Penguin Themed Snack, Craft, and Party Ideas

Today we’re all about the penguins! Who doesn’t love these sophisticated, yet adorable little waddlers on a blustery winter day? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite penguin themed ideas, including a healthy penguin snack, a wintery penguin craft, and of course, lots of penguin themed party ideas. Have fun!

penguin olive party snacks

These olive and cream cheese penguins are easy to make and the perfect healthy snack for a birthday, a class party, or just a novel way to get your kids to eat some veggies! Here is how to make them:

Penguin Olive Appetizers

Ingredients:  (makes 18 penguins)

  • 18 jumbo black olives, pitted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 18 small black olives
  • 1 large carrot
  • 18 toothpicks

1. Cut a small slice from top to bottom in the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into the slit to resemble the penguin’s white chest.

2. Slice the carrot into eighteen 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a triangle out of each carrot slice to form the penguin’s feet. Save the cut out piece to use as the penguin’s beak.

3. Cut a small horizontal slit into the smaller olive and insert the carrot triangle beak.

4. To assemble your penguins, stick a toothpick into the carrot feet base. Then add the large olive body, hole side down. Finish by adding the smaller olive head to the top

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Soap Snowball Penguin Craft

soap snowball craft

Aren’t these  soap snowballs totally cute? They are a fun and easy craft for a stay at home winter day. They make great stocking stuffers too! You can fill them with any small plastic toy.  A couple of years ago we posted a complete tutorial on how to make these soapy snowballs.

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Penguin Themed Party Ideas

penguin party ideas

Have you guessed that we love penguins? Click on the link to see an entire page full of penguin party ideas on our website full of inspirations for penguin themed invitations, decorations, activities, crafts, games, and food ideas. Everything you need to plan and host an amazing penguin party! Have fun!

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Snowflake Window Clings

Let it snow,  Let it snow, Let it snow!

Well, the Christmas decorations have all been taken down and the confetti swept away from New Year’s, and things were looking a little bare around here.  So, I kept up my twinkling snowflake lights and the kids and I made these snowflake window clings to add some wintery fun.

Snowflake window cling craft

  • Ziplock bags
  • Three Dimensional Paint-we used Tulip Glitter in ‘Diamond’
  • Snowflake templates

how to make snowflake window clingsSnowflake window cling directions







  1. Print snowflake template or make your own.
  2. Cut it out and place in Ziplock bag.
  3. Trace the lines with the tube of paint.
  4. Let dry over night, or about 6 hours.
  5. Peel off the snowflake and attach to the window.

This would also be a great craft and decoration for a Winter Wonderland Party


DIY Oscar Party Centerpiece

Make your own Oscar party centerpiece

Are you looking for a fun DIY idea to decorate at your next awards show party? We originally saw the idea for these great trophy style table toppers a bunch or years ago in Family Fun magazine and we liked it so much that we had to feature it here. Here’s how to make your own whimsical Oscar party centerpiece.

How to Make a DIY Oscar Party Centerpiece

  • First, pay a visit to your local Dollar Store or Big Lots and buy the lightest, cheapest male Barbie style dolls you can find.
  • Spray paint them gold and let them dry completely.
  • Create a heavy base for your statuette by spray painting a block of wood, a weighted tuna can, or some other item that will hold your “Oscar” upright.
  • Hot glue your golden doll to your golden base.
  • To make the pretty floral arrangement in the photo, buy a ball of floral oasis and stick in flowers that complement your party decorations. Wedge (or glue) the arrangement onto your Oscar’s upraised hands — stick the hands deep into the oasis so the flowers are balanced and won’t topple over.
  • Voila! Your Oscar party centerpiece is complete!


Oscar party ideasFor more great Oscar party ideas, be sure to take a look at some of Hollywood party page or our Oscar Night party page, , or hop over to one of the relayed blog posts below!

Plan a 2016 Chinese New Year Party!

2016 Chinese New Year party

February 8th will usher in the Year of the Monkey in Chinese astrology. What a great reason to host a 2016 Chinese New Year party to celebrate! 2016 is the Year of the Red Fire Monkey and it is considered to be a time to take some chances, tap into your creativity, further your education and your career, get out there and be active, and generally enjoy all that life has to offer! Yippee!


Although Chinese New Year begins this year on February 8th, which is a Monday and the second new moon after the winter solstice, have no worries about celebrating your own 2016 Chinese New Year party on that one night, because traditionally the festivities this year continue all the way through February 22nd, when things wrap up with a festive lantern festival!


2016 Chinese New Year partyWe have lots of different party ideas to help you plan for this fun holiday. Start over on our Chinese Theme Party page, where we have ideas to help you plan every part of an amazing celebration. Then check out the posts we have listed at the bottom of this page with even more ideas from the last four years of Chinese New Year parties.

Here are a few more party inspirations that would be perfect for a 2016 Chinese New Year party to celebrate the Year of the Monkey!

Reunion Dinners are a common way of welcoming in the New Year in China. Family and friends are invited to share in a meal that honors happiness, prosperity, luck, fertility and longevity. Some typical foods served include fish, spring rolls, tangerines, and dumplings (Jiaozi). If you add a peanut to your dumpling it symbolizes long life for the person who eats it! If you are ambitious and would like to try making these dumplings at home, here is a video tutorial we found that can show you how:


2016 Chinese New Year partyDecorations for Chinese New Year are traditionally gold and red. Paper lanterns are also a festive touch. Want to make your own? Here are directions for making some pretty Chinese paper lanterns.

Sometimes thought-provoking riddles are hung from the bottom of these paper lanterns as a party game or conversation starter.

The flower that is said to represent the Year of the Monkey is the chrysanthemum. You can find these at most grocery stores and they can be a great addition to your party décor.

Here are a few pre-made party decorations we found online that would be perfect for a Chinese New Year celebration:

Chinese New Year Party Supplies
2016 Chinese New Year party

Hanging Dragon
2016 Chinese New Year party

Chinese Printed Lanterns
2016 Chinese New Year party

2016 Chinese New Year party

Party Gifts are also a part of a Chinese New Year celebration and can be a fun touch to your gathering. Chinese red envelopes filled with coins or new crisp bills are the most traditional option. You can also find fun toys and souvenirs at local Asian markets or online. Amazon has lots of options like small plush monkeys or these double dragon lucky coins.