Zoo Birthday Party

Zoo animal cups
Jennifer Causey
Turn your kids and their friends into party animals at this bash for tykes of all ages.
Jennifer Causey
Jennifer Causey

A Children's Zoo

Decorate your house with lots of little animals to make this one wild party that your kids will go bananas for.

Jennifer Causey
Jennifer Causey

Hangin' Out

Choose from seven different paper-balloon animals to suspend above the food table, then mix in solid colored lanterns for added color. $2.50 each; pearlriver.com

Jennifer Causey
Jennifer Causey

Feed Station

Set up a trail-mix buffet so party animals can make and take a treat to go. Stamp paint-stirrer signs to label buckets of feed-inspired ingredients, like oats pellets and dried fruit, then add a stamped tag to brown paper bags.

Jennifer Causey
Jennifer Causey

Animal Parade

Paint plastic figurines with acrylic paint and use them to decorate your cake and favor table. Bonus: They double as toys for kids to play with at the party.

Jennifer Causey
Jennifer Causey

Wild Kingdom Cake

Cookies, gummies, and cereal bits morph into animals on this masterpiece of a dessert.

Jennifer Causey
Jennifer Causey

Caged Creatures

Hand out cute animal masks to each party guest. $6.25 for 12; orientaltrading.com

Directions for making adorable painted animal heads from paper and pom-poms.

Jennifer Causey
Jennifer Causey

Art of the Drink

Give paper cups a personality of their own! Use our downloadable templates to add paper animal features to drink ware.

Originally published in the May 2012 issue of Parents magazine.

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