Throw a children’s tiger theme party & raise money for charity.
“The tiger is the biggest, the most iconic, and one of the most endangered of all cats. Three of the nine known tiger subspecies are extinct, and a fourth – the South China tiger – hasn’t been seen in the wild since the 1970s.
Tigers used to roam across most of Asia, but now they’re restricted to just 7% of their original range, in isolated forests across 13 countries.
Over the last century wild tiger numbers have plummeted by over 95%. Poaching and habitat destruction are persistent threats, and as few as 3,200 tigers remain in the wild today. Sadly, there are more tigers in captivity in the US than are left in the wild. The tiger is officially classed as endangered by the IUCN.” Taken from the WWF-UK website.
So, have all the fun of a party, knowing you’re collecting for a good cause!
First, choose which charity you would like to support. There are a number of charities who are fighting to protect the tigers & to raise awareness of their plight. These include:
World Wildlife Fund – UK TigerTime
Save Wild Tigers Save Tigers Now
Visit their websites to find out more about their work & how to donate. There will usually be a form for you to download & send in the post with a cheque after the party or you can pay the money online.
Make your own Tiger Party Invitations:
Print out the tiger party invite on to orange paper.
Alternatively, use our tiger invitation template to print out tiger faces onto orange paper & write the party details on the back.
Make sure your tiger party invitations say that you are raising money for charity & that there will be a collection box for the tiger appeal. If it is a birthday party, suggest that guests make a donation instead of bringing a present.
Tiger Party Decorations
For your tiger party decorations, use orange, black & white as the colour theme & decorate the party room with balloons & crepe paper streamers.
Put tiger pictures/posters on the walls & also tiger facts in speech bubbles. Facts might include:
‘numbers down by 95% in last century’
‘more tigers in captivity than in the wild’
‘only 3200 tigers left in the wild today’
‘3 out of 9 subspecies already extinct’
‘50% of tiger deaths in India due to poaching’
Place non-fiction tiger books, easily borrowed from a library, around the room.
For the table, use an orange cloth, orange plates & cups & black or white napkins.
Have the Tigger Movie soundtrack playing in the background – Tigger Movie And More.
Tiger Party Fancy Dress
Tiger Face Painting:
Let the guests have their face made up as a tiger during the party. You will need orange, black & white face paints & I would recommend buying the 18ml individual pots rather than a tiger kit where you will get through the little pots quickly. These are available from Party Packs. You will also need 2 sponges (for the orange & white) & a brush for the black. Print out the tiger face painting picture to help you.
Tiger Party Food
In order to raise as much money as possible, you may decide to only serve a drink & snack rather than a meal. Be sure to mention this on the invite.
tiger cupcakes (see below)
Red Leicester cubes
tiger pizzas – Red Leicester cheese, mozzarella & black olives
Red Leicester sandwiches
orange pepper sticks
sweet potato chips
tiger cupcakes (see below)
pancakes (see Sam & the Tigers, below), served with honey or golden syrup
Have a tiger party craft table set up where guests can start creating whilst they wait for others to arrive. This can then be used throughout the party, if not needed for food.
With an orange paper plate as the base, cut black paper into stripes, whiskers & a nose. Add markings & eyes cut from white paper. Use a black pen for the remaining muzzle details.
Use a pencil to push holes through the eyes & at either side of the plate. Cut a length of thin black elastic. Tie one end through a hole at one side of the plate, measure around the guests head & tie the other end to the other side of the plate.
Cut out 6 petals from orange paper using the petal template. Use a black pen to draw spots over the widest section of the petals. Cut an orange pipe cleaner into 5 sections
approximately 2 inches long. Wrap a piece of black pipe cleaner around the tip of each. Gather together the other end of each orange pipe cleaner around an orange straw & sticky tape in place. Use a pencil to roll back the top of each petal to give it shape. Sticky tape 3 of the petals around the orange pipe cleaner stamen & then attach the last 3 behind them in the gaps. Wrap some green pipe cleaner around the tape to cover it.
