Got an animal lover celebrating a big birthday? We've got ideas for some favorite animal themes: tweeting birds, galloping horses, and swimming fish. Each theme includes invitations, activity ideas, a dessert, a favor, and more creative fun for all the invitees.
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Bird Party: Set The Theme
Got a bird-lover at home? Go out on a limb with these adorable feathered party ideas.
Call out the birthday boy or girl with little feathered friends. Hang tags stamped with the birthday kid's name from the mouths of pretend birds (available at crafts stores; ours is from jamaligarden.com). Set each bird in a small flower pot filled with fake grass.
Bird Party: Activity Idea
See how long the kids can keep a feather in the air with their breath.
Bird Party: Favor
Perch a personalized paper bird in a nest filled with chocolate eggs.
Horse Party: Activity Idea
Toss some horseshoes with a classic game (we found ours at Amazon.com).
Horse Party: Dessert
Tie a piece of coconut-covered pound cake with licorice to look like a hay bale.
Horse Party: Favor
A plush horse in a metal pail is a perfect favor for aspiring cowboys and cowgirls. (We found our favors at orientaltrading.com).
Fish Party: Set the Theme
Something fishy is going on in this party! Have a swimmingly good time at an aquatic bash.
Swimming sock fish will start the party off with a splash.
What you'll need: Cardboard, scissors, socks, cotton balls or batting, rubber bands, small buttons, hot-glue gun, fishnet
Make it: Cut desired fish shape from cardboard and slip into sock. Fill sock with cotton balls or batting on one side of cardboard. Cinch sock at end and secure with rubber band. Hot-glue a button in place for an eye and attach sock fish to net with hot glue.
Fish Party: Activity Idea
Craft mosaic fridge magnets with air-dry clay, fish-shaped cookie cutters, and sequins.
What you'll need White air-hardening clay, fish-shaped cookie cutter, sequins, hot-glue gun, magnet
Make it Cut fish shape out of clay with cookie cutter. Insert sequins at an angle for scales and eye. Hot-glue a magnet to the back; let dry completely (about 24 hours).
Fish Party: Dessert
Make sweet sorbet fish by adding fruity fins and cereal faces. Bring the sea to them with sturdy blue cupcake liners.
Fish Party: Favor
Give the guests a bracelet-making kit of clear elastic and colorful fish beads. (We found ours at party902.com).
Originally published in the May 2010 issue of Parents magazine.