Zoo Birthday Party Ideas

A zoo themed birthday party is the perfect theme for young children and should be bright, colorful, and most importantly fun! There are a plethora of different zoo themed party decor options available. This theme is the perfect option for an outdoor party, but can make a wonderful theme for an indoor party as well. Signs, plates, balloons, and cupcake toppers are some of the many decorations available on the market. It will be easy to find exactly what you need with this theme.

Zoo Invitations

calling all party animals invitation


calling all zoo animals birthday invitation


Zoo Decorations

It’s a great idea to start with stocking up on the party essentials. There are a large variety of zoo themed and animal print plates, cups, and napkins available. You may even find coordinating sets. Themed paper plates are not only fun, they make for easy clean up at the end of the party.

zoo birthday setup with soft toy

Of course, you will need more than just the essentials to make your zoo themed birthday party a hit! There are many different animal print balloons available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Make sure to stock up on different themed balloons. Balloons are a quick and easy way to transform your space into a perfectly themed party you want. They also can make for fun games for your younger party guests.

zoo safari animal birthday decorations

Balloons are not the only quick and easy decorations. There are tons of different backdrops available to transform any boring wall into the perfect zoo themed photo opportunity. Posters are made in all different sizes to fit almost any space that you can imagine. In addition, there are many paper cut-out decorations such as zoo animals and leaves!

Let’s not forget the streamers! Streamers in different shades of green can make for a beautiful backdrop or can be used to decorate the ceiling with vines.

Every zoo themed party needs zoo animals. There are many cardboard cut-outs of zoo animals available. Some are even life-size. These life-size replicas are the perfect way to welcome guests to the party. If you have a bunch of stuffed animals laying around, they can also be repurposed into party decorations.

Give each party guest a zoo themed mask or headband on arrival. There are tons of multi-packs available that include animals such as monkeys, lions, zebras, and elephants. The masks will allow children to have fun disguising themselves and also make for memorable photos.

Zoo Theme Animal Ear Headbands for Birthday Party Favors

Zoo Food and Drinks

No party is complete without food! A multi-tiered cake is the perfect way to encompass a variety of zoo animals and settings. Cookies can also be made to look just like zoo animals by using cut-outs. There are cut-outs available for many zoo animals such as lions, tigers, giraffes, and birds. Cupcakes with zoo animals’ toppers also make a nice addition to the dessert area. For a salty treat, you could set out “Cheetos for Cheetahs” or “Peanuts for Elephants.”

Beverages are a must! To add some fun to the beverage area, you can call it the “watering hole.” Tropical punch is a great choice for a zoo themed party. Some guests might prefer water. You can dress up your plain plastic water bottles with zoo themed wrappers. Many wrappers are even able to be customized.

Zoo Party Games

Make sure guests don’t get bored by playing party games. If you have a large open area, you can play monkey tag, which is a variation of the classic freeze tag. A safari scavenger hunt is also a great way to get people moving. Many zoo themed games can be purchased for indoor areas as well.

If you’re looking for a quiet game after all the energy starts to die down, sleeping lions might be the perfect option. For this game, everyone gets to lie on the floor and pretend to be asleep. If anyone gets caught moving, they are out!

A photo booth is also a great way to keep both young and old guests occupied. There are many different photo props for a zoo themed party such as animal ears, glasses, and even outfits! The backdrop could be a solid color or zoo themed. There are lots of options available.

Zoo Party Favors

Zoo Animal Party Favors

Zoo animal themed glasses or zoo animal crayons make for a fun party favor and a great photo opportunity. For favors on a budget, you can place animal crackers in decorative zoo themed baggies.

Birthday Party Ideas for Kids