Published on February 11, 2022 | Last Updated on February 11, 2022
Fancy something a little wild and fun for your next party? Then these Safari Party ideas could be just the ticket to your next adventure.
Balloons have come a long way since their static balloon bouquet days.
Choose from pearlescent latex to glow-in-the-dark, confetti-filled or pre-printed foil and use balloons to make your party pop.
Remember balloons are now available in almost every colour imaginable.
So, think clever colour combinations for creating a bright rainbow arch or tree trunks complete with a cheeky monkey or two.
Safari animal stickers make a great choice for decorating party favors or as party bag fillers.
Why not use a large zebra sticker for creating a simple game of pin-the-donkey.
Animal stickers can also be used to group guests into teams for games or preparing their own party food.
There are several pre-printed safari party themed tableware available in addition to solid colour tableware.
Choose fun, safari animal plates for younger guests and liven these up with zingy green or bright yellow tablecloths.
If you fancy elephants over lions, opt for silver tableware and use pink serviettes to accentuate.
Gold is great for older children and adults so think cheetahs, lions, leopards or giraffe.
Who does not love a bit of party confetti?
Think confetti poppers in party bags or to toast that special occasion.
Confetti is great for pouring into translucent balloons before inflating them. Just remember to do this slowly, that way you avoid spending hours sweeping up.
Similarly, confetti can be added to clear party bags or alongside tissue paper for gift wrapping – really making it sing.
Use a blank white backdrop and projector to show your favourite tree-top view or watering hole complete with sound for an authentic experience.
Alternatively opt for foil lettered balloons and a printed birthday banner to make the safari experience more personal.
Remember to leave enough time to order what you need and get it delivered.
If you are feeling creative, why not get the kids or friends involved and paint your own.
Hiring a photo booth is a great way to get everyone smiling.
Think goggles, safari hats or animal printed eyewear plus you get the opportunity to capture everyone having fun.
Pictures can be printed on the spot or sent digitally with a thank you for attending note.
You can also make your own using cardboard and some fabric, just make sure it is strong enough.
For a tactile safari party idea, why not consider hiring someone to showcase real live animals.
Or book to attend a petting zoo.
Naturally the handler must be fully trained and insured, but think how much fun this could be.
You can also use the selection of animals to plan and coordinate the colours of your tableware and food.
Just think mud-pie cupcakes or chocolate droplets.
This jungle inspired adventure can literally get you lost amongst the leaves.
Think bamboo, delicious monster and palms to recreate lush green foliage, gold sprayed animal accents and personalised bakes and mix it with rustic furniture.
Suitable for all ages, think King of the Jungle throne or is that camping stool?
Safari hats complete the theme and we particularly like the personalised name badges.
First Birthdays are rather special.
This Safari party idea uses a combination of animal print balloons with green foliage-inspired backdrop to create a fun theme for a birthday to remember.
Use a minimalist cake design; customise it with your name and favourite animal figures.
Both soft and plastic animal toys complete the picture, creating a safe space for babies and adults to enjoy.
Think Tropical and pineapples spring to mind.
As well as drawing you eye, pineapples say fun, party and summer drinks.
Use yellow balloons and palm and Ficus leaves to create a simple, yet striking centrepiece.
This suits older children and adults and you can design your own menu cards or simply write pre-printed ones.
Use pineapple straws and yellow to continue the theme.
Time to face it – kids love slime!
This sand slime looks like desert sand, but works like slime. Perfect for a safari party idea!
Mix until stretchy. If sticky, add more starch.
A simple table centrepiece ideal for adding safari animals and great fun too.
Binoculars are a Safari Party idea must-have.
Make your own using:
Cover the toilet roll tubes (inside and out) with black card and double-sided tape. Do the same with smaller, shorter tubes.
Use white foam circles taped to the ends, then cover the sides with black foam strips.
Attach the smaller tube to the centre using a hot glue gun, add yarn/ twine and fill with treats.
What is a safari without treasure?
Mix thoroughly and mould around small toys, jewels or plastic animals.
Bake at 175°C for approximately 45 minutes.
Use these as party favors or for a safari treasure hunt. A great idea for larger groups too.
Plastic Animal figures are an inexpensive way to bring a safari party to life.
Use these as party favors, inside the treasure stones, as straw decorations or as table decorations.
A simple idea for a great centrepiece:
Glue the big five (lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, rhino) animal figures onto a piece of wood. Spray with gold or silver paint and you have your own prize centrepiece.
Want to bring a plain wall to life?
Use some twine/ rope covered with leaves to create a jungle monkey rope backdrop.
Foil letter balloons can then be added to create the perfect wording whether that be the birthday person’s name or the starting point for the safari hunt.
These can be blown up in advance to save precious time on the day.
For these yummy chocolate bear paws melt together 1/2 cup butter and 170 grams chocolate pieces.
Sieve together 2 1/4 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Whisk together 1 1/2 cups sugar with 3 large eggs. Add to the chocolate. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Mix in the flour mixture. Place in the fridge to set – around 4 hours.
Combine one small and one larger ball to form the paw. Use slivered almonds for the claws.
Bake at 175°C for 8-10 minutes.
You will need a rolling pin, paper plates, green paint, bubble wrap, googly eyes, ribbon and PVA glue.
Cover the rolling pin with bubble wrap and tape. Combine shades of green paint (or colour of your choice).
Dip the rolling pin into the paint and roll over the plate. Leave to dry.
Once dry, cut into a long spiral strip.
Add the eyes, draw a forked tongue and voilà!
Enjoy these Safari inspired Games and Activities
Divide the group into teams. The first person bends, puts one arm in front of their face like an elephant’s trunk, and puts their other hand through their legs toward the person behind them.
The next person kid bends over, grabs the first person’s “tail” with their “trunk”, then extends their “tail” through their legs, etc.
Line up. Then have a race.
Similar to “Simon says”, ask guests to make animal sounds or move like animals. Think “Roar like a Lion”, “Jump like a Gazelle”, etc.
Make animal index cards. Each guest picks a card. Then act out their creature without talking.
Let the others guess. This will definitely get you laughing!
Agree a start and finish line.
Line up the guests and place a peanut on the starting line in front of each kid.
See who can push the peanut to the finish line first with their nose.
See which guest can roar the loudest and award special prizes for best effort.
Make different Jello-0 shapes in advance. Then group the guests into teams and see who finishes first. Use only your mouth for extra squeals.
Hide peanuts around a specific area. Sere who finds the most and award a prize.
Wherever you are, these Safari Party ideas aim to inspire you to take a new, nearly wild adventure.
Remember your sunglasses and have fun.