Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! An animal theme party is fun, creative, way for boys and girls to get a little wild.
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If you can't stage your animal theme party at your local zoo, you can still turn your place into a wonderland for little creatures with a few clever tricks. If it's Old McDonald's farm you're after, throw some hay on the floor or improvise with cut-up pieces of raffia (available at craft stores, and much easier to vacuum up when the party's over).
Use red- and white-checkered table decorations for that country look, and create centerpieces using small farm-animal toys. These can later be dismantled for party favors when the kids are finished eating. To simulate a jungle or the Sahara, think zebra or leopard print, mini potted palms (fake or real), bamboo beaded curtains, and strings of animal-shaped mini lights.
To add even more ambience, play either a CD of animal sounds or some Martin Denny. This master of exotica frequently featured animal calls in his groovy, upbeat music.