We threw a little jungle-themed BaByQ for our new nephew last Saturday and I wanted to share it with you. He came early, I'm convinced, because he wanted to come to the cool party his aunt had planned for him. :)We picked the jungle theme because it goes with the bedding and decor in little Jackson's nursery.
In keeping with the BaByQ idea, we grilled out pineapple soy chicken, aka "lion meat" (so good!), had pasta salad, baked beans, "ants on a log", oriental salad, cheetos ("tiger tails"), zebra cupcakes, banana pudding (monkey mash), chocolate cake and "jungle juice" punch. Grandma Braschler brought the oriental salad, cheetos and chocolate cake, and Mamaw made the banana pudding! It was all so delicious! I'll work on getting up the recipes for all the good food so you can enjoy it too!
Zebra cupcakes. These are called "black devils." They have a cream cheese & chocolate chip mixture inside. Then just frosted with cream cheese frosting and whipped chocolate frosting. To make the stripes, I put the chocolate frosting in a plastic baggie and cut a teeny tiny hole in the corner, then just twist the top and decorate away!
and the food:
My sweet mother-in-law supplied all the paper goods - tablecloths, plates, napkins, cups, silverware, etc.! She is so great. We went with a jungle theme and used these colors: green, brown, orange and yellow. My parents brought down all the beanie babies the weekend before that went along with the theme and we used those all around the house to decorate.
Also, Claudia and I went to JBU's media lab and got some butcher paper to make vines. The media lab is a great resource! We got the paper for only $0.10/ft and got 12 ft of brown and 12 ft of green. Then, we cut each color into 3 strips and rolled and crumpled it up to make it look like vines. We hung them from the ceiling and walls to make a little backdrop.
I used fun paper from Hobby Lobby to make this cute little hanging sign.
I also found some animal print balloons from you guessed it, Hobby Lobby! Thanks to Todd & Jake for blowing them all up!
And used leftover paper to make a big welcome sign for the front yard.
These animal print bandanas were also from Hobby Lobby. I got that Saggy Baggy Elephant book to double as a gift and decoration (forgot to get it to you guys before you left, but I will soon, promise!!).