Liesl absolutely LOVES animals, so we decided that a Wild African Safari would be the perfect theme for her 5th birthday. Her only request was "live animals", and we found a great non-profit to give the party goers a fun and and education exotic animal show and Liesl was their special assistant.
Liesl wanted a safari theme, but I didn't want to do a typical "jungle/safari" theme in typical colors. I used blush, mint, and gold as the main colors, and paired it with hints of burlap and raffia for a wild/outdoorsy feel, but it still felt girly and sweet. This helped achieve a modern and minimalist feel for her party that I loved, and so did she!
modern, sophisticated, and girly
Party signage, invitations, printed materals: made and designed by myself (Emily Klaparda)
Custom canvas cake table backdrop: made and designed by myself (Emily Klaparda)
I have so many favorite items, but one of my absolute favorites was the "base camp" play area I set up with safari supplies (canteens, binoculars, hats, etc.) and a play tent. The kids had a blast "buying" items from the stand, which was actually a lemonade stand turned into a base camp.
I loved the cake and gold giraffe topper - it really fit the mood and feel of the party, as well as the custom backdrop I made with vinyl decals of animals.
The wild animal show was amazing, and even the adults loved learning about the animals. The grand finale animal was a brightly colored mandrill (monkey) and took our breath away!
I also loved the goody bags and how they turned out - they were the perfect accessory for our guests!
I bought cheap plastic animals off of ebay and then spray painted them gold for a minimalist and modern safari look.
I also used my cricut to cut out small gold decals for plates, cups, and the cake table backdrop. It was an easy way to carry the gold animal theme throughout the party.