Plush Penguin Party Theme

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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!

By |2017-05-03T13:09:42+00:00May 29th, 2009|Baby Showers, Kids Birthday|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. [email protected] May 29, 2009 at 5:33 am

    I love the appetizers! Very cute theme!

  2. Stephanie @CoutureParties May 29, 2009 at 6:27 am

    OMG! love the costume penguins! ETSY designers are my favorite…how cute would this be as an aquarium or sea world theme party!? cute!

  3. [email protected] Celebrating May 29, 2009 at 7:05 am

    cute cute! My son loves penguins. It’s a great unisex party theme!

  4. MixMingleGlow May 29, 2009 at 7:52 am

    oh for goodness sakes! too cute! such a “cool” idea for the heat of summer! Love it! :)

  5. Jess @ Celebrate It! May 29, 2009 at 8:11 am

    oh my GOD… I’m dying! this is probably the cutest thing ive EVER seen.

  6. rachel May 29, 2009 at 8:21 am

    oh my gosh, i can hardly handle this!! penguins have been my favorite animal since i was in jr high…i never thought about how cute it could really be in a theme….it totally is not cheesy! darling!!

  7. [email protected] May 29, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Those olives need to stop! Cutest thing ever.


    I’m reading along and noticed the shout out…you clever little monkey, you!


  8. Down Pillow May 29, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Such a cute theme! I just love the stuffed penguins & that onesie is adorable :)

  9. Vanessa S May 29, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I absolutely loved this theme its supper adorable!

  10. Juliet Grossman May 29, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Okay, how cute are all of those penguins. I am in cuteness overload right now. The onesie is the best. I linked to this post on my blog about thank you notes recommending the penguin notes for either a child’s party or baby gifts. Too cute! My blog entry w/link to you is here:

  11. My Dear Darling May 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring my penguins, Jennifer! All the items you chose are SUPER cute, I think I”ll be going on a shopping spree. :P Maybe even have that penguin themed party as you suggested… a wonderful excuse to get those penguin cookies and olive penguins.

    Thank you again! :D

  12. Reilly May 29, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    i bought my 2 year old neice 365 Pengiuns. It is such a funny and quirky kid’s book!

  13. SHIZUKA May 29, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I love the plush dolls! They are so adorable. My daughter would love this for her party next month!! Thanks for the idea!

  14. Kim - The TomKat Studio May 30, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Super cute! Great finds!

  15. Linda Kerschner May 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I can’t wait to try making the olive penguins. From my grown-up daughter to my eight-year-old nephew, all the kids in my family eat black olives like candy, so I know they will love these adorable critters. Thanks!

  16. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor June 1, 2009 at 10:38 am

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

  17. Becca June 12, 2009 at 9:14 am

    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!

  18. jenn s. June 12, 2009 at 11:44 am

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

  19. Nicole September 17, 2009 at 4:37 am

    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

  20. Laura McDonald February 1, 2010 at 8:31 pm

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

  21. jenn s. February 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

    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: Their pricing is usually about $3.75 per cookie.

    Good luck! :)

  22. Nancy Pfeifer May 8, 2010 at 12:33 am

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

  23. Jesse April 14, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    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.

  24. Serenity Henry August 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I want them all.

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  26. Julie Evans November 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

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

  27. Diaryofa1stTimeMom (@DearMomDiary) April 14, 2013 at 7:17 am

    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!

  28. Katty Blue May 13, 2015 at 5:41 am

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

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