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Coolest Noah’s Ark First Birthday Party Idea for an Amazing 1st Birthday

This Noah’s Ark first birthday party idea is the perfect party for a little one who loves animals.

Before you gather the animals and get ready for the flood of compliments and gifts :-) , take a look at these Noah’s ark supplies so you can compare and find the best deal.


Noah’s Ark Invitations

You can make a really cute Noah’s Ark invitation by writing on the outside of the card “The animals came in twos…” and then on the inside glue a picture of the birthday kid and write “but there’s only one of me!”, then add all the party information, etc. On the front of the card you can add stickers of pairs of animals (two elephants, two giraffes, etc.).

You can ask that the kids dress up as any animal. Write all the needed information on the trunk, then fold it up accordion style and also fold up the ears. You can write something like: “Join us on the Ark as we celebrate (baby’s name) 1st birthday!”. To make it cute, write some letters so that they’re flipped and look as if a small child wrote them. A cool Noah’s Ark first birthday party idea is to ask every guest to bring a stuffed animal to be part of Noah’s Ark.


Noah’s Ark Decorations

A good first birthday party idea is to provide stuffed animals and toys to play with (if toddlers will also be coming). Disperse the stuffed animals you have all around the party area. Hang animal print balloons, or just colorful balloons and streamers everywhere.

Use chalk to draw big animal footprints on your driveway and leading to your front door, here are some printable animal footprints you can print out:

It could be really nice to decorate with animal balloons. You can create your own by painting on the balloons with a permanent marker (for example a cow face and cow marks on a white balloon, or a duck face on a yellow balloon etc.). Then hang them in pairs – two cows, two duckies, two cats, two dogs, etc. If you don’t know how to draw – you can buy already made animal balloons.

A fun Noah’s Ark first birthday party idea is to create animal ears fastened to a headband for everyone to wear.

Noah’s Ark Costumes

Take a look at all the coolest homemade Animal costumes.



Noah’s Ark Icebreaker Activities

If there’ll be young kids joining the party, it’s important they have several activities to take part in as they arrive.

Animal Masks

(For the older kids if any are coming…) To get everyone into the animal mood, a cool Noah’s Ark first birthday party idea is to make animal masks from paper plates. Supply them with big white paper plates, glue or tape, scissors, felt pieces, buttons, sequins, markers or crayons, etc. (If you want, you can cut eyes and a hole for the nose beforehand in all of the plates, tie a string to both ends so that they can put them on their face, and then let them decorate). You can also print out these free printable animal masks:

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Animal Sponges

Here’s an excellent Noah’s Ark first birthday party idea. Cut animal shapes out of ordinary kitchen cleaning sponges (older kids will enjoy cutting out their own sponges). You can do this by tracing animal patterns on the sponge prior to cutting them out. For younger kids, parents will want to already have them cut out and just let the kids stamp them into washable paint to create pictures or they can take the sponges home as a favor and fun bath toy.



Homemade Noah’s Ark Cakes

Here’s a fun Noah’s Ark first birthday party idea for a cake. Prepare and bake a cake from a packaged cake mix just as the directions instruct on the package (in a round cake pan). Then cut the cake in half after the cake has cooled off and frost one side of one of the halves. Then place one layer on top of the other on the cake board. You will now have two halves of a cake on top of each other (with frosting between them to hold them together).

Trim the rounded side so that you have a flat base to stand the “boat” on. Gently tip the cake so that the trimmed edge is placed on the cake board and then frost the entire cake with the chocolate frosting. Next, cut a pound cake in half and using only one of the halves, trim the top, to create a roof-like appearance. Frost the “hut” and add it to the top of the ark. As a finish, place animals around the ark in pairs (could be animal shaped cookies, animal crackers, or just clean plastic animals). Remember to put the animals in pairs!!

Take a look at all the coolest homemade Noah’s Ark birthday cakes.


Noah’s Ark Party Food and Drink

First Birthday Party Idea for Food

  • Cut sandwiches into animal shapes
  • Tiger treats: Orange cheese balls
  • Animal-Striped Pizzas (you can be very creative with this one by making your own pizzas using alternates of white, yellow and orange cheese strips to look like animal print. You can also add toppings in alternates, like a row of olives in a diagonal, then a row of cheese, another row of olives, etc. for tasty animal stripes.
  • Pigs in blankets (hot dogs)
  • French Flies (fries)
  • Peanut Butter and Jellyphant sandwiches (Cut these out with an elephant cookie cutter)
  • Toad-slaw (coleslaw)

First Birthday Party Idea for Drinks

  • Alligator-ade (green Gatorade!!)

Tip: Make frozen ice cubes with raisins in them so it looks like flies are floating in their animal juices (the older kids just love this!)

First Birthday Party Idea for Treats

  • Monkey bites (chunks of bananas)
  • Rabbit pellets (raisins)
  • Animal crackers
  • Gummy bears and other animal fruit snacks
  • Jell-O with gummy sharks in each container



Noah’s Ark Games and Activities

Here’s a whole page with the coolest Noah’s Ark first birthday game ideas, such as:

  • Animal Parade
  • Guess Your Animal
  • Animal Story Time
  • Pool Babies
  • Animal Charades
  • and many more (including visitor-submitted game ideas)…

You should also read these VERY important tips to help you survive (and enjoy) birthday games time!

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