December 7, 2012

Kids' Holiday Table - Part 3: Penguin Inspired Table + FREEBIES

The last of our three Kids' Holiday Tables was inspired by cute penguins, so naturally the color scheme was black and white, with splashes of bright yellow to warm things up!

I wanted to create a more sophisticated and modern looking table, whilst keeping the styling fun for the kids - A good balance for those who love to entertain in style, even for little guests! ;)

Styling Ideas and Inspiration

A simple white tablecloth is jazzed up with a piece of black polka-dot wrapping paper used as a  runner. It’s very inexpensive and practical, as you can throw it away after the party!

Carry on with the black and white color scheme, by having some cute penguin decorations as a centerpiece, made from re-purposed plastic bottles!

These can be made ahead with the help of your children, by hot gluing black foam wings and yellow feet onto empty white plastic bottles. The head is made by painting polystyrene balls in black, and decorating them with googly eyes, beaks, yellow felt scarves and even a cupcake case for hat. 

Not only do they look extra cute, but are kid-friendly and are amusing toys for little ones during, and after the meal!

Table Decor and Place-settings

Just because it is a kid’s table, it doesn't mean it can't be stylish too! Using unbreakable acrylic glassware that emulate crystal, makes the table look just as stylish as the adult version, plus the kids will love feeling all “grown-up” drinking out of it without the risk of breaking your finest china! Use a printable penguin straw decoration to complete the look (FREE printable at

Every day white plates and napkins get a face lift with the help of a cute felt penguin cutlery pouch – Simply sew (or use fabric glue) an A4 sheet of black felt on three sides to make a pouch. Then decorate with cardstock eyes and a beak using hot glue. These pouches also double as fun favour bags at the end of the party! Place dessert silver-ware in each pouch so it’s more manageable for little hands, but still quite fancy.

Each child will know their place with a cute printable igloo place-card at each place setting (FREEBIE at 

To finish off the place settings and keep the kids amused, you can paint a boring place mat using chalk-board paint, and display some white chalk on the side for the children to use.

Party Favors and Games:

The cute penguin centerpieces also doubles as play mates during and after the meal! :)

Send guests home with an easy Oreo lollipop favor – Open an Oreo cookie and insert a lollipop stick inside with some melted white chocolate. Let it dry until hard, then put re-assemble the cookies and dip into melted chocolate. Package it nicely with a printable penguin tag (FREE printable at

Party Credits:

* Styling, Printables and Photography: Bird's Party

So there you have it - Hope these ideas can help inspire you to create your own fun and amusing tablescapes for the little ones this Christmas! Check out more of our Holiday party ideas here and here.

And before I leave, just want to say a HUGE thanks to the fabulous editorial team at 'Yum Food and Fun for Kids' magazine, for allowing my party ideas to grace their pages this winter! ♥

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