Have a Daniel Tiger lover in your house? Ideas for a cheap, DIY Daniel Tiger themed birthday party including decorations and food.
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood for my little tiger’s birthday party!
My oldest is 3! When did that happen?! And how do I have a three-year-old? It’s funny how it seems like forever ago that we were called to head to the hospital for my induction with Tyler. Yet at the same time, it’s hard to think of a time that we didn’t have Tyler. Three years seems so short, but it also seems so long. It’s crazy how time works.
Tyler is growing to be such a funny, adorable, crazy, outgoing, wonderful boy. And he is all boy. He loves to play outside, although he doesn’t always like to get dirty. He plays with anything that has wheels, Olaf, Lightning McQueen, and Tow Mater. Tyler is a little ball of energy and literally bounces out of bed every morning and hits the ground running and is just go go go until bedtime!
As I mentioned the other day, one of Tyler’s current favorite shows is Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. We have seen every episode on Netflix multiple times and know every song. We only do things if they are what Daniel Tiger does. Seriously, everything in this household is currently based on a Daniel Tiger song/episode. About a month ago I started asking Tyler what he wanted to do for his birthday, and he said Daniel Tiger. I said I can also do Cars, Olaf, trains… nope, Daniel Tiger. He never wavered from that. Ok, Daniel Tiger it is! We are ready for a Grrific Party!
I again took to
the internet Pinterest to see what I could find for a Daniel Tiger birthday party. And surprisingly, I found quite a few ideas! Some of them were more of a jungle theme with tigers, but it still gave me some ideas. I posted the other day about the trolley I made for a dessert tray to put the birthday cake on.
Did you know there’s a PBS app, too, that the kids can watch the show and play games? PBS kids has so much to offer. It’s perfect for little kids, and parents!
Originally Published On: June 5, 2016
Last Updated On: June 30, 2023
Daniel Tiger Decorations
We didn’t do a lot of decorations. I’ve had some multi-colored food trays for years that I used for the food. We went with red, black, and orange for colors. As a tiger, Daniel is orange and black. And he wears a red sweater, so the colors were easy. I bought a few rolls of streamers at Party City and had plenty leftover to use for future parties for the kids.
Daniel Tiger Birthday Party Food
I tried to keep the food as simple as I could. After all, we had quite a few three-year-olds at the party. They like simple finger foods. I did a mix of appetizers, fruit, vegetables, and of course a dessert table.
I made some quick signs on the computer for each of the foods. The signs stood up easily since I printed them on cardstock and folded them in half. I did use a tiny piece of tape on the back so they wouldn’t fall off the table.
My food ideas all came from one of the characters in the show.
For Daniel Tiger, I did Fudge Stripe Cookies.
O the Owl had animal crackers for the kids.
Prince Tuesday was with the royal fruit and vegetables. By the way, I’ve learned from experience, most kids don’t eat many of the vegetables so I’ve slowed down on putting those out for a birthday party.
Miss Elena had the ham and cheese wheels. The wheels reminded me of spinning, and she’s always having backwards day and doing cartwheels.
Katerina Kittycat was with the mac and cheese.
Cake & Trolley Cake Stand
After a few cake mishaps, we actually ended up with just one small smash cake for Tyler as I always intended to have, and store-bought cookies for everyone else. I baked the cakes the night before, and I was going to make cake pops out of the large cake for guests.
Well, apparently I don’t know how to make cake pops because they would not stay together. And I couldn’t get the chocolate to melt properly even though it was melting chocolate. So then I tried shaping them into squares to be cake brownies and that didn’t work either. So I threw it all in the trash and sent Justin to the store for some cookies!
Even with all that, I like how everything else came out. I had ordered a Daniel Tiger and trolley cake toppers, so put those on the cake. Justin’s parents got him some Daniel Tiger figurines as a birthday gift, so they gave them to me that morning to be able to put with his cake.
Near the food, we had a small sign with a line from one of the songs: “We gotta try new food cause it might taste good!”. We sing this song all the time about trying new food and trying new things in general.
Last week, I put together a Trolley Cake Stand and it was a huge hit! You can see more about that HERE.
Happy Birthday, Tyler!
Funny enough, the first video of Daniel Tiger we ever watched was the birthday cake episode. Daniel gets his tiger cake made, but it doesn’t survive the trip home. I am not the best at cakes yet, so mine would have likely ended up looking like the messy dropped cake.