This year we celebrated Snuggles’ 8th birthday with a Hockey themed party. He had been talking about wanting this party theme ever since he started playing hockey last fall with his older brothers, but of course I ended up not making any plans until the very last minute other than ordering a few birthday gifts and pulling out our copy of Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet
I knew I wanted to try and come up with a few new ideas, different from the last Hockey birthday party we had for Ranger’s (previously Rascal) 8th Birthday.  All our boys have different favorite NHL teams – Captain loves the Penguins, Ranger the Capitals, and Snuggles’ favorite team is the LA Kings so we focused on incorporating Silver and Black for our party decorations.  
After a trip to the craft store and a couple internet searches on Saturday morning (the day before his birthday!) along with lots of help from my husband and older children, it all came together! 

He was so excited when he woke up to discover his Hockey Jersey Birthday Cake, the Face-off Puck Cakes, the Stanley Cup Ice Cream Cones, and all the other treats and decorations we made for his special day.

Ranger made sure that the Capitals were still represented! 
Snuggles’ birthday happened to fall on Father’s Day this year! Some of my siblings happened to be in town for the weekend so we packed up all the party food and headed out to my parents home for a double celebration. It was such a fun day! 
.: Party Food and Decorations :. 

Sports Drinks with homemade Hockey and LA Kings Labels

Ranger whipped up a quick Lego Hockey Rink…
… and this awesome little LA Kings Zamboni! 
NHL Hockey Puck Party Favors – made with Ding Dongs, a little melted chocolate to secure the lollipop sticks, and a white candy decorating pen
Along with “Concession Stand” Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, potato salad, and watermelon, my mom made sure there was an amazing salad filled with AIP approved veggies that I could eat. 
Thank you, Mom! 

Flying Pucks (Cookies & Cream) Ice Cream 

.: Party Games :. 

I had a couple games to play including NHL Spot it! and the NHL Bingo I created 7 years ago for one of our older boys’ 8th birthday, but the biggest attraction at Grandma and Grandpa’s house is always getting rides on the golf cart or Grandpa’s quad.

.: Birthday Cake :.

.: Birthday Gifts :.
His birthday gifts included some little gifts from his siblings (I especially loved watching him open the bag of coins from his little sister. She was so excited to give them to him! And of course all the thank you hugs!), a water gun from Grandpa and Grandma, a fun airplane card and gift from his other grandparents, lots of little toys from Uncle Brian and Aunt Megan including this fun Air Hogs Rip Force Glider, a few lego sets, a LA Kings Goalie Minifigure, and a personalized Hockey backpack!
Happy 8th Birthday, Snuggles!


  1. jbc2789

    You do such a wonderful job of making your children's birthdays extra special! Glad you had such a special day with family!

    2015-07-02 15:39:26

  2. ERIKA

    If my husband were there he would definitely skip the main entrees and devour that salad. What are the ingredients of the salad and dressing? It looks so delicious!

    2015-07-03 16:26:56

  3. Krista

    Gosh! It looks so DRY there! I see you're getting a BIG heat wave!!! Hope you don't get any fires! Hopefully the hockey party helped everyone think COOL!!!!! 🙂 Can't believe how big the kids are getting!

    2015-07-03 21:01:20

  4. Guest

    Very inspirational!!!

    2015-07-03 22:06:34

  5. Guest

    Happy birthday precious fella!

    2015-07-03 22:06:54

  6. Bernadette

    What a special day! So nice to see your family together, and their affection towards one another. That's what life is all about! God bless and have a happy and safe 4th of July! 🙂

    2015-07-04 18:36:42

  7. Debbie McL

    This is an awesome Birthday Theme for your little fellow. Such wonderful unique ideas for his special celebration. You do such a wonderful job for your children's birthday parties Jessica. I have two new Grandsons so I will keep this theme in mind for them someday. I hope that you will be able to post photos from Twinkle Toes and Chiquita's last birthday parties. I have been so anxious to view a big post of photos from their birthdays like this one. I know that you are a very busy Mom so I will wait patiently…May God continue to Bless your Dear Family.

    2015-07-05 19:53:15

  8. Jessica Gordon

    I know!!! Thank you for your patience! I've had those birthday posts (plus Rose's last birthday post too!) on my to-do list for so long. I'm really hoping that I'll find an opportunity to catch up sometime soon!

    Congratulations on your new grandsons!

    2015-07-07 00:36:21

  9. Jessica Gordon

    The salad was delicious! I need to forward this to my mom to answer! 🙂 Let's see… It had romaine, celery, radishes, cucumber, carrots, I think some sort of broccoli/coleslaw type mix, micro greens, and avocado on the side to add for those who wanted that as well. I topped mine with oil and vinegar, but she had an Italian dressing out too.

    2015-07-07 00:40:08

  10. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you! I think I enjoy my children's birthdays as much as they do! 😉

    2015-07-07 00:41:16

  11. Jessica Gordon

    Yes… It's been such a dry year with record setting temperatures and super low water levels. So worried about fire season! We've already had an acre fire two properties down from a thunderstorm last month… Please keep us in your prayers!

    2015-07-07 00:43:45

  12. Jessica Gordon

    Thanks, Bernadette! God bless you too!!! Hope you had a wonderful 4th!

    2015-07-07 00:45:21

  13. Krista

    So do we!!!! 🙂 I love seeing all your ideas and their happiness! It's just a joy to be able to partake in them from afar! 🙂 Isn't it great having kids to be kids again! 🙂

    2015-07-07 01:14:57

  14. Krista

    Oh, yes! Looking forward to them here, too!!!! Gosh, Captain will be turing 15 in a couple if weeks, and then Twinkle Toes in August again (12, right?)! It's gotta be so much fun having so many birthdays to celebrate, despite the work that goes into them, but then again, that's kind of half the fun, too! 🙂

    2015-07-07 01:17:13

  15. Amy

    Neat! please tell how you made the cute cupcakes!

    2015-11-02 04:32:41

  16. April

    Oh my goodness – you give me hope. I am planning my son's 10th L.A. Kings party with 30 guests and 6 boys sleeping over and only a week to get everything ready. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your jersey cake and would love to replicate it, but so very nervous to even try since I've never done fondant. Do you have a tutorial on this or any advice you could share?

    2016-02-20 13:48:36

  17. April

    Oh! I found it! You've given me hope again…. I might try it! Yikes!

    2016-02-20 13:51:55

  18. Kris

    Love this! What did you use and how did you do the ends of the hockey sticks on the cupcakes?

    2019-03-10 05:18:45


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