August was a busy month for us with beach trips and birthday parties. Sweet Pea turned nine, which is still just blowing my mind…nine is OLD! When did this happen? Each year the kids request a theme for their birthday party and this year, Sweet Pea wanted Guinea Pigs. She put that request in early, and we quietly sat by hoping the theme would change. It didn’t. There’s not a lot to do with a guinea pig theme; and there’s not a lot of resources on the web about guinea pig themed parties.
Josh built a PVC water structure, much like this kid car wash here, and we played with water balloons and slip and slides. The kids drew with chalk on the fence and then we ate! So here come the cupcakes. We were puzzled about the cupcakes and then it hit me one night.
I started with a circus peanut.
And then dipped it into some brown almond bark (found at your grocery store). Wilton’s candy coating would work perfectly too!
And then drizzled a few spots of white almond bark (or candy coating). These spots do not have to be perfect, after all, guinea pig hair can sometimes be kind of wild! Finally, it’s time for a face, which was very easy. We used tootsie rolls (the flavored kind) to shape the pink nose. I just rolled a small ball and put it into the wet almond bark. The eyes were made much the same, rolling the white tootsie rolls to make the eyes and then dotting them with some brown almond bark. The ears were shaped with chocolate tootsie rolls by rolling out a ball and smushing it flat into an oval shape. And that’s it! I’d love to hear if you are a themed birthday type of family. Have you ever had a hard theme to work with?