Angry Birds Party Ideas

There are a few helpful website in regards to creating an Angry Birds party for children on the web.  Here are some helpful things I found along the way.  I did not do the game “pin the bird on the piggie” and make a big poster.  It is a cute game, but we did something similar last year.  I also wanted to do “find the golden eggs”, but again we found dinosaur eggs last year.

Here is the link to the Angry Birds Cake I made and how to make it.

Here is the link to the Angry Birds Cookies I made and how to make them.

**Update**  Here is a link to make Angry Birds Cupcakes.  My friend Chrissy made them and sent me the photos to include!

**Update 8/10/12** **Update** Honey Maid is now making Angry Bird Graham Crackers!!!  I wish these had been around last year for our party.  What a cool treat?!  Dip them in cheesecake dip or just eat them alone.  I saw them at Schnucks (local St. Louis grocery chain), so they may be at the bigger stores now.

Here is the invitation I created below.  It was made in Photoshop.  I could not add the link to the Photoshop document or I would have provided it for free for you.  I will have to work on that.  So, for now here is some inspiration.    The font is “Chicken Butt” from dafont.com and you may need to download it in order to match what I have in the document.

I created the balloons here on the fireplace mantel using the template from The Party Animal.  Only blue bird is missing and that is because I had one balloon and it literally blew up in my face.  The best balloon collection I found was at Target.  They carried the black, white, red and yellow balloons all in one bag.  Walmart’s balloon mix leaves out black and white.  You have to buy those separately and in bulk, at least at our store.

To make the live “Angry Birds” game, I took some large, plain boxes from Costco and then drew woodgrain on the sides with a black magic marker.  Stack the boxes and you have your own piggy area.

To make the “pigs” and “bird” for the Angry Birds game, I used black, yellow, and brown and orange permanent markers to draw their faces.  Some people have successfully made the eyes white using white acrylic and a sealer.   But they still look cute and the kids don’t notice.  They were having too much fun.  The balls were found at Walmart.  I couldn’t find any at Target with the bright solid colors.

To make the “Thank You” favors, I created sugar cookies from my previous post here.  If you want 2-inch “Thank You” cut outs just like the ones here, you can download them from this..

To make the banner, I tried to find a font that looked like the Angry Birds font.  I really didn’t find one I thought matched, but this one was close.  I downloaded it from dafont.com and it is called “chicken butt.”  Yes that is right.  I didn’t make it up, I promise.  You can download the MS Word document Birthday banner to print it out.  To make your own, simply open a Word Document; switch to Landscape; use 600 or 650 point font to create the letters; cut out the letters; tape them to a piece of yarn and hang with some tape.

To make the pinata, I bought a blow up punch ball from Target.  Then covered it in two layers of paper mache.  After it was completely dry, I painted it green with Washable Crayola paint.  A whole box at Michael’s cost $3.50 which a half off coupon.  After the green dried, I used the Party Animal Templates for the piggies and taped that on.  I actually prefer this pinata to ones we have purchased in the past.  At several parties, including our own, the small children can never break the pinata and it gets frustrating.  Eventually an adult has to help.  Two layers was good for our group of kids mostly around age 5.  Kids age 7-8, I would recommend about 3 layers.  The paper mache glue mixture I use is 1 cup flour to 1 cup water.  This required about 3 cups of flour and 3 cups of water – about the consistency of pancake batter.

To decorate the table, I used the plush birds and piggies that we already had.  The birds on the left surrounding a “nest” which is a grapevine wreath.  The pigs on the right are in front of my small skillet with their eggs which I hardboiled the previous day.  (To hardboil eggs, cover the eggs in a pot of water and an 1 inch more of water above the eggs.  Bring water and eggs to a full boil.  Cover pot and remove from heat.  For large eggs, let stand for 15 minutes.  For extra large eggs, let stand 18 minutes.  Drain water and then cool eggs with running cold water.  Cool eggs then store in the fridge.)

For appetizers, I made Pigs in a blanket and called them “angry piggies.”  These were a hit.  I didn’t want to add more sugary snacks/treats like gummy worms.  To make them, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Cut 8 hot dogs in half.  Cut 8 crescent rolls in half, longways.  Wrap the roll around the hot dog and bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden brown.

As another game, we played piggie bowling.  I took 12 water bottles and removed their labels.  Then I took a Jpeg image I found on the web and printed it out 12 times.  Next, I cut out the piggies and taped them to the water bottles.  We used the blue birdie ball to “bowl” the piggies down.  Here is the link where I found the image of the piggie.

Another game I created with the small characters from Angry Birds is the game below.  Simply get some plastic cups and stack them.  Place piggies on top and go!  The small characters I used on the birthday cake and found here at Amazon.  The price jumped around from $11 to $19.

