How many of you have been thinking about penguins this week? January just seems like a good time to think about them and their habitats! Penguins make very cute themes for birthday parties!! Especially during a cold, snowy January…. Have you ever seen that cute little claymation penguin named Pingu on TV? Maybe his catchy little tune is playing inside your brain right now (I know it is in mine!) and how fitting that would be as you glance over this next party!
A snowy day is the perfect time for little penguins to get together and celebrate a special birthday!And two year olds especially seem to love little Pingu! His black and white self is a fun graphic image for a penguin party! I found some pics of him online and changed them a bit for our party. The rest of the graphics I used were from a digital scrapbooking kit from scrapbookgraphics.com and I changed some of the colors just a little so they would fit with the party colors of turquoise, red, black and white (with a splash of yellow!). We printed out some small posters, one of the smaller monogramed ones was just right for taping onto a frame that was already on the wall over the Birthday Boy’s high chair.The small white double-sided plastic frames from Ikea are handy for many party decorations and make great keepsakes afterwards!The tags for the treat bags and the placecards for the table were easily printed on regular paper and cut out, matching the posters.In case you didn’t know, I love polka dots!! So I already had the polka-dotted tablecloths from Ikea (the kind that are easy to wipe clean, I forget what they are called) and they just happened to be the right colors. The party palette of colors was very easy to continue in tissue paper, balloons and crepe paper streamers. We made our own tissue paper balls for hanging on the light fixture.The centerpiece was a toy that we’ve had a for a few years, a penguin habitat that is like a wooden puzzle, you fit the pieces together to form a three-story habitat. I saw them on sale at Toys R Us a long time ago…it looked like no one was buying them, there were so many boxes of them on for half price, and my party-mind said “cupcake holder!” It’s been totally worth it.Online I have see a cute goldfish bowl filled with light blue jello, with a few gummy fish swimming around in it…but that seemed like way too much messy work, and I wasn’t even sure if it would work out nicely (I think Martha made it work perfectly of course), so we went for turquoise jelly beans in the fish bowl with some large gummy fish in the sides. The fish were also used as cupcake toppers along with punched paper penguins. These cute little penguins are easy to make using an owl shaped paper punch and I’ve posted about how to make them here. (they are cute on tags, too). Two of them made a quick cake topper…along with a paper banner which I printed and cut out from the Carnival Time digital kit (link above). Those old-fashioned cherry stick candies on the cake gave it a “north pole” flavor (what are those candies called again?). A fuzzy penguin puppet found a spot on the dessert table in the corner (and more fabric from Ikea in the window).A toddler food that I knew we should serve was…you guessed it….fishy crackers! Surprise to me, there are also penguin-shaped cheesy crackers. We served them in these cute ice cube trays (Ikea)…There was one little game at this party….penguin bob! Color some ping pong balls with a sharpie to make them look like penguins and place in a small tub with a little water…and let the kids play! There isn’t really a game involved, but it still was fun for a new-two-year old!(in the video, the ping pong balls hadn’t been colored yet. I knew someone with sharp eyes would point that out to me!)A fun time was had by all the little penguins!!Here is a fun video of our Birthday Boy and his Pingu Penguin birthday party!!! (I just love it!)