Is a Daniel Tiger party in your future? Let me put on my mind-reading turban and find out.
- Is singing Daniel Tiger songs like these one of your main parenting techniques? (No judgment here. It works.)
- Does your kiddo choose Daniel every time there’s a choice?
- Did you mourn a little the day Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood left Netflix? But then san the Hallelujah chorus when it showed up on Prime?
If this is you, read on! I’ve gathered the best the internet has to offer for your little one’s next birthday: a Daniel Tiger party. It’s perfect!
Then, get moving on making the most grrr-rific Daniel Tiger party your kid could ask for.
Ultimate Daniel Tiger Birthday Party:
7 Inspiring Decoration Ideas
Decorations #1: Pinwheel Backdrop
Decorations #2: Festive Tablescape
This tablescape from Patty Cakes Bakery is festive, yet still easy! All you need are inexpensive crepe streamers, colorful balloons, and a table full of food. (Don’t worry…those food ideas are coming next!)
Decorations #3: Neighborhood Dessert Table
Bonus Buy: Use that same cupcake wheel in next year’s circus birthday theme!
Decorations #4: Wrapping Paper Hack
While that neighborhood dessert table is fabulous, not all of us have the time, talent, or cash to make it happen (after all, there is the rest of the party to prepare for).
This tablescape makes an impact, but is super simple to put together! Duplicate this look using the pinwheels I talked about above (under #1) with a red tablecloth and a roll of polka-dot wrapping paper. Done.
Decorations #5: Free Printables
These free quote printables from Candyland Studio will add a nice touch around your home (or other party venue) to really make it “Daniel-Tiger-esque.”
Decorations #6: Welcome Banner
Decorations #7: Daniel Tiger Party Kit
“Making something is one way to say ‘I love you’,” but it definitely isn’t the only way. This complete Daniel Tiger party kit includes everything you need. You can’t get Daniel Tiger items in your local party store, so online is the place to do it.
The Ultimate Daniel Tiger Birthday Party:
6 Savory Food Ideas
Savory Food #1: Pizza Dip Clock
Savory Food #2: Veggie Trolleys
Savory Food #3: Cheesy Tiger Tails
Throw some Cheetos in a bowl and call them tiger tails like they did at Candyland Studios. If you’re wondering what makes them tiger tails: they’re orange. Hey, if your toddler says it qualifies, go for it! See how easy this Daniel Tiger party planning stuff is?
Savory Food #4: Veggie Spaghetti
This rendition of veggie spaghetti from Betty Crocker is so good that even Miss Elaina will be asking for seconds, Toots.
Savory Food #5: Enchanted Garden Harvest
This is not a veggie tray! This is an Enchanted Garden Harvest, of course. We are in the Magical Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where everything is enchanted. Thanks, Peppermint Plum!
Savory Food #6: O the Owl’s Onion Dip
a veggie tray an Enchanted Garden Harvest be without O the Owl’s Onion Dip? Bonus: Candyland Studio also has free printable food label tents—they’re such good online neighbors.
The Ultimate Daniel Tiger Party:
7 Sweet Desserts
Delish Dessert #1: Sweet Tiger Tails
We had these tiger tails from Normal Cooking at my daughter’s party, and they were gone faster than you can say “Hi, neighbor!” You’ll need candy melts, chocolate chips, and pretzel rods to make them.
Delish Dessert #2: Tiger Punch
Delish Dessert #3: Daniel Tiger Party Cake
This cake of the Tiger family’s house from Patty Cakes Bakery is simply beautiful! Read this post to see how this mom did it.
Delish Dessert #4: Figurine Cake
Delish Dessert #5: Striped Cake
Delish Dessert #6: Frozen Banana Swirl
Delish Dessert #7: Tiger Fruit Cups
The Ultimate Daniel Tiger Birthday Party:
7 Game & Activity Ideas
Game Idea #1: Banner Craft
The PBS Parents site also has fun masks, a paper link chain you can make, and a TON of other resources. Check it out here!
Game Idea #2: Search for Snowball
Get messy on a hunt for Snowball! If you don’t remember this episode (#215, if you were dying to know), it’s the one in which Snowball, the class bunny, is lost, and *spoiler alert!* they find him in the Enchanted Garden.
Take some tips from this mom’s bear hunt at My Little Happies, make a few tweaks (like taking a cue from Coolest Family on the Block and using bunny paw prints as a clue), and turn it into a bunny hunt.
Game Idea #3: Make a Neighborhood
Game Idea #4: Coloring Time
Pick up a Daniel Tiger coloring book, give each child a page with some stickers and crayons, and let them enjoy some simple coloring time.
Game Idea #5: Pin the Tail on Daniel
Play a nifty-galifty game of pin the tail on Daniel Tiger’s cat and put on Daniel’s watch with this cute game that includes a blindfold and winner’s ribbons.
Game Idea #6: Piñata Time
“What do you do with the mad you feel?” Hit a Daniel Tiger piñata, of course.
Game Idea #7: Trolley Photo Booth
Make an awesome trolley photo booth like this one from Ready Set Parenthood, and let party guests get their pictures taken making silly faces while “riding” in the trolley!
The Ultimate Daniel Tiger Birthday Party: 9 Birthday Gift Ideas
Gift Idea #1: Family Figurines
Gift Idea #2: The Trolley
Naturally, your figurines also need a trolley to get around.
Gift Idea #3: Plush Animals
Your child is bound to love this talking plush Daniel as much as Daniel loves Tigey.
Gift Idea #4: The Playset
For a more interactive and complete setup, try this Daniel neighborhood playset.
Gift Idea #5: Bedtime Books
Send your tiny tiger to sleep with sweet neighborhood dreams by reading him Goodnight, Daniel Tiger before bed!
Need more bedtime book ideas? Discover a few new favorites.
Gift Idea #6: Potty Training Inspiration
If your own little tiger is potty training, this Daniel potty book may be just the thing to earn him more stickers for the potty chart! The book has a button that makes flushing noises, to “flush, and wash, and be on your way!”
Gift Idea #7: The Iconic Red Hoodie
In this red hoodie, your kiddo can look just like Daniel (um, except that he’s not a tiger – just don’t tell him that).
Gift Idea #8: Daniel Tiger Board Game
Playing boardgames is an excellent way to build fine motor skills and mental development. Not to mention, it’s a great 10-minute bonding activity with Dad before bed! Check out this educational Daniel Tiger game.
Gift Idea #9: Comfy PJ’s
The Ultimate Daniel Tiger Party:
7 Party Favor Ideas
Party Favor #1: Trolley Cake Pops
Make some cake pops to complete your mission to fill all the children with sugar and then send them home to their own parents! Muahaha!
Party Favor #2: Stickers!
What kid doesn’t love getting stickers! Use these Daniel stickers as the favors themselves, or use them to decorate your favor bags… or both!
Party Favor #3: Crayon Favor Bags
Party Favor #4: Play Packs
Pick up this 12-pack of Daniel Tiger play packs. Favors = done.
Party Favor #5: Snack Bags
Party Favor #6: Masks
Let the kids play dress-up like Daniel and his friends with these cute masks. Afterwards, send each kid home with one!
Party Favor #7:
Personalized mini paint cans are perfect for filling with the candy or other favors of your choice.
A Grr-rific Daniel Tiger Party Awaits You!
Well, friend. There you have it. Forty-three creative ideas to throw the most grrr-rific birthday party your Little Tiger’s neighborhood has ever seen. Now you’re inspired, it’s time to put your plans into action!
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