My three year old had only 1 request for her birthday- she wanted a Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood theme party. For those of you with paid cable, you may not know what this is. We have only antenna (sometimes not even that!) and so PBS is the only network my 3 year old knows at home (at Grandma’s she can watch more). Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a PBS show for kids that is a spin off cartoon version of Mr. Roger’s. It has the characters adults would remember as puppets on Mr. Roger’s show, in cartoon. When she told me this was her request, I set out to find decoration ideas. I searched party stores and online for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood party supplies and couldn’t find anything anywhere! It would seem as though Disney has monopolized kids party supplies! I found some shops on etsy that offered printables for party supplies, but I felt uncomfortable buying them knowing these were licensed characters I was purchasing from a private seller.
The day before my daughter’s birthday, I found a website via Pinterest that offered free downloads for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood that she had created herself. Maybe you’ve heard of her site, but I’m a new fan. The website is Peonies and Poppyseeds and they have HUNDREDS of free downloads for party favors and decorations. She saved my butt for Jo’s birthday party and I’ve got the pictures to show it (thank you Kimber for your iPhone photos!)
I decided for the rest of the decor (balloons, streamers, etc) to go with the tiger stripes and red like the trolley on the show. We kept it a small party- just my parents and sisters- so printing the download from Peonies and Poppyseeds was super cheap at my local UPS store.
I had our local Wal-Mart bakery do the cupcakes since my planning was so last minute (something about just having a baby…). They didn’t have anything Daniel Tiger they could do, so I just asked for orange cupcake frosting. I had one be striped black like a tiger for Jolene.
The download also came with fry boxes. I wasn’t quite sure what I’d use these for. I settled with party favors for our guests.
I wanted to do something special decoration wise, because Jolene was way into this year’s birthday party. 3 is a fun age to celebrate because she has opinions and taste. We did a faux backdrop to our party table. Let me tell you, the pictures on Pinterest of this idea look so much better than what I did. Probably because I didn’t do it against a wall. Also, this method was not easy. I thought to myself “How could this be hard? You tape at the top, twist as you bring it down, and tape at the bottom”… the twists did NOT want to cooperate. They kept folding instead of twisting. It was a little bit disappointing and frustrated. And then you have my balloon problem I faced. On Pinterest, the balloons look so fun and full as the topper and footer to the faux backdrop. I think I blew my balloons up too full because it just looks redonkulous (that’s a hick version of ridiculous).
But that’s okay because for a 3 year old birthday party where the guests are just family, you can have Pin Fails like this We did a basic BBQ dinner but to keep with the color scheme I had orange, coke and fruit punch soda. I also did Tiger Jello- I made orange jello, once it set I sliced it into cubes. Then I made a dark blue jello, and while I cooked it I added more blue food coloring making it appear black. Once it set in the fridge, I cut it in long slices and added it with the orange cubes. It turned out pretty cool, but no picture was taken
The small party was a hit with Jo, and I’ve learned my lesson to start planning ahead of time so I know if the desired theme is achievable or not!