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When my daughter asked for a sloth themed 10th birthday party, I knew that the Austin Aquarium would be a great location. Of course seeing a real sloth would be icing on the cake, right?!! Little did we know that the aquarium would be so much more than just a fun meeting with Sid the Sloth!
Birthday Party at the Austin Aquarium
Our birthday party included a reserved table which I decorated with all of my DIY Sloth decorations. Keep reading below to hear all about my DIY projects. We had a wonderful party host who helped with the setup and was on hand throughout our entire party to help keep things going smoothly.
There was tons to see and do as our guests wandered back to our party table. From marine life to reptiles to birds and mammals, exhibits and hands-on interactions are around every corner. Our party table made a perfect gathering spot for friends and family. We sang to the birthday girl, enjoyed cake, and opened gifts at our reserved table.
More Interactions For Our Party Guests
Our party host excited the group by bringing out a huge snake (eeekkk!). The kids and adults loved it… except for me. I kept a safe distance. haha!! Everyone had the chance to hold it and take photos. Throughout the Aquarium there were several animal encounters that you could purchase with tokens.
Sloth Encounter at the Austin Aquarium
As an add-on to our party package, the sloth experience was the highlight of the day! The birthday girl and her friends met Sid the Sloth. They fed and pet him while hearing all about sloths. They asked some great questions. I am sure this is an experience they will remember for a long time to come!
More Things to Do at the Austin Aquarium
There are so many things to see and do at the aquarium. Walking in the front door, you are greeted by the lemurs. Around every corner is another exhibit with tons of hands-on experiences. You can touch the turtles and feed the sting rays. Our youngest guests enjoyed playing in the play area.
Although the aquarium was very busy, there were so many things to see and do that it didn't feel crowded and the animals were still eager to eat!
DIY Sloth Party Decorations
When I plan a birthday party, I tend to go overboard with tons of DIY decorations, a cake and party favors to match. It's just so fun to see it all come together. I love creating birthday memories that my girls will cherish as they get older. Here's a look at some of the party details:
Screen Printed Napkins
With your Cricut or Silhouette machine, you can cut a piece of adhesive vinyl and use that on a screen printing frame to print your own party napkins! If you are new to screen printing with vinyl, here is a great place for beginners to start. I also have a full tutorial on how to screen print on party napkins. The Party Animal plates were from Oriental Trading.
Sloth Theme Party Favor Bags
Party favor bags with a draw then cut tag made with my Cricut Maker. I filled each bag with all the sloth goodies from Oriental Trading. The bags included:
- Sloth Easter Eggs
- Squeeze & Poop Sloth Keychains
- Sloth Pens
- Sloth Bendables
- Hugging Stuffed Sloth Bracelets
- Bulk Candy
- Kraft Bags
- Leaves cut on my Cricut Maker using a design from Design Space
Sloth Birthday Party Invitations, Sloth Cake, and More
This sloth birthday party invitation is available in my shop. It is customized with your party details and sent to you in JPEG format to print or distribute electronically to all of your guests.
Sloth Birthday Party Invitations | Homemade Cake using fondant and Wilton grass icing tip | Cake pop toppers |Screen Printed Chalkboard (tutorial) | Screen Printed Napkins (tutorial)
Hi! Love this! How did you do the draw then cut for the tags?
I used Cricut Design Space and added the wording on top of a leaf graphic (from the Design Space library). When I chose the font for the wording, I picked a “writing” font. When I sent it to my Cricut Maker, it did the writing first, then came back and did the cutout.