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A Wacky & Wild Animal Birthday Party!

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Wild Child Birthday Party - animals wearing party hats

My youngest daughter turned 4 in December… her birthday is on the 16th, which basically means right smack in the middle of the craziest time of year for almost everyone I know, including myself. ;) We decided to have a small, playdate style get-together with her 3 preschool besties and their big sisters (and her own big sis, of course!). Since Rylie loves animals, acting silly, and anything girlie, we hosted a Wacky Wild Animal Party filled with bright colors, sparkly pom poms, and cute animals wearing party hats!

My birthday is 2 days before Rylie’s, so my mom (aka Grandma) got an extra-awesome gift/activity for the party to treat us both! A trainer from Wild Wonders  – an animal education facility just outside San Diego – brought over of the coolest little “party crashers” you ever did see… scroll down for a closer peek! ;)

Party Animals Birthday Printables

My Wild Child printables are available in our store! Use them to add instant style and personalized details to your party. 🙌 You can edit the custom text yourself – right on the website – whenever (and as often as) you need to! Click here to buy this collection.

Wild Child Girl Printables

Party Animal Birthday Banner and Chinchilla

Wild Child Birthday Kids Table and Balloons

I designed some funky party animal plates for the birthday table that featured a rhino, elephant, fox, and bunny. Why is it so fun to give animals party hats and cheeky glasses?!

Party Animal Plates

I often make my own party plates (see the tutorial here), but this is the first time I used the plastic plates from Michaels. These were a little more time consuming since you have to hand-cut the paper designs – the plate edges are slightly rounded so you can’t use a paper cutter – but the quality of the plates is good and overall they worked well!

Colorful beads and mini plastic animal figurines made for a fun bracelet and necklace making activity..

Kids Party Activity - Animal Necklaces and Bracelets

I decorated the chairs with rainbow yarn by simply wrapping the top in a cross-cross pattern. Super easy!

Yarn Wrapped Chairs

The yarn element coordinated well with these super cute animal ornaments I found in the holiday section at Target this year. They had funky fabrics and rainbow tails and manes! They hung on each chair and also doubled as the party favors…

Rainbow Lion Party Favor

I found the elephant and giraffe in the dollar bins at Target. (They were $3 each!) Of course, they needed to get dressed up for the party too.. and you can never go wrong with sequins, pom poms, and mini party hats, right? ;)

Party Animal Elephants - Centerpiece and Plates

As much as I loved designing the party animal graphics, of course nothing compares to the real thing! Here are a few pics of the girls enjoying the awesome visit from Wild Wonders

Wild Wonders Animal Visit - Turtles

The chinchilla and Fennec fox were both super soft (and adorable!)…

Wild Wonders Animal Visit - Fennel Fox and Chinchilla

This little hedgehog was not at all soft, but she was pretty much the definition of adorable!

Cute Hedgehog

Soooooooooooo cute!

Wild Wonders Animal Visit - Hedgehog and Kinkajou

Pictured above: a kinkajou! Looks kind of like a monkey, right? These are actually part of the raccoon family, though. #truth

Party Animal Birthday Party

Party Animal Giraffe Decoration

Thanks for stopping by, party animals! ;)

P.S. I recently updated the printable designs from this party to work for anyone! You can download below!

Party Animals Birthday Printables

Printables are my favorite *secret weapon* for adding unique style to any celebration! Click here to customize my Wild Child collection for your own party – instantly, online. 🤗

Wild Child Girl Printables

Wild Child Boy Printables


  1. @clubwedd February 10, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    A Wacky & Wild Animal Birthday Party!: Hostess with the Mostess®
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  2. @PlayDatesParty February 24, 2016 at 7:56 am

    You know I love bright colors, and this #kids birthday party doesn’t disappoint. https://t.co/Udb6sCJBQh

  3. Megan February 28, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I love the elephant and fox plates you made! Do you have the template you used available to use? What program did you use to make them?
    Love your ideas!!

    • jenn s. March 4, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Thanks, Megan! I used Photoshop to design the plate liners, and I’m going to make a (non-customized) version available for free download soon! Stay tuned. :)

  4. Meltem March 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm

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  5. Design Wigan March 6, 2016 at 2:46 am

    What s fantastic blog! It’s my daughters 4th Birthday later this year and some of these fantastic ideas have given me inspiration of what we can do for her party!

  6. Jithin Samuel March 7, 2016 at 2:11 am

    Awesome post . thank you :)

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  9. @HWTM_Jenn March 8, 2016 at 8:44 am

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  10. Mali March 9, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    Hi Jen
    Just curious where you got the colorful geometric table runner you used

    • jenn s. March 9, 2016 at 10:49 pm

      Hi Mali – It’s a fabric print that I bought in-store at JoAnn… I just cut/folded it to use as a runner for the party. :)

  11. Jennifer January 7, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Is there a way to get the long to download the individual pictures for the plates? When I click the link it only gives me all of them. But the won’t print out one at a time. Half the imagine in on one page. Thanks in advance

    • jenn s. January 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Hi Jennifer –

      Hmmm – The files are definitely set up to print 1 per page, so it sounds like a printer settings issue. I just tested them to double check – and each page is 8.5×11. So first – I want to make sure that you downloaded the file first and aren’t trying to print directly from your browser. You should see a little arrow in the upper right hand corner that you can click on to download the file to your desktop (click here for a screenshot) – then double click on that to open it and print directly from Acrobat. When printing, make sure the “Actual Size” and landscape orientation settings should be selected. Here’s a screenshot of that. Hope this helps!

