My kiddos love Angry Birds. They are better at the app than I am! Since they have back to back birthdays, I decided to throw them a joint party this year. I love homespun parties and a shindig in the back yard is perfection in my book. Considering this would be a joint party, I’d need a theme that would attract them both, so I proposed Angry Birds and they were thrilled. My excitement grew the more I thought about how to do this party on a budget and without succumbing to purchasing premade commercialized goods. This was the easiest and most labor intensive party I’ve done to date, but the result was completely worth it! Not only did the kids enjoy themselves, the parents who attended did as well.
I based the invitation design on some of the app games. This party was celebrating two kiddos, so I needed to pull out all the stops and make sure both were happy with the design. They followed my process with eagerness and were thrilled with the outcome.
We had four separate activities and a face painter. The activities made this party what it was. Brilliant. It was organized, fun, and kept everyone engaged.
The first activity was the life size Angry Birds game. I purchased these awesome timber print blocks from Amazon. This was the most expensive item for the party and hands down worth it! The piggies were made of recycled cans adorned in green construction and tissue paper. The birds were plushies we already had. The kids all took turns knocking down the blocks and piggies while the parents took turns building the structures.
The second activity was Pin the Beak on the Bird. I created the bird with red poster board and used scraps from my stash to create the rest. The beaks were made with plain yellow print paper. I drew a template, traced and cut out all the beaks. On party day, I wrote the names of the participants and used glue dots to attach the beak to the bird.
The third activity was the Golden Egg Hunt. I spray painted 96 Easter eggs gold. Some of the eggs were stuffed with small prizes and toys. Six eggs held a special “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” certificate for the kids to turn in for a larger prize. A flashy, sparkly Rubik’s Cube. Watching the kids run through the gate to find the eggs was the highlight of my day and made the tedious task of painting all those pieces insignificant.
The fourth activity was busting up the hand made Angry Bird piñata. This was the first piñata I had ever attempted and the first try was a bust. Literally, but without all the fun of hitting it. I wasn’t sure the thing would make it to party day. I was completely worried it would either not puncture or that it would, but before we had a change to hang it. Luckily, it made it and splattered like a good piñata should. Only days later did we realize we forgot to blindfold the kids.
My dear sweet creative friend and soul sister agreed to paint faces for the party. I gave her a sheet of the birds I used for the cake toppers, necklaces, and magnets. She was all pro and the kids were completely still and patient waiting for their turn. I have never seen anything like it! The results were amazing.
EATS & SWEETS
The party was between lunch and dinner, so we had lots of finger foods: Bird Bites (Chick Fil A nuggets), Birds Revenge (pigs in a blanket), Bird Seed (basically white trash mix), Piggie Treats (rice crispy treats), and Worms (gummy worms).
I made cupcakes for the guests and the kids each got their very own smash cake decorated with a structure made from caramels and tootsie rolls. Each cake also featured three Piggies and a red Angry Bird keepsakes made from polymer clay that will now live in our dollhouse.
DECORATIONS & GOODIES
The decorations were my favorite part of the planning because I was able to do most of the crafting with my kids. They loved participating in creating the décor for their own party and it made them proud. I was beside myself with how much they wanted to help with. It was an amazing journey and helped create this buildup that made them both full of anticipation. The décor was basic, easy, and most of the supplies we already had in our craft stash. Bonus.
We made the sidewalk border Birds and Piggies by cutting out basic shapes with the Cricut and then taping them to wooden skewers. The piñata was made from flour paste and newspaper strips. Once that dried, I coated it in a layer of plaster of paris before gluing on the tissue paper. The center piece was paper machete as well. Part of the nest was made with bag filler and plaster of paris while the other was branches I pulled from one of our trees. I used glue dots to secure eyes to all the red and green food containers I purchased from the dollar store so as to make them look like piggies and birds. I blew up 24 green balloons and made a banner out of them. I contemplated drawing piggy faces on them, but they were pretty as they were.
The treat boxes were from the dollar store with brown filler made to look like nests. The kids and I made Angry Bird bottle cap necklaces and magnets for the take home goodies to go in the boxes. Each were tied with brown ribbon and a tag to match the invitations saying “Thanks for crashing our party!”.
I created the door sign and hung with ribbon welcoming the guests to have a “smashing good time”.
Pennant banners were made with paper from my scapbooking stash and little nests with bird eggs from the dollar store dressed the tables.
The kids and I wore Angry Bird shirts purchased at Walmart for $7 each.
VENDOR CREDITS & RESOURCES:
-Invitations and paper goods from Oh My Gluestick
-All other décor was handmade.