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Safari/Jungle Party - Giraffe Party - Zebra Party Ideas & Supplies

Party Resource Guide
Presented by Event & Wedding Planners

A Zebra party is just the wild theme to bring out the fun! We had the pleasure of decorating for a Sweet Sixteen celebration using this theme, but this theme is also perfect for Girl's Night Out, Bachelorette, Man Cave, Graduation, Birthday Parties, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Proms, & Homecomings. Here are some great Zebra Party Ideas & party supplies for throwing your Zebra themed party.

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Pink And Black Zebra Print Balloons Pkg/100 8 Wild Safari Balloons Zebra Print Pkg/100
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Zebra Print Beverage Napkins Pkg/16 Zebra Print Cups Pkg/8 Patterned Flat Paper 4' Zebra 50' Roll
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Avocado Zebra Print Beverage Napkins Pkg/16 Pink Zebra Print Beverage Napkins Pkg/16 Oh So Fabulous Beverage Napkins Pkg/16
Avocado Zebra Print Beverage Napkins Pkg/16 Pink Zebra Print Beverage Napkins Pkg/16 Oh So Fabulous Beverage Napkins Pkg/16
Oh So Fabulous Lunch Napkins Pkg/16 Pink Zebra Striped Lunch Napkins Pkg/16 Robins Egg Zebra Print Lunch Napkins Pkg/36
Oh So Fabulous Lunch Napkins Pkg/16 Pink Zebra Striped Lunch Napkins Pkg/16 Robins Egg Zebra Print Lunch Napkins Pkg/36
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White Tableware Black Tableware Bright Hot Pink Tableware Kiwi Tableware Festive Green
White Tableware Black Tableware Bright Hot Pink Tableware Kiwi Green Tableware Festive Green Tableware


Why develop a theme for a party in the first place? 

Themes tend to improve your overall event for you and your guest. A theme will help focus attention on a main topic and provides a unifying factor which will pull the whole event together. The use of a theme will keep your affair from looking disjointed or like it was planned haphazardly.

The key to pulling off a coordinated event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair, it should be the subtle thread that ties everything together. Incorporate your theme into all areas of the event - the invitations, the publicity, registration, food, decorations, & entertainment to reinforce the overall effect. Then, get as creative as you can!

Setting the Tone

Setting the tone for your Zebra party can be easy with some basic decorating tips. Choosing your colors is the starting point to creating an inviting atmosphere.

Color Schemes

When using a color scheme use one to three main colors and build around these. If you choose to use only one color for your decorating, try to add little touches of another color or a lighter or darker shade of the same color to create a more pleasing effect. Adding little splashes of white, black, gold or silver will not detract from your main color choice, and the effect will be considerably more dramatic!

Our event planners coordinated a Zebra themed event where the colors were Hot Pink, Kiwi Green and Zebra-print. Both colors/prints were incorporated into the decor wherever possible. Our client had custom hand painted Zebra strip vases for each table as a centerpiece and balloon topiaries to float above each table. Each topiary was created using Kiwi, Black and Pink balloons and Black Zebra Print Balloons, with coordinating ribbon dangling below. For the entrance we used two balloon trees that framed the sign in board and place card table. The room looked absolutely stunning! Any color could be substituted for the pink like: yellow, red, purple or blue! So many choices!

The Motif:

The motif is the visual representation of your theme, which is created by the use of objects or symbols. These symbols may be repeated on your invitations, program, plates, or decorations. Sometimes the use of several different symbols will be used as components of the theme. 

Develop your motif using a list of words related to the theme. Brainstorm a list to create your pool of ideas. This list is very important for generating ideas that can be applied to all areas of the event. For a Zebra theme here are some words to get you started: zebra print, jungle trees, jungle plants, banana trees, exotic flowers, butterflies, birds, wild animals, safari, pith helmets, safari camp site, snakes, bugs.

The Mood:

Decide on what atmosphere or mood you want to create (funny, romantic, chic, manly & etc). This is where you want to refer back to the list of words you brainstormed. Add words to the list that will portray your mood. 


Incorporating texture will make things look and feel interesting. Using textures will amplify the atmosphere you are creating. For this theme you might use fur, burlap, rocks & etc. 