  12. Julie January 25, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Love this theme! Would you be willing to sell images as clipart? I would like to make invitations for my daughter’s party or do you have an invitation template?

    • jenn s. January 26, 2017 at 6:00 am

      Hi Julie – I emailed you. :)

  13. Kari February 4, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Love this party! What did you use for invitations? I have the same question as Julie above as I would be interested in purchasing a digital invitation from you or clip art so I could make my own.
    Thanks so much!

    • jenn s. February 5, 2017 at 7:00 am

      Hi Kari – I just emailed you too. :)

  14. Tessa April 7, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Hi! I love the plate templates, but the plates themselves are so expensive. Is it possible to make the template for a standard 10″ round clear plate?

  15. jenn s. April 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I can look into that… but which 10″ round plates are you looking at? The problem is that the size of the inside circle (where the design would show through) on different brands of round plastic plates can vary significantly by brand.

  16. Lindsey McDaniel May 9, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    LOVE this theme! My daughter is turning 10, and we are going to have exotic animals here at the house….I think your theme can even work for older kids. Thank you for your free downloads/printables! I am also interested in a template for an invitation. Would you mind to share/sell one to me?

    Thank you!
    Lindsey M.

    • jenn s. May 11, 2017 at 5:38 am

      Hi Lindsey – So happy you’ll be able to use these for your daughter! I just sent you an email in regards to your question about a matching invitation. :)

  17. Deborah Stouffer July 10, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Hi there. As many others, I absolutely LOVE your designs! I would love to be able to print off invitations for my daughters party to match the animal banners! Thank you so much!!

  18. KaCee September 22, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Can I be annoying and ask you for a link to download as an invitation as well <3

  19. Maya October 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Great inspiration. May I also get a digital copy of the invitations.
    Thank you !

  20. Debbie Ellis October 9, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Hi! My daughter adores this theme & would l Me to use it for her 8th birthday party! May I use your clip art or invitation for her? Thanks so very much!

  21. jaryn scott October 19, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Just found this on pinterest. My little will be 3 next year and is obsessed with elephants! I just didn’t want the same old baby-ish looking elephant theme though! So, I’m really excited to find this! She is a WILD ONE ;) Could I also see the invite? Thanks so much for the inspiration…I cant wait to get started.

  22. anusha November 8, 2017 at 10:40 am

    Hi, Great theme. Would you mind share digital invitation to me. Thank you for free printables. Could you also share how you made letters and name banner

    • jenn s. November 9, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Hi Anusha –

      Just emailed you regarding the invite. :) For the letters and name banner, I designed those in Adobe Photoshop. The font that I used for the name banner is called Intro Rust G. Hope that helps!

  23. Cathryn December 26, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Hi, I’m wondering about your plastic figurines that you used for making necklaces (that you have pictures of). One seems to have an hole for threading into a necklace. Did you make these or did you purchase them with holes in them?

    • jenn s. December 29, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Hi Cathryn – We made them by glueing beads onto the animals ahead of time. :) I used hot glue, which worked fine for this party, but for a longer lasting jewelry project I’d recommend using a strong glue made specifically for plastic, since hot glue can come apart with some wear and tear. You can also drill small holes in the back of the animals and use jewelry eye screws as another option. Hope that helps!

  24. Charmaine January 9, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    This is such a colorful and fun party idea. Would you mind sharing your digital invitation? Gona give it a shot for my wild child’s 5th birthday later this year – she loves animals so this is perfect, thank you so much for your inspiration :)

    • jenn s. January 10, 2018 at 10:24 am

      Just emailed you. :)

  25. heather Smith January 10, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Hi, when making the plates do I use plain paper or cardstock. Thanks so much!

    • jenn s. January 10, 2018 at 8:31 am

      Hi Heather – I usually use card stock myself – it usually prints nicer and holds up better than plain paper. :)

  26. Christine January 14, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    I love your plate idea!! I’m so excited to try it for my sons birthday coming up! This is an amazing party!! Would you mind telling me where you found the animal beads?

    • jenn s. January 15, 2018 at 5:35 am

      Hi Christine – For the large animal pendants – I hot glued plastic beads to small animal figurines that I bought in-store at Michaels. The brand was Safari Ltd. and you can also find them on Amazon. The smaller bead shaped animal beads were from a kids beads pack also found at Michaels. :)

  27. Christine January 15, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you so much :)

  28. Anusha January 20, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Thanks for free printable. Could you please send me invitation template. Thanks in advance

    • jenn s. January 23, 2018 at 6:15 am

      Just emailed you :)

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