06 Apr

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

As someone that adores bright colors and attention to detail, I’m just absolutely LOVING today’s Real Party feature – a vibrant & unique “Indian Elephant” theme created by the absolutely creatively gifted Jaime Curtis of Prudent Baby (who you might also remember from this clever DIY Cake Stand Tutorial).

And speaking of DIY, Jaime has also generously posted a bunch of tutorials on how to recreate several of the elements featured within this party – including the Fabric Silhouette Garland, the Kiddie Craft Station, and the giant Homemade Crayons!

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

Read on for tons of gorgeous, vibrant images – and all the party details, as told by Jaime

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REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

THEME
My daughter just loves elephants… most kids like to play “horsey” when they walk on all fours, but Scarlet calls it “elephant”.  So I knew an elephant party was the way to go.

She goes to a daycare run by an Indian family and loves Indian food, so the two seemed to work together to make a fun party theme, so a little Indian food, Indian music, and a bunch of elephants made for a super fun day in our backyard!

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

DÉCOR
I rented tables (including one at toddler height), chairs, and bright tablecloths from party Party Pronto, and sewed a bunch of cheap, bright fabric together to create the ceiling “tent”.

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

I also added some tissue balls in bright colors and some theme-coordinating elements like the yellow lantern from Z Gallerie.

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

For the centerpieces, I planted flowers in bright 99-cent store buckets and covered the soil with white gravel, then added paper elephants that I’d decorated and glued to toothpicks.

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

I also made a few fabric silhouette garlands in the shape of elephants, one for the front door and one for the party space.

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

(Get the DIY details for the fabric garland here.)

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

DRINKS
We served an assortment of Indian favorites including mango, lychee, and coconut juice and (yum yum!) Elephant brand Ginger Beer.

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

We also served water and juice boxes with funny straws for the kiddies.

While we couldn’t get our hands on any actual Indian Beer, my husband did find this Belgian beer called India Pale Ale at World Market.

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

We also made a Mango Lassi recipe created by my friend Chitra at The ABCD’s of Cooking.

FOOD
We hit up local market India Sweets & Spices for mango, mint, and coriander chutneys, some imported snack mixes (being careful to keep the spice to a minimum for toddler mouths), and unbaked papadams as well as some Sri Lankan sesame candies (we love anything sesame in our house!).

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

I picked up some easy-peasy Samosas, Raita, and naan-style bread at Trader Joe’s, and throughout the party my girls Erin from Mix Tape and Kelly from Yes, Please threw the Papadams and Samosas in the oven for ten minutes or so to replenish the tables. My mom made curried chicken wings and delicious quinoa salad for the vegetarians.

For sweets, Cuppielove provided the adorable and delicious cupcakes:

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

I also whipped up some homemade marshmallows made with Prudent Baby’s recipe, and some elephant-shaped candies made using a candy mold found on Amazon.

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

FAVORS
Our favor bags included a homemade giant crayon shaped like an elephant (DIY details here), a pair of shiny sunglasses (8 for $2 at Walmart), a couple elephant stickers, a homemade elephant lolly (also made from a candy mold found on Amazon) and some elephant confetti.

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

We also made a little treat bag for the grown-ups with some shiny bangles from Forever 21, and few elephant trunks found on amazon scattered about lent a silly touch!

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

{Kelly of Yes, Please design created the cute elephant graphic for the favor bags, as well as the party invitation.}

ENTERTAINMENT
My husband created a playlist of amazing modern Indian music from Dublab that we rocked out to, and we rented a bouncy house from Party Pronto.

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

We also created a little craft station for the kiddies to decorate their own elephants, and then hung them to dry with wooden clothespins.”

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

(Get the DIY details for the craft station here.)

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Thanks again to Jaime for all the fabulous, colorful party inspiration!

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23Comments

1
Elisha Akram SAYS:

What an awesome party! Love the colors !

Reply April 6, 2010 at 7:22 pm

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Megan SAYS:

What a cute idea! I love the make-shift cake pedastal using a platter held up by candle sticks. And the elephant crayons are adorable!

Reply April 6, 2010 at 8:50 pm

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Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

Simply gorgeous, beautiful vibrant colors.
It is a great pleasure Jenn to start my day by reading your amazing posts. How is your baby girl?, bless her.

Reply April 6, 2010 at 10:10 pm

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Ludmila {CreamyLife.com} SAYS:

Oh my God! I’m in love with these bright colors! Haven’t seen such a cheerful party theme in awhile! And the babies are so so cute!

Reply April 7, 2010 at 4:14 am

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Kim SAYS:

Moroccan is so fun because you get to use so many fab rich colors! Love it!

Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
party inspiration

Reply April 7, 2010 at 5:12 am

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Katy SAYS:

I just LOVE the elephant crayon idea! That gives me so many ideas for my friends’ kids!

Reply April 7, 2010 at 8:28 am

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Being Wife SAYS:

Love, love, love all the wonderful use of colors! This wife is totally in love with the unique homemade crayons (great idea)!

Reply April 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

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Sandy SAYS:

this is sooo stinking adorable! i love all the colors!!

Reply April 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

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Adriana Garcia SAYS:

Gorgeous party, I love the colors, and treat bags are so cute!

Reply April 7, 2010 at 10:12 am

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Kim - The TomKat Studio SAYS:

LOVE the vibrant colors!

Reply April 7, 2010 at 10:55 am

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Jessica SAYS:

LOVE IT! I especially love how a toddler likes Indian food. God bless them!

Reply April 7, 2010 at 11:51 am

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Jenn SAYS:

Such a neat idea for a party. And I absolutely LOVE the “excuse” to share another culture with the children. So neat that they all got a chance to try different foods and drinks than what they’re used to and listen to Indian music! Fantastic that they got to design their own elephants! Phenomenal!

Reply April 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm

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Paulette SAYS:

I used to recycle crayon stubs and pieces in a cupcake pan for my little ones. Great idea to use different molds to fit a theme

Reply April 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm

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Andrea Fraga SAYS:

this is beautiful, unique and definitely rich in color!!!

Reply April 7, 2010 at 12:58 pm

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SecondCitySoireeJen SAYS:

What a great theme for a kid’s birthday. It’s slightly sophisticated, but still fun!

Reply April 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

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