Angry Birds Cake – Chocolate Cake from Scratch

Some people don’t like the idea of homemade cake.  Perhaps they had some bad experience with it in the past or they just can’t see themselves going to “all that trouble” and dirtying up all those dishes.  Fear not!  A Betty Crocker Cake mix requires 1 bowl and some kind of beaters/mixer to mix it.  That is all you need to make this recipe too!  So you aren’t dirtying up any dishes.  Timewise, you can mix this recipe up and it take about 4 minutes longer.  Just a few minutes to save yourself from all those weird ingredients on the box and the time it takes to go to the grocery store and buy the box.

Onto the Angry Birds Cake part:  This didn’t turn out exactly how I had pictured it in my head.  Believe me  – it tasted great.  And I would rather have a weird cake that tasted awesome than a great looking cake that tastes gross.  Sigh, I guess I’m  just not that great at decorating.  Part of the cake was sinking and the Twix bars I bought wouldn’t stand up, so I just used the mini Twix bars instead.  Next time I would use dowel rods and small pieces of cardboard to support the top layers.  Similar to what the wedding cake pros do for tiered wedding cakes.

This recipe will look very familiar as it is the same one I used in the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake earlier.

Chocolate Cake
yield 16-20 servings  (24-26 cupcakes, or 2- 8×4 loaves, 2 – 8″ or 9″ round pans)

2 cups sugar
1 and 3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cocoa
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk (substitution: 1 Tbs. lemon juice and 1 cup 2% milk)
1 cup strong coffee or hot water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp. vanilla

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In one big bowl, add the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and kosher salt.  Stir together with a whisk or beat on low in the mixer.
2.  Add eggs, buttermilk, coffee, vegetable oil, and vanilla.  Beat on medium for 2 minutes.  It will be watery and that is just fine.
3.  As cupcakes:  using a large scoop (3 Tbs), spoon the batter into the cupcakes and bake 14-16 minutes
As 13×9″ cake: bake 35-40 min.
As 2- 4″x8″ loaves: bake 22-25 minutes
As 2 round pans: bake 22-25 minutes

As always: check with a toothpick for doneness.  Cool for 10 minutes then invert the cake/cupcakes out of the pan to cool on the wire rack.


Chocolate Buttercream

yield: about 3 cups

2 sticks (1 cup or 8oz.) of unsalted butter, room temp.
3/4 cup cocoa, sifted
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla
3-4 Tbs. milk

1.  Cream the butter until light and whipped – about 1 minute on medium.
2.  On LOW speed, slowly add the  cocoa and powdered sugar about 1 cup at a time.
3.  Scrape the bowl to make sure all the sugar is in there.  Add vanilla and milk.  Beat on medium/medium high speed for 2 minutes.
Use immediately or store in the fridge until later use.

Recipe from Wilton.com

Buttercream Icing
yield: about 3 cups

2 sticks (1 cup or 8oz.) of unsalted butter, room temp.
OR 1 stick of butter (4 oz.) and 1/2 cup shortening
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. milk

1.  Cream the butter until light and whipped – about 1 minute on medium.
2.  On LOW speed, slowly add the  cocoa and powdered sugar about 1 cup at a time.
3.  Scrape the bowl to make sure all the sugar is in there.  Add vanilla and milk.  Beat on medium/medium high speed for 2 minutes.
Use immediately or store in the fridge until later use.

Recipe from Wilton.com

To construct Angry Birds Cake:

What you will need:
2  – 4×8″ loaves of chocolate cake
1 recipe of chocolate buttercream
1 recipe of buttercream
6 mini Twix bars
1 package of Hershey Drops
1 decorating bag and #32 tip
offset spatula
12″x26″ piece of plywood covered in foil
4 mini Snickers

1.  Bake Chocolate Cake in 2 – 4″x8″ loaf pans as instructed above.  Cool completely and use immediately.  Or store in the fridge to use the next day (covered in wrap).  Or store in the freezer to use within 1 month (covered in cling wrap then foil).  Thaw in the fridge overnight when ready to use.

2.  Prepare a piece of wood at least 12″ wide and 28″ long.  We used scrap from the garage.  You could use a piece of cardboard if you don’t plan on transporting the cake.  It should have no warps at all or the cake will fall.  Cover the bottom with aluminum foil.  You may need some tape to keep it flat.

3.  Add green food coloring or gel to the white buttercream to make it look like grass.  Spread onto the foil in a  thin layer.  Using an offset spatula, tap the frosting with the flat end to make peaks that resemble the “grass”.   Reserve about 1/2 cup of buttercream for decoration.

