Amazing Owl Birthday Party

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Owls are popular for a reason: they are adorable! If you haven’t jumped on the owl bandwagon yet, this party just might lure you over to the owl-lovers side.

This party was for Kate’s daughter’s second birthday, but this could easily be done for any age, even into the teenage birthdays.

Here’s the cake. I love how this sets the color scheme for the whole party.
A two-tiered birthday cake with two owls on top

Here is a closer look at the table the cake was displayed on. Check out the logs that were used to add dimension and height to the table (under the cake and the suckers). I thought they were a cute and woodsy way to add a lot of impact to the setting.
A table with owl-themed birthday decorations and treats

DIY candy bar! Who doesn’t love that as a take-home treat?
A table with owl-themed candy and party favors

This is the opposite corner of the table. Perfect little details really make a party special, and this is just plain cute!
Owl-themed party decorations with owls on a log

Adorable owl birthday banner:
Owl-themed Happy Birthday banner

Things to do:

I love this type of guess how many game. I’ve never seen suckers displayed like this for the game and I just love it. Of course everything goes with the color scheme which keeps the party cohesive and beautiful.

Owl-themed party games with candy
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DIY owl painting. Games/projects like this are great for a party because once you have it set up you don’t have to do much. This activity also doubles as a party favor.
A table with painting supplies and ceramic owls for painting

Kate provided everyone with an owl apron to wear while painting. The apron went home with the guests, as well as the painted owl.

A woman wearing an owl apron

A child striking an owl pinata with a bat


Feather boas and little owls all over the backyard. She did a few different trees like this and each was a different color of feather/owl.
White feather boas and white stuffed owls in a shrub

Adorable little stuffed owls all over the place. Owls were on the tables, in the trees, and even hiding in the window sills of the house.
Two stuffed owls


Colored drinks (and look at that fun stump that top drink is sitting on) and check out those bright paper goods in the background.
A display of colorful drinks in glass dispensers, cups, and ice

This is one of my favorite parts of the party, a DIY grilled melt bar. Kate had tons of different toppings, breads, cheeses, spreads, veggies, and meats with a hot griddle ready to be used in the middle of the table. Guests could make their own hot sandwich as they pleased. I love that this takes some of the crazy out of the party. Sure, the prep is still there, but while the party is actually happening very little is needed on the part of the host.

Plus, look how cute her display is!
Menu for Grilled Melt Bar ideas

Grilled Melt Bar chalkboard menu

And what  DIY hot sandwich bar would be complete without a DIY s’mores dessert bar? Did you even know that they made so many flavors of marshmallow? I sure didn’t! You can’t see it from here but the white scrolly box to the right held small burners with flames so that the s’mores could be roasted right at the table.

A table with ingredients and menu for DIY Smores Bar

I’ll take a grasshopper s’more please!
Chalkboard menu of Smores Bar ideas

And of course that birthday girl matched her party! Cutest. Outfit. Ever.
Little girl with owl-themed outfit

Kate, thanks again for letting me share you party. But now you got me craving a melty sandwich and melty marshmallow.

So dear reader, were you already on the owl loving bandwagon, and if not, did this change your mind?

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  1. Lisa Blischke says:

    Where did you find the 2 stuffed owls one is winking? my daughter collects owls and that would be sweet to add to her collection

    1. Melissa says:

      Zurchers – it’s a party supply store!

    2. Kate says:

      The owls are from oriental trading. The come in a pack of 6 or 12.

  2. Alexa says:

    Did you make the owl shirt or where did you get it?

    1. Alexa says:

      Do you sell them? I would love to have one for my daughters 2nd birthday! (I’m answering the message back about the adorable owl shirt!)

    2. Kate says:

      I don’t sell them thats where I bought my daughters. If you go to the website that lady does sell them. She does a great job.

    3. Melissa says:

      Sorry I was wrong… it’s a friends party and this is what shes said –

      The shirts was purchased from Great quality, professional and quick turn around.

    4. Angela says:

      I really like the supplies ! Where did you get them

  3. Dana says:

    Great Party! I am doing an owl party for my daughter’s 2nd B-day. Where did you get the owl aprons

    1. Melissa says:

      Oriental Trading!

  4. Ness says:

    How did you make the colorful display for the grilled cheese bar! I love it but can’t figure out how you folded it. Is it paper? Tissue? Then how was it layered? Is there a tutorial on this?

    1. Kate says:

      It is accordion folded cardstock (used a bone folder) with coordinating patterned circles in the middle. They were done in various sizes and then hot glued onto a huge piece of cardboard. Which ironically was a bad plan to put above the grills because as you can see the heat started to melt the circles off throughout the party.

  5. Kara says:

    where did you get the owls to paint?

    1. Melissa says:

      Let me look again – I think from the party supply store Zurchers.

    2. Kate Thorley says:

      Oriental Trading. All the owl themed stuff is from there.

  6. Ella's Mommy says:

    Adorable!! What a cute party! I have to ask where you got that owl shirt? I’m planning the same theme for my daughters first and it would br perfect with the skirt I am making 🙂

    1. Kate says:

      Bought it off Etsy. Wish I could remember the sellers name because I wanted one for her third. It was really well made.

  7. Vanessa Barker says:

    This is DARLING. Thanks for linking up to Tutorial Tuesday

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  9. Cami @ You Seriously Made That says:

    Love the owl theme! Thanks for the great ideas 🙂

  10. Alicia says:

    Wow! Amazing! I think I am way too lazy to pull off something like this. 😉