For Max’s 3rd birthday, we threw a zoo-themed party. It was a great theme with so many options for fun.
This is the cake I made! My most ambitious to date. My neighbor recently took a cake decorating class and she helped me decorate. I'm thrilled with how it turned out.
It's a lemon cake with butter cream frosting. The decorations are fondant, but the actual frosting isn't. I drew the lion face.
My husband cut scrap wood for the sign. The food was all based on zoo animal diets. Buralp covered the table and stainless steel bowls are trays worked as feed troughs.
I mounted animal postcards on chopsticks and planted them in the food. Peanuts for elephants. Watermelon for gorillas....
I made my favorite party pasta salad: Seashell Salad. Recipe is in the food section. It has avocado, mango and shrimp. Always a hit.
An old rice sack was filled with oatmeal raisin cookies. Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are a toddler fave.
Tropical punch for kiddos (mango, guava, pineapple and lemon-lime soda)
Our wheat-grass for juicing fit the theme, so we used it as a centerpiece. Sipper cups and animal print shades were party favors.
Not 100% healthy. We made popcorn and put cotton candy on straws for fluffy lollies.
The classic box of cookies for a parting gift.
We threw some blow-up animals and all our outdoor toys in the backyard and just let the kids find their own fun.
At the end of the party, Max opened his gift from Nana: a teepee!
We made out own cutouts with posters and mdf board.
Jack takes a turn.
Max as a baby giraffe.
The long shot. Everyone's favorite poster.
And Jack takes his turn. He's the next birthday boy. Thank goodness I have until September to plan.
It was a great party. Lots of friends, family and neighbors came to help celebrate. Max was spoiled by thoughtful presents. The best part of the day for me was watching his face as we sang Happy Birthday. He never really cared before, but as a three year old, I saw genuine delight beam from his face. It made all the planning and effort worth it. Happy birthday my sweet little boy, my little heart.