As a book-lover, I am ecstatic that my 8-year-old has developed a love for reading. Luckily, there are amusing books, like Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, to keep kiddos engaged and entertained as they develop their reading skills.
With the release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer (Book #18!) this summer and the release of the animated adventure, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Christmas: Cabin Fever just days away, the book series and its amusing characters have never been more popular.
Let’s look at how to throw a Diary of a Wimpy Kid party so unique everyone will be saying, “Zoo-Wee Mama!”
Get Cheesy with These Party Invitations
With so many Wimpy Kid books available, you will have plenty of inspiration for unique invitations to set the tone for your animated party. Feeling artistic? Create the invitations yourself! Or you can have Yombu help you out with a fun custom design and save you some time.
Create ‘cheese touch’ invitations out of yellow cardstock to look like the moldy, grimy cheese slice feared by all the middle-schoolers in the first book in the series.
You can also design your party invitations to look like a sheet of paper torn right out of Greg’s diary, I mean, journal.
Or take a cue from the books and craft your invitation to look just like one of the book covers from the series. The color you choose could even inspire the theme for the entire party.
Party on with Animated Décor
While the book’s illustrations are black and white against a lined paper background, each book cover in the series is a different, vibrant color, which gives you ample room for creativity. Here are some decor ideas that I love:
- Choose a black-and-white color scheme for your party with a few pops of color, such as blue, red, green, or yellow to bring out the playfulness of the books.
- Balloons, lanterns, or streamers in your chosen colors will make for lively décor.
- To keep with the ‘cheese touch’ theme, make garlands out of yellow cardstock to look like the moldy cheese from the book.
You can also take your décor to another level by making large posters of the book covers to display throughout your venue or black and white cardboard characters from the book.
Turn the Page with a Bookish Cake
A cake is the focal point of any party, and you can have so much fun using your imagination to create a one-of-a-kind birthday cake based on the book series. A simple white cake with black-and-white cartoon animations of your kiddo’s favorite characters can do the trick. Bonus points if you create a cartoon version of your little one to be added to the cake. Visit the book series’ official website to ‘wimpy’ your kiddo.
Why not go all out and have a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book cake? It can be your child’s favorite book in the series or be customized with your kiddo’s name and theme.
If big cakes aren’t your thing, white cake pops with black and white character faces can be easy and a lot of fun. Cupcakes with colorful liners, white frosting, and character toppers can be another unique alternative.
‘No Brainer!’ Games and Activities
With several live-action movies and the third animated film soon to be released, you have plenty of options to choose from should you want to throw a Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie birthday party. Pizza and movie snacks such as popcorn, cotton candy, and lollipops will go great with a movie party theme.
- Keep the kiddos entertained before or after the movie with a character scavenger hunt. Hide black-and-white character cut-outs throughout your venue. Have the kiddos check them off a list or have them name each character.
- Make a ‘cheese touch’ obstacle course by laying out yellow, moldy cheese cardstock squares on the floor and have your little guests cross the room without touching them.
- Make a Rowley cheese toss game by covering a large box with white paper and drawing Rowley on it. Make a hole for the mouth and decorate yellow bean bags to look like moldy cheese.
Final Thoughts – A ‘Zoo-Wee Mama!’ Wimpy Kid Party
Celebrate your kiddo’s love for books with a unique and animated Diary of a Wimpy Kid birthday party. There will be no ‘meltdowns’ with all the fun the little ones will have with these creative party ideas.
In the first book Greg Heffley is 12 years old, in the majority of the next books he is between the ages of 12 and 14.
Intended for Children between the ages of 8 – 12 the book covers a variety of topics in a child friendly way including: Conformity, Friendship, Loyalty, Bullying and Self-esteem. We can highly recommend it as a must read for your Kiddos.