If you’re looking for a charming and playful birthday theme for your little one’s upcoming celebration, an owl theme is a great choice. Owls are experiencing a huge moment of popularity on the Internet. They’re cute, have huge eyes, and translate well into adorable little cartoon creatures. In need of some owl birthday party ideas? Read on to get the scoop.
Hooo’s Birthday Party? Activities for Every Age Group
Owl parties are perfect for younger kids or even baby showers. Older kids might find owls too cutesy so this theme is best for the under five set. However, if your older child has a love for these feathery creatures (thanks to the many owl memes) by all means go for it.
Since most owl birthdays parties are for younger kids, I wouldn’t worry too much about having games relating to your theme. If you’ve ever tried to wrangle a group of preschoolers into playing party games save yourself the headache this time and find some fun, noncompetitive activities instead.
To keep your party from becoming a free for owl having a few simple activities for the attendees is wise. The younger the children, the more simple the activity. Here are a few of my go-to’s:
- owl coloring sheets with a wide selection of (washable!) markers or crayons
- older children might enjoy decorating a bird house, be sure to use stickers or markers rather than glue and paints so guests can take their creations home with them after the party is over
- if the weather cooperates an outdoor treasure hunt is a fun idea. Put small prizes or treats in plastic Easter eggs and hide them outdoors. To avoid any post-hunt tears I usually establish how many eggs each child can find (if they can count) or if possible assign a specific color to each hunter.
- pin (tape) the feather on the owl. I love this throwback party game and change it up to suit any theme I might be doing. You can easily make one of these yourself with poster board and markers. Use double-sided tape for a no-pokes good time. Keep the tape close by since it will lose its stickiness quickly.
These are just a few suggestions for party games, I’ll be adding posts full of theme-related party games soon.
If you are doing an owl party for older children, finding some more detailed owl crafts will keep them busy. Also, a scavenger hunt is usually a hit, but give each child a sheet of clues they must follow to find their treasure. The older the kids, the more detailed the clues. Most kid’s parties last about two hours so you’ll want to have a few activities to keep them occupied, otherwise an at home party can turn into a nightmare for parents who don’t want a bunch of sugar-crazed kids running around their house.
Color Schemes for the Win
You can find owl plates, cups, napkins, banners, decorations, balloons, the list goes on and on. However, I find one of the best ways to really take a party from drab to fab is the color scheme. I threw an owl birthday party for my oldest daughter and at the time there wasn’t a lot of owl birthday products available. So rather than focusing solely on the owls I moved forward with a color scheme.
If you find an owl party package that you love, use the dominant colors for your theme. When I’m in the beginning stages of planning a party I try to find something that I’m really excited to use and go from there. For my daughter’s party I used my new favorite cake stands as inspiration, and ended up with a pink and green party. All the decorations, food, and party favors were pink and green, and it turned out wonderfully.
If you’re having a hard time finding owl products you like, focus on your colors at first.
We’re Owl Hungry
Setting up the dessert table is my favorite part of party planning. You can go with owl themed foods, color schemed treats, or a combination of the two.
The cake is the most important part of any party, and I usually do up a themed dessert table with the cake as the centerpiece. I love cake decorating, but if you’re pressed for time you can order from your local bakery. Depending on the number of people coming making a cake and coordinating cupcakes is also fun and makes for a spectacular display. I also usually add cookies, a fruit plate, and colorful candy in glass jars.
Decorating for your party can be as simple or extravagant as you want. If you’re on a budget, a few good choices when it comes to decorations is totally fine.
I like to focus on my color scheme for any party. Paper lanterns are a great way to define your party space and they can be used in several ways. For my party I just went with varying sizes in my color scheme, but you can also add eyes, wings, and a beak cut out of card stock or construction paper to create some super adorable hanging owls.
Balloons are another easy way to add a pop of color to your party space. Choose at least two different colors for depth and variety. Add in a few foil balloons, perhaps an owl balloon and a number balloon and voila, you’ve got a fun eye-catching party space.
I like lining the party space with helium filled latex balloons at varying heights. If you prefer not to use helium there are loads of different decorating options with balloons as well, we’ll be doing an upcoming post on balloon decorating to give you plenty of cool ideas. If you’re having the party outside of your home, you can probably scale back on the decorations since setup and take down can take some time. A few special balloons are a great way to make the space your own.
Streamers and fans are another easy way to style your party space. Again, just choose within your color scheme and everything will fall into place.
Are you sick of the owl puns yet? Now that we’ve been through a few owl birthday party ideas hopefully you have the inspiration that you need. Start with a few party products, get your color scheme thought out, and work from there. Stay tuned for more posts on owl birthdays coming soon!
That’s owl for now.