A jungle-themed party can be a great idea for children who are into animals, outdoors, or the rainforest. There are many ways to throw such a party, and it can be inexpensive and creative. A jungle-themed party offers lots of opportunities for creativity regarding the decor, the food served, and the games played; for instance, a jungle-themed cake can be made with the face of a tiger, or a sheet cake can be decorated with small plastic trees and jungle animals. Decor can be store bought or homemade, though it is pretty easy to make jungle vines, leaves, or even small trees with some streamers, construction paper, and cardboard tubes.
Many people begin the jungle-themed party with the invitations. "Passports" are a popular choice, which can easily be made by folding some construction paper in half, and writing the details on it. Some parents also suggest giving kids "stamps" in their passport when they arrive at the party or if they complete certain activities, like playing games.
The decor at a jungle-themed party can be simple as well. It may be possible to find pre-made jungle-themed decorations at party stores, but if not, there are a number of other options. Fabric stores can be a great place to find jungle-themed fabric, and a large piece can be purchased to use as a tablecloth, or as the backing for a game. Paper streamers and large rolls of construction paper are also inexpensive, and can be used to give the party a very festive appearance. Many people simply choose to create "vines" by cutting long strips of paper and then attaching homemade leaves to them.
The food at a jungle-themed party can be kept to the outdoor-travel idea; trail mix is a popular choice, but be sure no children have allergies to nuts. Gummi worms or "dirt," made from crumbled cookies and chocolate pudding, are great and fun choices that are well loved by kids. Fruit punch is popular; floating actual cut pieces of fruit in it, such as starfruit, can give it a nice tropical feel.
Games are also fun at a jungle-themed party. Many popular games can simply be adapted to the jungle theme, such as "pin the tail on the elephant," for example, rather than the more common "pin the tail on the donkey." Jungle charades are also a favorite, in which each child will have to act out a certain animal while the other kids try to guess what it is.