Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party
Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party: create your own agency with stuffed animals and activities for the perfect birthday party.
Magical Animal Adoption Agency Book
My daughter Maddie turned 10 last month and to celebrate we had a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Party. If you’ve never read the books before you’ll love the story of how a little girl named Clover discovers the Magical Animal Adoption Agency in the woods one day and spends the summer volunteering there. The Agency is filled with magical animals like unicorns, magical kittens, invisible puppies, and fairy horses.
For the party we thought it would be fun to recreate the Magical Animal Adoption Agency so that Maddie and her friends could adopt their own magical animals.
We made sure to invite the girls in plenty of time and let them know that if they had a chance to read the book before coming it would make the party even more fun.
Welcome To Our Magical Animal Adoption Agency
As guests arrived we had a few little details from the book, like a garden gnome by the door who guards the agency at night.
Inside guest made their way past the amazing Unicorn and Rainbow dessert table in the dinning room and into the living room where we had our agency all set up.
Mr. Jam’s Desk
We added some details from the book to the living room for the party, like Mr. Jam’s desk, and the wishing book.
In book one, Mr. Jams who runs the agency is called away on business and leaves Clover a note asking her to look after the agency while he’s gone, so we made a version of the note from the book and left it on his desk, along with some tea and cinnamon toast, which he’s always eating.
The Wishing Book
We also made a version of The Wishing Book, where people can come and leave their name and a request for a certain animal if it’s not at the agency. The next time the agency gets that particular magical animal, they’ll call anyone who’s requested it first.
And over the fireplace, more rainbows and unicorn sayings.
We turned a shelf in the living room into our pets cages where our friends could see them all and read about their magical qualities. The Magical Animal Adoption Agency website is amazing and has some great descriptions of the animals that we printed out and added to their cages.
For the party, everyone got to choose their own magical animal stuffie and then do different activities with them at different stations. The stuffies doubled as the party activity and take home favour.
Based on the books, here’s what we came up with for our magical animals.
We had some fire salamanders -in the book these little guys are fire-hot, heat loving salamanders. I found some at the dollar store and decorated their cage with some faux greens and rocks.
There was also had Esmeralda the toad.
Next was one of my favourites, the fairy horses -these are fairy sized horses. We used play mobile horses for ours.
Next was the jeweled tortoise.
On the next row we had the magical kittens. Each had a different magical power -the first one could shoot lightning.
The second magical kitten could throw frost and freeze things.
The third magical kitten could do acrobatics.
We also had the unknown egg, the subject of the second book in the series. No one knows exactly what it contains, but it’s to be bedded with soft feathers.
Next came the dragons. There cages were quite stark because of the obvious dangers of fire. A bucket of water was near by.
Invisible Unknown Creature
Lastly there was an invisible unknown creature.
I picked up all the stuffies at different toy stores.
Adopting Their Own Magical Animal
The party guests and the birthday girl all choose an animal to adopt. Everyone got a chance to fill out their adoption certificate for their new pet -you can find one here.
I set up various stations for the girls to visit with their pets around the kitchen and living room.
In the book, there is mention of all the special and different foods that the various animals eat, so I had fun making a centre piece of them in the kitchen.
The oats and the sugar beet biscuits are for the unicorns -we didn’t see any of those at our party, since they’re kept out in the stables.
The fairy horses like the oats and apples too, they’re served in thimbles for them.
The sugar cubes are for the fairy horses too, and the full moon beams are for polishing the unicorn horns.
The squashed flies (rolled up pieces of black tissue paper) are for the toad of course.
And the chilis are for the fire salamanders. The star dust and moon dust are also for polishing unicorn horns.
Design A Pet Box and Name Your New Pet
After the girls had their adoption certificates filled out it was time to take their pets to each station. The first one was to design a pet box.
We had some cardboard carry boxes that everyone could decorate with stickers and washi tape, and their new pets name.
This was a great first activity because the girls could use them as they visited all the other stations and put their goodies inside.
Make Your Pet a Collar
After the boxes were made the girls took their new pets to the make a collar station.
We had some pretty beads and cord and little cardboard tags where the girls could write their new pets names for their collars.
Washing Room and Grooming Station
The next station was the washing room and grooming station. We picked up little nail brushes for them to brush their pets. And just like in the book, there were toothbrushes to groom the little fairy horses.
Everyone also got a rubber duckie and wash cloth and a little toy for their new pet to play with.
Next was the Vet Station, where the girls could give their pets a check up before taking them home.
Everyone also got a container of Magical Animal Vitamins (gourmet jellybeans) just like some of the animals in the book needed each day. For anything more serious there was the phone number for Dr. Nettie Nurtch, the magical veterinarian.
Make Your Own Pet Food
The final station was a spot to make your animals food. We set this one up outside near the sandbox, and put out some fun “ingredients”.
Everyone used a flower pot to make their own concoction.
I think there were more magic potions made than anything else.
The glitter was a huge hit -of course.
