Oink, Oink, It's a Pig Party!

In April, my little girl turned eight. Olivia Kay is sort of a mix of girlie girl and tomboy. Last year we had an American Girl party, but this year Olivia wanted to stay pink, but get a little “muddy” with a Pig Party!

A pig has always been Olivia’s favorite animal. You could say it was meant to be.

After all, there’s a Caldecott honor book about a girl pig named “Olivia.” And even before that, the signs were there.

In 1963, my mom and Olivia’s grandma, was crowned a National Pork Queen. And my dad, Olivia’s grandpa, was a hog farmer. It’s in the girl’s genes.

So, the party was planned…perfectly pink and purple for a piggy princess.

Olivia wore a purple shirt with a pink appliquéd pig. She “walked” a pig balloon which turned out to be a big hit with her four-year-old cousin. Other decorations included plenty of stuffed pigs and pig noses for the kids.

For food…pigs in a blanket made with puff pastry (the good stuff!). My mom provided a calico bean dip with bacon. And my mother-in-law had hot potato salad with, of course, more pork included.

The cake came frosted with three little piggies to match the invitation. Thanks to Linda from Butterfly Bakery in Lincoln for her colorful cake creating skills! Olivia huffed and puffed and blew out those eight candles.

We also used a storybook favorite for a game of “The Three Little Pigs.” My brother wore the wolf mask and the kids became teams for the pig in the straw house, the pig in the house made out of sticks, and the pig living in the house of bricks. It got a little crazy, with screaming and slamming doors, but all the kids made it to the sturdy “house of bricks” aka the master bathroom.

So after party food, cake, games and presents, Olivia passed out the party favors...small pink bags filled with “straw” and tied with pink pipe cleaners twisted to form a pigtail. The piggy goodies for the girls included piggy paint nail polish, a piggy flashlight, and a piggy key chain.

And finally, for our piggy girl, we gave Olivia a bike for her birthday… probably should have gone for the pot belly pig. lol

Here’s to pigs that fly!


Taryn Vanderford loves being a mom to her two elementary-aged kids, Jacob and Olivia.  Activities with the kids and a full-time job keep Taryn pretty busy, but in her free time she enjoys taking pictures, reading, Jazzercising, gardening, traveling and playing the piano for church.

About the Author...
Taryn Vanderford
Taryn Vanderford is an Emmy-winning journalist who currently works on "First at Four", "Pure Nebraska" and "Moms Everyday" for 10/11 and Gray Television.
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