Stuffed Animal Party Ideas

  • Stuffed Farm Animals the Perfect Easter Basket Stuffers

    While the traditional Easter candy and other edible treats make great basket stuffers, a stuffed animal will become a lifelong friend to your children beyond the celebration of a once-a-year holiday.

    That’s why we want to encourage you to incorporate some stuffed farm animals into your child’s Easter basket this holiday!

    Froggy Favorites Basket Stuffed Farm Animals the Perfect Easter Basket Stuffers

    Children that love frogs will adore a frog-themed Easter basket full of treats and gifts centric to their favorite animal. Fill colorful plastic Easter eggs with frog trinkets like shiny necklaces with frog charms, soft green socks, and dangly key chains. Tie the basket together with this adorable plush frog that will have your child hopping around with excitement on Easter morning!

    Rainy Day Basket

    Spring ushers in rainy days, perfect for splashing around in puddles! Create a rainy day Easter basket full of fun activities perfect for a rainy day, such as arts and crafts, treasured movies, new rain boots, and an umbrella with a silly pattern. Your child will love celebrating “duck weather” with this fluffy yellow duck and a new yellow rain hat.

    Gardening Basket

    April showers eventually bring May flowers, but you have to plant them first! Gift your little gardener with their very own gardening Easter basket, complete with packets of seeds, shovels, a bright watering can, and some fun gardener’s gloves. Make gardening even more fun with a garden buddy. This precious brown rabbit will easily help make gardening a new favorite pastime for your little one.

    Soft and Sleepy Basket

    Young kids love soft things to help lull them to sleep, so filling an Easter basket with only the softest treasures is sure to please! Pack a basket with soft, fleece blankets and small fluffy slippers. Throw in some fun soft pajamas, a new bedtime book, and the perfect snuggle buddy lamb for the ultimate bedtime basket!

    Get a head start on your Easter shopping and head over to The Zoo Factory and select your child’s new best friend. Shipping is on sale for orders over $50 now through March 31st!

     

  • Tips on Hosting a Teddy Bear Tea Party

    Child Party IdeasThere are few things in the world as beautiful as the imagination of a child. If your child is eager to imagine, embrace it!

    A great way to encourage imaginative play, which can come with various benefits, is to help your child throw a teddy bear tea party.

    Think As a Child

    In order to start preparing for a teddy bear tea party, it is important to get into the mind of your child. Allow your child to inspire you. Sit down with your child and help them brainstorm party ideas. Make sure you listen to them, consider which ideas you can truly make happen for them. For example, if they want to serve chicken fingers, embrace it!

    Maybe they want a party complete with fancy dresses and top hats, or a more casual tea party with pajamas and a few favorite books. Don’t forget to invite a few favorite teddy bears to the brainstorming session; after all, the party is for them!

    Do the Work Together

    Consider letting your child “host” their teddy bear tea party which will give them an opportunity prepare for something. Take a trip to your favorite store to choose some affordable decorations. Use markers and papers at home to create several invitations. Let your child help you prepare a simple cookie recipe and assign them the job of “head taste tester.”

    Before the party begins, let your child go get ready for their party as you take care of the final touches.

    Be Sure to Celebrate

    Don’t be afraid to let yourself go and join in on the fun. Once you and your child have prepared the party, it’s time to sit down with their favorite teddy bear friends and take it all in. Watch them imagine and simply follow their lead. Most of all, don’t forget to capture a few photos of what will certainly be a priceless memory. Free yourself up to completely dive into your child’s world and enjoy, you’ll be glad you did.

    Hoping to expand the guest list? Visit The Zoo Factory for all different kinds of animals eager to come to the next tea party!

  • Tips For Throwing A Successful Stuffed Animal Party

    Kids at a Birthday Party

    As your little one is approaching their next birthday, you want to start thinking of a theme and a fun activity that everyone will enjoy. A stuffed animal party would be a wonderful option to choose this year. At The Zoo Factory you can throw a party with 8 inch, 16 inch or themed stuffed animals. As you prepare for your child’s next birthday, we have a few tips for throwing the party of the year!

     Have More Than Enough Stuffed Animals For Everyone

    If a child rsvp’s that they cannot come and shows up randomly at your door, you want to make sure that they can be included in the day’s activities. Accidents can always happen, especially with young children around. We recommend having a couple extra animals on hand, just in case there is any sort of mishap!

     Have a Variety of Stuffed Animals to Choose From

    When it comes to choosing stuffed animals, having a variety of options on hand is always best! Every child is different, so give them a chance to show off their individuality with plenty of different stuffed animal options to choose from. Remember, all girls don’t like ponies and all boys don’t love frogs. Have some different options for the kids to choose from so no one goes home disappointed.

    Have Fun!

    There is a lot that goes into planning a great birthday party, but the most important thing to remember is to have fun! This is an exciting and special day for your child, one that will stand out in their memory for years to come. Relax and enjoy yourself and the smiles on all of the kids’ faces as they celebrate your little one’s big day.

    Start planning your stuffed animal party with The Zoo Factory today! View our party packages online and search our site for animals that your kids will love.

