Yo Gabba Gabba was the party theme for our daughter’s 3rd birthday. She loves watching, singing, and dancing with the Gabba Gang, especially Muno, Brobee, and Foofa and their music bands The Aquabats and Jimmy Eat World. In order to keep costs minimal without breaking the bank, I relied on my “go-to” party supply stores – Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart. It was her first “all-out” birthday party with theme and games for little ones. Our daughter was super-excited seeing her party come alive with her favorite YGG characters and bright, bold colors.
For the food, we kept it simple and toddler-friendly (sandwich triangles, pigs in a blanket, fruit/veggie trays, critter crunch, and Muno Pretzel Sticks. For the pretzel sticks, I bought 2 packages of red candy melts from Michael’s, which was enough to melt and dip about 70 pretzel sticks. After dipping each pretzel stick, I sprinkled red candy sprinkles and placed a fondant “Muno eye” on it. The fondant eyes were made by my sister who acquired her fondant skills from a recent cake decorating class.
My husband and I created several activity games for the little ones. The 1st activity was a table for the kids to color YGG sheets. The 2nd activity was “Party In Brobee’s Tummy” Food Toss. My husband took a big box that we had laying around in our garage, sketched out the outlines of Brobee, spray painted it lime green, and used red, black, and true green acrylic paint for the smaller sections. For the food toss, I used plastic foods from our kids’ play kitchen. The 3rd activity was “Pin The Eye On Muno”. I found a printable for this game on www.gabbafriends.com, so it was simple to print on an 11×14 paper, and glue it to a foam core board.
In our garage, we set-up a photo area for our party guests. The photo background was simply a blue bedsheet that we already had, with colorful streamers taped on it, and white Christmas lights strung across it. We had a basket of Yo Gabba Gabba props for guests to wear that our kids already owned (Muno guitar, DJ Lance Rock wig, etc).
The last activity was a balloon-popping game. Each child was given a balloon pre-filled with paper confetti. I played the “Happy Birthday” track by the Ting-Tings from the Yo Gabba Gabba’s “Music is Awesome!, Vol. 2” CD. The object of the game was for each child to keep their balloon in the air throughout the song. When their balloon landed on the floor, I popped it with a nail, confetti flying around them. At the end of the song, the last kids with the their balloons still kept up in the air WINS!
Saving the best for last, the party’s “icing on the cake” was literally our daughter’s birthday cake. My sister created a marshmallow-fodant Yo Gabba Gabba 3-tired cake. Not only did the cake look awesome, it tasted sooo good!