Planning kids' birthdays are a lot of fun- especially if they are theme based!
And I absolutely love theme based ideas if you are living in a big city with all the theme based goodies and decoration available at your corner gift shop.
Then the sky is the limit and you dont have to really think that hard... just go along with the salesman's vision and everything that is available in that theme- from pre-packaged return gifts and theme based decorations and games.
But what if you are like me, who lives in the back-of-beyond where even decent basic return gifts are not available (let alone theme based), then a theme based birthday party idea does seem kind of impossible...
But actually its not.
And I am going to help you plan it!
All you need is a basic printer plugged to a computor- an internet connection(if you are reading this then I guess you have one?) some basic stationary(chart paper+markers+glue) and paints and brushes.
and lots and lots of enthusiasm..
You can even ask the birthday kid to chip in...if they are old enough to cut+paste!
So first please download this font: its the Angry bird lookalike free font that I have used in the picture above!
This font you can use in the invitations and happy birthday banners etc!
So here is the invitation that I had taken out:
had taken out the print on one A4 paper, cut in the middle and voila- two invitations!
PLEASE right click on the image you want- save on desktop/any folder and use.
and this is what you can use if you dont want to use the font given above- just write the name and details with pen and u are done.
This one is for people who want to use the font given above-import on any software and write in the names and take the print outs.
you can also print+cut+stick these given below onto the envelopes and just write the name of the guest with a marker.
now for the return gifts- which is completely your choice and budget- but the bags on my end were an issue...
I could only get spiderman bags-which though cute, could not possibly go with the theme!
so I got out a few red bird printouts- took red kite paper, or any bright paper thats available.
and voila- angry bird gift-bags!
and you can also wrap you prizes is the main color wapping paper of the birds... red, yellow, green, black and blue! have streamers + balloons also of the same colors!
maybe stick a printout of just the face of the angry birds on the balloons...
Dont they look cute?
Now is the fun-time... planning the games!
1- I planned a bird's egg treasure hunt...where the birthday boy hid the eggs in all the unlikeliest places and the kids who finds the maximum eggs in a limited time...say 5-10 minutes WINS!!
The eggs can be small pebbles that have been painted white with red-green spots or stripes
or if you live in a place that doesnt have stones- you can even crush a small piece of newspaper, cover with tissue and glue... paint it white with spots/stripes.
(I dont have a picture for this coz i forgot to take one before the party and afterwords there were no eggs left! the kids had all taken them)
2- Next game is one of pinning the beak on an angry bird painted on full chart paper...
Angry birds are pretty easy to make- just a circle with a few feathers on top of the head and eyes.
Leave the beak... for that, just cut-out triangles out of yellow chart paper, write the kids' names on it.
Blindfold the kid and ask him/her to place the beak with his name on it, on the likeliest place.
the beak closest to the right placement, gets the PRIZE!
3- the other game was toppling over the piggie boxes (I had used shoe boxes) with an angry bird soft toy or if you dont have that, then an angry bird face stuck on a bright red/yellow ball!
this game is for the smaller kids.
4- I also had passing the parcel with music and an angry bird soft-toy as the parcel.
5- Other games that you can try is having green bottles as pins and a red ball for a game of bowling...
pic via click here
6- or popping the pig balloons with darts.
pic via click here
now come the EATS!!
I made these two cakes because the kids were about 20 and of course some of thier parents were also coming...didn't want the cake to fall short of a second helping!
ummm.... this is my maiden effort at icing with a character and though I was thinking that maybe a fondant cake would have been cuter but..A- you dont get fondant here and B- fresh cream icing is way more delicious!
these were basic sponge cakes- one chocolate flavored and one vanilla
this one was baked as a square, then cut diagonally and joined from the opposite sides to get a triangle for the yellow bird!... the icing is fresh cream inside+outside with pineapple pieces in the layering.
the next cake is chocolate cake with fresh cream and cherries in the layering and strawberry crush giving the cake a nice and gooey red topping....
the kids loved the blood-like red dripping!
Then I also made these cupcakes with the colorful icing and sweet sprinklers which, no surprise here- the kids absolutely loved!
Each cupcake had a matching cupcake topper that made the presentation sweeter!
here is a peek:
and there was also a juice dispenser that we used quite a lot when picnicking in the U.S. and which has been given a facelift of the angry bird!
For the Angry bird cupcake toppers:
what I did was I took a printout of this image on A4 card stock paper, or if you dont have that, then a printout on a normal paper....
....glued the image on chart paper so it stiffens, cut each circles out, stick a toothpick on the back of them, and just plonk them on each cupcake... it starts looking very pwetty!!
and finally the highlight of the evening... the Angry Bird tattoos...
Now it was impossible to get tattoos in our neck of woods so I did what I always do...Paint them on!
Now you can also take these images of mine given below, (right click+save) and print them and stick them where ever you want...
on balloons, gifts, banners...
Use your imagination and have fun... with a little help from moi!! :-)
Please remember that these images are NOT to be used commercially but for your own home based birthday parties!
And please remember to link back to my page if you want to write about this blogpost or ideas!