  • Cool Extras To Use At Your Child's Next Stuffed Animal Birthday Party

    Parents are always looking for a way to make their child's birthday party memorable. Whether it is special decorations, a character themed party, awesome games, and prizes, parents of little ones want their child's day to be significant in every way possible.

     

    As we scour through dozens of Pinterest pages, get tips from friends and family and even take notes from the things our little ones say, we still may come up short on an idea.

     

    So what is a parent to do?  Cool Extras To Use At Your Child's Next Stuffed Animal Birthday Party

     

    An ideal birthday party activity is one that can be done with the group and can be a great "thank you" gift for attending. We are not talking about the traditional goody bags filled with candy and fun little trinkets. We are talking about putting together stuffed animals.

     

    Stuffed animals are and will always remain a favorite among little children. At your child's birthday party, why not allow all of the kids to stuff their own friend. This is not only fun but memorable for all involved.

     

    Probably one of the coolest parts of stuffing animals at the birthday party is not just the actual stuffing; it's the creativeness that is put into making the friend unique. You can allow the kids to use their imaginations and draw whatever they want on their animals. Maybe the birthday girl or boy would like all of their friends to sign their animal? Or they can draw pictures of their favorite things like sunshine, rainbows, flowers, and animals.

     

    In addition to fabric markers, we also carry home carry boxes which look like a little house for the stuffed animal and also wishing stars where the children can make a wish upon the star and then place the star in the animal before it closes.

     

    At The Zoo Factory, we have all of the above-mentioned accessories to help make the birthday party stuffed friends personal. For more information or questions on the products we offer, contact us today!

  • Pledge Time Fun With Stuffed Animals

    The school year is at a close for many college campuses but that doesn’t mean the planning cant being for the next year. Many sororities and fraternities are planning for the next pledge year and coming up with ideas to help their small family become one. Before pledges decide on a particular Greek house, they will want to see what each sorority or fraternity has to offer.

    This could be a very important time to show possible pledges how things are done in your organization, debunking the stereotypes that might come with Greek houses.

    Bonding experiences are the best way to get a group of diverse individuals together. Having a pet (like a dog or cat) is a great way to integrate people of different cultures or backgrounds but some may be allergic, and let’s be honest, college student life is not always the most ideal situation for an animal.

    To make them feel at home during this process have an open night for girls or guys to visit. While there offer food and drink, and entertainment.

    An interesting way is to utilize the building of stuffed animals to bring people in and see what Greek life is about. Opt for a social party, with the stuffed animal making process as part of the night’s activities. This will allow each individual interested to show off their creative side and ultimately show school spirit. This can include food and fun. If possible choose your school’s mascot and you can all have your own piece of the college incorporated with the Greek life.

    The Zoo Factory has a wide variety and selection of animal kits for a party like this or any type of entertainment function you can think of. Contact us about pricing or to put in your order today.

  • Giving Your Child "The Best Birthday Ever"

     


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    Birthdays only come once a year, which feels like a decade to children. Each and every birthday should be celebrated to the full extent and treated like a once in a lifetime day, (except once a year)! When your children are young, their birthdays should be even more exciting. You are not only celebrating the day they were born, you are celebrating the 9 months that lead up to your miracle coming into the world, and because of their bad days you are celebrating not sending them away to military school. Make sure you celebrate the whole day and not just at the party, there are fun and inexpensive ways to make sure your little guy or girl feels special all day long, below are some of our favorite to keep the excitement going all day.

    Balloon wall- after your child goes to sleep tape crepe paper to the door frame and fill it in with balloons. When your child wakes up and opens their door they will be greeted with a balloon wall!
    Pancake…cake? - it already has cake in the name so why not use it to start the day?! Make a short stack and top it with a birthday candle, who says you only get to sing happy birthday once?
    Lunch surprise- pack their favorite lunch with a special birthday note, don’t stop there wrap each part of the lunch like tiny little presents, unwrapping presents is one of the best parts to a birthday.
    Decorate your vehicle- use washable window paint to let all the other drivers on the road know you have the birthday kid on board!
    Pets can get in on the fun- if you have pet that would cooperate make a birthday hat for them to join on the fun
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  • 5 Ideas for a Great Stuffed Animal Birthday Party

    Animal Birthday Party Ideas

    All children loved stuffed animals, and all adults have had one when they were kids. We can all relate to the comfort and even support these animals gave us. So having a themed birthday party around the idea of stuffed animals is a great way to celebrate.

     Ask Each Child To Bring Their Favorite Stuffed Animal

    On your party invitations, invite your guests to choose their favorite stuffed animal to come with them. This gives each child  a sense of participation even before the party.

    Make Name Tags

    When your guests arrive, sit them all down in a circle and ask each child to introduce his or her stuffed animal. Then get the kids to make name tags to tie around the animal’s neck with a ribbon. You can get tags and different colored ribbons at a craft store, and give the kids crayons or fine-tipped Sharpies to decorate the tags and write their animal’s name.

    Animal Coloring Books

    Get some animal-themed coloring books and let each child choose an animal to color. This encourages the kids to explore their creativity, and when they are all finished, let each child talk about his coloring project.