The girls played outside and had a few fun adventures with their magical pets until it was dinner time. We had easy takeout pizza and veggies and dip.
Skyping Author Kallie George
And then after dinner, the best activity ever -we got to Skype with Kallie George the Magical Animal Adoption Agency Books author!
Talking with Kallie was certainly the highlight of the party and such a special, special treat for Maddie. Kallie is the sweetest and we all loved hearing all about how she’d been writing since she was a little girl and what inspired the series. It was especially exciting and inspirational since she’s a fellow Canadian.
Magical Animal Adoption Agency Dessert Table
We had so much fun creating a dessert table in a world of magical unicorns and rainbows! Every little girls dream. We started out with the beautiful rainbow flower backdrop.
Paper Flower Backdrop
We’ve made paper flowers a few times, you can see exactly how to make them here at our Paper Flower Making Video. For this party we wanted a rainbow theme, so we made our flowers in a pastel rainbow colours. A lot of the flowers we already had from other parties, and to make them fit this theme we added colour with paint.
To hang our backdrop, we hot glued the flowers to some large pieces of sketching paper that comes on a roll. I reinforced a few spots by hot gluing heavy cardboard to the back. I then used a darning needle to stitch a few pieces of string through the cardboard to hang the paper from. It worked really well.
We created a pastel rainbow of flowers and hung a beautiful unicorn head in the middle.
Since the Magical Animal Adoption Agency books take place in the woods, we wanted a forest feel to the room, so we used two small trees on either side of the dessert table. The trees are real trees that I cut and placed in cement in a galvanized bucket so they wouldn’t tip over. These are actually two of the ones I made for our Christmas dining room forest, and saved for Maddie’s party. For this party I used fairy lights and some pretty butterfly garland in the trees. I covered the cement base with some moss.
To carry on the forest feel, we decorated the table with a moss runner, some fun mushrooms made from air dry clay and more fairy lights.
We were trying to create the magical woods feeling.
On the dessert table we made a few special treats for the day.
Light As Air Cupcakes
In the second Magical Animal Adoption Agency book in the series -The Enchanted Egg, there is a beautiful impromtu picnic where everyone has light as air cupcakes. The cupcakes are so light that they sometimes float away.
So we had a few cupcakes floating up and one in a tree branch. These cupcakes were delicious. They were made with a vanilla cake mix, but for something special some have raspberry jam in the middle, and some have nutella in the middle. Yum.
Mr. Jam’s Jam Cookies
Another treat inspired by the book where Mr. Jam’s Jam Cookies. Mr. Jam’s runs the Magical Animal Adoption Agency. And in the books he’s always eating jam sandwiches, so we thought some jam sandwich cookies were the perfect addition. You can find our recipe for Jam Cookies here.
We also made some Unicorn Bark.
The Unicorn Bark was really easy to make and all the girls loved it! We started out with some white chocolate melted and spread on some parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Next we added different blobs of pink, turquoise, and purple melted chocolate. Then we ran a toothpick through it while it was still melted to create the beautiful marble effect. Then we added some special sprinkles, and edible glitter. I especially love the little stars. When the chocolate was hardened we broke it into pieces. I love how pretty it is!
Since the whole party was inspired by the idea of rainbows and unicorns, we wanted to include some rainbow food. We made rainbow jello.
Since we wanted pastel rainbows we tried a recipe where you mix some of the jello while it’s still liquid with cool whip to create the pastel layers. We topped the jello with more cool whip and star sprinkles.
It was time consuming, but easy, and looked fantastic.
I also made some of my homemade caramel corn -get the recipe here. It’s such a yummy treat.
We picked up the birthday girls favourite almond cake at Ikea, and made it fit our theme with some rainbow ribbons and playmobile unicorns on top.
Lastly we made some unicorn farts. Maddie made some cute labels and we added them to some cotton candy. It certainly made the little girls giggle.
When our little guests arrived I heard a few wow’s and saw the look of delight on the birthday girl’s face and it was worth all the effort.
Because really, what’s better than a Rainbow Unicorn Dessert Table for your birthday?
With a Magical Animal Adoption Agency Birthday Party, life really is a party!
With a Magical Animal Adoption Agency in your living room, life really, really is a party!
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You are the best mom ever!
Wow!! What an awesome party. So creative and original. Perfect for that age-group. What a treat to get to speak with the author too.
Nat, thanks so much!
This party looks absolutely amazing!!! I can’t get over how creative you are – but I should know better, knowing Maddie!!!
It was so much fun to create this party. Thanks for stopping by.
I’m totally doing this for Lucy! She just couldn’t decide what she wanted for a party this year…until I showed her this post!
I hope she loves it as much as we did. Happy Birthday Lucy!
I have been a party planner for years and I normally do not comment, because most parties are quite cookie cutter, but man, you blew this out of the park! It is adorable, original, sweet and fun! I absolutely love this! I am inspired! Fantastic idea and amazing execution. <3
Valerie, thanks so much for the lovely compliment. So glad you’re feeling inspired!