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Dora Jungle Birthday Adventure | Zoë Reese turns 2!

Zuesette Z By Zuesette Z  in Birthday

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Zoë Reese absolutely LOVES Dora the Explorer and so I knew I wanted to have a Dora theme for her 2nd birthday party. We found a venue that was perfect for kids all ages (Club One Playcare, Silver Creek Sportsplex) and part of their play area looked like a jungle. Since I didn’t want to do just a standard Dora party I thought that was a perfect inspiration for a Dora “JUNGLE” Adventure Party!

The invitation and other paper & stationery goods were created by me, Zuesette Zamora, and my business partner, Marivic Cagatao, owners of a custom-designed invitation company, Marizette Paperie {www.marizette.com}. Including: Candy Jar & Lollipop Labels. Personalized Favor Tags attached to a small jute bag with the Personalized Candy Wrapper, Custom Animal Cracker Label, and Custom Coloring Book with coloring pages featuring Zoë. Paper Cones, Personalized Party Hat, Birthday Banner, Welcome Poster Sign, & Zoë’s 2nd Year line of photos.

Crystal Lequang, from Amazáe Special Events {www.amazae.com} helped me with the event coordination and party décor. She helped in deciding on fabric for the tables (local store: Fabrics R Us), centerpieces (flowers were provided by Nicole Ha Designs, www.nicoleha.com) the arrangement & design of the dessert table, and added input to all the other details of the party (lots of the items were purchased at the Dollar Store and TJ Maxx Home Goods). All very inexpensive!

Zoë’s personal cake was designed by Jen from Jen’s Cakes {www.jenscakes.com}. She did a beautiful job in matching the theme and added a little Dora figurine to it as the final, perfect touch. To save a little on money, we baked & decorated our own cupcakes to give out to the kids instead of the personal cake (Baked by, aunt, Christel Minoc and decorated by aunt, Gail Castrence. We added Dora & Boots plastic rings as toppers that were purchased on { www.amazon.com }. (We saved the personal cake for her actual birthday the following day to eat with family! ) All candy and desserts where purchased from Sweet Factory, and Oriental Trading.com.

Her party outfit was a great find on Etsy! Phyllis from, Lillian’s Closet { http://www.etsy.com/shop/LilliansCloset }, was an absolute joy to work with!! I showed her the invitation of Zoë’s party and she created a the entire outfit to match the theme! It was perfect!! She catered to my EVERY need!!

I then went to Nancy, from Pink Bowtique { www.pink bowtique.com } and as always, she created a custom bow that also fit perfect with the outfit.

And finally, all the amazing photographs were taken by Quincy from Rock the Image Photography { www.rocktheimage.com }. He did an awesome job in capturing all the details of the party as well as Zoë’s 2nd year portraits!

It was so fun putting this party together and the great thing about it is that it can be interchanged to Diego to make it a boys theme (minus the pink, of course!)

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35 comments

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

  • Sweetz Creations  M

    Sweetz Creations M wrote:

    awwww...love it! what website did you have the party hats customized??

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

    Hello! Thank you for the nice comment!! :) Our company, Marizette Paperie (www.marizette.com) did all the stationery products for the party (including the party hats!) Feel free to give us a call or email if you'd like to chat more about them!

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    Shanna G wrote:

    Where did you find these small jute bags? They're adorable!

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    Shanna G wrote:

    Where did you find these small jute bags? They're adorable!

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

    Don't they fit perfect for the theme??!!?? I got them from www.papermart.com. Great site with different containers & bags!

  • Jennelle B

    Jennelle B wrote:

    I absolutely LOVE this! I want to do this for my daughter's 2nd birthday since she loves Dora. I love how its a jungle Dora instead of the typical one. Great job! I saw your printables on Etsy, I'll definitely be ordering!

  • Ashley H

    Ashley H wrote:

    I love the idea of a dora jungle party. I am doing Dora this year and I wanted to do this theme. I wanted to know where you got the tree branches that are on the table? and where you got the animal suckers from? And where? & what type of package you used to put the animal crackers in or did you buy them like that?

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

    Hi Ashley! The tree branches were actually from my florist. The animal suckers are from www.orientaltrading.com. The animal cracker labels were designed by me {you can purchase at our ETSY SHOP http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarizettePaperie And the animal cracker clear bags were bought at Michaels. Let me know if you have any other questions! I'd be happy to answer them for you!

  • Ashley H

    Ashley H wrote:

    Thanks for all the tips. I wanted to get some invitations and place cards and labels and candy bar wrappers made and the stickers for the big loli pops. I went to the website that is above and i sent a email i never got response back could you help me with getting these things?

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

    Hi Ashley! We normally respond within 24-48 hours and I just checked our inbox on Etsy and did not see any message from you? Im not quite sure what happened?? Anyway, I would LOVE to help you with these items! Looks like you can purchase the party package on Etsy which contains those items you listed above. If you have any additional questions before you purchase, you can email me directly at zuesette@marizette.com or call at 408.834.7884 x 2. Looking forward to working with you!

