My little boy has turned four! The little boy with the cutest dimples, the little boy I love with so much of my heart.
Tommy asked for a Safari Party. Last year we were lucky enough to visit America and go to Disneyland’s Animal Kingdom. One of Tommy’s favourite parts was the Kilimanjaro Safari Jeep ride through the ‘savanna’. He loved it so much we did it twice!
Tommy’s favourite colour is blue and he wanted a blue safari party! I was quiet happy with this request as I didn’t want his party being similar to William’s recent Army Party. We avoided all green and green foliage and went for a fabulous teal blue with black, white and gold.
Happy Birthday gorgeous Tommy, “You know you are truely alive when you’re living among lions.” Karen Blixen, Out of Africa.
Make sure you watch our video at the end of this post.
Tommy is wearing his special birthday t-shirt which was custom printed by Creation Station. He couldn’t wait to put it on the morning of his party. Tommy is riding a zebra Pony Cycle. We borrowed three from Pony Cycles Christchurch who stock a range of Pony Cycles you can hire.
Our spray painted gold safari animals were a fun DIY project. The kid’s loved helping to wrap tiny presents for the ‘party animals’ to carry to Tommy’s party on their backs. Each animal also had a miniature party hat.
I found the perfect second hand dresser and painted it in Hullabaloo from Resene. Fabulous colour and the name is fitting for a Safari party with all of the ‘Hullabaloo’ animals at the party would be making! I love how it turned out with the gold handles. The black and white striped backdrop was fabric purchased from Spotlight. My handy hubby made the black plinths for me as I had been admiring these in party event styling photos.
The adorable black and white baby animal prints are from Etsy store Sirrimirri. I printed them at Warehouse Stationary and then added the teal blue party hats to them. Love how they turned out. Our two big T’s were painted in Resene’s Hullabaloo to match our fabulous dresser.
Huge bamboo stalks formed the perfect savanna backdrop for the kid’s party table. The long white rag bunting I had made for Rosa’s party worked well with the dried foliage.
All the wonderful tableware from Pop Roc Parties made our table setting fun and fancy for the kids. We used Royal Event’s fabulous kid’s table and chairs.
Another DIY project was our party hats. My kid’s loved learning how to make pom poms and using the glue gun to style some pre-made party hats. Our milk bottles got a little string of teal cotton and a gold safari animal shiloutte. These same gold shilouttes were used on the walls too. They are made from a stencil and gold wrapping paper.
Royal Event’s gold cake stands and serving plates displayed our food with style. We had cupcakes, cake pops and biscuits from Cupcakes Galore and More. We had other sweet treats on our dessert table and later in the day the children also had a feast of savoury items like pizza, sandwiches, cheerios, bagels and fruit.
These amazing 3D biscuits are made from cookie cutters. I purchased them online from Modern Deal. Daddy Cake Baker used this Gingerbread recipe to make the pieces and then put together the fun Safari animals.
Our cake was made by Lei-Anne at Cupcakes Galore and More. I requested a simple white cake with gold shiloutte animals. We used a cake topper from Ruby and Seven and one of our gold spray painted animals to finish it off. It looked splendid on Royal Event’s cake stand.
We also had a biscuit tart cake in a number four. I have been wanting to try making one these after admiring them on Instagram. I gave Daddy Cake Baker the job of baking the biscuit tart and piping the cream. I finished it off with the decorations. This is the recipe we used.
Emily from Pitter Patter Parties entertained the kids with an energetic Safari Adventure Dance. All the kids were captivated for the entire time and I loved that I got to sit down, relax and watch them have fun. The sound track to match the dancing fun was great and Emily had fantastic rapport and energy with the kids.
After their Safari dancing the children were able to get a Safari face paint from the talented Stephanie of Colour-Me-In. Stephanie’s face painting was so amazing. Beautifully detailed and the quality of the paints was wonderful. We had an array of animal requests from a sloth to a pink giraffe and then three Safari rangers!
All the kid’s had such a blast on the Pony Cycles. Our long driveway was perfect for riding them on.
The children also made their own binoculars and had some fun with safari animal tattoos. I gathered up lots of party and craft supplies from the variety store Q at The Palms.
The children got to ‘Adopt a Monkey’ as a take home favor. The monkey’s all had cute little party hats matching our party colours.
The most important part of a party is the people. Sometimes it can be hard keeping party numbers manageable or wondering if you should have kindy, school or rugby friends. It was lovely for Tommy’s party to invite three whole families so all the siblings got to attend the party and the families could enjoy time together. It was also nice for us to have the company of lovely ‘life-long friends’ to help celebrate Tommy’s 4th Birthday.
Tommy, William and Rosa with their Nana, who always makes the best fresh egg sandwiches for our parties.
Make sure you watch our fabulous video by Emma Smart Creative.
Tommy’s T-Shirt: Creation Station
Furniture and Gold Serving Plates: Royal Events
Tableware: Pop Roc Parties
Cake Topper: Ruby and Seven
Cakes and Sweets: Cupcakes, Galore and More
3D Safari Animal Cookie Cutters: Modern Deal
Dance Entertainment: Pitter Patter Parties
Face Painting: Colour-Me-In
Pony Cycles: Pony Cycles – Pony Cycles Christchurch
Invitation: Design Queen
Restored Dresser painted in: Resene’s Hullabaloo
Black and White Animal Prints: Etsy store Sirrimirri
Party and Craft Supplies: Q at The Palms
Fabric Backdrop: Spotlight
Donuts: Coupland’s Bakery
Macarons: Good Honest Products
Photography and Videography: Emma Smart Creative
Rosa’s Dress and the boy’s shorts: Farmers
We love you Tommy boy! Happy Birthday!
“Here I am, where I belong.” Karen Blixen, Out of Africa