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The Most Amazing DIY Lion King Birthday Party

Thursday, 30 October 2014

When my second son was born, I already knew that the theme for his 1st Birthday Party will be LION KING! My husband and I are both Leos (by horoscope), and my husband really wanted a little lion cub in the family, so we planned it that way. Now we have 3 Leos in our family. Anyway, the party was a big success and I really went all out with many DIY decorations.
I'm very happy to share with you all my party ideas below, so give it a big ROOOOOOAAARRRRRRRRRRR! Incorporate these great DIY Lion King party ideas into your fabulous party for your child!!!

I realize that using Punchbowl is the latest trend, however, for this party I found the perfect evite on - check out my recommended sites under Everything You Need to Know about Throwing a Fantastic Birthday Party post and use this message in your evite:


Add details such as the date, time, and location of the event.

Costumes: Ask your guests to dress up as a safari animal (lion, zebra, giraffe, meerkat, etc.); this will help greatly with your decorations and adding to the Lion King theme spirit!
Decorations: I bought a bunch of props - streamers, fake leaves, grass, etc. - from the dollar store to set up the main decor table. The idea is to create something that looks like a jungle. I bought several rolls of orange and green streamers to create the background, then laid out a disposable green table cover on which I put all the green leaves, grass, and so on. Then, I looked for all the various stuffed animals I could find in the house that went with my jungle theme. I had great success in the kids toys department:). You can also place baby photo albums of the birthday boy on the table for guests to admire.

I also made a poster to put on the front door. Use poster paper and print colour pictures of the various Lion King characters, cut them out and glue them on your poster.

Regardless where you're planning to host your party, you want to turn your party location into a jungle meant for your loved king. Something else you could add to my jungle table above is a sign on the table that says "Pride Rock". I also played rain forest music in the background, and then music from the Lion King movie - Circle of Life & Hakuna Matata. Also, for my husband, I made an 'Hakuna Matata' t-shirt - just take a plain white t-shirt and use permanent markers to write the following:
"HAKUNA SOME VODKA" on the front and "IT MEANS GET WASTED" on the back - I alternated my orange and green markers - all the guests found this funny when my hubby greeted them. (Sorry, couldn't find a picture of the t-shirt I made.)

My friend also helped me make a huge balloon arch which was a prime spot for taking pictures. You can youtube it - type balloon arch - on how to do it. All you need is lots of two different coloured balloons, a few strings, something like posts to tie your arch around, and patience.
Last, but not least, I made a string of leaves with my son's photos 1-12 months and hung it throughout the house, it looked beautiful! Cut out a leaf template, then use green construction paper to cut out 14 leaves, and alternate leaves and monthly pictures of your loved one; then, put a tiny hole in each leaf and picture so that you can put a green string through it.

For paper plates, cups, napkins and cutlery, I ordered mine from I love to order from them; they deliver quickly, it's reasonably priced, and they have all kinds of birthday party theme accessories. Here is what I ordered for my Lion King party from birthdayinabox:


As I mentioned before, I also love to decorate with food. Here are some food decor ideas for you that will taste yummy!

Entertainment: I had different lion king theme arts and crafts stations set up throughout the house and we also hired a face painter. Face painting was a huge success. The kids had to pick an animal character to have their face painted. Lion was definitely a popular pick:)! Here are some of my ideas:

Cake: I baked one, my mother-in-law baked one, and I used bought animal cake toppers (see above) to decorate. If you want something fancy, and you have the money to spend, you can always buy/order one.

Loot bags: For loot bags, I bought animal party favour boxes, stamps (see above), a set of animal masks (from amazon), and used some unused small crayon boxes that I could find in the house. Each loot bag contained an animal mask, crayons and a paw stamp. And, I used all these for decorations as well. I put them all out on my jungle table and each child would pick their own when leaving the party.

Hakuna Matata!
Have a Fabulous Party!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own.

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  2. Awesome! We all know that the new version is also coming out next year. I am very excited to watch this movie with my kids. It is a good theme and even I saw one in one of the New York venues last week. It was my daughter’s friend’s birthday party.



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