What fun and enthusiastic parents Danielle and Mikey are? They created a jungle dance party for their gorgeous girl Audrey. A fitting party from my old London friends. Danni said the party was Audrey’s request after a year of talking about what she wanted for her 5th birthday party. No pink damsels here. I love how the whole family transform their home into a jungle disco complete with UV lighting and fluroscent paper.
The theme: I adore this different idea for a party theme. Sharing a novel party like this is what I love about the MyKidsParty concept. Danni told me that, ” Audrey had been talking about her 5th party for a year and would come up with a different theme each week. Most of them were unusual – not the normal fairies and princesses. When she said Jungle Disco, I was pretty excited. Mike couldn’t wait to set up his decks for the disco part..”
Invitations: Danni is a wonderful artist who has illustrated a children’s book called Treasure. Danni made her invitations by drawing jungle trees with a disco ball onto paper. She then added the text using ‘word’ and had them printed.
Decorations: Check out the fluro jungle complete with animal eyes peering through the dark. Danni said they spent two weeks decorating one end of the house. How awesome is that! What fabulous memories their children will have of such adventurous parents. They covered all the walls in black plastic, as well as every window and doorway. Danni said the room was completely dark, even in the day. The family then worked together to make trees, flowers and jungle animals out of fluroscent paper and paint. They changed the light bulbs to UV and the whole jungle scene glowed in the dark. How cool are the jungle animals? The trees and tissue paper decorations look amazing. The kids would have loved it! All that hard work would have been worth it. Danni said they kept it up for another two weeks after the party and invited kids around the following week for another disco.
Party food: Danni had a smart idea for her party food too. No food wasteage and hours spent in the kitchen here. She gave each child their own goody bag, which included a sandwich, lollies, chips and a juice box. A fabulous idea which I want to use at my next party. It is similar to my sustainable kids parties food box idea. Danni also added a couple of glowsticks and other party stuff to the bag.
Games: Using their disco theme there were lots of music related games like heads and tails and musical statues. Danni said, ‘Mike deejayed on his decks and relived his party days. I facepainted any child (and adult) that was brave enough to let me near their face. The kids all came dressed up as animals, and there were a few Katy Perry’s (from Roar) as well. We did a lolly scramble outside.’
Cake: The cake was made by Jo from Scrumptious Cakes in South Auckland. It was a two tier chocolate mud cake. Jo dressed it in plain white fondant. Danni then used her artistic skills to paint it with jungle leaves and animals. Such a beautiful cake and wonderful to showcase Danni’s artistic ability. Danni said she made the fondant bow for the top too.
This is the sort of inspiration we need. A family working together to transform their house into jungle party land. Love how involved the kids were from coming up with the concept to decorating the house and then being able to continue having fun with it after the party. Thank you Danni, Mikey and Audrey for sharing your jungle shindig of a party with us.