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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How to Find the Perfect White Elephant Gift

How to find the perfect white elephant gift

The white elephant party is a tradition in our home. We have been hosting this party (almost) every year for the past 15 years, and by now our friends are getting pretty savvy as to what makes an excellent white elephant gift. Coming up with new and creative ideas is always part of the fun. The most important thing to remember when choosing a white elephant gift is that it should be something that makes everyone laugh, groan, or at least smile a little. Here are our top ideas to help you find the perfect white elephant gift, including ten different categories of great white elephant gifting, with sample ideas for each. All the specific gifts you see can be found on, so you know you can get them and get them fast.  Have fun!


1. Something Retro

Is there a toy that brings back special memories for you? Chances are that this will pull at the heartstrings of at least some of your friends. For my husband and his pals the big ticket item one year was the classic Mattel hand-held electronic football game. Wow! I thought we were going to have some tackling on our family room floor to get a hold of this gift. Another big winner was the Stretch Armstrong doll. (*A note here that it does seem to be the guys who are secretly very attached to the toys of their youth.)

Mattel Football

Stretch Armstrong

Retro Atari Games

2. Something with the Potential to be Really Great

Our favorite idea for this category is lottery scratchers. These can stand alone or be a fun incentive topper for any other gift. It’s up to you if you want to tell your guests that they can’t scratch the tickets until all of the swapping is over. One year someone brought fake lottery tickets so the person who wound up with the gift thought she won a million dollars for a few sweet minutes.
A shotski makes a great white elephant gift

3. Something  Handmade

This is a wide open category. You might bring something really cool, or really not-so-cool.  The best handmade gift that has ever shown up at our party is probably a shotski. This was made by white elephant gift idea -- the shotskisuper gluing shot glasses to an old ski. The fun of this gift is filling all the shot glasses and then having people line up to do a “group shot” together. We have this hanging on the wall in our game room during the off season.


4. Something Embarrassing to Wear

white elephant gift ideasOkay, so this category lends itself immediately to underwear. Funny boxers, huge granny panties, and racy Christmas lingerie are all good ideas. You might also go with an ugly Christmas sweater (these are super popular these days) or a funny tee shirt. The possibilities are endless. Extra bonus if the gift recipient poses for a picture in their new attire!

5. Something You Know Will be Secretly Coveted by at Least One Person

Do you know anyone at the party with a favorite hobby, activity, or other life love? Cats maybe? Golfer? Needlepoint enthusiast? These can be great inspirations, and you can bet that they will be sought after by at least one person.

Potty Putter

Funny Cookbooks

Themed Ornaments

6. Something You Just Want to Get Rid Of

Do you have a giant teddy bear from last year’s county fair sitting in your attic? Lace doilies from grandma’s house? Really annoying toys that the kids have outgrown? A white elephant is a great excuse to clear out your closets and find that “special something” that is just taking up space. (* This is the best category of gift for those who really hate shopping.)

7. A Special Treasure from Goodwill

This category is my personal favorite because I love poking around Goodwill to find something that makes me smile. There are no rules here. I have found a pink bowling ball with matching case and shoes which was a big hit, a Jane Fonda workout tape and leg warmers, a traveling bar set and many more treasures that are sure to be white elephant hits. Look below for more great Goodwill inspirations!How to find the perfect white elephant gift

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8. Something Slightly Racy

This one can easily tie back to the underwear category, or it can also branch out on its own. For example, one year a DVD on the art of belly dancing with matching symbols was highly sought after. Another year a friend who is a plastic surgeon brought actual silicone breast implants to the party. (Unfortunately assembly was not included.) The Kama Sutra or anything vaguely suggesting male genitalia are also gifts sure to lead to giggles and blushing.

9. A Snuggie

When in doubt, you can never go wrong with a Snuggie. These days they come in all kinds of colors and patterns and they are super versatile! They are the gift that everyone loves to hate (but probably secretly loves.)

10. Something that will Make You Laugh

You can find so many great gag gifts these days that are sure to be good for a chuckle, and in the end that is the best quality of a good white elephant gift. Here are a few inspirations that I might put on my short list for our next party.

How to host a great white elephant party --tips, directions, invitations, and more!Do you Want to host your own white elephant party? Be sure to check out our white elephant party ideas page, with tons of ideas on how to play, and hints to make your party extra successful!

Gift Wrapping Party

wrapping party

Have you been busy holiday shopping only to find yourself now staring at a pile of unwrapped presents? Why not invite over a few friends for a gift wrapping party! Here are some suggestions for turning this holiday chore into a fun day of catching up with friends while you check one more thing off your to-do list!

The Invites:

It’s best to limit your guest list for a gift wrapping party to 2-3 friends so that everyone has room to spread out and get creative. Consider using a free online invitation such as this one, available from

On your invitation, ask each guest to bring their gifts to be wrapped, along with 3 rolls of wrapping paper, 1 roll of tape, 1 pair of scissors, 2+ varieties of ribbon, and any other fun decorative items they may have to contribute.

The Set Up:

This party is about wrapping, chatting, nibbling, and getting into the holiday mood. Here’s how to set thing up…

Start by creating a festive atmosphere in your home. Light a fire or some holiday scented candles, and play some classic holiday music to get everyone in the spirit of the season.

Set your wrappping stations up in a room with a big table (or a cleared floor area) so that everyone can spread out a bit. On a side table, create a gift wrap supply station with all of your supplies, such as:

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  • A variety of wrapping paper
  • Tape (you might include some colored tape or even duct tape)
  • Scissors (or pinking shears)
  • Ribbon (twine and raffia also work well)
  • Colored pens
  • Decorative tags
  • Ink stamps
  • Any other embellishments you might have, such as small bells, pine cones, candy canes, or whatever strikes your fancy.

In the kitchen, create a buffet table with a few of your favorite nibbles and drinks. It’s a good idea to keep the food mostly separate from the wrapping to avoid spills. Here are a few easy menu suggestions:

As everyone completes their wrapping, assign them an area to stack up their gifts. Then at the end of the day everything will be organized and ready to go.

Looking for some more fun holiday party themes?
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Party of the Week: Football Party!

party of the week bannerThis week we are going to try something a little bit new on the blog and write a weekly feature of different party themes from our website. We have been adding ideas to Creative Party Themes since 2010, and sometimes we forget how great some of these parties are! Every week we will try and showcase a party theme that just might inspire you to gather some friends and celebrate. We’ll also try to add a little something new and special to each theme… Here we go!


It’s that time of year again…time to dust off the pom poms and get ready to cheer on your favorite football team! Click on this football party ideas link to visit our football party page, where you will find lots of ideas to inspire your planning, including tips for invitations, decorations, activities, food and more. We’ve also rounded up a collection of free football party printables to add a fun touch to your party table.

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We took a look  around the internet to see what other sites had some fun football party ideas and found the amazing free football party printables below. Click on any of the photos to get taken to some more great ideas and these super football printables!

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For even more ideas that all relate to this wonderful time we call football season, be sure to take a look at the related posts listed below!