Angry Birds is all the rage with the kids right now so it was no surprise that Rocky wanted this theme for his 6th birthday party. (How can he be 6 already?)
I know I’m not the only one suffering from Angry Birds overload. Recently I heard a mother scolding her child in Korean. I didn’t know what she was saying but I did understand the words “Angry Birds”. I just nodded to her in sympathy. If you haven’t heard, Angry Birds is a video game where green pigs try to steal the birds’ eggs. This is what makes the birds angry and players then set out to help the birds destroy the pigs by launching various bird characters from slingshots into wooden towers where the pigs reside. It’s a simple and silly concept but it’s addicting and it’s everywhere. That’s why I was so surprised when I looked around and found the supply has not caught up to the demand as far as ready-made Angry Birds party supplies. Grocery store bakeries do not yet offer this theme, either.
Cake maker Jessica Moreno to the rescue. Once again, she outdid herself with the special cake she made for the occasion. It was a big hit with everyone at the party, including the owner of the fun house we rented. She must’ve really been impressed because she sees multiple cakes every day and this is the one that caught her eye. She asked for contact information to order one for her own child. Go, Jessica! My best cake photo turned out to be the one I took of it in the back of the car before moving it inside. I wanted a record of it in case of a mishap. Luckily, it made it in one piece. Whew!
I wasn’t able to find Angry Birds paper products, so I had to settle for matching colors. I did find a few sheets of stickers at one store. I bought what they had (not many left) and I used these for the party favor bags and for decorating some plain wrapping paper that matched the Angry Birds color scheme. I did my best to mimic the Angry Birds lettering where I could. I also found some plush birds which at $10-15 a piece were too expensive to get very many. I was able to get more at a local consignment store where I traded some old clothes for a few more birds. I’ve no idea if they are the “officially licensed product” but Rocky was happy to have them. I used them to decorate the tables.
The kid sported an Angry Birds t-shirt that I got at JCPenney with the free $10 coupon they sent us in the mail. It’s $10 to spend on anything at all, no minimum purchase, the store mails this out to its customers about once a quarter or so. If you are not on their mailing list, get on it so you can take advantage, too. Love that store. Not that I’m biased because I used to work there.
Finally, I printed out some free Angry Birds coloring pages from the web and used a couple to decorate walls. Ebay also offered some banners, pins and key chains but I was deterred by cost and didn’t care to pay for shipping for items I couldn’t see before buying. You never know what you’ll get until it arrives. You can also go the crafty route, I found fellow bloggers with some great ideas for games and party favors you can make yourself. Check out Quirky Momma and Lil Sugar to name a couple.
I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before more Angry Birds products start showing up at local stores. But if you live in Southern California and need to plan a party ASAP, I suggest you find Jessica!