Last weekend was Finley’s second birthday party and surprise, surprise (!) we went with a Gruffalo theme. If your child is obsessed with all things Gruffalo then this is a brilliant theme for a party.
However, if like me you are sick to death of the sodding Gruffalo and his idiot child then don’t pick this theme. It will likely tip you over the edge and result in necking the emergency back up cooking wine straight from the bottle.

No seriously though, there’s a lot you can incorporate and be inventive with. You can use a lot of different colours as well. I went with purple (prickles), orange (eyes) and green (deep dark wood).
Or if you don’t feel like being creative and can’t be bothered with all that shit, then good news there’s plenty of pre-made Gruffalo crap out there on the internet, just see my links below.

It was a shame that the weather wasn’t up to scratch, so we couldn’t spend much time in the garden but we had plenty of party games and food to keep us entertained.

His cake was homemade by Nanny, chocolate sponge, chocolate buttercream with teddy bear sweets hiding inside.  From a shop on eBay I bought some handmade fondant figures and the final result was pretty impressive (and very tasty!).

Besides cake we dished up plenty of food. I made snake bagels for the kids – an idea I saw on Pinterest – they tasted alright but I can’t Pinterest to save my life so inevitably they looked pretty crap.
No there is not a picture 😉

We had nibbly bits like cucumber, peppers, scotch eggs, sausage rolls and grapes (green warts!).
My Mother in Law served up a delicious paella for the adults, washed down with a couple of jugs of Sangria!

I made up a Pass-the-Parcel the night before, I wasn’t sure if he would really get it to be honest. I was definitely preparing myself to break up a fist fight but he got the hang of it and the other children (who were admittedly a bit older) played like seasoned pros.

 

 

Also from an eBay shop, Pin-the-Tail on the Gruffalo. This one had us all in stitches, some participants had a bit of penchant for cheating and in their innocence proudly proclaimed that they had looked!

We also had an Egg and Spoon Race, which wasn’t on theme but by this point in the day who cares? It was a brilliant little game from Early Learning, the spoons and eggs were big and inside a little bean bag egg.

Anyway all this was quite enough for me so I’m pretty sure we’ll be opting for a venue based party next time.
Do you know of any Soft Play Centre’s with a bring your own alcohol policy? Have wine, will travel.

If you are thinking of hosting a Gruffalo Party here are some go to resources:
Gruffalo Print-ables
Gruffalo Party Bits
(Yes I know there’s loads on Pinterest but if you are as untalented and impatient as me I suggest you don’t set your goals too high!)

 

What party themes have you had to tolerate?

A Gruffalo Birthday Party

26 thoughts on “A Gruffalo Birthday Party

  • August 31, 2015 at 12:50 pm
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    I was never good at being creative with my kids for their birthdays… I'm glad they are a little older and they work out their own parties

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  • August 31, 2015 at 12:50 pm
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    I was never good at being creative with my kids for their birthdays… I'm glad they are a little older and they work out their own parties

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  • August 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm
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    We weren't that fun with parties, we just had games, sandwiches and cake … Glad the birthday was wonderful 🙂

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  • August 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm
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    We weren't that fun with parties, we just had games, sandwiches and cake … Glad the birthday was wonderful 🙂

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  • August 31, 2015 at 9:50 pm
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    Aww! What a great birthday party!! Lots of beautiful photos and even better memories made! Thanks for sharing! Suz x Beauisblue.com

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  • August 31, 2015 at 9:50 pm
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    Aww! What a great birthday party!! Lots of beautiful photos and even better memories made! Thanks for sharing! Suz x Beauisblue.com

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  • September 4, 2015 at 11:04 am
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    I'm so glad I'm not the only one sick of the Gruffalo. As a teacher, we do it EVERY year without fail! I am also crap at Pinteresting (if that's a thing!) but continue to pin all manner of complicated stuff before popping down the shop and buying it all! Looks like a great party though 🙂 #effitfriday

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  • September 4, 2015 at 11:04 am
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    I'm so glad I'm not the only one sick of the Gruffalo. As a teacher, we do it EVERY year without fail! I am also crap at Pinteresting (if that's a thing!) but continue to pin all manner of complicated stuff before popping down the shop and buying it all! Looks like a great party though 🙂 #effitfriday

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  • September 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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    This party looks great!! I love themed parties and that cake sounds amazing. I am shocking at Pinterest and anything I try to make looks shocking! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

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  • September 4, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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    This party looks great!! I love themed parties and that cake sounds amazing. I am shocking at Pinterest and anything I try to make looks shocking! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

