29 May

Plush Penguin Party Theme

penguin party theme

What’s black and white and ridiculously cute all over? Well, this adorable Cow Penguin Plush and Penguin Pillow for starters! These cute little creatures from MyDearDarling are charming enough to inspire an entire baby shower or kids birthday party theme all by themselves, don’t you think? (Yes, that IS a penguin disguised as a cow!)

The classic b/w color palette looks great with bright orange accents alone – or you can add another fun color like pink or aqua to tailor the party more specifically for a boy or girl. Here are a few ideas that incorporate both pink & orange accents…

penguin party theme

Pictured above: 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental ($12.21 at Amazon); Just Dots Black Dinner Plates, Black Dessert Plates, and Pink Beverage Napkins ($4.50 – $5 at Gallery 19); Sparkling Black Raspberry and Mandarin Izze Esque; Sunkissed Orange Plastic Utensils, and organic cotton Penguin Onesie ($30).

Pictured below: Penguin Treats!

penguin party theme

Above, left: Cute penguin-themed cookies & cupcakes from momskitchen (via flickr). Above, right: Create a penguin-inspired candy buffet featuring black & white candies like Penguin Gummies and Spotted Salt Water Taffy, along with a few splashes of your accent color(s)!

Extend the theme to your appetizer/buffet table as well with these ingenious Olive Penguins from Once Upon a Plate!

penguin party theme

Last but not least, these Penguin Greeting Cards ($12/set of 6) are a cute option for coordinating thank you notes – or bundle them into smaller sets of 3, tie with a cute ribbon, and give them to guests as as party favors!

penguin party theme


More Ideas:

Igloo Cake with Marzipan Penguins from Martha Stewart

• Use this Penguin Ice Box Buddy to make your own penguin ice sculpture or penguin-shaped gelatin mold.

Paper lanterns make any party more festive! (Right, Amy?) Decorate with big black & white lanterns + smaller lanterns in your accent color. (I’m also thinking there’s got to be some way to make your own penguin using round paper lanterns as a base!)


If you have more product suggestions or ideas for building on this theme, please share them in the comments!

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Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor SAYS:

The olive penguins have got to be the cutest things ever! Think even the kids would eat olives if they looked like that!

Reply June 1, 2009 at 10:38 am

Becca SAYS:

I did a penguin theme for my daughter’s first birthday! It was so much fun. We used purple penguins though. I made the olive penguins and had fish shaped crackers. For the vege platter, I froze a big block of ice with a rubber goldfish inside. I placed it in the middle of the platter to keep the veges cold. Also had a cheeseball covered with parm cheese to look like a snowball and put an olive penguin on top. The main cake was a 3D penguin covered in fondant and her smash cake was angel food shaped like an igloo covered with cool whip. I was worried about her getting sick if the cake was too rich, so angel food was perfect. Also had punch with “iceburgs” and plastic fish floating in it. Had stuffed animal purple penguins, balloons, snowflake plates and purple napkins. And snowflake toothpicks! My daugher wore a cute shirt with penguins on it. All in all it was super cute and tons of fun! Would love to share pics, but I don’t have a blog. Need to get them onto flicker… Thanks for letting me share!

Reply June 12, 2009 at 9:14 am

jenn s. SAYS:

That all sounds amazing, Becca! Please send over a link if you upload the pics to flickr! :)

Reply June 12, 2009 at 11:44 am

Nicole SAYS:

I did a Penguin Birthday Party Theme for my daughter – I made my own decorations since it is very hard to find them – feel free to share on your blog – It was one COOL party – lol:
I love all your ideas here – especially the Olives

Reply September 17, 2009 at 4:37 am

Laura McDonald SAYS:

Where can I buy those adorable penguin cookies? Do I have to make them myself? They would be the cutest favors.

Reply February 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Laura –
You could probably just show the image of them to any bakery that specializes in custom cookies or royal-icing cookies and they could replicate them for you.

I’m not sure where you’re located, but here’s a great place in SoCal that I like, and I’m pretty sure they ship all over the country:
http://sunflowerbaking.com/ Their pricing is usually about $3.75 per cookie.

Good luck! :)

Reply February 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

Nancy Pfeifer SAYS:

WOW!!!! These is incredible! LOVE IT!!! :)

Reply May 8, 2010 at 12:33 am

Jesse SAYS:

I love this idea. My nephew loves penguins and this site has easter egg penguins which we are actually using for this easter as part of his gift. These are such a good idea.


Reply April 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Serenity Henry SAYS:

I want them all.

Reply August 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

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Reply November 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Julie Evans SAYS:

The olives are sooooo cute. I will be making them for Thanksgiving. Is it cream cheese or mozzarella?

Reply November 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Diaryofa1stTimeMom (@DearMomDiary) SAYS:

Too cute! I’m planning a penguin party for my daughter’s second birthday and will try to pull this off as an (un)domestic diva!

Reply April 14, 2013 at 7:17 am

Katty Blue SAYS:

Do you know where I can get the Cow Penguin Plush? The link says it's sold out..

Reply May 13, 2015 at 5:41 am

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