paper and a color coordinated name badge.

Other décor elements: A burlap, animal print backdrop was created to
display pictures of the birthday boy throughout his first year and
hung behind the desserts.

Green, orange, and zebra striped paper lanterns were used to decorate
the inside of the tent.

Benjamin's mom found his adorable party hat on Etsy.

BBQ style food was supplied by Backyard Grillin' Company

Photography by Rick and Paula Labrecque of Cronin Hill Photography

Vendor Credits: Event Planning and Design: Eutopia Events

Invitations: Eutopia Events

Chairs and other various props: Eutopia Events

Photography: Cronin Hill Photography

Cake, Cupcakes, and Cookies: Cakes by Amanda

Catering: Backyard Grillin' Company

Greenfield, MA
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