Best Kids Parties: Vintage Polka Dot Zoo

Best Kids Parties: Vintage Polka Dot Zoo

Carrie McBride
Nov 8, 2011

Anneliese's kids love the zoo and not only did she take them, she recreated the feel of the zoo at home. She shares: I am writing to share with you my daughter's fifth birthday party - a vintage polka dot zoo party in coral, yellow and grey with some rickrack thrown in. I wanted to evoke the awe and naiveté of the zoos of yesteryear: parks and wrought iron and nearly-domesticated, exotic wild animals! My children love the zoo, not just for the animals but the cotton candy and carousel too!

I hosted a luncheon in my backyard on tables set with tablecloths I made--grey and white polka dots and stripes trimmed in rickrack and used rickrack placemats and napkins too. I served kid friendly food: PB&J, jello cut in animal shapes, fruit, Fiddle Faddle, and of course, birthday cake. Favors were zoo pails filled with train whistles (for our zoo train ride), snacks and water bottles.

The fabrics are my favorite thing about this party--a darling Michael Miller "Kid Zoo" and polka dot. It was fun using them on outfits for my girl as well as table dressings. I also had fun with the printables including pennants for bunting, patterned papers, accordion invitations and cupcake toppers.

And after lunch was a trip to the zoo!

Thanks Anneliese! Readers, see many more photos of this beautiful party at Aesthetic Nest.

(Images: Anneliese/Aesthetic Nest)

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