4.  Slice each cake loaf into 4 sections.  Use a ruler or cut one loaf in half, then each half into halves.

5.  You should now have 8 sections.  Take one of the sections and cut in the middle halfway through the cake and then out.  This should make an “L” shape and create the cake piece on the left side of the photo.

4.  Now frost all of the sections with chocolate buttercream.

5.   Place each section carefully onto the “grass” as viewed in the photo.  I would suggest some sort of support for the bottom 3 pieces of cake.  If I were to make this again, I would cut 6 dowel rods as tall as the cake pieces.  Then, cut 6 small pieces of cardboard small enough to hide under each section of cake, and cover those with foil.  After placing the 3 pieces of cake on the bottom, insert dowel rods and place the foil pieces on the ends to hide under the top 2 pieces of cake.  Repeat for the top layer.

6.  Use gray icing or in my case I used Hershey Drops (new m&ms without a shell) for the stones.

7.  Use a star tip, I used tip#32, to add grass around the edges.

8.  Place angry birds and piggies on the cake.  I purchased mine at Amazon here.  Saving me TONS of time in making them out of fondant.

9.  Add chocolate buttercream icing to the ends of the mini Twix bars to add to the top of the cake.  Place very carefully.  We tried using toothpicks to secure them, but the Twix bars were too dense and broke the toothpicks.  If one of them is about to fall over, I would lean it against the side of the cake to hold it up.

10.  Stack mini Snickers on the plain cake, the second from the left, as shown.

Angry Birds Cookies – Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies

There is going to be a lot of Angry Birds posts this week.  My son wanted an Angry Birds birthday party.  However, there isn’t a lot of Angry Birds stuff you can just buy out there in terms of already made games, small toys, plates/napkins, balloons, etc.  After much digging on the internet, here is the party I came up with.   I disregarded quite a few game ideas I saw on the web because we already did “pin the tail” last year and “find the eggs” as well for the Dinosaur party.  Dinosaur party – tons of stuff out there.  Angry Birds, not so much!

Here are the cookies I made for party favors.  I know I know – yellow bird is NOT yellow on top.  I apologize.   Most pros recommend 2 batches of the royal icing recipe below.  I had enough for one and didn’t estimate enough yellow icing.

There is a lot to learn about royal icing and I’m still learning as you can see.  It takes practice, practice, practice.  These cookies would also look better outlined with a black food coloring pen.  But they are only sold in packages at the store for $9 and this would have been a one time use.  I love to bake and these tasted great, but I don’t think I’m great at decorating 🙂

Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies

3 c unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 c sugar, stored with vanilla beans
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold
1 egg
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350.  In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.
2.  In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter together.   Add 1 egg, and the extracts.
3.  On low speed, add the flour little by little.  Scrape the bowl making sure all the ingredients are mixed together.  You don’t need to overbeat it.
4.   Have two large pieces of cling wrap ready on the counter if you are going to not use it immediately.  Scoop half of the dough into your hands and form into a ball while removing.  It will be crumbly, so just keep putting it together into a ball, then form into a disk.  Wrap in the cling wrap and store in the fridge.
5.  If you are using immediately, obviously don’t store it in the fridge.  Scoop it up and knead the dough together.  Place it on a floured surface.  Roll to about 1/4″ thick.  Cut into shapes.  Place shapes on parchment or silicone mat.  Freeze for about 5 minutes.
6.  Bake at 350 degrees for  10-12 minutes.  Make sure they do not brown – they will be overdone then.

Royal Icing
covers about 24 cookies that are 3.5″ wide

4 Tbs. meringue powder
scant 1/2 cup water
1 lb. powdered sugar, SIFTED
1 tsp. light corn syrup
few drops of clear vanilla extract

1.  Using the paddle attachment, stir to combine the powder and water.   Stir until foamy.
2.  On LOW, add the powdered sugar.  Add in corn syrup and extract.  Increase speed to medium-high for about 5 minutes.  Watch carefully to see when the icing becomes glossy and stiff peaks form.  Do not overbeat either.  This will be the icing brittle when dry.

** When making red icing, I would highly advise getting “no taste red” or just not using it.  It really makes the great cookies not taste so great.

**Outline piped with a #2 tip.  Flooding done with #3 tip or Wilton candy squirt bottles.

Outlined the Red Angry Bird and filled with white flood icing for the eyeballs, light yellow flood icing for the belly and black flood icing for the hair and pupils.

Outlined the Yellow Angry Bird and filled with white flood icing for the eyeballs, light yellow flood icing for the belly and black flood icing for the hair and pupils.

Recipe from bakeat350.blogspot.com

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