The Table Settings

Table settings are the backdrop for every meal, yet many hosts often overlook the importance of making that backdrop as appealing and functional as possible.

Rather than setting a uniform table, consider these entertaining tips to add flair to your event look:

Remember the tops of the tables provide you with a very large surface area and covering them with a beautiful solid color tablecloth or zebra print tablecloth is the easiest way to change the feel of a room.. It is also the most cost effective way to decorate. Linens and cloth napkins bring a rich feel to the table. Adding these accents in vibrant colors can make your dinnerware pop and bring a fresh yet festive air to your meal. A simple way to do this is to choose your favorite color and build a theme around it. Use monochromatic variations to make your decor shine.

When decorating the table, keep in mind that your dinnerware is the star of the show. Create a designer look when setting your tables by using a mix of solid colored and themed tableware. When dinner is over, be sure you have the perfect toasting flutes on hand.

You can use everyday dinnerware, but create a glamorous feel by adding woven chargers, chic beaded placemats or zebra print napkin rings.

A crystal vase for the centerpiece can elevate the table's elegance quotient. Fresh exotic flowers can be pricey, we suggests filling the vase with small colored rocks or seasonal fruit (limes, lemons, kiwi fruit & etc) for a festive yet sophisticated decorative piece. You could also use custom hand painted Zebra strip vases.

Personalizing your table is another accessory tip that will go a long way with guests. Add reminiscent decor to your setting with items such as vintage pictures. Not only will your table look festive, it will also be a fun way to spark conversation.

Filled Glassware like: flutes, goblets, snifters, votive holders and mugs provide a gorgeous addition to any tabletop. Set one at each place setting on tables, or group several together in the center of the table. To create a colorful tabletop, place different sizes of glasses, vases & cylinders filled with colorful sports drinks (food coloring stains glass) down the center of your banquet table. Fill glasses to the top (this keeps the focus on the glassware, not the liquid inside). Add colored plates to match.

An apple or pinecone with a small slit in the top make perfect cardholders.

Dress up place settings by stacking dinner and salad plates. Tie them together with a decorative zebra print ribbon.

Napkins will serve several purposes … great decorating in disguise and a delightful memento of the party that can be saved in scrapbooks for years to come! 

Show your guests just how much you care by offering Personalized Napkins , that complement your theme. Imprint napkins with a design that matches your theme.

Bring color to the table via cloth napkins. Give each person two napkins slipped into one napkin ring. Use two different colors, two coordinating patterns or one patterned and one solid-colored napkin. A colorful setting can be achieved with little effort this way.

Wrap napkins with a simple ribbon and set a large polished stone on top for the perfect finishing touch. 

Have your linen rental company fold your napkins in a special fold.

Napkins can be laid out on a buffet table, or can be displayed at each place setting. Place napkins in the center of each place setting at an angle, or unfold them and place them in glasses for a tall dramatic look. 

Tuck a single exotic flower bud down into a napkin.

Napkins can also be tied and bundled with cutlery. Tie with curling ribbon, gossamer streamers, ric-rac, strings of pearls, beads, ribbon, or a multitude of other items to match your theme, get creative! Try zebra print sunglasses with napkins tucked inside.

Table setting refresher

Lastly, don't forget the basics. With a full house and full table, you'll want to be sure the proper etiquette is top of mind. Here is a table setting refresh for the season:

Forks go to the left of the plate.

Knives go to the immediate right of the plate, with spoons situated to the right of the knife.

If you're using a bread plate, position it above and to the left of the main plate, and lay the small butter knife diagonally across it.

Beverage holders such as water goblets, wine glasses and cups, go above and to the right of the plate.


Decorating with Balloons

Decorating with balloons, is an inexpensive but powerful way to transform your party area into a festive space in minutes.

On our Balloon Decorating Tips page, we offer instructions on how to make balloon clusters, balloon garlands, balloon arches, balloon columns, balloon clouds, balloon palm trees, balloon fish and balloon flowers. You can also find directions for making rosettes from crepe streamers.

Fun with Glassware

Create custom glassware by painting a simple pattern onto a plain wine glass, using egg whites and a small paintbrush – immediately sprinkle fine sugar over the egg white pattern.

Fill drinking glasses – stemless wine glasses work great – with decorative stones, then place a tea light inside. Or, turn traditional wine glasses upside down and use them as candleholders. Use different heights and group them together for an elegant look. There is no such thing as too many candles. Candlelight is very flattering on everyone.

