To celebrate Abbie's 2nd birthday we had a penguin themed birthday party! Abbie has been obsessed with penguins since her first birthday when we went to the aquarium. PopPop and Grandma bought her a stuffed penguin, and she LOVES it! She sleeps with "Pengi" every night and carries him around with her almost constantly. She can spot penguins a mile away in stores, and requests to watch "Happy Feet" or "March of the Penguins" almost every day. So we knew a penguin party was the perfect theme for our little penguin lover!
Below is the invitation we sent out (without some identifying information). We invited 5 of her little girlfriends from church over to our home, and Abbie had a fabulous time with them!
We decorated our living room with 3D snowflakes, blue/black/white/orange balloons, and penguins!
We had three activities for the little girls. First they made penguin crafts - they made little penguin stick puppets and colored penguin pictures.
Our second activity was reading penguin story books.
And our final activity was a penguin hunt. All over our home were little, paper penguins the little girls had to find. (It was basically an Easter egg hunt only with penguins instead of eggs. :)
For lunch we ate fish sticks, goldfish crackers, baby carrots, and blue jell-o jiggler "ice" cubes. We served the food in silver buckets, just like zoo keepers use to feed penguins at the zoo. At the end of the party each little girl took home a tiny, silver bucket with bubbles, balls, penguin cookies, stickers, and a little homemade penguin coloring book.
For dessert I made penguin cupcakes and cookies.
Abbie enjoyed having everyone sing "Happy Birthday" to her!
After the guests departed, Abbie took a long nap and then we opened presents! Among many wonderful gifts, she got new baby clothes for her dollies from PopPop and Grandma and a penguin backpack from Uncle Mike and Aunt Lisa.
Abbie officially turned 2 on February 3 - Chinese New Year! :) Today at church she wore a little Qipao, brought her Chinese New Year stuffed rabbit, and I put her hair in traditional Chinese knots - she was too cute! Zhongguo gongzhu shengri kuaile! (Happy Birthday Chinese Princess!)