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Birthday Party Planning Guide

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Transform your little ones party into a fun filled day with great giraffe theme games and yummy recipes that can’t be beat. Sure to make their special day a memorable one for everyone!

Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Party

  • Select Date:



    Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.

  • Create Guest List

    Just fill out the handy list in this guide!

  • Order Giraffe Birthday Party Supplies, 
Giraffe Favors & Party Activities

    BirthdayExpress.com is the place! You’ll find over 150 party themes, with party pack options for all of them. Expecting more guests? Choose our Pack Add-On option

  • Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts

    BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices. Look for our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts designed to match our party themes.

  • Book Entertainment (optional)

2 Weeks Before the Party

  • Order Cake

    Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.

  • Mail Giraffe Birthday Invitations

    Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.

  • Create List of Parent Phone Numbers

    Keep on hand in case of emergency.

  • Plan Party Menu

    Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.

  • Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies

    This guide has ideas that match your party theme!

2-3 Days Before the Party

  • Prepare Cameras

    Check batteries. Charge video camera. Buy film or video cards. Get Birthday Message Cameras for the kids to use.

1 Day Before the Party

  • Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice

    Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.

  • Childproof & Decorate Party Area

    Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.

  • Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas

    Invite your party child to help!

Party Day!

  • Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium

After the Party


Pin the Tail on the Giraffe

  • Yellow construction paper
  • Brown or black marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Blindfold

Draw and cut out giraffe using yellow construction paper. Color the giraffe spots and draw on eyes and mouth. Cut enough strips of the yellow construction paper for each guest to use as the giraffe tail and write their names on the back. Place a piece of tape on the back of each tail. Place a blindfold on the player spin him or her three times and the player to get the tail closest to the correct spot wins a prize.

Musical Giraffes

  • Yellow construction paper
  • Maker
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Chairs (one less chair than there are players)
  • Party music

Draw and cut a side profile of a giraffe face using yellow construction paper. Draw on eyes and mouth. Tape each giraffe to the back of a chair. Place chairs in a circle, be sure to leave enough space between the chairs for walking. Play some upbeat and fun party music of your choice while your guests walk around the outside of the circle. Once you stop the music the kid’s then race for a giraffe. The player left without a giraffe leave the game and you repeat this until there is one player left. The last player receives a prize.

Backyard Safari


Take your little guests on an educational backyard safari! Simply place animal cut-outs throughout your yard. You can also get creative by making your own animal cut outs using construction paper, markers, and paint. Once you have placed them through the yard take the group on a safari. Have each child point out the animals and try to name them. Make it even more educational by telling the group something about each animal like their habitats or whether the travel in groups or not. At the end of the safari have a table set up with little toy animals for your guests to choose from for a cool take home gift.

Giraffe Puzzle Race

  • Poster board
  • 2-Giraffe posters (optional)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Your little guests will love this game it’s educational and fun! Glue two posters of giraffes to two poster boards or get creative and draw the giraffes on the poster boards. Cut the poster boards into large puzzle piece shapes. Split your guests into two teams and when you say “go” the teams work together to complete the puzzle. The team to complete the puzzle the fastest wins a small prize.


Giraffe Sugar Cookies

Estimated Total Time: 25 minutes

  • Premade sugar cookie dough
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Icing bag with single icing tip
  • Giraffe shape cookie cutter
  • Non-stick baking sheet

Roll out dough until it is slightly thicker than edge of cookie cutter. Cut using cookie cutter and place on a non stick baking sheet. Bake as directed on the package and cool on a wire rack. Empty frosting into icing bag and pipe giraffe eyes, ears, mouth, and spots.

PB & J Giraffe Sandwiches

Estimated Total Time: 10 minutes

  • Bread
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Giraffe shape cookie cutter
  • Serving platter

Spread peanut butter and jelly onto a slice of bread and close with dry slice. Cut sandwiches using giraffe shape cookie cutter. Serve either on a platter of individually.

Ants on a Log

Estimated Total Time: 10 minutes

  • Celery
  • Peanut Butter
  • Raisins or chocolate chips
  • Serving tray

Clean and cut celery into 3 inch sticks. Spread a light layer of peanut butter across each celery stick. Place raisins or chocolate chips across the peanut butter.

Fruit Salad

Estimated Total Time: 15 minutes

  • Fruit of your choice
  • Knife
  • Serving bowl

Wash and cut each piece of fruit into small to medium size slices. Place into a serving bowl. Mix contents and serve.

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