Wolf-Themed Party Tips and Birthday Cake Ideas

Updated on January 18, 2018
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Faye has lots of experience planning all types of parties for her children and grandchildren. She worked as a cake decorator for 24 years.

Do You Need Ideas for a Wolf Birthday Party?

In this article, you'll find a few tips about how you can decorate your room and table for a wolf themed party, plus ideas about how to make a birthday cake using a figurine as a topper or by using a shaped cake pan, and two different styles of cupcakes. I've even thrown in a few gift ideas for the birthday girl or guy, too. You'll find lots of photos and how-to videos on making the themed cupcakes.

If you are a wolf fan or giving a party for one, you've probably found out that it's very hard, if not impossible, to find any party supplies that feature these animals. I've looked and looked and never been able to find any. But that doesn't mean you can't have a party. You just have to be inventive and make do with other things that are readily available.

I hope these suggestions will help you plan your party. If you have any tips of your own, please leave them in the comment section below.

A Poster Is an Amazing Decorating Idea for Your Party

Use a wolf poster to decorate your party room.
Use a wolf poster to decorate your party room.

Party Room Decorating

Ideas for decorating your party room and table include:

  • Hang wolf posters or photographs on the walls. These can be given as a gift to the birthday person.
  • Use gray, black and/or white solid colors for the paper plates, napkins, and cutlery.
  • Balloons always make a festive room. Include lots of gray, black, and white balloons.
  • Crepe streamers in gray, black, and white would also be a fun decoration.
  • Use a wolf-themed birthday cake or cupcakes for the table centerpiece.
  • Use wolf stuffed animals and figurines to set around in the party room. These can also double as gifts for the birthday gal or guy. You could also use something that you already own.

Wolf Party Decorating Ideas

Gray or black party tableware

Gray and black balloons & streamers

Birthday cake

Posters and art


Ideas for a Wolf Birthday Cake

The main focus of your party can be the cake. I have several suggestions below that I've used over the years.

  • Buy, or make your own, plain iced cake and add a wolf figurine as the topper. This is the easiest and simplest idea. You could also decorate the cake to look like a wooded area or forest, and again, use a figurine as the topper. (See the video below to see what I mean.)
  • Make your own wolf shaped cake by using a dog shaped cake pan and ice it to look like a wolf.
  • Alternate Idea: Make your own wolf cupcakes instead of a cake. I've included photos, directions, and even two videos showing how to make different kinds.

Just because wolf birthday products are hard to find, you can still have an amazing party by improvising with other things.

Birthday Cake Ideas

1. Figurine topper

2. Shaped cake

3. Edible Image

1. Use a Figurine as Your Cake Topper

My favorite idea, and the easiest, for the birthday cake is to add a wolf figurine to the top of an iced cake. I've done the same for other birthday themes such as small super hero figures, trucks, and construction toys. It is the same as using a cake kit topper that you would buy for this purpose. The best part is that the figurine can double as a gift or as a keepsake after you remove it from the cake. I've used a figurine or toy many times when making birthday cakes for my kids and grand-kids.

I especially love the wolf figurine shown on the cake in the video below. It is just the right size for a birthday cake and a wolf lover of any age would cherish it. My granddaughter has one just like it.

Below is an Example of a Cake With Figurines

2. Make Your Own Wolf Shaped Cake

I have never found an actual wolf shaped cake pan, but I have seen great results by using a dog shaped pan or the Wilton Animal Crackers pan. This one pan can be used for many animals by implementing minor changes and icing colors. You can use it for a panda bear, pig, giraffe, cat, and even a wolf.

To make a wolf shaped cake with the Wilton Animal Crackers pan:

  • Use a cupcake to make the nose longer.
  • Add cupcake or cake pieces to the end of the ears to make them pointed.
  • Ice with gray and white icing using a star tip and/or a leaf tip in your decorator icing bag.

3. Edible Image Lay-On

An easy cake idea is to use a wolf edible image lay-on. These are basically a sheet of "sugar paper" that has an image printed on it. When ready to use, peel the lay-on off of the backing and lay on the cake. It's very simple. I made many cakes using these when working as a cake decorator for Kroger. The trick is peeling the lay-on off the paper without tearing it...so be very careful. They are available in a variety of cake sizes, and even for cupcakes.

You can order edible images from Amazon, but also check your local grocery store or bakery. If you can find them locally, you won't have to worry about any damage during shipping. Some bakeries will make these for you with your choice of image, or with your own image. Note: We did this in our Kroger Bakery Department, but that was 10 years ago, so I'm not sure if they still have that service.

Cupcake Ideas

1. Howling Wolves

2. Fondant Cutouts

1. Howling Wolf Cupcakes

The video below shows how to make howling wolf cupcakes. She uses a marshmallow and cuts it open to look like a howling mouth. She then uses a red fruit roll up for the inside of the mouth and white icing for the fangs. For the ears, she uses more cut marshmallows. After icing it all over, she uses a fork to fluff it up and adds candy eyes and nose. Watch the video below. It's only a few minutes long and you will see how easy it is to make these cupcakes.

I made them for my granddaughter one year. Mine were a little different, but basically the same. They are so easy to do and the kids will love them. They'll be the hit of your party.

