2/21/2010

Penguin Party!

When it came to planning Little H's birthday party, I turned to one of my very favorite resources, BettyCrocker.com. They have so many fabulous birthday ideas, including instructional videos, shopping lists, party activities and games, and even invitations that can be printed from your home computer! I was trying to decide which way to go....a Fire Engine Party? a Perfectly Pony Party? Or, my favorite, Panda Bear Party. Well, for Little H it was Penguin Party or nothing! Hold on to your hats, we're packing in a LOT of PARTY in one post!:)

Fortunately, I found this adorable cheeseball on the Betty Crocker site! They also had tons of adorable penguin ideas! I began to think we might actually be able to pull this off!
For the cake, Little H wanted Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate with Vanilla icing. Good choice!
Inspired by the cheeseball, we made an igloo cake with penguin cookies. Instead of cream cheese blocks, we used marshmallows to decorate it. This cake was a snap!
I bought an igloo cake pan, however you could really just bake a cake in a bowl and use a single cupcake to form an igloo.
But, I bought the pan because it did double duty as the invitations, too!! We froze blue water in the cake pan with an invitation and a toy penguin inside (placed in a ziploc baggie). We dropped them off at friends' houses and told them to take it in the tub or melt it in the sink for a surprise. Cake? Check. Invitations? Check. Let's get on to the food!
Here's my verion of the penguin cheeseball. Definitely not as cute as Betty's but the kids loved it!
We also whipped up some rice krispy sushi for those fish lovin' penguins. Shape rice krispy treats into ovals, place a small swedish fish on top and wrap with a piece of green fruit roll-up. I used raspberry candies for the "roe" on a few pieces.
Easy and cute! These were a big hit with all the little penguins in attendance.
We also served ham/cheese and PBJ sandwiches cut out as penguins and fish (the girls gave me a penguin cookie cutter for Christmas and my friend Jean bought a fish one for the occasion!). Speaking of Jean, she did so much to help make everything, thank you!!
Blue Jello-Jigglers cut into cubes...these were "ice blocks"...
We served it all up with a table covered in rainbow popcorn! For activities, the kids each got to color and customize a grocery bag to hold all their game prizes. This kept the kiddos busy while everyone arrived.
With a little spray paint, posterboard, and craft foam, we turned a large cardboard box into a penguin! Not only did it serve as a fun decoration, the kids got to try to "feed" it by throwing fish shaped bean bags into its mouth.
Everyone had fun making her own penguin scarf. The Birthday Girl was very excited about them!
Gourmet Dad magically turned pieces of foam board into "icebergs" for Musical Icebergs. Here little A is anxiously waiting to see if her number is the winner!
A note on the "icebergs"--they were actually my favorite part of the party! Whenever I needed the kids to sit down or listen to instructions, I told them to go "find an iceberg" and sit down. They loved it! Great job, Gourmet Dad!
Penguin Bowling with a little set I found on clearance at Target...
...a strike!
Last, the kids went "fishing" by nibbling sweedish fish off strings without using their hands.
In addition to their game prizes (we wrapped every prize then let the kids open them after Little H opened her presents--they loved having their own "presents", too!), we sent home some black/white polka dot swag bags filled with goodies...
I even got crafty and made a few things for the bags, Organza Rose headbands (tutorial here) and personalized magnetic bookmarks (tutorial here).
The big question is, was it a hit? Well, a picture is worth a thousand words....
Happy Birthday Little H and special thanks to BettyCrocker for all the birthday ideas!

Betty Crocker, through MyBlogSpark provided us with VIP coupons, a gift card, and camera to document our birthday planning adventure. The opinions expressed in this post are honest and not influenced by any source. I was not compensated monetarily for this post.

34 comments:

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said...

How adorable!! I love these ideas for a Penguin party! Looks like sucha wonderful time!

According to Kris... said...

Love all the ideas!! I may be able to use alot of these in my classroom!

pixie13 said...

How cute! Looks like every one had a great time. I love the way you delivered the invitations.

Amy said...

My daughter loves penguins, what a GREAT idea for a party! And the invitations? Too cute!!

jess said...

That was super cute! The invitation idea was awesome!

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

Oh, my gosh. I want this party for MY next birthday! LOVE. IT.

Annette said...

LOVE this. There is so many things to do with this theme. I wonder if this would work as a summer birthday?

heather said...

awesome job! looks like a great party!

Shell said...

So creative! I love it!

esquiltingpassion said...

Great Job, How creative you are.
Elaine

~LKB said...

What a cute birthday party theme! We were planning on doing a Beach/Surf theme for my little boy's birthday next month but I might just switch to penguins! :D

The Sneaky Mommy said...

Wow! What an amazingly cool party! I might need to start working on this now for our twins' birthday...next January! It would be so perfect! So creative and well pulled off!

**** April **** said...

You're hired for my next party! :) ha ha! Love it!

Sadie said...

So cute!! What a fantastic party!

madsonblueeyes said...

Very cute and love the new look to your site.

Kat said...

Looks like an amazing party! I love all your penguin ideas.

Raejean said...

Very cute party! I love how you shared the activities of the party in addition to the cake and the table scape!

cookies and cups said...

what a cute party! I love the sushi, so fun!

Hoosier Homemade said...

How fun! Were you able to get the penguin pendant in time? Hope so.
~Liz

Maria said...

You are beyond creative. What a fun party!

Silicon Cookware said...

What great ideas. My daughter has requested a "penguin" party for her 4th birthday (is there some penguin conspiracy we adults missed???), so I was eagerly awaiting this post!

sarah in the woods said...

This looks so fun - and you have so many cute ideas!

Linda Holbrook said...

Love the pics, and we loved the party! I expecially like the pic of my little A on the iceberg...totally her.

Rebecca is Thrilled by the Thought said...

So very very cute!

Julie said...

I'd love to go to a party like that!

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katherinemarie said...

sooooo FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne said...

You are the coolest person EVER!

I think you should move here..

Oh.. wait... !!

So excited to see all your cool ideas. :)

Amanda said...

You always do such cute and fun things! Your kids sure are lucky! I'm no where near as fun. lol

By the way...How did you make the rainbow popcorn?

Nikita Hengbok said...

That's really cute! XD

Mandy said...

Amanda,
I actually bought it when we were out at one of our favorite little candy shops. I've made Kool-aid popcorn before, though, and you can get just as vibrant colors. Recipe is here:
http://party.lifetips.com/tip/51753/recipes-for-parties/snack-and-appetizer-recipes/easy-party-snacks-koolaid-popcorn.html

Have fun!:)

rene said...

cute ideas!!!love all the yummy treats, too!

Cammie said...

I love it! I keep looking to see if you've updated your family blog, I guess I've been looking in the wrong place :)
Have you read the book: A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis? I bet H would love it...I LOVE it.

DanaJo said...

You, my friend, are an amazing person. I love penguins and want that cake for my next birthday.

P.S. I am 18 years old. =)