An animal themed birthday spread wasn’t planned for my son’s birthday lunch, but all family members had the same idea. Our son loves animals so it was no big surprise when we put a birthday spread together for him that turned out to be animal themed!
But wait, the bigger news is this: Our son turned 4 years old a few days ago. FOUR YEARS OLD. He has officially graduated from the toddler years. I’m mighty proud and trying to fight Mommy tears at the same time. Timmy is 4 years old!
Mommy: “Timmy, how old are you now?”
Animal Themed Birthday Spread
After a cozy lunch in the kitchen with family, my sister and I darted to the living room and banned everyone else from entering until we had prepared the dessert spread. We cleared the coffee table of books and what-nots and used it to hold Timmy’s birthday cakes.
*sings* On the path unwinding, in the Circle.. the Circle of Life…
To accent the food spread, we rounded up Timmy’s animal toys. They would make a great highlight to the coffee table layout as you’ll see later!
One of Timmy’s birthday cakes was from me and my husband. We welcomed the animals from Hundred Acre Wood into our home. We got this cake from Goldilock’s. It’s our favorite mocha cake. Yummy.
Deep in the Hundred Acre Wood where Christopher Robin plays…
Now my sister is a very talented baker. She baked two cakes for our birthday boy. This first one is a gooey chocolate cake with gooey chocolate icing. She also baked the cupcakes that surround the cake of gooeyness. They are also chocolate, and topped with cream cheese frosting. It looks like a very tasty sunflower.
See the animal themed birthday candles?
And the alligator keeping a close watch?
Now this third cake was the masterpiece of all cakes. Presenting: my sister’s Lion Birthday Cake!
RAWR! I dare you to eat me!
This leonine delight was also made of chocolate and covered with cream cheese frosting. It’s so cute! We had a hard time serving it because we couldn’t get ourselves to put the lion under the cake knife. We didn’t regret doing that in the end though because the cake was so delicious.
When the birthday spread was prepared, we called in the rest of the family. The “Happy Birthday to You” song was played as they entered the living room. Timmy was wide-eyed when he saw the coffee table spread, walked slowly in amazement towards his cakes and then smiled and laughed heartily when it dawned on him that this was all for him!
Sharing happiness with his Baby Jaguar
He kept giggling and rolling around the couch as we sang the birthday song to him. He was so happy! See the presents behind him? It was time for him to open his presents. It was no surprise to him and the rest of the family that most of his gifts were, what else, in sync with the animal themed birthday!
Animal Themed Birthday Goodies!
Timmy’s a voracious reader and so he got a LOT of animal books. He also got a puppy figurine to add to his animal collection. Thank you, family, for these awesome animal birthday cheer for Timmy!
All the excitement tired Timmy out, but he went to sleep that night with a huge smile and his Animal Alphabet book at his feet.
Still can’t believe we have a four-year-old. We’re looking forward to all the surprises this 4th year will bring, animal themed or not!
What do you think of an animal themed birthday? Have you thrown one? Come give ideas on how we can create the most awesome animal themed birthday ever! If Timmy’s into animals when he turns 5, perhaps we’ll throw a bigger animal themed birthday then!