A Rubber Ducky Birthday Party
Splish, splash, it's a birthday bash! A ducky birthday is a great theme for children of all ages (and grown up ducky-lovers too!) Here are our favorite ideas for invitations, party decorations, games and activities, menu options, and more.
Rubber Ducky Birthday Invitations
Waddle on over for a ducky party!
Sending great invitations by mail can make your guests feel special before the party even starts. You can either make your own invitations or send pre-made cards. Here are some ideas for both options:
**General Invitation Tips**
- Ducky Cutout Invitations -- Use a ducky cookie cutter to trace the shape of a duck onto yellow paper. Cut this out and glue it onto a folded piece of blue cardstock. (For an extra touch, you might add feathers or googly eyes to your duck.) Use a catchy headline such as, "Come help us make a splash at our ducky bash!" Write your party information inside the card.
- Rubber Ducky Invitations -- Write your party information on a decorative tag and use a pretty ribbon to attach it to a small rubber ducky. Hand deliver these or send them in small mailing boxes for an invitation and party treat all in one!
-- If you choose to make your own party invitations, don't forget to include the date, location, and time of your event. It's also helpful to put the host's name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.
Here are a few invitations we found that would work perfectly for a ducky birthday:
Ducky Birthday Party Decorations
Inflatable Ducky Tub
- Blue, yellow, and orange make a great color scheme for a ducky birthday. You can incorporate these colors into your decor by mixing them up in your tableware, and also by using them in things such as balloons and streamers.
- Help your guests make tracks to your party by lining your walkway with duck footprints. Cut these from orange paper and cover them with clear contact paper to keep them clean and dry. (Download a free printable duck print template here.)
- Liven up your party entry even more by hanging a duck crossing sign on the front door and adding a yard sign that says, "This way to ______'s pond. Come on in, the water's fine!"
- Use Bubbles -- Every good rubber ducky loves bubbles! You can hang clusters of clear balloons to look like bubbles, or better yet, purchase a bubble machine for non-stop bubbly party fun.
- Set up a ducky wading pool filled with an assortment of floating rubber duckies
- Set a Ducky Table
- Start by using a blue tablecloth to represent water.
- Make a rubber ducky themed centerpiece by floating a jumbo rubber ducky in a small metal washtub. Tie some balloons in your party colors to the handles on either side of the tub.
- Sprinkle some feathers or rubber ducky confetti around the table.
- Write each guest's name on a unique rubber ducky as a place setter.
- At each table setting, place a yellow ducky party hat made by hot gluing an orange feather to the top of a yellow cone shaped party hat.
Here are some party supplies that can make great additions to your party:
**NOTE -- Duckies make a great 1st birthday party theme. The Just Ducky party supplies are also available for a 1st birthday party.
Games and Activities
- Play Some Music -- Make a party playlist with some great duck-themed songs. The gang at Sesame Street has quite a few rubber duck songs, including "Rubber Ducky", "Do de Rubber Duck", and "Put Down the Ducky." You can find these and other fun songs on their CD, Splish Splash: Bath Time Fun.
- Have a Duck Egg Hunt -- Hide some plastic eggs filled with candy or small prizes and send your guests off on a duck egg treasure hunt.
- Splashing and Bubbles -- If your party is for little ones, blowing bubbles and splashing in sprinklers or wading pools are fun and easy party activities. Give each child their own bubble blower (the no-spill variety works best) and let them go to town! Make sure you have some towels on hand for either activity.
- Floating Bubbles Game -- For this game, blow up some balloons and after inflating, stick a small toy or treat in each one before tying them. Then fill a tub or wading pool with water and float the balloons on the surface. Have the children take turns picking out a floating "bubble" from the pool and popping it to reveal the prize inside.
- Duck Foot Relay -- Divide your guests into two groups for a relay race. Give each team a pair of swim flippers to look like duck paddles. Have the children take turns racing from point A to point B and back in their flippers. The first team with all its racers back wins. You might make things even more challenging by having them carry a small bucket of water and seeing which team spills the least.
- Read a Story -- There is some great children's literature out there for duck lovers, and storytime is a great, quiet way to entertain little ones. Some titles to consider include: 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle, Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, and The Ugly Duckling by Jerry Pinkney.
- Duck Pinata -- Attach colored ribbons to the bottom of a ducky pinata so that when the children pull them all the goodies fall out. (This is a great way to adapt a pinata into a safer party game for little ones.)
There are also some great, pre-made party games and activities out there. Here are three that would work well with this theme:
Rubber Ducky Party Candles
Continue your theme into your party menu with these fun food ideas:
Serve some fried chicken drumsticks and call them "duck legs"
Set out bowls of Pringles potato chips and label them "duck bills"
Offer a tray of cheese and "quackers"
Give small children baggies of mixed cereal such as Cheerios, Chex, and Kix, and label the bag "Duck Feed"
Float some rubber duckies in the punch bowl
Use rubber ducks as cupcake toppers
Ducky Birthday Party Favors
Send your guests home with a special memento of the day. Here are some ideas for favors:
Hope you've found some helpful ducky birthday ideas on this page.
Enjoy the party!
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