Jungle birthday party ideas

A toy giraffe in a party hat on a table in front of a wall decorated with animal print balloons, cutout tropical leaves,


For most of us, the closest we’ll ever get to tigers, zebras and giraffes is at the zoo. But with a little imagination and these helpful jungle party ideas, you can easily make a safari adventure come to life in your own home.

DIY jungle theme party ideas

These are our favorite budget-friendly tips and tricks for a fun and memorable jungle-themed party. Gather your party animals and get ready for a wild time!

Create a lush photo backdrop

Using our jungle party color theme of greens with pops of orange, gold and brown, we made a photo-worthy backdrop by hanging strands of crepe paper in kiwi, festive green and brown. We then pulled the look together with honeycomb balls and tissue paper pom-poms in kiwi, orange and gold to add color and texture.

Let’s not forget the party animals! Inflatable animals make great photo props for your guests, and their handmade party hats give a potentially ferocious friend a much more approachable appearance. We made their hats using scrapbook paper topped with a hot-glued pom-pom.

To add both height and a festive feel to your party’s décor, use balloons in the party’s color scheme and anchor them at various levels throughout the room.

Economical jungle party decorations

Designate a spot for cards and gifts

Card baskets not only tell your guests where to put their cards, but they also give your card and gift table more prominence. Choose your favorite basket and use it for every party you host. This free printable perfectly fits the jungle theme and is meant to be adhered to your card basket.

Jungle birthday party supplies

We recommend putting the card table and gift area within sight of the entrance so guests can easily find it when they arrive. But if that’s not possible, have the animals lend a foot (or two). Our free printable footprints can be placed on the floor to help guide your guests to the gifts. Plus, they’re available in a variety of sizes and colors to match your party’s theme.

Free printable footprints

Jungle themed birthday party ideas

The guest of honor should open gifts in a comfortable place where everyone can see. Use more of the honeycomb balls and tissue paper pom-poms to decorate the floor and area surrounding the special seat. (Tip: Learn how to creatively wrap a gift — just like the one pictured on the chair — with this video tutorial!)

Jungle birthday party supplies

Make your drink table pop

Keep your jungle-goers fueled with the Explorer Energy Drink. Adhere this free printable to a clear beverage dispenser. (We love the kind with built-in bottoms that provide added height, making it easier for little ones to fill their cups.)

Our free printable leaf serves as both a decoration and a spill-catcher under the beverage dispenser. To complete the beverage station, include a mason jar of paper straws and fan out napkins in kiwi and orange to complement the paper cups. As an added touch, we filled a larger mason jar with river rocks and a cluster of jungle leaves to bring the jungle theme to life.

Jungle birthday party drink dispenser
Jungle theme birthday drink table

Include a food spread fit for a king (of the jungle)

Jungle theme birthday party food
Jungle theme birthday cake

We didn’t monkey around when it came to the food table. Little herbivores will love these snack-sized veggie cups with ranch dressing, broccoli and baby carrots. Mix it up with an assortment of veggies for a healthy, kid-approved snack. To add dimension on both the table and the wall, we incorporated in coordinating colors.

Healthy birthday party food

Free leaf


Wooden crates serve as pedestals for the snack and candy jars, which are filled with jungle themed treats including animal crackers, green rock candy, gumballs, and banana-shaped candies.

Jungle theme birthday treats
Jungle birthday party cupcakes

We also used an elephant-shaped cookie cutter to make these fun mini PB&J sandwiches. (Tip: It’s much easier to cut the bread BEFORE assembling the sandwich.) Bananas also make easy-to-grab snacks and are perfect for your jungle party décor.

Easy jungle birthday party ideas

A birthday celebration calls for cake and cupcakes, so we made delicious sweets topped with jungle animal toys. If you choose to use a non-food safe cake topper, it’s a good idea to coat any part of it that touches the cake with a food safe barrier.

Jungle party birthday cake
Jungle party cupcake ideas

Wow your guests with an impressive dining table

We started creating our dining table using a green plastic tablecloth with a burlap runner. We like to use our kiwi green table decorations to help make the table decorations pop! 

Jungle party dining table decoration

To make guests feel like they’re on a real safari adventure, incorporate decorative jungle-themed elements across the table such as the leaf printables, mason jars filled with river rocks and greenery, and plastic toy animals. (Tip: Use the toys as prizes for a fun party game, or allow guests to take one home.)

Free leaf printables

Jungle birthday party centerpiece
Jungle birthday party favors

Simple gift bags can be turned into thoughtful “thank you” notes for each party-goer. Just use these printables on full-sheet sticker paper and adhere to every bag. You can also print on regular paper, cut out the leaves, and glue them.

Thank you printables

DIY jungle party decorations
Jungle themed thank you bags

Every little adventurer should look the part, which is why we included these plastic safari hats that we ordered on Amazon, as party favors. Place one on the corner of each chair and encourage your guests to pose in front of the backdrop for the perfect photo op.

Jungle party plastic safari hats

And there you have it — a party as mighty as the jungle itself (that won’t cost you an arm and a leg)!

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