Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party Part I – Dessert Ideas

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas. Great for a Baby Shower Too! Jungle Cake, Smash Cake, Jungle Animal Cupcakes & Toppers, Palm Tree / Elephant / Giraffe Cookies, Banana Pudding, Berries, Bananas

Last week was a memorable one as we celebrated Daniel’s first birthday party. I can’t believe he’s one year old already! My baby boy is seriously growing up too fast so someone, please stop the time! Choosing a theme for his birthday party was super easy as his favorite toys (apart from empty water bottles, TV remote control & cellphones) are all the plush animals around the house from monkeys to teddy bears to elephants.

This Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party was completely styled by me – from choosing the decorations, designing my own banners to baking a cute jungle cake & his smash cake, cupcakes & cupcake toppers, jungle cookies and making all the finger foods (sushi included!). It’s a great party theme that I’m sure any kid would love regardless of the age and it’s a cute idea for a baby shower as well.

I wanted to make something special for Daniel’s 1st birthday but at the same time we didn’t want to go overboard and spend a fortune. In this post I’ll show you how to throw a fabulous jungle birthday party on a budget for your little ones. Plus you can print all the labels, pennant banners, jungle animals stickers/toppers for FREE!

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas. Great for a Baby Shower Too! Jungle Cake, Smash Cake, Jungle Animal Cupcakes & Toppers, Palm Tree / Elephant / Giraffe Cookies, Banana Pudding, Berries, Bananas

I wanted to share all food ideas and party decorations in a single post but it got ridiculously long so I split it into four parts:

In the following weeks I’ll also post full tutorials with step by step photos for the two cakes I made, fondant cupcake toppers and fondant teddy bear cake topper. For the other food ideas, you can find some of the recipes on my blog and others on some of my favorite blogs/websites…I’ll explain everything in detail in these four posts. So sit back, relax and get ready to enjoy all the photos from our jungle party that will hopefully inspire you!

Let’s start with my favorite part of the jungle food – THE JUNGLE FIRST BIRTHDAY CAKE

It’s a two-tier walnut cake (10 inch and 7 inch layers) filled with a delicious chocolate walnut cream, covered in fondant and decorated with fondant palm trees and jungle animals. This cake can easily serve 45-50 people and would have probably costed around $350-$400 if we were to buy it but you can make it for maybe $50 at home (full tutorial with step by step photos coming soon!). It will take you a few good hours to decorate it but hey, who’s counting the hours when you’re having fun baking and decorating! Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Two-tier Jungle Animals Birthday Cake. It's a chocolate & walnut cake covered in fondant and decorated with fondant leaves and animals - lion, monkey, giraffe, elephant

The cake topper is a fondant replica of our son’s favorite teddy bear.

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Two-tier Jungle Animals Birthday Cake. It's a chocolate & walnut cake covered in fondant and decorated with fondant leaves and animals - lion, monkey, giraffe, elephant

I made two of these, one for the big cake and the other for his smash cake. Check out the tutorial on how to make this cute little teddy bear.

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Teddy Bear Fondant Cake Topper

Talking about this, here’s Daniel’s JUNGLE FIRST BIRTHDAY SMASH CAKE. It’s a five-layer walnut cake (6 inches) filled with the same delicious chocolate walnut cream (full tutorial with step by step photos coming soon!).

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Jungle First Birthday Smash Cake with teddy bear fondant topper

And here’s my sweet little Daniel after he smashed his cake, we cleaned him and then he came back to play with his teddy bear, the fondant one that is :)!

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Jungle First Birthday Smash Cake

And some more jungle-themed dessert ideas… have you ever had two soft sugar cookies sandwiched with chocolate walnut cream frosting (same one that I made for the cakes)? If not you should give these JUNGLE COOKIES a try, they were a hit at the party! I used the basic Sugar Cookie Recipe from Sweetopia and cut shapes out with a palm tree, elephant and giraffe cookie cutters. I also made a few ‘ONE’ cookies using cutters from my Wilton 101-Piece Cookie Cutter Set… by the way, these are Daniel’s favorite toys in the kitchen! These cookies would be great as party favors as well!

