This at home adopt a panda pet adoption party for kids was so much fun to plan! It included pet house decorating, collar making, a vet check up station and more. Check out our At Home Unicorn Spa Birthday Party and Finding Dory Ocean Party for more kid friendly party ideas!
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Our little neighbor and family friend recruited my help in planning her dream panda party for her 4th birthday. As You Wish, a pottery painting place, helped supply the matching cups and dishes (all hand painted by their amazing artists!). We’ve hosted many parties (like our Finding Dory Ocean Birthday and our Art Themed Painting Birthday) with As You Wish and they always make the day so special! If you are in Arizona, California or Utah, check them out! Keep on reading for all the adopt a panda pet adoption party details and tips.
HOW MANY KIDS SHOULD I INVITE TO AN ADOPT A PANDA PET ADOPTION PARTY?
I prefer smaller parties as opposed to inviting the entire class list. A good rule of thumb is to match the invites to however old the child is turning. If your child is turning 6, you’d invite 5 kids + the birthday girl or boy. That can get tricky with cousins and siblings, but I really like the idea of keeping the party small and less overwhelming. We capped our guest list to 9 friends + the birthday girl, so 10 kids in total. We had 1 adult helper per station.
WHAT SHOULD MY GUESTS DO WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT OUR ADOPT A PANDA PET ADOPTION PARTY?
I recommend planning an arrival activity that early guests can do to fill time until everyone arrives. Coloring or a simple craft would be a great activity to fill this time. We had our little guests decorate a gable box “panda house” with stickers. We also included letter stickers, so they could add their pet name to it. This was easy enough for our preschoolers to complete without a lot of extra assistance.
WHAT ACTIVITIES SHOULD WE DO AT AN ADOPT A PANDA PET ADOPTION PARTY?
We offered 4 different party stations: decorate a panda house, make a panda necklace, give your panda a vet check up and pick a toy/snack station. This took us about an hour to complete, spending around 15 minutes at each station. The rest of the party time was spent eating, cake time, opening gifts and free play. This was the perfect amount of activities for preschoolers.
For the necklace making station, we had our guests string beads on pipe cleaners. The pipe cleaners are much easier to manage than string for little fingers. I also found some wooden panda beads to coordinate with our theme. I recommend grabbing a cheap sectioned out veggie tray to place the beads in. For the toy and snack station, our guests were able to pick a mini ball and a Hello Panda snack to place in their gable boxes.
HOW DO I CREATE A PANDA HOSPITAL STATION FOR A PET ADOPTION PARTY?
I created my own panda hospital printables (coming soon to my shop!) for this party, including a panda checkup sheet. Because most of our preschool guests weren’t quite reading yet, I made sure that the printable included pictures. We placed these printables on clip boards and included pencils. We placed cheap play stethoscopes, thermometers (decorated with a panda sticker) and bandaids at this station for our panda checkups. Pretend play is always a favorite with this age group!
HOW SHOULD I DECORATE FOR AN ADOPT A PANDA PET ADOPTION PARTY?
We kept our party decoration very simple. We used polka dot tablecloth topped with a sparkly pink table runner for our cake and treat table. We grabbed a faux bamboo plant from IKEA and used jars to display the panda treats and snacks. A light up mini marquee and basket full of our stuffed pandas completed the look. The panda pottery from As You Wish completed our party theme and made for super cute decor! This would be a fairly easy party to do in store, painting a panda pottery piece as part of the party. Contact them for more information.
WHAT TREATS SHOULD I HAVE AT AN ADOPT A PANDA PARTY?
You can’t have a panda party without a panda cake! I’ll let you in on a little party secret. I requested plain 3 tiered cake from a local grocery store and added my own panda decorations (found on Amazon). My amazing Mom created the matching cookies that went on top of the “party like a panda” plate from As You Wish. Our little guests sipped lemonade out of panda cups with polka dot straws. Check out those cute little panda erasers that I hot glued to the straws!
Happy panda party planning! Make sure to send us any photos of your panda parties if you decide to use these theme! A big THANK YOU to As You Wish for their super cute panda pottery contributions.