My daughter turns 9 just a few days after Christmas, and while we have decided to have her party at the local bowling alley like we did for her sister’s birthday this year, we haven’t quite decided on a theme. One of the themes we are looking at right now is the Penguin Candyland theme from Birthday in a Box. Its wintery, not too cutesy, but still fun.
If we go with this theme I think we could really have fun with it. The party will be in the afternoon and I will order pizza for the girls at the bowling alley. Rather than make a big cake, I am thinking penguin inspired cupcakes. The party pattern is actually good inspiration for a penguin cupcake and I don’t think it would be too hard to make the penguin face just with icing or even icing and a few candies. Or I could simply ice them with white frosting and top them with penguin finger puppets from Oriental Trading. Or I could really take the easy way out and simply ice them and create cupcake toppers from the printable penguin gift tags created by my good friend Jen Goode. I will most likely display the cupcakes on my friend’s 3-tier serving tower again which just happens to be red and white. If I add some gumdrops, snocaps, and peppermints on the trays with the cupcakes I think it will look really cute.
For the goody bags I found super cute penguin bubbles for 29 cents each and peppermint candy erasers for 39 cents a 6-pack at Birthday in a Box (see below for ordering details). Oriental Trading Company also has a ton of cute penguin erasers, notebooks, craft kits and pencils that I can easily add to the goody bags without spending a fortune.
If we end up going with the Penguin Candlyand theme for my daughter’s birthday I will take plenty of pictures and add them to this post. In the meantime, here is the whole Penguin Candyland collection – click on the images for details and ordering information.