Fill beer pilsners with nuts, mints and other candy and use zebra print ribbon to tie a bow at the stem. Place glasses throughout the house so guests can munch while mingling.

Use clear martini glasses or margarita glasses to serve desserts, mashed potatoes, sorbets or other side dishes and tapas.

An inexpensive way to dress up your party is to pick up some specialty barware like unusual martini glasses or stemless wine glasses.

Boost the Mood

Being surrounded by flickering candles is a sure "fire" way to boost the mood. A room in any condition will look great illuminated by the glow of candles. Candles are a great way to pull together a sophisticated color theme. They add mood lighting.....Use candles, candles, and more candles in a shade to match your color theme. Use pillars, tapers, balls, and votives, fill all the tables with various sized candles and keep them lit throughout the evening.  Custom paint your candle holders with zebra strips.

Use unscented candles, so they don't compete with the aroma of the food. Remember that cooler candles will burn for a much longer period of time. Prior to the party, put your candles in the refrigerator or freezer.

Floating candles can be placed in a glass bowl, or several different sized wineglasses filled with water on a mirror and look absolutely lovely. Color the water with food coloring to match your color theme for a unique effect. (food coloring can be mixed to achieve just about any color you need!) Add candles, and colored or clear gemstones and enjoy the dreamy look you have created! 

Use Curling Ribbon for accenting your decor:

Curling ribbon is a necessity when decorating! It can be used to anchor balloons, attach curling ribbon clusters to accent balloons. Make into curls and scattered over tabletops for an inexpensive and easy decorative touch. Curling ribbon is available in a multitude of colors, and is easily "curled" with the blade of a pair of scissors.

Decorating with Gossamer

Transform any drab venue with gossamer (gossamer is available in a multitude of colors and theme patterns, and there are different widths to fit any of your party decorating needs). Zebra Theme Gossamer is a great option for this theme. Gossamer is a beautiful, lightweight "fabric" that creates a stunning dreamlike setting for your party when it is draped or hung. You can create fabulous decorating touches for your party with gossamer and it is very reasonably priced and holds its shape beautifully. You are in for a delightful surprise, if you have never used gossamer in the past for decorating.

Gossamer can be used in a variety of ways when decorating. If you are decorating a large area, or want to make any area look more intimate and festive use gossamer.

It is perfect for hiding the supports, corner posts and steel frame that often show inside of a tent

Hide unsightly walls, ceilings and doorframes with gossamer by draping, swaging, or covering just about anything. Wrap gossamer around columns, stair rails, or balloon arches in your theme colors. Twist or braid two colors together for a stunning look. Transform any room into fantasy location. 

Create a tent-like appearance in any room by gathering the gossamer at a central point in the ceiling and draping it to the walls. 

Use it to accent your table by swaging it at the top edge of your table skirting. Make bows out of gossamer streamers to hang on table-ends, chairs, doorways, stair rails or anywhere. Gossamer holds its shape beautifully and can be used at a fraction of the cost of wired ribbon. 

Use it to cover banquet or reception chairs. Drape a piece of gossamer across the top of each chair back, and then tie a gossamer streamer bow around the back of the chair. The bows can be cut to any length, and even look lovely with tails trailing on the floor. 

What can I do with Streamers? 

Decorating with streamers is fun, and it's an easy way to add a flourish of color to your party room with just a few simple steps. 

Instantly transform your room by draping streamers in your theme colors from the ceiling's center to the room's sides, then attach a cluster of balloons to the ceiling where your streamers meet. For added effect, twist the streamers after they are anchored to a ceilings, walls or a table. To create colorful two-tone streamers, place two different colored streamers back-to-back, and twist for a unique look. Simply twist them as you walk toward the wall, or anywhere you think a good place to attach your streamers would be. 

Streamers can also be used to accent tabletops by making rosettes that can be attached to the corners of table, they can also be used to make bows for gifts. 

Light fixtures are a good place to attach your streamers, add a small cluster of balloons and some curling ribbon clusters for a marvelous effect. 

Ideas for using Background:

For a zebra party transform any large room into a spectacular party place by covering a wall with a Jungle Trees Background.

