A Wild Affair: Themed Birthday Party Tips

The year is still fresh and some of you have already started making plans for your birthday. I don’t blame you though, birthdays are so much fun and the exciting part of birthdays is celebrating in style and sharing the day with your loved ones. If you are a parent then having a good birthday for your child should be on your to-do list and trust me your kid will be the happiest.

I have planned a ton of my birthdays for my friends, my nieces and nephews and the list goes on. I recently helped in planning a joint birthday with my sisters for my 6 year old niece and 2 year old nephew. So today I will share with you all not treats but all the tips and tricks when it comes to planning a themed birthday party for your young ones.

Have a Budget

This is the most essential part of the planning process because without a budget, you are bound to get a little messy. Once you’ve decided how much you are willing to invest in the party then everything else will flow smoothly plus you will also not get carried away with going overboard and end up spending too much.

Pick a Theme

Now this is the first exciting part when it comes to planning. You should always have a theme because it’s the perfect guide to getting your stuff and getting decorating ideas. Picking a theme will also help you pick your go to colours. For this birthday, it was a jungle theme and the colours were green and yellow with a touch of white and orange.

The 6 year old birthday girl was a cheetah in the jungle while the 2 year old birthday boy was ‘The King of the Jungle’. The child’s personality and the things he/she likes can help you pick the theme and the theme could literally be anything. E.g. If your child likes candy then you could have a candy land theme or maybe he is into lego then you could have a ‘Bob the builder’ theme so it all goes down to your child’s interest. And kids these days know exactly what they want so it should not be so hard.

Find a Good Venue

Finding a venue for the birthday party is pretty crucial. If you can get a venue that matches the theme then it would be amazing but you can also have the party in your garden, living room maybe. It’s all about picking a good spot and putting the theme together. The venue for the jungle themed birthday party was at Big Square Nyali Cinemax and it served as a great spot.

Source Items

After finding the perfect venue for the birthday party now you need to source items that will match your theme and venue. If the venue is small, you might want to go easy on the items you get. Like we don’t expect you to get a bouncing castle yet the party is in your living room. Sourcing the perfect items can also be tricky sometimes but take it one step at a time.

Decide what you want to get and don’t be shy to ask around. Most of the things that my sisters got for the jungle birthday were from house of leather in Nairobi and since we could not find everything to match the theme, they ordered the plates, glasses and masks from Dar-e-Salam, Tanzania. Nawal Centre in Mombasa was also very resourceful in terms of balloons and other decorating stuff.
To add a personal touch, the gift bags were customised. Toys and gift shops are a good place to get items also, plus there are so many online shops on social media platforms that you could get cool items from.

Get Ideas

Go online and find all sorts of ideas that match your theme. Pintrest is usually a great sport when it comes to ideas. This can help you get decorating ideas, setting up your venue and the props you can use. You could also get DIY ideas and make some of the things to make the items more personalised. Check out the cool ‘welcome display’ that we made ourselves.

Decor and Design

Now this is the part where you bring your theme together. You should have a vision on how you want the set up to be like and try bringing that vision into life. Make sure you don’t over decorate because then it comes off noisy and too much. For this birthday the banner was the game changer and with the help of balloons, ribbons, the artificial leaves (we are environmentalists), animal print materials and the stuffed animals, everything came out exactly how we envisioned it to be. The candy jars also added an amazing colourful touch to the whole decoration.


Picking out the menu can be so confusing especially when planning for kids. Children are so picky so you might want to go with a menu that the kids will enjoy. Kids always love snacks and junk food so for the menu, the kids were served pizza, burgers, chicken and some fries: you will agree all kids love these options and Big Square served us amazing food. You could also go for snacks like samosas, cookies, sandwiches and so on.

The Cake and Lots of Candy

The essence of the birthday is The Cake. You should go for a cake that matches the theme and also tastes nice. It’s always a great idea to check out inspirations online that will guide you in picking the design. PS: bakers in Mombasa, please try and be around during the holidays, we have so many orders for you. And of course, if you want your guests to leave the party with a smile on their faces then you should have lots of candy in store for them. This should be the day kids get a pass to have as much candy as they want. Just kidding! Giving them too much of candy could get overwhelming too.

Party Favours

You will never go wrong with getting a little something for your guests to take home. It’s a good way to appreciate your guests and make them feel like they took a part of the party with them. Even if you’re on a limited budget, you could always get something small for the kids and they will always appreciate. And if you’re packing the party favours then it is important to sort them out according to gender and age: that’s if you got something different for the boys, girls and babies. This will make it easy when giving them out.


Games are the best way to get the kids active and socialise in the party. Children these days are always on their tabs, i pads and phones which makes it hard for them to engage in games and activities. Plus games are usually fun and the kids enjoy so much. And of course, the best part of the games should be winning a gift. Make sure you get something small and even wrap it up to award the winners. Trust me, this will be the highlight of the party.

Generally, once you have a plan for the party and execute it well, then planning a birthday for your child will be so much easier and you will also save a lot money and have lots of fun.

Things to Note

  1. Make sure you make a list of the people you want to invite and you don’t have to invite every single person you know. It’s just a birthday not a wedding.
  2. It will get overwhelming to do everything on your own so get your family and friends to help you out with the planning. If you pick the right people to help you then things will run smoothly. You could also get a planner if you are too busy to plan. Check below for a contact.
  3. Make a list of the items you want to buy and things you are supposed to do so that you do not get confused later and forget some things.
  4. Ensure you make all your orders early and also pick them in time.
  5. Do not forget to have plenty of water for your guests because after running around screaming and eating lots of candy, everyone is bound to get very thirsty.
  6. You might want to go easy on glass items and things that are not children friendly. Do not include glass items, tiny and sharp objects in the party because with kids running around, it might get dangerous.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Jundulah Zacky says:

    This is an amazing article full of tips.

    Liked by 1 person

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