How to Make Howling Wolf Cupcakes

2. Wolf Fondant Cut-Outs for Cupcakes

Below is a tutorial about a different way to make wolf cupcakes. Or, you could use this same idea for the top of a cake. She uses black fondant and cuts out a couple of different wolf silhouette designs. She says she found these online by searching for "wolf silhouette" and printed it out to make a stencil. But, she suggests a wolf cookie cutter would be much easier than cutting around a stencil, and I agree. She puts the cut-outs on a white fondant circle background, but suggest using yellow if you want it to look like a full moon. She then places the circle on the top of iced cupcakes.

I love this idea! You can purchase white and already colored fondant or make your own. (I believe the fondant is available in balls or already rolled out.) If you can't find a image for a stencil, you could use a wolf cookie cutter. (You could also make cookies with the cutter!)The stencil is more intricate and does look better. She uses two different designs, but you could use only one, or use more than two. I think this style would be more appropriate for an adult and the ones above would be better for a child.

You should watch the video below for more specifics on how to make these.

How to Make Wolf Cut-Outs With Fondant

Gift Ideas

Gift ideas for the wolf lover: figurines, decorative plate, lamp, pencil cup, and book ends.
Gift ideas for the wolf lover: figurines, decorative plate, lamp, pencil cup, and book ends.

Birthday Gift Ideas

It's easy to find wolf gift ideas for any age. The photo above is of my granddaughter's desk with a few of her collectibles. She was only 10 years old at the time, so there is really no age limit for these types of gifts. Most of these are easy to find online or in local stores.

  • Figurines
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Book Ends
  • Pencil cup
  • Lamp
  • Book about wolves
  • Photographic art posters
  • Blankets or throws

Lacey loves her wolf stuffed animal she received as a gift.
Lacey loves her wolf stuffed animal she received as a gift.

Be Amazed (Yes, This is a Cake)


To summarize, this article has shown you ideas for a wolf themed birthday party, including: decorating, birthday cake, and gifts. I hope these tips will help you have a wonderful day.

© 2009 Faye Rutledge


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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      Oh how neat!

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      VioletteRose LM 4 years ago

      Looks interesting!

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      @fayewolf: Thanks for your visit and comment. I have never been able to find the wolf themed party plates, napkins, etc. I suggest using solid colors in black, gray, or silver. Hope you have a great party!

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      fayewolf 4 years ago

      My grandson wants a Wolf party for his 7th birthday. Thanks for the wonderful ideas! Where can I find plates and napkins?

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      andreea22 4 years ago

      Wolves are my favorite animals, even though I am a little afraid of them. I share this passion with one of my friends whose daughter's birthday is next month. I will suggest her to read your lens, which is really nice.

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      electrolion 4 years ago

      Wolves are gorgeous and so misunderstood. However, I wouldn't want to encounter one. The stuffed animals are cute.

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      marktplaatsshop 4 years ago

      Well you have done a great job, this is a very nice lens, and really like the cupcake wolf, thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My Daughter loves wolves and she wants a wolf themed birthday party. This is great. Thank you for sharing the info. It really helped.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So cool, i like the woof

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens.

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      birthdaybluepri 5 years ago

      Interesting and unique birthday theme idea. Great Lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hey i am a huge fan of wolves and didn't really have an idea for my birthday party before, but now i do! and the supplies on the site were really great, thanks!

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      myspace9 5 years ago

      Wonderful and well written lens. Thanks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Smiling a big smile at your wolf themed party...love the howling wolf cupcake video...well, you know I love wolves. The good news is that the wolf population has recovered so well in Minnesota and Wisconsin that they no longer are on the Endangered Species list.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      7 days till my b-day!! toltily telling my mom!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens for a wolf party, good ideas, thanks for sharing.Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping back to smile at your very unique wolf themed party ideas, I haven't seen anywhere else, wolf lovers will think they landed in wolf heaven!

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      sconnelly711 5 years ago

      Great lens, I really like the theme!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks so much.

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great lens, well done! Thumbs up

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      remicallens 5 years ago

      First time visiting this site. Lots of fun. For gift ideas with images of wolves, please visit http://www.zazzle.com/wildlifeearth*/wolf+gifts

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for this post. We do partys big for our girls so when my soon to be 11 year old daughter said she wanted a wolf theme....I nearly got sick trying too figure this out. You have some hreat ideas!

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      sheezie77 5 years ago

      Great lens, well done! Squidlike

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is the first I've seen of a wolf themed part....now that's a howling good idea you have here!

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      I love themes and had never thought of this idea. Beautiful pictures.

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      WeirdStuff 6 years ago

      Bears and wolves, the most wonderful beasts!

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      @anonymous: You're welcome! I'm glad these ideas helped. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just called to reserve the pool for my daughter's 9th birthday and asked her what she wanted her theme to be (to decorate the room, cake, etc.) and when she said, "WOLVES!" I broke out in a sweat thinking, "How the heck am I going to do THIS?" You provided some awesome ideas and I'm super thankful! Thanks!

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      What a fun idea for a birthday party.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      I love wolves! Cool lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great birthday party theme! I've already lensrolled this to my Happy Birthdays' Shelly's Virtual Birthday Card lens, thank you!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Now I know what I want at me next birthday party! Awesome! Love that wolf backpack :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I found a cute little store with some wolf supplies including wolf masks and key chains that could be great for a kids party. www.thejunglestore.com There are also blank cards with a wolf picture that could be used for invitations. Check it out!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nice ideas for a wolf party!