Penguins of Madagascar Birthday Decorations
Note: Don’t miss my Blog entry on Penguins of Madagascar Birthday Fun (Games & Activities) or Making a Homemade Penguins of Madagascar Birthday Cake too!
In coming up with the invitations and decorations for my Son’s 4th Birthday party, which had a Penguins of Madagascar theme, I really struggled. There was nothing out there at the time as far as invitations OR decorations that had ONLY the Penguins of Madagascar theme. All the stuff I found was centered around Alex & the other 3 original characters. So — I decided to just get a bit creative and come up with my own stuff. It took a lot more planning, and time, but it did come out so much better.
For the invitations, I used Adobe Photoshop to craft a Movie Theater Ticket style invite with the Penguins on it. If any of you want the PSD template, comment here and I can make it available to you. Below is the electronic version. I printed the snail mail invites on glossy photo stock paper using an inkjet printer. I sent multiple invites per envelope — so if it was a family of 4 (2 kids & 2 parents), I would enclose 4 tickets. Nobody really had to bring their tickets to attend, but it was kind of a fun touch, as if they did have to.
DECORATING THE HOUSE
For decorating the house, I went with the Penguins of Madagascar color theme (Blue, Black, White, Yellow) and got table covers, plates, napkins, balloons, etc in all those random colors. We got a tank of helium and blew up the balloons the AM before the party and put them all over the house. I ordered a Penguins of Madagascar Poster off of eBay. Back then, they only had 1 Poster choice. Now (I just looked) there are maybe 6-7 to choose from, so you could get 2 or more posters and go nuts with it. I am glad I got the poster I did because I was able to use it to make the SKIPPER balloons I will talk about next. Here’s the poster I got:
Notice also on the right in the small window — the construction paper penguin. I wanted to get this “down” before I attempted it on the balloons. I ordered some LARGE black balloons — much larger than the normal helium balloon size. I then took tracing paper and traced the SKIPPER off the poster you see above and made parts. Since the balloons were black, I really only needed the have the WHITE and the ORANGE parts in order to pull off the balloon idea I had (or so I thought). It took a few tries, but once I got it right I was able to make 5-6 of these large black balloons with SKIPPER on them and put those strategically all over the house. So basically 2 WHITE pieces of paper, 1 ORANGE piece of paper (draw on it with a sharpie after you cut it out) and some large glue on Googly Eyes that you can get at any Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn’s Fabric, etc. The black hands part just “appears” when you put the two white pieces one above another. What you’re actually seeing is just the balloon there. I used double stick tape to attach the paper (be careful, you get one chance with that, you try to pull it off and you pop the balloon in a snap).
Well, how else was I going to decorate the house for the party? At the time, there were some really cool posters available to download on Nick.com, but right as the party approached, they pulled them. The posters STILL aren’t available on the site at this point, but lucky thing, I had downloaded them prior to them being pulled! Ha ha ha…..neener neener! I printed up the posters (they are 8.5″ x 11″) and used a curling ribbon and a stapler to make a long hanging banner of pictures of the characters, and hung that between the rooms as a sort of “garland”. A pic of how it turned out is below.
And a bit closer up pic of a couple of the posters.
Here are the posters that you can download yourself (right click on any of the images below and choose SAVE LINK AS in order to save the PDF to your harddrive for printing):
Finding Goodie Bags for the Party was a bit of a challenge. At the time that I threw this party (about 1-1/2 years ago actually), there was very little out there about the Penguins of Madagascar to buy. Everything around them was about the Lion, Giraffe, etc from the movie, but very little on the Penguins. Not sure if it is still the same. So, I kind of had to come up with my own plan on the Goodie Bags. What I ended up doing was ordering some drawstring muslin bags and then using Iron On decals (from Office Max) that I printed with my Ink Jet Printer, to make custom made bags. They came out really cute. I got the drawstring bags off of Etsy.com. I don’t remember the exact vendor, but basically I asked for them plain and specified I wanted blue ribbon in them instead of the string. The gal who made them was happy to oblige and I got them lickety-split (within days). You can search on Etsy for something like “Drawstring Bags Muslin” and find lots of vendors who sell these.
The Red Text in the Blue Square says “Operation Codename Kimball” and the Birthday Party date.
I found it important to put a pillowcase underneath these so that the iron on would go on smoothly (my ironing board is old and the pad is admittedly a bit worn out). Just follow the instructions on the iron on transfer paper. See the nice, blue ribbon that the gal who made the muslin bags put in there? I tried to match the colors on the iron on decal to the ribbon as closely as I could. Oh — didn’t mention, I just used Adobe Photoshop to make the Iron On Transfer image. You could use any graphics program though, probably even Microsoft Word if you had to. I started with this image (master copy, large file — download it by clicking here). It has a nice white background and allows you a bunch of options.
So, I worked at it for one entire, LONG evening and made a big batch of these things.
Then stuffed them. I had to find fun things to stuff them with, and hopefully with a Penguin type theme. I searched around awhile and came up with some plastic penguins from a Toobs collection:
I found the Toobs Penguins off Amazon.com. I think I buy just about everything there anymore….love them.
STICKER SHEET DOWNLOADS
At the time, Nick had downloads of “sticker sheets”. I used these for the goodie bags as stuff to “stuff” them with. I printed the sticker sheets on my inkjet printer on sticker paper that I bought at Office Depot/Max/Staples — whatever. Then I cut the stickers out (left the backing on), and put an assorted qty of stickers in each of the goodie bags. If you are interested in the sticker sheets (they aren’t on Nick anymore either…but I grabbed ’em before they got pulled), you can download them here.
Right click on any of the images below and choose SAVE LINK AS in order to save the PDF to your harddrive for printing:
The other stuff I got to fill the goodie bags was just standard party favor stuff that kids would like. I just looked again too, and you know, there really is just a shortage of POM (Penguins of Madagascar) stuff out there, or even just straight Penguins. I did see some Penguin Gummy Bears, but I feared they were black licorice flavor, which would NOT go well with my particular son. I really wanted to find POM Pez containers, that would have been awesome.
Anyhow, here is how the stuffed Goodie Bags turned out.
So that’s really it. The kids had a lot of fun.
I have 2 other blog entries on this party — one is about making a homemade Penguins of Madagascar Birthday Cake, and the other is about the Penguins of Madagascar Birthday Fun (Games and Activities) we played. I hope these are helpful if you’re planning on throwing a Penguins of Madagascar Birthday Party sometime soon.