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Palm tree, elephant, giraffe, ONE sugar cookies sandwiched with chocolate walnut cream frosting

Have some bananas around? Then place them in a basket and add a cute label named BANANAS FOR MONKEYS.

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Bananas

More monkey food coming up!

I made an easy BANANA PUDDING FOR MONKEYS. I don’t have a recipe on my blog but I like this Banana Pudding from Epicurious or this Homemade Banana Pudding from the Baker Chick. I adjusted the recipe a bit because I didn’t use any Vanilla wafers but placed half a ladyfinger in each dessert cup… just to keep things simple but still delicious!

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Banana Pudding for Monkeys

Got some BERRIES FOR HIPPOS from the farmer’s market (blueberries, red & yellow raspberries and blackberries), placed them in some cups and made a few cute Hippo Toothpick Stickers (free printable coming soon in Part III of my post!).

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Berries for Hippos

Moving on to the cupcakes…oh my, I had so much fun decorating these JUNGLE ANIMALS CUPCAKES. They were Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from Annie’s Eats. I’ve made Annie’s cupcakes before and loved them so decided to go with this recipe for the party.

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Jungle Animals Cupcakes / Jungle Animals Fondant Cupcake Toppers from lions, teddy bears, monkeys to hippos, giraffes, tigers and elephants.

I made every single JUNGLE ANIMAL FONDANT CUPCAKE TOPPER – from lions, teddy bears, monkeys to hippos, giraffes, tigers and elephants. Plus a few toppers with number one but you can personalize these based on your little one’s age.

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Jungle Animals Fondant Cupcake Toppers - lions, teddy bears, monkeys to hippos, giraffes, tigers and elephants.

If you don’t want to spend the extra time to make your own fondant toppers no worries, I’ve got you covered! You (can) will be able to download for FREE my Jungle Animals Cupcake Toppers that I’ll provide shortly in Part III of my post. Just print them on heavy cardstock paper, cut them out, tape them to ice cream sticks or toothpicks and pop them on cupcakes! Cute and simple decorations!

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Cupcakes with FREE Printable Animals Cupcake Toppers - lion, monkey, elephant, giraffe, hippo

After all these yummy desserts I bet everyone is thirsty so let’s not forget the JUNGLE JUICE! Buy one of those water/juice glass jars with a faucet or borrow one from your friends (like I did :) ). We filled it with orange peach mango juice but you could use anything you like.

Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas: Jungle Juice

Oh, I almost forgot, my Nutella Peanut Butter Monkey Cupcakes would be just perfect for this party theme as well!

Quick & Easy Nutella Peanut Butter Monkey Cupcakes | Roxy’s Kitchen – 3-ingredient cupcakes, easiest frosting ever and so easy to decorate with your kids!

Since I’ve been asked before what I use to bake and decorate my cakes, cookies and cupcakes here are some of the items:

And Daniel’s cute teddy bear in case you were wondering where I got it from :):

This must be the longest post ever but I truly hope it will help many parents out there organize an awesome Safari / Jungle Birthday Party on a budget. If you’ve found this useful I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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Safari / Jungle Themed First Birthday Party - Dessert Ideas. Great for a Baby Shower Too! Jungle Cake, Smash Cake, Jungle Animal Cupcakes & Toppers, Palm Tree / Elephant / Giraffe Cookies, Banana Pudding, Berries, Bananas


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  1. Jacqui says

    These are almost to cute to eat! I love the cake and jungle cookies. Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

  2. says

    What a fabulous party – I love those fondant animals on the cupcakes! Glad you linked up to #PartyTime – hope you’ll join us again next Tuesday at 6pm.

    • Roxy says

      Thanks for stopping by Layne, I’m glad you like them :) ! So happy I found your link up, I look forward to seeing all the ideas submitted at this week’s party and at future parties. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. says

    Happy happy birthday to your li guy! It’s amazing how fast they grow, he looks adorable! You did such an amazing job on this party! I absolutely love love love all the details! Way to go mama, you totally rocked it :)

    • Roxy says

      Thanks so much Elisabeth for your kind words and for stopping by! I enjoyed a lot coming up with all these ideas, baking and decorating :) ! Looking forward to showing you more of my work from the party in future posts. Hope you’ll enjoy it!

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