    Pin The Tail On The…

    Make the shape of the birthday child’s favorite stuffed animal on some construction paper, and have the children play Pin the Tail on the Donkey. You can give the winner of the game a tiny stuffed animal as a prize.

    Animal Birthday Cake

    You can either make a birthday cake in the shape of an animal or buy one and place tiny plastic animals on it. After the cake eating, let each child choose one of the little animals.

    The love of stuffed animals brings children together. It is one of childhood’s great common denominators. And a party like this one involves all the guests in participating to make the party fun and creative.

     

     

     
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  • The Zoo Party: A Fun Recap from a Fun Mom

    pig farm stuffable animal for birthday partyToday's guest post is brought to you by  fun-loving, mom-of-the-year, Dana!  Dana is always throwing great parties for her daughter, and she decided to share her awesome Zoo Party Recap with us! Share your thoughts with us in the comment's section below!

     

     

    I tend to go a little overboard for birthday parties for my daughter. When I say “little” I mean every thing MUST match the theme that I started preparing the day after her last birthday.
    This year’s theme was “The Zoo”. I was on top of these preparations like a boy scout looking to get the next merit badge. Don’t doubt it, this was the checklist:

    • Venue – Local zoo party room booked well over a month in advance.
    • Zoo Cake – Another thing ordered well in advance with matching zoo theme.
    • Invitations and Thank You cards – Monkeys included for a “wild time”
    • Food – Fruit and Veggie trays made to look like a forest with lion and tiger. (The zoo provided pizza with the party automatically, which was a nice bonus.)
    • Plates and Cutlery – Animal face plates with color matching plastic ware.
    • Activity for kids / party favors – A menagerie of animals from The Zoo Factory.

    The children in the party ranged from 3-11.  The highlight of the party for everyone was stuffing The Zoo Factory animals.  The younger children had to have their parents help with the stuffing but that made the activity even more fun for them.  I was worried that a couple of older kids in the party might not enjoy the party favors as much but that wasn't the case.  They had just as much fun stuffing and playing with them as the younger kids.

    In the end due to my obsessive planning everything turned out perfectly. I even received a compliment from one of the parents that I should become an event planner because everything was so wonderful.
    In case you are wondering next year theme will be “Bubbles at the Science museum”.

  • Party Favor and Décor Ideas for a Stuffable Animal Birthday Party

    pig farm stuffable animal for birthday partyWhen you're planning a stuffable animal themed party, you have a few options for your setting. Some parents opt for one animal choice, to avoid fighting over specific animals, while others prefer offering an array of options to the kids. If you wanted to go for a particular theme, then you could choose a few options that relate to it. Alternatively, if you want to keep it generic, you could offer a wide variety of animal styles.

    If you have a myriad of animals, you can go with an overall farm animal theme. This is probably the easier option, as it gives you more options for party favors, snacks, and games. Go with the color red, it's often associated with barns. Give the setting a farm feel with cornstalks and hay bales.

    If you want to go the other way, and keep everything the same, choose an animal that you can work with.  For example, if you offer one choice, opt for a bear. Your child could have almost any theme decorations, and a stuffed bear section would make sense; it is versatile.

    Regardless of the decor and theme, your party will need favors. Offer animal shaped treats or cookies as snacks to take home, this is a good idea for favors because they're already taking home their stuffed animal, so a snack feels like a new treat AND it's cost effective. We can't promise other parents will love you for feeding their kids sugar, and then sending them home with sugar, but you'll be the coolest parent ever.

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  • Great Ideas for a “Stuff-Your-Own Animal” Birthday Party

    Stuff-Your-Own Animal Parties

    stuff animal birthday party ideas for kids stuffable animalsAll kids love being creative and personalizing their items, their living space, and even their clothes. To present them with a new toy, that they can create to be their own, is to give "the.best.gift.EVER".

    This is a great party idea for a few other reasons too. Specifically, the kids stay busy. Not to mention, "Stuff-your-own animal" parties are easy to clean up after, and they create a memorable experience for your child and his or her friends.

    First, look over our collection of stuffed animals; choose a wide array to give kids a selection. Alternatively, you could choose to go with the same animal, if you want to eliminate the possibility of an argument. When getting the supplies, be sure to grab a few extra in case of mistakes.

    Set up stuffing stations for the party, and include anything extra you deem fun. For example, since kids are making their own outfits for these animals, you can include things like rhinestones, sequins, and fabric paint to let them create custom fashions on their new friends.

    Work on the animals in the beginning of the party, because then you can create even more fun afterwards. One of the best ideas is to create a manhunt. The guest of honor, or the birthday child, hides his or her animal, and the guests must follow clues to find where it is hidden. This creates exciting, educational fun. The person who finds the animal wins a prize. You can give away a cool accessory as a great gift for the winner.

    A great idea for snacks is to bake cookies and decorate them like the various animals you've stocked up. If you don't have a hand for decorating, you can find some here.

    Create a pre-determined location to place the animals during cake and ice-cream time, to keep the animals clean. Finalize the party with a fairytale about the animals, highlighting each child's creation with a role in the story.

    We promise, you'll win parent-of-the-year award!

     
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