How to Throw an Owl Themed Birthday Party
When my son turned three years old, he wanted an owl party. This was four years ago before owls were popular so he was quite the trendsetter. If it weren’t for his love for owls, our Camp Mommawatchi “Momma Owl” might be something entirely different today. His passion for owls made me become a fan, too!
INVITATION – I designed this on the computer, printed it out and adhered it to brown cardstock. It says, “Who-hoo’s turning 3?” Then I list all the details and end with, “Come for dinner, cake and some owly fun!”
You will need:
- Wilton Cake Classic Wonder Mold Pan (or oven-safe round bowl like you would use for a Barbie cake)
- Bread or loaf pan
- 3 cake mixes
- Dowel rods
- Chocolate & vanilla icing
- Sliced almonds
- 2 dried pineapple rings
- 2 Junior Mints
- Bottom of a sugar cone
- Pretzel rods
- Fruit Roll-ups ( in a leaf color)
- To make this cake, bake two cakes in small, glass rounded bowls. I used my Pampered Chef glass measuring bowl, but you can also use the Wilton Cake Classic Wonder Pan. (It’s the same cake shape that you use to make a Barbie cake.)
- After the cakes are cooled, assemble the rounded cakes together to form an oval body. The bottom cake will be upside down so you may want to shave off a little on the bottom so it will be flat. Then, lay the other round cake on top, rounded part at the top. Secure with dowel rods.
- Next, on the bread pan cake, cut out a kidney-bean shape for the head. Place the head on top of the rounded body and secure with dowel rods.
- With the chocolate icing, frost the entire body except for the face and belly – you will frost these areas with vanilla. Place your 2 dried pineapple rings on the face for eyes. Put a Junior Mint inside each pineapple ring. Stick in the bottom of a sugar cone for the beak.
- To decorate around his eyes and his belly, place sliced almonds in a side-by-side pattern with the almond points facing down.
- To make the nest around the owl’s body, lay some pretzel rods around him. I used Fruit Roll-ups and cut out leaf shapes and placed in the pretzels.
CRAFT – I found this craft on Oriental Trading, but I decided to find the supplies myself since I didn’t have a dozen kids coming to the party.
You will need:
- Bright yellow or orange paper plates
- Brown craft foam sheets (one large sheet per 2 kids)
- White craft foam sheet (or paper)
- Orange craft foam (or paper)
- Yellow craft foam sheet (or paper)
- Large googly eyes
- Bird feathers
- Black marker
- Hole punch
- Masking tape
- I did all of the cutting ahead of time because the birthday guests were very young. First, using the brown craft foam, cut out two brown wings and two pointy ears (I forgot this step when I made my own!). With the orange foam, cut out two feet and one triangle nose. Cut a circle out of the yellow foam. Cut out the face shape with the white foam.
- Next, glue each googly eye to a yellow circle. Then, place the eyes on the white face. Glue on the triangle beak upside-down and make little black lines around the nose. Glue this entire white face shape onto the paper plate.
- Draw feathery lines underneath the white face shape.
- With masking tape, secure the two feet onto the back of the plate so that they hang down. In the same way, tape the wings on the owl’s sides. Glue on some bird feathers.
- Using a hole punch, make a hole at the top of the plate. Tie string or yarn through the hole so that the child can hang their artwork.
NAME CARD – At the kids’ table, I made each child a personalized keepsake to take home.
You will need:
- Little bird’s nest (from craft store)
- Small eggs
- Name card designed on the computer (or hand drawn)
- Laminator (optional)
- Design the name cards on the computer, print and cut them out. Lastly, laminate the cards (optional).
- Tape a toothpick to the back of the card and stand it up inside the bird’s nest.
- Place a few eggs inside the bird’s nest.
GAME: Owl Feeding Time! - This is a fun, easy game for preschoolers.
You will need: Printed pictures of different animals that owls hunt
- Print lots of pictures of different animals that owls may hunt. I chose rabbits, frogs and mice.
- In a large space, hide the pictures everywhere and let the kids find them. You may want to set a limit on how many they can find so that it’s fair for everyone.
Amber Tincher and Amy Leckrone
Co-founders Camp Mommawatchi