My little girl is turning one in just seven weeks. Aside from the fact that I cannot believe a year has passed since her beautiful birth, I can’t believe that here I am, planning a party for her.

I know that many people don’t make a big fuss for a first birthday, but it is important to me, since she didn’t have a christening, and since we’re actually moving the day after her party and heaven only knows when we’ll see all her/our friends again. And also because our friends have been our family over the past few years.

In my search for ways to have a fantastic but totally budget-friendly party, I’ve spent hours scouring the web for decorations and ideas. You can imagine, then, how happy I was when the PR for Yabba Yabba got in touch to offer me one of the company’s lovely animal prints: perfect for a zoo party!

Based in Warwickshire, Yabba Yabba specialises in children’s room decorations, bunting and pictures. There are various sets to choose from: ‘Journey to the Moon’ is aimed at boys, and beautiful pastels and fairies make for ideal options for girls. My favourite is the ‘On Safari’ set – four square prints comprising a zebra, monkey, giraffe and lion.

Yabba Yabba also has its own club you can join. If you do sign up, you’ll receive discount coupons emailed to you for the YabbaYabba online checkout, the company’s bi-monthly newsletter, club product promotions only available to YabbaYabba club members and the first peek at new designs.

I selected the monkey print myself, and I think it will fit in our zoo themed party really well. The print is is fun and bright and nicely presented. It is also very well packaged to make sure it arrives safely without damage.

Yabba Yabba offers a great service which I think is quite unique – you can request the images in a colour scheme of your choice, and can also have your child’s name added to the picture.

The only negative, really, is the Yabba Yabba logo, which is larger and more prominent than I think is necessary, but in the end that’s a relatively small issue. The pictures aren’t cheap, but Yabba Yabba currently has a 15% discount offer for online orders, which makes a big difference.

In the meantime, Yabba Yabba has kindly offered one Diary of a First Child reader the chance to win a monkey print just like the one we have for our zoo party. In order to win, just head over to the Yabba Yabba website then tell me which of their other pictures you love by leaving a comment here.

The competition runs until noon GMT on August 30 and the winner will be drawn using

Small Print:

Please leave an email address/blog address/twitter name where I can contact the winner. If I am unable to make contact within one week I will select a new winner and the previously selected winner will have no recourse to the prize.

Prizes are sent out by sponsors directly. Please get in touch if you do not receive your prize within four weeks of the closing date.
And the winner is:

Jamie Harrison!

A big thank you to everyone who entered and to Yabba Yabba for sponsoring the giveaway. Remember that there’s currently still 15% discount available on all pictures, and another chance to win if you register on the Yabba Yabba website!


Yabba Yabba Children’s Print

  1. My favourite is defo the monkey – makes me think of my 2 year old girl 🙂

    Would love to see a penguin (pinguin as my littleun calls it)canvas as my daughter is penguin mad, would defo invest in one of those for her new big girls room xxx

  2. Oooh there’s so many to choose from … I love Gerald the Giraffe and the Flying Night Fairy and the Cupcakes too. I hope you don’t mind me giving a bit of constructive criticism here though … the personalised prints, unfortunately there’s no girly ones available.
    H x

  3. I love them all! But if I had to choose I’d go for Herbert the Hippo – he is fab!! Plus he’s my daughter’s favourite animal and would fit right in with her safari nursery 🙂

  4. Gerald the Giraffe – Set of 3 (Canvas) is my fav by far ive been saving up so i can get it for my daughters room as its brill

  5. There’s so many pretty ones to choose from! I love the night fairies, especially the ‘flying’ one! I think my girls would love the doggy one most, though!

  6. i luv gerald the giraffe, because its my childrens favourite animal and it just gives me lovely memories when my kids see one and how they shout lol

  7. I love the personalised little monkey
    this would be a great prize for my sons partner who is in uni studying animal behaviour and is mad about monkeys

    1. lol. check out the Beautiful Creatures review and follow the link to their i-tunes shop. They have THE BEST zebra song. My daughter LOVES it! She squeels with delight when DH tickles her during the chorus – zeebeedeebeedee 🙂

  8. How to narrow it down!
    There are so many fabulous pics on there (I love the bold colours and smooth lines) but the 4yr old and I have had a good nosy and our favourite is the Journey To The Moon range, especially Takeoff! We are very “into” space etc at the moment as we are about to redecorate the 4yr old’s bedroom with a space theme.
    Gorgeous products!

  9. I think these are lovely but quite expensive. The one I would chose if I were ever to buy one would be the butterflies one but like you I don’t see why the logo has to be so big, or indeed on the front of it at all…

    1. @Eleanor, The butterflies are also now available in a beautiful pale pink. We are reviewing our logos being on our prints and can remove it from any print you order (just advise us at the check out). Thanks for the feedback! The Yabbas.

        1. @Luschka, No problem, our business is built on customers feedback, as we recognise how important it is to our business. We love what we do and our glad you like our products. Happy shopping!

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