Penguins in Party Hats




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These hors d'oeuvres know how to have a good time!

Adorable appetizers for any occasion, olive penguins are perfect for your next party.

When I saw these cuties on Once Upon a Plate I knew I had to give them a try, but there was one thing I had to fix. The Vlad the Impaler look wasn't really what I was going for at my little soiree, so I needed a way to disguise the toothpick sticking out of the poor penguins' heads.

What could be more festive than pompom party hats?!?

Step 1: What You'll Need

Yummy parts:
Jumbo pitted ripe olives
Regular pitted ripe olives
Carrot, peeled and cut into rounds
Cream cheese

Not-so-yummy parts:

Pompom skewers or toothpicks (mine came from a cocktail kit but you could easily glue pompoms to regular bamboo skewers)
Card stock or craft paper
Clear scotch tape

Circle cutter or punch (optional)

Step 2: First Step: Party Hats!

Cut out a small paper circle (about 1" or  2.5cm diameter) then cut the circle in half.

Roll the piece of paper into a cone shape and secure it with a small piece of tape.

Thread the paper cone onto your pompom skewer and set it aside.

Step 3: In the Kitchen...

Cut a wedge out of the large olive and eat the slice; you deserve a treat after all that hat making.

Stuff the olive with cream cheese and smooth it down with a knife or your finger. For a ruffled tuxedo shirt, you could pipe in the cheese with an icing bag.

Cut a small triangle out of the carrot, this will be your penguin's beak and the remainder will be his feet.

Make a small incision in the little olive and insert the carrot beak to complete the head.

*Please note that other recipes for olive penguins are available on several websites including, and peaslovecarrots

Step 4: Putting It All Together

With the pompom hat skewer, pierce the head, body and finally the carrot feet.

Go medieval on the poor little guy and run that wooden stake right through him.

Using your scissors, cut off the extra length of the skewer.

Step 5: Party On!

Wow your guests and impress your friends!

Display the penguins marching along or have them wobble like drunks around the deviled eggs.



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    22 Discussions


    5 years ago

    We always gave them a cheese curd for a hat. When in Wisconsin..

    wow, these are my adorable
    i wish i liked olives!
    my bro would love these! penguins AND olives


    7 years ago on Introduction

    They are seriously adorable! Have you tried varying the stuffing with flavorants (such as, say, bleu cheese or herbs and/ or garlic or finely chopped nuts?

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Those sound like delicious options!
    If you give them a try, let me know how they turn out.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I've made these, but never cut a wedge out of the olive, I just slit it


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Much better looking than the "lobotomized" versions on the other site.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    These look delicious and are very cute!  The little pompom hats are awesome!  Plus your little rat is SO adorable!

    You could make an  old penguine and use a prune kiteman ;0)
    ModMishief, this is really cool.  Thanks!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Fruit roll-up with olives? You might have better luck with another vegetable. Maybe cucumber or red pepper hats?
    Just make sure that your guests know that there's a toothpick inside before they pop the penguins in their mouths.

    I'd love to see photos of a olive penguin massacre with plastic cocktail swords!

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    I removed my comment due to not reading the entire article. The author borrows the idea from another page. Still...a good idea.


    8 years ago on Introduction

     Adorable!  I want to try this.  Great healthy snack idea that my kids might actually enjoy eating, too!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    These are so cute!  I love it!  Thank you for sharing!  I will rate 5.  I totally enjoy decorating my table with tablescapes and pretty food .   I will bookmark this for sure!