Ramona’s Zoo Birthday Party


We set the birthday party bar pretty high on Ramona’s 3rd. About a month before Ramona turned 4 (and about a week before Beckett came), we were in a panic about what we were going to do.

Obviously the house wasn’t finished to have the party there…unless you call no electricity and a complete construction zone a party. We decided it was best to have it where there was no threat of injury. Enter the Fort Worth Zoo.


Since we had an hour for set up and take down, we had to keep the decor to a minimum. We just didn’t have the time, so we wanted to make sure what we did was awesome. We used Caitlin‘s genius DIY of succulents in these geometric dip bowls. I used the picture from Ramona’s street art with “is 4″ cut from the Silhouette machine.

This was such a simple centerpiece. It took about 30 minutes to create the whole thing, and it was ready to put on the table. Bam. Who knew throwing a party could be easy?


It wouldn’t be a party without a Fort Worth classic – a Black Forrest Cake from Swiss Pastry Shop. It’s gluten free and totally delicious. We cut the “Happy Birthday Ramona” with the Silhouette. Instead of the using the letters, we used the cut out for a punch out effect. It was easier to attach to the baker’s twine and gave us a more unique look. That elephant image was used on the invite…which we will have up as a printable for you!


With little ones, cupcakes are always easier especially on location. I got 6″ candles since I love the look of giant candles. 6″ isn’t giant but on a cupcake the proportions make me happy.


Believe it or not Beckett slept through the entire party. That was back in his chill days like age 0-3.5 weeks.

So there’s our relatively fuss free zoo birthday party. Simple DIYs that made a big difference. The centerpieces made the space feel less like a classroom. The cake and food is always top notch with us (Nick smoked some pork…it was delicious). The kids got to go into the zoo afterwards. It was a win for all.

We are looking forward to sharing the invite and favor bag printables with you later this week!

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23 Responses to Ramona’s Zoo Birthday Party
  1. Love the decorations (and looking forward to the elephant printable :) )…..parties at home are great, but sometimes (like, say, when you have a new baby AND no house) having one somewhere else is exactly what you want. Gus’ party the winter Abe was born was at the nature center near our house.

  2. cassie says:

    so fun and is it weird that i am obsessed with her hair?!? can you come style mine?

  3. That’s pretty awesome. I wouldve killed for a zoo party. In fact, pencil that one in for my 28th. Also, she looks so grown up in that photo- too freakin cute!

  4. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Wow, you guys go all out! I’m not showing my daughter any of this ;)

  5. You guys throw the best birthday parties! I love Ramona’s hair and that sweet little crown headband! Did you make it?

    • Amber says:

      Thank you! I feel like you played a huge role in the party, so take credit friend. I did make that crown. I’m posting the tutorial on A Bubbly Life this week. I’ll post the link here when it goes live.

  6. Love it! Where did you get the geometric dip bowls?

    • Amber says:

      They were at Target with all the back to college stuff but have been clearanced out now. I wish I would have stocked up more. I have 6 white and 6 gray. They were like a $1 for 2 or something crazy cheap like that.

  7. Nichole S. says:

    Is it me or does baby B look like a mini Tom Brady? What the heck? Love the bday pics and Ramona looks precious.

  8. So cute! Looks like a wonderful day :) xo Kristin

  9. Anu says:

    Love the simple decorations. I’m sure they made the party that much more special. It looks like Ramona had a great time.

  10. This is just adorable. I love how you did the centerpieces. Such a cute idea.

    • Amber says:

      Caitlin really gets the credit for that! I didn’t take pictures of the ones I put cactuses in, but yep I totally put spiky cactuses in centerpieces for a 4 year old’s birthday. No shame.

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  12. Ramona is such a doll. She is SO cute. Her birthday decor is turtley awesome. See what I did there?

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