Check out these great penguin birthday party ideas, including suggestions for invitations, decorations, games and crafts. Everything you need to plan a totally cool celebration!
Penguin Birthday Party Invitations
Sending great invitations can make your guests feel special before the party even starts. You can either make your own invitations or send pre-made cards. Here are some ideas for both options:
Paper Penguin Invitations — Create your own adorable penguin invitations like we did in the picture above. You will need black, white, and orange construction paper. To make these, start by cutting a large black oval for the body. Then cut a smaller rounded heart shape to fit inside. Cut two black circle eyes, two black wings, an orange triangle beak and heart shaped feet. Use your computer to print your party information, putting “You’re Invited!” on the front and your party information on the back.
Igloo Invitations — Start with a folded piece of blue paper for your card. On the front, glue a half circle made of white paper to resemble an igloo. Decorate with penguin stickers to make a winter scene. Write your party information inside your card.
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Here are some more penguin birthday invitations you might like:
Surfing Penguin Invitations
Little Penguin Cards
Silly Penguin Stationery
Penguin Birthday Party Decorations
Light blue, white, and accents of orange make a great penguin party color scheme. You can incorporate these colors into your decor by mixing them up in your tableware, and also by using them in things such as balloons and streamers. Here are some additional ideas to help you decorate for a penguin birthday:
Create a Wintery Welcome — Help your guests make tracks to your party by lining your walkway with penguin footprints. Cut these from orange paper and cover them with clear contact paper to keep them clean and dry. (Download a free printable penguin print template here.) Further the look by adding a few light up snowflakes leading to the party entry. Top things off with a “Penguin Crossing” sign near your party path.
Let a Penguin Greet Your Guests — Place a giant penguin stand-up near your front door to welcome your guests. Dress him for the event by sticking a party hat on his head and taping some balloons to his flipper. (A party standup also makes a great backdrop for photos during your event.)
Make an Icy Looking Entry — Tape a white or light blue tablecover to the floor in your entryway to look like snow or ice.
Hang Some Snowballs — Hang some giant white tissue paper snowballs or cut your own paper snowflakes and use fishing line to hang them from the ceiling for an instant indoor snowstorm!
Drape colored streamers and use clusters of balloons in your party colors to unify your party decoration theme.
Scatter round white balloons on the floor to look like giant snowballs.
Hang a Penguin Piñata — A penguin piñata makes a fun party focal point. You can either hang him up or set him on a counter or table to use as a centerpiece. (Later this decoration can double as a party game.)
Set a Great Penguin Themed Party Table — Here’s how:
- Start with some tableware that coordinates with your party colors (see below for some choices).
- Place a small plush penguin holding a name card at each table setting. (These also make great party souvenirs.)
- Scatter different sized styrofoam balls on your table and serving area to look like snowballs, and surround them with sparkly snowflake confetti.
- Use any penguin toys you may have as part of your table centerpiece. Tie a bow around the neck of a plush penguin and add some balloons for a fun table centerpiece.
Here are some party supplies that would be great at a penguin birthday party:
Penguin Birthday Supplies
Snowflake Party Supplies
Penguin Table Topper
Penguin Games and Penguin Crafts
Snowball Race — Divide your guests into two teams. Give each team a bucket of styrofoam “snowballs” and a spoon. Set up a bucket at the opposite end of your race course. Have the teams race relay-style to see which team can move their snowballs from one bucket to the other by carrying them one at a time on their spoon. The first team to transport all of their snowballs wins.
Musical Icebergs — Cut large pieces of white paper to represent icebergs. Lay these in a circle on the floor. (There should be one less iceberg than the number of party guests playing.) Turn on some music and have the children move around the circle of icebergs. When the music stops, everyone should try to stand on an iceberg. Whoever is left without one is out until the next game. Remove one iceberg from the circle and start again, playing until there is one child left.
Penguin Waddle Race — Have children line up at the starting line. Place a ball between each child’s knees. Have the children penguin waddle to the finish line without letting their ball drop. If it drops during the race, they must stop and pick it up before going on.
Fishing Game — Hang a large piece of blue fabric or shower curtain. Have an adult or helper hide on one side of the curtain with some pre-made party goodies. On the other side of the curtain, offer party guests, one at a time, a small fishing rod consisting of a stick with a long string and a clothespin at the end. Have them cast their line over the curtain and wait for a bite. As the line comes over, the helper on the other side attaches a small gift and gently tugs on the line. Then the child can reel their line back in to see what they’ve caught. (An easy place to set this game up is in a bathtub where you probably already have a curtain and hiding place ready to go.)
Break a penguin piñata.
Sugar Cube Igloos — Making sugar cube igloos is a fun penguin birthday craft idea. Cover a table with a plastic tablecloth, and give each child a plastic plate, a plastic knife, a bowl of sugar cubes, and some vanilla frosting. Let them go to town creating their own sugar cube creation that they can take home after the party. An extra special touch for this activity is to provide penguin gummy candies or small toy penguins that can be added to the final project.
Make Snow! — Amaze all the guests at your party by making your own snow! You can purchase a great instant snow kit that that turns ordinary water into a white fluffy substance that looks like real snow and is lots of fun to play with.
Share a Penguin Movie or Story — Need to quiet things down a little? There are some great penguin movies and books out there to choose from. Here are some that we really like:
The Penguins of Madagascar
Tacky the Penguin
Party Food for a Penguin Birthday
Penguin Olive Snacks — Here’s how to make these cute little veggie penguins:
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.
Hot Dog Octopi — Cut halfway up a hot dog into 8 strips to resemble octopus legs. When they are grilled the hot dogs will curl a little to look like fanciful sea creatures. Add eyes and a mouth using mustard or ketchup. For an extra touch, serve these on top of a green spinach pasta salad.
Penguin Birthday Sandwiches — Use a penguin cookie cutter to shape tuna fish or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Fishy Snacks — Penguins love fish! Set out some bowls of Goldfish crackers or Swedish fish candies for your little penguin guests.
Blue Jello “Ice Blocks” — Make some blue flavored Jello and cut it into cubes. Serve in clear plastic cups to look like blocks of ice. For an extra touch, stick a little penguin gummy candy into the top of the Jello to look like he’s living on an iceberg.
Coconut Iceberg Cake — Frost a cake with white icing and sprinkle shredded coconut on top to look like an iceberg. Decorate the top by adding some cute toy penguins.
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