Put out a variety of materials & glue & get guests to make a tiger collage or Save The Tigers poster. Items might include orange & black sweet wrappers, oddments of material, pipe cleaners, scraps of paper, felt tips, crayons, red lentils, black beans, rice. I love the tiger print felt available from Hobbycraft.
TIGER PENCIL POT
Use the tiger craft found at http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mtiger2.htm as it’s such a cute design. To save on ink, print the black & white version onto orange paper. Glue the face onto the body at a more upright angle than suggested so that it doesn’t get in the way of the pencils. When finished, glue the tiger onto a circle of card to provide a base & when dry add pencils & pens. Older children may prefer to wrap the cardboard roll in tiger print felt.
TIGER HAND PUPPET
Pin the tiger hand puppet template on to orange or tiger print material & cut round the body. Repeat. We used this great felt from Hobbycraft. Cut a muzzle & 2 eyes out of white felt, 2 pupils out of black
Put the two patterned sides of the body together & sew all around the sides about half a cm in from the edge – leave the straight edge unsewn. Turn inside out & gently push the paws & ears into the right shape – I find an unpicker useful for this but do be careful! Young children may prefer to sew with the pattern on the outside so that it doesn’t need turning through, although the stitches will be seen.
Position the ears, eyes, pupils, muzzle & nose & then glue into place. Use a black pen to draw a line down from the nose with a curve either side for the mouth.
Position a large paw print on either paw with 4 small paw prints over the top. Glue in place.
Put plain cupcakes & a variety of decorations on the table & get guests to decorate them with tiger faces. Decorations might include orange & white icing, black writing icing,
chocolate chips, liquorice, pink icing or mini pink marshmallows. See our Cupcake Party theme for a cupcake recipe & bake in orange or orange stripe cupcake cases.
Tiger Party Games
Use a selection of these tiger party games depending on the children’s ages:
For a bit of thinking after food, print out the tiger word search.
For younger children, have a quiet time & read The Tiger Who Came To Tea or Sam & The Tigers
Cut a picture of a tiger into pieces (not too small!) – you will need one picture per team. To make it a bit easier, make sure you have an extra copy of the picture that the team can refer to when re-building it. Put a dot of the same colour on the back of each piece & use a different colour per team so that they know which pieces to pick up. Hide the jigsaw pieces around the house or garden. Divide the guests into teams & once they have found all their jigsaw pieces, they need to try & make the picture.
TIGER BOARD GAME
You will need to print out our tiger board game, a die & a counter for each player – My Fabrics sell cute tiger buttons in different colours which would work well. Place the 3 pieces of paper so that the numbers run consecutively & there are no gaps (you will need to trim the paper) & tape or glue together. Players take it in turns to throw the die & move their counter around the board. The winner is the first to reach the finish.
As an alternative, why not try with humans as counters. Print out the board game to act as a guide. Write out/type each narrative onto an A4 sheet of paper, including the numbers & start & finish. Place the sheets of paper in order around the room, leaving a gap between each one. Players can then take it in turns to throw the die & walk around the ‘board’. To make it more fun, make a giant die to go with it.
Tiger Party Bags
As with the food, you may also decide not to give party bags in order to save money. If that is the case, guests can take home the cupcake they have decorated or hand out these cute chocolate tigers as a ‘thank you for coming’:
If you would like to provide tiger party bags, here are a selection of ideas to include:
orange paper party bag – Party Pieces
tiger cup – Party Pieces
tiger pen – Tiger Animal Print Ball Point Pen
tiger pencil – TIGER PRINT MECHANICAL PENCIL WITH 0.5mm LEADS AND ERASER
tiger pencil sharpener – ebay
tiger chocolate – Pack of 10 Chocolate Tigers
tiger small soft toy – 13cm Cute Tiger Soft Toy
tiger book – WWF Wild Friends: Tiger Tricks: Book 2
tiger’s eye stones – Baker Ross