Themed or solid colored background paper can also be used to cover walls, doors, floors, and windows. Background paper is available in rolls of seamless paper, decorative flat paper, or poly vinyl. The paper and the poly vinyl both come in a stunning array of colors, and patterns: stars, marble, brick, checkered, cobblestone, and water. 

Transform ceilings into a starry night sky with a star background paper in black or blue with gold or white stars! 

What can I do with Corrugated Paper? 

Corrugated paper can be used to "build" props and setting pieces like nothing else. Use it to make columns, faux staircases, structures (pirate ships, a fairy castle, a tiki hut, an enormous basketball. Let your imagination run wild). Cut out shapes and 3-D designs to fit your theme. Huge geometric shapes are perfect for a general color theme. Corrugated paper can be cut or folded, stands without support, and comes in a variety of basic colors. It is also available in different patterns like: brick, cobblestone, bamboo, lattice, shingles, & marble.You name it! 

Using Columns & Arches in decorating:

Columns & Arches as shown on this page, provide an elegant decorating touch. Columns look sleek and sophisticated standing alone or grouped together. Columns & Arches can provide a grand entry-way or a great photo backdrop, and also work well to section off a large room (food area, mingling area, etc.) 

Photo Murals

Transform a room into a large scene by using a giant Jungle Dreams Photo Mural. If your budget is low, but your dreams are grand, consider the depth of a giant photo mural. They fill an entire wall, and better yet, they provide guests with the most realistic setting imaginable. They also make an excellent photo background too. When else will your guests have the opportunity to enjoy the scenery of a Jungle in the company of friends? 

Add sparkle with Twinkle Lights:

Add twinkle lights to arches, balloon strands, columns, to gossamer swags and ceiling tents, table edges, around the perimeter of a room, and to hi-light signs, banners and corrugated cut-outs. 

If there are trees around (even indoors), add twinkle lights to the trees or make twinkle light balls by wrapping the lights around Styrofoam balls and place them in the trees (with an extension cord). This makes a really unique round light effect. 

Twinkle lights look lovely when strands are placed down the center of a tabletop. While a white cord blends well with most color schemes, if you want to stick with your color theme, try this idea. Remove the bulbs from the light strand, and spray-paint the cord to match your theme color. Tape dangling light cords to the underside of the table or to the floor. Lots of oohs and aahs will follow! 

Tissue Decorations an economical choice:

Tissue balls, tissue flowers, & tissue fans, will never go out of style! Hang them from the ceiling over your party area in a color to match your theme. They look terrific mixed in amongst balloons. If you are using just one predominant color in your decorating, they will look especially good as they provide an interesting mix of textures. Tissue flowers are a wonderful complement to the balls and fans. Attach tissue flowers to walls, doorframes, table edges, or tabletops. Tissue decorations are perfect for those working with a limited budget as they add bold splashes of color at economical prices.

Garland a must-have for any party setting!

Garland is ideal to mold around centerpieces, outline the edges of tabletops, wrap around candle bases and votives, garnish gift packages, twine through balloon bouquets and wind around columns.

Sprinkle it with Confetti:

No respectable party tabletop should be left without a sprinkling of confetti ! However, confetti isn't just for tables anymore! Try sprinkling confetti or sparkle powder in a color to match your theme on a dance floor, an outdoor pathway leading to your party location, in party invitations, or even inside balloons for a great, unique touch at a budget price. 

Luminaries an affordable alternative:

Luminaries provide an easy, very inexpensive tabletop decoration. The candlelight glows softly through the slits for a dreamy effect. Set three or four down the center of a table, with confetti scattered between them, or set one at each place setting. Line walkways, entry paths, room perimeters or stage fronts with these simple but popular decorations. 


The Music

What’s the most important element of the event? The answer is simple: The music!

Music can make or break the party and finding the best music within your budget should be a top priority.

Ask your friends and relatives for referrals for good entertainment because this is not the time “to let your fingers do the walking…” When you find a DJ or band, etc. you like, ask for references and check them out.


