I didn’t think I’d be planning a character themed birthday party until Angelo was a bit older, but here we are. The kid loves Shaun the Sheep. I love it too, so I decided we’d do a Shaun the Sheep themed birthday for him. I was a bit disappointed at how little I was able to find in the way of cake and decor ideas so I thought I would make up a post in case someone is in the same boat as I was. Angelo absolutely loved his party and randomly yelled “Shaun the Sheep” innumerable times that day.
First off, I wanted to make some cheap and easy invites and decorations- which of course, turned into much more work than I bargained for. There really wasn’t anything in the stores that would work anyhow. My Mom and I used her Cricut to make a birthday banner and figured out how to use various templates to actually make a sheep shape. We also made a bunch of invites each with a sheep with jiggly eyes on it. They turned out pretty cute, and were super cheap to make as my mom already had a ton of paper. (comparable cards on Etsy were around $4 per card!) If I had to do it again though I would just buy some generic invitations. It was a lot of time and effot for something people are probably going to just toss after the party.
We had some balloons and streamers already that went with the colors from the banner which was great! I got rid of some stuff that I’ve been storing for years and didn’t have to buy anything new. I did purchase some tissue paper and black cardstock to make some tissue paper sheep. I’m planning to do a tutorial for these soon so be on the lookout! I think in all, it cost around $7 or so to make the invites and decorations (that’s even including the glue).
I wanted to decorate the cake, but was feeling very unsure of my decorating skills. I looked and looked for some cake toppers, but alas, there weren’t any to be found under $30 even on ebay. Finally, I was able to settle on trying out modeling chocolate. I found this website and followed the directions to a ‘T’ and my chocolate came out perfectly! Modeling chocolate is really pretty easy to shape and mold into what you want. You just have to watch out if you have hot hands like myself. I had to put my hand in the freezer a few times as the chocolate kept melting (or you could do the smart thing and have an ice cube in a Ziplock bag as a friend later pointed out).
I made Shaun and he came out so well that I decided to make Timmy as well. I would have loved to do Bitzer the dog, but I only had white and black colored chocolate so sheep it was! I used several toothpicks to hold everything together. The rest of the cake was just generic cake frosting which I am terrible at. I breathed a rather huge sigh of relief when the cake was fully frosted and Shaun and Timmy were placed on top!
I also decided to make Angelo a little crown. I cut up a cereal box and taped it together with packaging tape. I covered it with paper and put one of the sheep from the invitations on the front. It turned out pretty cute and the little guy actually kept it on for quite some time. (it is currently missing the outside paper but still in mostly one piece)
That’s about it for Angelo’s Shaun the Sheep birthday. I felt like it wasn’t too much work for how well everything came out. Everyone had fun and most importantly my son loved it which made me happy too.