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How To Throw a Jungle-Themed Party

for all the wild ones

Your child’s first birthday is always a big deal (at least for you, if not for them). So when Vesta Lot’s son Bryce turned 1 in October, she went all outThe mom worked with party stylist Laticha Lovato of Unforgettably Sweet Celebrations to plan a Wild One jungle-themed bash—outdoors. “Well, October can be very tricky with the weather, so I was getting nervous because it had been cold the whole week, and I kept on praying,” Lot says. “The weather ended up being beautiful.”  

Guests were greeted with a book to sign and canvas with a picture of a lion sans mane, which kiddos could stamp with their fingerprintto create the mane. There was also a board that listed some fun facts about Bryce. The kids got their faces painted and hopped inside the bouncy castle to start the party with high energy. Other attractions included a cotton candy machine, popcorn machines and a balloon artist—Landon Stark, who kept everyone entertained with another performance. “The highlight was [Stark’s] comedy and magician show,” Lot says. “He was a hit with all the kids and adults, and he had us all laughing.” 

After chowing down on hearty fare from Hard Eight BBQ, partygoers were treated to a two-layer vanilla and marble cakeThe bottom layer was decked in tiger stripes, while monkey swung from a vine on the top layerThere were other sweet options as well: chocolate mousse shooters, red velvet cake pops, cookies and cream cupcakes (topped with animal faces), brownies, lemon bars—excuse me, lemur lemon bars—iced sugar cookies and brigadeiros. 

As the party neared its end, littles grabbed binoculars and clipboards to go on a scavenger hunt. Take-home favors included Play-Doh, zebra print sunglasses and a zoo jungle animal coloring book with crayons. 

“[My] favorite part of the day was seeing my vision for his birthday come to fruition,” Lot says. “It was just all in the details, toy jungle animals on the tables, toy snakes incorporated on the dessert table decor, and [I] loved how we incorporated stuffed animals in the decor sitting in crates like the real deal.” 


Event Styling
Unforgettably Sweet Celebrations 
unforgettablysweet.com 

CakeCake Pops & Cupcakes
Sweets by Selina Bakery
sweetsbyselina.com 

Brigadeiros
Brigadeiro Boutique Dallas
@brigadeiroboutiquedallas (on Facebook) 

Chocolate MousseBrownies & Lemon Bars
Uncle Willies Pies 
unclewilliespies.com 

Cookies
Creaciones Pazita 

Favor Tags
Cute Party Dash
etsy.com/shop/cutepartydash 

Custom Favor Box
Four Fourteen Event Design
@fourfourteeneventdesign (on Instagram) 

Photography 
Chasidy Nicole Photography
chasidynicolephotographydallas.com