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  • September 5, 2015 at 7:39 am
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    We haven't had any themed parties yet, but may do one for my daughter's 5th birthday early next year. She loves the Gruffalo, so perhaps I will soon be cursing his name too. Hooray. Some fab ideas here, and that cake looks amazing. #effitfriday

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  • September 5, 2015 at 7:39 am
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    We haven't had any themed parties yet, but may do one for my daughter's 5th birthday early next year. She loves the Gruffalo, so perhaps I will soon be cursing his name too. Hooray. Some fab ideas here, and that cake looks amazing. #effitfriday

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  • February 26, 2016 at 2:11 pm
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    I love it! Just thinking what theme to do for my little girls second birthday. Thinking Peppa bloody Pig as she loves it all 🙂 thanks for a great post #picknmix

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  • February 26, 2016 at 2:11 pm
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    I love it! Just thinking what theme to do for my little girls second birthday. Thinking Peppa bloody Pig as she loves it all 🙂 thanks for a great post #picknmix

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  • February 26, 2016 at 5:04 pm
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    Looks like a great party and I am very jealous of your cake, Nan did an amazing job! #fabfridaypost

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  • February 26, 2016 at 5:04 pm
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    Looks like a great party and I am very jealous of your cake, Nan did an amazing job! #fabfridaypost

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  • February 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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    I once went all out on a Mad Hatter's Tea Party for a bunch of 6 year old girls. I made Eat Me and Drink Me labels, had various pompoms and decorations strewn across the room and iced loads of delicate cupcakes. The kids destroyed the lot and one boy vomited on the floor. It was awesome. And I now refuse to do parties favouring days out. Happy birthday Finley (my Finley is 4). #FabFridayPost

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  • February 26, 2016 at 7:02 pm
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    I once went all out on a Mad Hatter's Tea Party for a bunch of 6 year old girls. I made Eat Me and Drink Me labels, had various pompoms and decorations strewn across the room and iced loads of delicate cupcakes. The kids destroyed the lot and one boy vomited on the floor. It was awesome. And I now refuse to do parties favouring days out. Happy birthday Finley (my Finley is 4). #FabFridayPost

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  • February 28, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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    This is so great! Ethan didn't have a proper birthday party until he was 4! I decided to hire a venue space but did everything! It was exhausting! Ethan just has his 5th birthday too and I went for venue and they did everything. I just did the party gifts, pass-the-parcel and the vegan cupcakes. I tried baking Ethan's birthday cake – but it went so so wrong that we ended up buying a really expensive but delicious cake instead. Haha – Oh – well, I did try. Your cake looks super yummy! Love the pin the tail game – that looks like so much fun. Egg and Spoon Race is genius! I think I will do that one next time. Glad you and the kids have had a great day. Happy Birthday Finley! Xx

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  • February 28, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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    This is so great! Ethan didn't have a proper birthday party until he was 4! I decided to hire a venue space but did everything! It was exhausting! Ethan just has his 5th birthday too and I went for venue and they did everything. I just did the party gifts, pass-the-parcel and the vegan cupcakes. I tried baking Ethan's birthday cake – but it went so so wrong that we ended up buying a really expensive but delicious cake instead. Haha – Oh – well, I did try. Your cake looks super yummy! Love the pin the tail game – that looks like so much fun. Egg and Spoon Race is genius! I think I will do that one next time. Glad you and the kids have had a great day. Happy Birthday Finley! Xx

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  • March 1, 2016 at 8:48 pm
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    I love the gruffalo, it was the boys' favourite book for so many years I rarely had to look at the words. Looks like a great birthday and ooh I never thought to look for cake decorations on ebay…. I'd still need someone who isn't crud in the kitchen to make the cake though 😉
    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

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  • March 1, 2016 at 8:48 pm
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    I love the gruffalo, it was the boys' favourite book for so many years I rarely had to look at the words. Looks like a great birthday and ooh I never thought to look for cake decorations on ebay…. I'd still need someone who isn't crud in the kitchen to make the cake though 😉
    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix
    Stevie x

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  • March 3, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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    I'm a huge fan of the Gruffalo, such a lovely Birthday Party you created. i found loads of decorations on ebay before and also Etsy is really good. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

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  • March 3, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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    I'm a huge fan of the Gruffalo, such a lovely Birthday Party you created. i found loads of decorations on ebay before and also Etsy is really good. Thanks for linking to #PickNMix

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