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A Safari Birthday Party

Both of my sons are born in the month of May. Since their birthdays are fairly close, we decided on a joint birthday party this year (my oldest one turned 4 and my youngest one turned 1). And of course, we always need a theme for a birthday party! We decided on a Safari animal theme since it was appropriate for both a baby and also a preschooler.

Below are some of the pictures from the party.

Birthday Banner

Safari Passports

Goodie Bags

Paper Banner


Chocolate Cake

The Boys

Family Pic

It was fun but also a lot of effort to plan for this party. Mostly because I am an ambitious mother and had this grand vision of the kids doing all these fun activities, however during the course of the event the children just entertained themselves and I really should not have spent so much time thinking and planning activities for them (because little kids don’t follow rules you know?).

I had this vision of the kids coming into our house and they would be welcomed with a greeter which would take an instant picture of the kids (with my Fujifilm Instax camera that I purchased online) with the backdrop of our plants in our annex. Then the kids would pick out a Safari booklet that they could keep and place their instant picture inside – like a real passport. And then, the kids could fill out their info inside the booklets and also collect stamps by going around the stations that were set up. We had some games set up, but the kids weren’t really interested in them. We also had a craft area setup and luckily that was pretty popular with mostly the girls. The crafts were of course safari animal related. The instant pictures were kind of fun and I wish I had taken some pictures with the instant pictures installed inside the passport booklet (oh well!).

Here are some of my resources:

  • The animal scrapbooking decorations were custom made by Cute Cards (thanks Gloria!). That would be the paper birthday banner and the Safari Passport covers. I also had some cupcake toppers made, but I ended up not using them (we had small cupcakes which didn’t really work with the cupcake toppers – I’ll save them for something else).
  • Custom stamp for the passport booklets from Etsy.
  • I made the goodie bags with fabrics from the Alexander Henry 2D Zoo collection and I used this online tutorial.
  • Safari-themed balloons were purchased from Splash Toys.
  • Animal cake toppers are from Wilton.

Some of the items inside the goodie bags:

  • Animalz wooden toys
  • Safari animal temporary tattoos
  • Animal finger puppets (for the young kids)
  • Small Play-Doh tubs (for the bigger kids)
  • Candy!


Safari Finger Puppets

Well, I hope you all enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading!

P.S. I am officially back at work now. My boys and I are slowly adjusting but I am glad to announce that it is good to be working again. Yay for mental stimulation and for more income! :)

P.P.S. Today is my 8 year wedding anniversary. Crazy how much has happened within the last 8 years. 1 dog, 2 kids, 1 house, 1 car… 3 jobs for the hubby and the same job for me!


Baby Room Makeover

Baby Room

Well, I am finally writing a post about the baby room makeover. The room is more or less “complete”, however I still have a quilted wall panel that I am working on that I have not hung up yet. I guess I will “finish” it later.

I had a lot of fun planning and decorating the nursery for my second son. His room is smaller than my oldest son’s room and so I had to think a lot about how to arrange everything. The moment we found out that we were having a boy, I started thinking about the colour scheme already. Thanks to the hubby for painting the room!

I think I want to redecorate some more rooms in our house now. Perhaps I will redecorate my oldest son’s room (no paint though as it takes too much effort to repaint) if he allows me.

Here are the before and after pictures for comparison:

Before & After - 1

Before & After - 2

Before & After - 3

Before & After - 4

Before & After - 5

Anyhow, here is a quick recap of some of things we did for the room makeover:

  1. New paint in vibrant turquoise blue
  2. Made some curtains
  3. Made a lamp cover that matches the curtains
  4. Added the tree wall decal
  5. Moved the baby furniture in (from big J’s bedroom) – crib, change table, small night table, & chair
  6. Made a new cover for the rocking chair
  7. Mounted a wall shelf above the change table
  8. Made and hung a bunting flag
  9. Placed white bird silhouettes wall decor above doors
  10. Added a storage bin (thanks to my mom who bought the bin for us!)

I have also bought some new crib sheets which are not in the pictures yet. I suppose that once I finally put up that wall panel then I can take some updated pictures again.

If you would like to see more pictures, check out my Flickr set of the baby room makeover.

Thanks for reading! :)

P.S. Happy 4 months little j! (My little one turned 4 months today.)