Inside: Looking to plan a zoo animal first birthday party? I share all of the decor and food we used for a budget-friendly party for our son!
Hudson’s zoo animal party was the very first birthday party I planned!
I’ve since rounded up 50+ first birthday party ideas, but this one will probably always be my favorite because it was the first.
We didn’t have a lot of money back then so I had to get a little creative with the decorations and food, but I think everything still turned out great!
Zoo Animal Party Decorations
I made a lot of the party decorations by myself.
I got scrapbook paper from the craft store and used letter stencils to trace and cut out his birthday banner. I also used a large roll of craft paper to act as the backdrop and to cover our laundry room doors, haha.
I used that same scrapbook paper to make party hats for the animals. Cute right?
I got large and small plastic zoo animals from the dollar store and spread those out along the food table. I also spray-painted the bigger animals gold to match his banner.
What’s a party without balloons? I ended up getting colored regular balloons and a large number 1 to display by his monthly baby photos.
For his monthly photo display, I used the same craft paper from the backdrop and washi tape to give the display a pop of color.
I also made a cute tassel cake topper out of tissue paper and skewers. I wrapped the washi tape around mason jars to make them look a little more festive and used the tape to make little flags for all of the cupcakes (you can see those decorations below).
Zoo Animal Party Food
I made everything but the smash cake myself to save on cost.
Party Activities and Favors
For the favors, I put Mother’s animal cookies in striped bags and sealed them with stickers that I printed with his party invitations.
I kept it pretty simple with the activities and we just played a milestone game to see how much everyone remembered about his first year.
And then we did presents and cake!
Birthday and name banners: DIY
Cake: Schmidt’s Pastry Cottage
Cake Topper: DIY
Cake Stand: World Market
Cupcake Stand: Michael’s
Drink Dispenser: Smith’s
Straws, Favor Bags, Cupcake Liners: Bake It Pretty
Carnival Tent: IKEA
I had so much fun planning (and crafting!) for Hudson’s first birthday! It was a lot of work, but it was so worth it to celebrate with a room full of people who love our little guy.
Happy Birthday sweet Hudson!