On the April 29 episode of ‘The Little Couple,’ Jen takes on the task of throwing Will a huge safari-jeep themed party at the zoo to celebrate his 4th birthday, but does everything go as planned?
Dr. Jennifer Arnold is cancer free and has regained her strength! The busy mom wastes no time jumping right into planning Will, 4, the most amazing safari-jeep themed birthday party ever with husband, Bill Klein. Complete with a amazing cake and large animals, this is one party you have to see to believe!
‘The Little Couple’ — Will’s Safari-Jeep Themed Birthday Party
This is the first birthday for Will that Jen was able to plan, so of course the amazing mom made sure that everything was perfect for Will’s big day.
“This year for Will’s birthday I wanted to do something special. This is his first one that I actually get to plan, the first one that he is completely celebrating here in the U.S. with his family.”
The proud parents really wanted to hype up Will’s special day and show him that his birthday is all about celebrating another year. Bill was adorable as he told his son,” It’s a pretty big milestone for me to be able to celebrate his birthday, it just makes me really happy to be his dad. I couldn’t be more proud.”
Of course Will is mainly excited for his cake, even calling his birthday “Cake day!” We love cake, too, Will!
With the help of Jen’s parents, Donald and Judy Arnold, the whole family was able to get to the venue early in order to set up and transform the space into a safari-jeep themed party!
Keeping in line with some of Will’s favorite things, his themed party was held at the zoo. Jen planned for plenty of activities, such as decorating safari hats, blowing bubbles, and petting reptiles to keep all of Will’s guests busy. As Jen said best, “This age range is a little tough to plan for, their attention span’s limited, so you have to keep them amused and occupied, or else all hell breaks loose.”
Will and Zoey were both so well behaved throughout the party, smiling and having fun. Jen and Bill are so lucky to have such amazing kids!
Will Falls In Love With The Giraffes
Of course Will, being a normal 4-year-old, set his eyes on the presents and attempted to open them before Jen catches him. Unfortunately, he is caught red-handed and gets a stern lesson from his mom after she lets him know that he has to wait until later. Then one of the Zookeepers came into the party and allowed the kids to touch a baby alligator and an armadillo, both of which Will bravely touched.
Zoey, on the other hand, was not feeling it. Instead, the adorable 2-year-old fell asleep on her mom’s lap. So precious!
When it was time for the main activity, the entire party moved outside and was able to feed the giraffes carrots and lettuce. Will could not have been happier, and loved feeding the large animals. Too bad he couldn’t take one home to keep forever!
Jen had a theory about why Will loved the giraffes, declaring, “I think Will loved feeding the giraffe so much because Will has this thing and I think it’s part of his personality that he likes to do things for others, he loves to look out for others, so I think he equates eating with happiness, so I think feeding them made him happy because he felt like he was making the giraffes happy.”
Even Zoey, with the help of Grandpa Donald, couldn’t resist getting in on the action and feeding the giraffe a carrot or two.
Finally it was the moment that Will had been waiting ALL day for — cake time!
Will Finally Gets To Eat Cake
At the end of the party, it was time for Will to finally get to enjoy his favorite food — cake!
His amazing birthday cake was topped with a tree and zoo animals riding in a train on top. Jen, who planned the cake with Hannah for Hannah Joy’s Cakes said, “It was just perfect for Will’s party, cute animals, all safari themed and a safari jeep and honestly it was the coolest cake I’ve ever seen, so perfect for Will.”
Will had a piece of cake that was larger than his head. I had my doubts that he wouldn’t be able to finish it, which he didn’t, but he certainly but a nice dent in it!
The party ended with a relaxing train ride around the zoo, where the family was able to sit together and just enjoy one another’s company.
Bill said it best, “When you take a step back and take a look at all the things that have changed over the past year, it’s pretty amazing to have my family all together in one spot, healthy and happy. I’m a lucky guy.”
Underneath, this party was not just about Will’s birthday. It was about Jen surviving her cancer battle, and of course the family’s new addition: Zoey. Now that their little family is complete, they have so much to celebrate!
What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Is this the toughest age range to throw a party for? Do you think Jen planned a great party for Will? Let us know your thoughts below!
— Caitlin Beck