  • Ashley H

    Ashley H wrote:

    Ok thank you so much... I sent the email to marizette,I went to the website and onece I sent the email a message poped up that the company was on vacation but anyways thanks again for all your help and i will be contacting you vary soon :)

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

    Oh yes! I did respond to you! I sent it on thursday to your yahoo account! You might want to check your spam mail in case it went in there :) Let me know if there is anything else!

  • Ashley H

    Ashley H wrote:

    Oh ok I will check it right now... I am going to worry you to death about this party LOL :)

  • Ashley H

    Ashley H wrote:

    I cannot find the solid color large lollipops where did you get them from?

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

    Hi Ashley, I purchased them at dollar tree. It was around Easter time so they were probably seasonal colors. But you never know with the dollar store! Id suggest you check, anyway. Hope that helps!

  • Ashley H

    Ashley H wrote:

    Hey Zuesette my daughters party was this past saturday. I want you to take a look at my page. I want to know your opinion of what you think. I think my party planner nailed the theme. Thanks for all your help and your ideas of the party it was a success :)

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

    Hi Ashley! The party looks awesome! Im so glad to have helped! Hope it was as fun as it looked!!! Great job!! :)

  • Kara N

    Kara N wrote:

    Love..love..love this! I am going to send an email to you shortly, as I want to use your items for my clients party! I hope they are still in stock! Kara Norman Empower Her, Inc. www.empowerherinc.com

  • Himabindu C

    Himabindu C wrote:

    Love the decorations...Can u tell me what material you used for the backdrop..I love the green and did u use layered affect with flowers in the back of the green material? Love every single detail...

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

    Hello! Thank you for the nice comment... We actually used a simple plastic table top cover for the backdrop. The party was around Easter time and the venue we used had Easter decorations. It actually worked out great because the plastic table top was a little see through, and the paper flowers on the wall gave it a nice effect. Please let me know if you have any other questions! We see the DIY printable items at our Etsy Shop if you are interested in purchasing the stationery! ETSY SHOP http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarizettePaperie

  • Kimberly E

    Kimberly E wrote:

    Can these designs be customized? I would love to use your design, but instead of giraffe print I would like zebra print and instead of just having dora at the bottom of the invite having a picture bubble with dora and diego on either side of the picture. Were doing a dora and diego masquerade for my daughters 3rd birthday in september and I just want everything to be perfect, I saw your designs and fell in love with them they are everything I want for her party except its mostly dora and shes definantly a fan of both if not more diego. I hope you can work with me on this, of course I could always do some creative redesign if you cant. Thank you.

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

    Hi Kimberly, Yes, we can certainly customize these items!! Please visit our Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarizettePaperie and we can assist you there!

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    Shenika S wrote:

    Hello, I wanted to know where did you get the grass in the picture.

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    Hello, I love the cake and would love to have one made as close to this as possible. Could you give me any more detail reg. the cake? The name of the colors on the stripes ect. Thank You so much. By far the prettiest down to earth Dora birthday party I have ever seen!

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    Also, what did you put in your favor bags? Wondering what could go with this theme?

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    Where did you get the oreo cookies with the green filling? So neat!

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

    Hi Amanda, Cake: I dont have any exact details other than what is shown in the picture. Jen's Cakes from San Jose, CA is the one who created it. Favor Bags: The picture with the personalized coloring book, personalized animal cracker bags, and personalized hershey bars were all included in the favor bag. For do it yourself printables with your child's name on it, you could purchase it at our Etsy Shop for the exact design! http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarizettePaperie Oreos: They were selling the yellow cream filled Oreos at Target around Spring Time. I think they were a special edition for Easter. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    Thank You very much for writing me back! I am planning a similar one to yours. Wanting to get as close as I can but still make it unique and my own for my daughter. :)

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    I have another question, the dark brown lunch/dinner plates where did you purchase those? Are they paper or ceramic? Thanks Also, what is the name of the fabric you used on the tables? And where did you purchase the lime green dish the Oreo's are in? Super cute!

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    The green in the Oreo's what flavor were they?

  • Zuesette Z

    Zuesette Z wrote:

    Hi Amanda, I believe we just purchased those at our local party supply store. They are just paper plates. The fabric we bought at a discounted fabric store so I dont have the name of it. The lime green dishes were purchased at TJ Maxx Home Goods and the oreo's, as previously stated, were a limited edition during spring time. They were just the normal vanilla cream but colored. Hope that helps!

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    It sure did thanks again! This is the prettiest b-day :) And You have to love T.J Maxx :)

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    I have another question. Do you remember how many yards of ribbon you used for the b-day banners? I am about to purchase some and would like a close measurement. Thank You Amanda

  • Amanda K

    Amanda K wrote:

    And the leaves on the table, are they real or fake? And if fake may I ask where you purchased them from? And the fake grass is that a T.J. Maxx item? Thanks again