01 Apr

Stylish Golden Safari First Birthday Party

golden safari first birthday party ideas

This incredibly stylish Golden Safari First Birthday Party goes to show that a can of gold spray paint can go a long way in transforming a party! Jenny Raulli from Bloom Designs styled & DIYed so many beautiful details to create a party that not only her nephew, the birthday boy, would love, but that would match her fashionista sister’s great taste. I am loving how this party manages to be tasteful, elegant, AND still fun for the little ones. Thanks for the great inspiration, Jenny! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Lion topped chocolate Oreos & elephant topped cupcakes + Golden ‘One’ cake, crown & centerpiece
– Gold painted giraffe eraser drink stirrers & plastic jungle animals + gold glitter cheesecake shots & macarons
– Adorable cheetah print topped milk bottles with gold giraffe silhouettes & cheetah print letter cookies
– Wooden berry basket lunches, ‘Feeding Time’ snacks table & wooden ‘1’ sandwich container
– Pin the Tail on the Giraffe game, 21st birthday advice cards & animal cracker party favors

white and gold first birthday smash cake

white and gold animal print and giraffe silhouette milk bottles

golden first birthday high chair and banner

first birthday party entrance and memory cards

burlap door wreath and safari party invitations

gold glitter first birthday felt crown

gold giraffe drink stirrers and drinks table

pin the tail on the giraffe party game

feeding time food and snacks table

wooden one lunch sandwiches container

jungle animals party tablescape and Oreos

elephant party decor and cupcakes

gold glitter desserts table

DIY golden painted safari animal toys

animal cracker safari party favors


PARTY DETAILS as told by Jenny

I was so excited to style this party for my nephew’s first birthday. My sister is a fashion blogger and she has such a great sense of class and style. I really wanted this party to reflect her tastes. We settled on a neutral, gold and white color scheme and decided to use silhouettes on the printables and for the decorations for a safari first birthday theme. We spray painted dozens of plastic animals gold and placed them along with hydrangeas down the center of the table. Gold chargers, a burlap runner and white paper plates embellished with gold giraffe silhouettes completed the table.

At “feeding time” guest made their way to the lunch table. Adults grazed on salads, sandwiches and fruit and individual berry baskets had food for the children. Everyone grabbed safari soda, sparkling water or wine, all of which had custom labels at the “watering hole.” We spray painted giraffe erasers gold and attached them to the top of plastic sticks to make drink stirrers.

After lunch, dessert was served. On the center of the table was a simple six layer chocolate cake with a glittered “one.” All the rest of the desserts, including cheesecake shots, white chocolate covered popcorn, macarons, and tiger trifles in rippled kraft cups, matched the color scheme. Chocolate covered Oreos and vanilla cupcakes were decorated with fondant toppers which had elephant and lion silhouettes. Beautiful sugar cookies that matched the invitation and others in a cheetah print that spelled ‘Hudson’ completed the table. Tassel garland decorated the front of the table and a happy birthday sign served as the backdrop. The kids played pin the tail on the giraffe and loved watching Hudson eat his smash cake.



– Party Concept & Styling: Bloom Designs Online
– Invitation & Printables: Bloom Designs Online
– Square plastic drink bottles, tassel garland, straws & balloon: Bloom Designs Online
– Photography: Stephanie Wiley Photography
– Sugar Cookies: Bambella Cookies
– Wooden One: Ten 23 Designs
– Fondant Toppers: Edible Details

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Lisa Luebe SAYS:

Absolute party perfection!

Reply April 2, 2014 at 3:00 am

@bloomjennyraull SAYS:

Excited to have our Safari party on @HWTM_Jenn today
http://t.co/aFjKSmxCTl Please check it out

Reply April 1, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Michelle - I DO invitations by michelle SAYS:


Reply April 3, 2014 at 5:08 am

Gianny Ramon SAYS:

Where can I find the wooden one stand, (holding the sandwiches?)

Reply April 5, 2014 at 1:42 am

bloomdesignsonline SAYS:

It’s actually a metal stand I found at Home Goods and spray painted

April 16, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Carol G. SAYS:

Where did you find the golden giraffes tops (drink stirs) that are in the drinks?

Reply April 25, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Carmin SAYS:

they look like these ones just painted gold..

June 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

guest SAYS:

Is the cake a 6 inch or 8 inch?

Reply July 24, 2014 at 3:42 am

Diana SAYS:

I love the spray-painted gold animal figurines! Can I ask where you bought them from?

Reply October 31, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Jessica Navarro SAYS:

Where can Ifind the wodden #1 stand that you used to hold sandwhiches?

Reply December 2, 2015 at 1:47 am


This is a gorgeous party! Can you tell me how the birthday boy’s crown was made (or where you got it, if it wasn’t a DIY)? Thank you!

Reply April 5, 2016 at 5:09 pm

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