The Food & Drinks:

Children's Parties:

As the excitement is so high at children’s parties, most children under the age of 10 will eat very little, and the waste can be disheartening. If you are entertaining a younger crowd, schedule your party during a time when parents will not expect that their children will eat a meal…and serve only cake, ice cream, and a few other munchies such as mini chocolate chip cookies, pretzels, popcorn, cheese balls, and grapes (cut in half for toddlers). If you decide to serve a light meal, serve food that you would typically find at a mall food court -- pizza by the slice, nachos, burgers and fries, and soft pretzels. Name all the food and beverages to match your theme.

Adult Parties:

A beautiful table sets the stage for an evening of delicious food and warm conversation. Plan ahead and prepare most of the food in advance, rather than trying to cook everything at once. You'll feel less stressed and will be able to enjoy the party. Try to leave only one item for last minute prep - this brings everyone into the kitchen and sets the tone for a cozy, comfortable evening.

Simplify the menu, by selecting foods that can be served at room temperature. Try a red pepper or basil cheese cake that can be made ahead of time, and will be fine sitting out before the party even begins. While foods like fish or shrimp are delicious, they are hard to keep fresh if you are serving food buffet-style.

Depending on what time of day you will be serving food and how much you want to spend, you have several options for great food. The sky is the limit for choices, but here are some fun ideas: Choose foods that match your theme, if you will be hiring a caterer they can give you assistance with your menu selections.

Dessert Bar – perfect for afternoon or evening parties instead of a full meal.

Set up make your own food stations. Mexican (burritos, nachos, tacos, and more!), Baked Potato Bar, Pasta Buffet, Salad Bar, Loaded Hoagie Sandwiches Bar, Ice Cream Sundae Bar. Have all of the fixings and let your guests create there own favorites.

Serve all of the guest of honor’s favorite dishes.

Hold a potluck where everyone brings a dish and a recipe card. It’s never too late to start a new recipe collection.

Keep everyone happy. Make sure you check with your guests about possible food allergies and phobias, and then plan a well-rounded menu that keeps everyone happy and not hungry

Set a trend by offering a signature drink. Pick one that matches your party theme or colors. For non-alcoholic options -- and to make an eye-catching centerpiece -- try lining up colorful bottles of all-natural Sparkling Juice.

Brew up personalized specialty coffee drinks. Make it special. Many specialty coffee drinks are also easy to make at home, such as mocha coffee, gingerbread coffee, almond coffee and Irish coffee. Once you've brewed your coffee, personalize it further with coffee creamers.

In addition to coordinating your tables in a complementary manner, we recommend paying attention to the beverages you're pairing with the foods you're serving. Food can be great-tasting as is, but you take it to another level when you enjoy it with an accompanying beverage. "For a flavorful appetizer, buy smoked salmon. Slice it and serve it up on small toasts or crackers with a bit of cream cheese mixed with scallions. Salmon is delicious paired with citrus-based beverages, so serve it with Sparkling Grapefruit and your guests will enjoy the complementary flavors."

To engage your guests, set up a do-it-yourself bar. Instead of the old standby, make it a hot cocoa or eggnog bar. Offer different liquors, toppings and recipe starters.

Get creative with garnishes. Dip the rims of cocktail glasses in colorful sugars and complement the colors and flavors of a drink with fruit or candy. Freeze fruits like strawberries or grapes and pop them into drinks before serving for unique and delicious "ice cubes."

For creative, simple and fun bar table decorations, think sweet and savory. Line up martini or margarita glasses and fill them with multi-colored candies, small fruits and nuts. For a more cohesive look, use snacks that are similar in color and coordinate with your food table decor.

An inexpensive way to dress up your party is to pick up some specialty barware like unusual martini glasses or stemless wine glasses.

Create custom glassware by painting a simple pattern onto a plain wine glass, using egg whites and a small paintbrush - immediately sprinkle fine sugar over the egg-white pattern.

Use clear martini glasses or margarita glasses to serve eggnog, desserts, sorbets, condiments or other side dishes.

Fill beer pilsners with nuts, mints and other candy and use ribbon to tie a bow at the stem. Place glasses throughout the house so guests can munch while mingling.


 Theme Parties N More is a wedding & event planning company located in Cypress, TX. Our party & wedding planners have put this website together to provide our visitors with ideas for planning their events, this includes links to products that can help you to make your event extra special. In accordance with the FTC Guidelines we are disclosing that some of the vendors that we link you to, pay us a commission when you purchase products from them, but some of the vendors do not provide us with any compensation.


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