A Very Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday Party

We celebrated the tyke’s 2nd birthday this past weekend! I guess I can start using his real name, since it shows up in the picture. Now, I’m not one who usually likes “themed” things. There was no theme for his birthday last year. Nowadays, he LOVES Yo Gabba Gabba. Once I began brainstorming things to do for a Yo Gabba Gabba party, the ideas kept coming. So, a themed party it was. It’s hard to see, but Gabba Land provided the background for the food spread.

First were the cupcakes. I made toppers out of fondant to resemble each of the five characters. The shapes were easy to cut out and put together. I loved that I could make these well in advance of the party, so that all I had to do was put them on top of the frosted cupcakes. This meant that I could make the cupcakes just before the party, and they would be uber-fresh. The cupcakes and smash cake were both homemade funfetti.

Then I came up with a snack food for each of the characters:

– Muno, “He’s tall and friendly.” These homemade fruit roll-ups were long and red, just like Muno.

– Foofa, “She’s pink and happy.” This refreshing watermelon basil water was just the right shade of pink.

– Brobee, “The little green one.” This hummus and veggie tray was a bit of a stretch, but I loved making the cucumber skewers with alternating slices so they looked like Brobee’s stripes. I didn’t get a picture of the whole tray, but it was a colorful array of baby carrots, celery, grape tomatoes, yellow bell pepper, and the cucumber skewers.

– Toodee, “She likes to have fun.” There was an episode where Toodee didn’t want to eat her snack of yogurt, because she didn’t think she’d like it. Once she tried it however, she discovered she liked it. (Try it, you’ll like it!) I realized I spelled “fruitty” wrong. I wanted it to sound like “tutti fruitti,” but I messed the card up.

– Plex, “A magic robot.” Hubs came up with the idea of having “Plex” mix. I decided to add the yellow candies. This was a big hit among both the kids and the adults. Recipe coming soon! (update: recipe link)

DJ Lance. Can’t forget about him! I made a smash cake and decorated it to look like his boombox. Normally, I’m philosophically opposed to smash cakes. Why waste all that lovely cake? But like I said, once the ideas started rolling, I couldn’t help myself.

There was also more substantial food for everyone. There were a number of vegetarians at the party, so I made sure to use vegetarian sausage and vegetable stock in the red beans. The gumbo was for the meat eaters. There were also make-your-own shrimp po boys, but they were eaten so quickly I didn’t get a picture of them.

My favorite part of the party was watching Tyler blow out the candles. He made a loud “ffffff” sound and shook his head back and forth, like when he blows on hot food.

And of course, he loved digging into the cake.

There were also cookie favors for the guests. After the party, Hubs asked, “What are we going to do next year to top this?” I’m sure I’ll think of something!

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Sweet Comments:

  1. Suzanne, everything looks like so much fun. I love the bright colors and creative ideas, especially the plex mix. I especially love the healthy food choices. Happy birthday to the tyke!

  2. Everything turned out beautifully. Great job! It looks like a lot of fun.

    I was so excited to see this post. My 2yo LOVES Yo Gabba Gabba and I’m thinking about doing a YGG themed party for her 3rd b-day. (It’s in June, but I’m a planner!) I love the cupcakes and the smash cake. I like the use of the YGG tags on the cookie favors too. It’s all wonderful! We are totally a Yo Gabba Gabba household!

  4. Everything looks gorgeous, well done mama!

  5. Awesome job! I like how it’s simple, not overdone.
    Where did you get the tags for the treat bags and the labels for the food?
    Did you make the Gabba Land scene?

  6. Shannon,

    Thanks! I got the tags and food labels from this site: http://bit.ly/s7Lun6

    The background was a printout from the Nick Jr. website. I printed and then enlarged it.

  7. Hey!

    I love your party ideas.
    Where did you get all of your Gabba supplies? Especially the little tags on the cookies?

    Amanda Cunningham

  8. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration. I’ve seen several of these through Pinterest, but the Toodee Fruity yogurt cups were a new one! I love love love the Plex Mix!

  9. Can I have the recipie for the plex snack? I’m throwing my daughter a yo gabba gabba party, and that looks awesome!

  10. Kris E – here is the link to the recipe. I forgot to add it to the text in this post. http://kokocooks.blogspot.com/2011/09/chocolate-peanut-butter-chex-mix.html

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi I love it all! ….where did you get the little gabba gabba plastic figurines? Thank you

  12. Anonymous,

    The little figurines are cupcake toppers that I got on Amazon. My son still loves playing with them!

  13. Daniella says:

    hey i loved this . how did you get the ygg background lans for the table ?

  14. Colleen Gebhardt says:

    Hello! This party is amazing and I would be honored to use your ideas for my daughters up coming party. I have already purchased several items shown here. I was wondering if you could share the homemade fruit leather recipe and directions, and share how you made those cookies. I have done a lot of research, and this is the best party I have seen! You are very talented!

    • Kokocooks says:

      Colleen, I tried emailing you a response, but the message bounced back. Here’s what I said:

      For the cookies: I used a basic sugar cookie recipe (maybe Martha Stewart’s recipe?) and cut them into circles. I flooded the cookies with white royal icing and let them dry. Then, I drew the number on the white background in the contrasting colors.

      For the fruit leather: I baked them on a silpat mat at the 250. If you don’t have a silpat, parchment paper would probably work (maybe coat it with some nonstick spray first?). Then I cut the strips of leather out with some parchment paper as a backing. It takes a LOT of strawberries to make the amount I did for the party. I think I did a double batch. I can’t remember the exact site I referred to when making the fruit leather, but if you read a few online you can get the gist of it.

      Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck with the party!

  15. Gluadia says:

    Helo, I am planning a Yo Gabba abba Party for my son. Where were you able to find or print the wall hangings?

  16. You’re ideas are by far my favorite! Great job! Very inspiring to me in planning my daughter’s ygg party!

  17. Maria Villanueva says:

    Hello! I loved the cake you made for your child’s party. Could you please tell me how you made it? Or did you go through a bakery?

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