How to Throw a Groundhog Day Party


How to throw a fantastically fun Groundhog Day party.  Any excuse to throw a party and enjoy good food with friends is a good excuse!

Groundhog Day Party food display.

There are all of the holidays that are a little bit stressful where you have to cook a huge meal, plan way ahead, chop down a tree, spend hours decorating the house, picking out the perfect gifts, etc.  Then there is Groundhog Day.  Another reason to love this holiday, which is February 2nd, (as if I needed another reason) is that it is carefree and nothing but fun.  No obligations, no pressure, just a good excuse to throw a party for really no good reason at all.  If you have been following my blog for a while now you know that I have a weird obsession with Groundhog day and deem it my favorite holiday of all time – mostly as a joke, but also kind of serious.  I grew up watching the Bill Murray movie every year with my family and always just had a fascination with the day and the festivities that goes along with it.  It’s such a ridiculous made-up holiday that it’s actually even more exciting to celebrate it just for that reason alone.  I like to spread my love for this day on my friends and force them to care about it along with me.  Here is the chocolate chip cookie cake and the Groundhog Molasses cookies I made:

Groundhog Day chocolate chip cookie cake for dessert.

Groundhog Day Molasses Cookies Recipe for the Groundhog Day Holiday

 Groundhog Day is a huge deal (like as big as Christmas) in the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where groundhog Punxsutawney Phil is ritually taken up to Gobbler’s Knob each year and is placed into an artificial burrow on a false tree stump to predict an early spring or long winter.  I had a major life-long bucket list item checked off my list when Mr. Wishes spontaneously took me down to Punxsutawney for the celebration a couple of years ago!  I wrote all about it here – it was really exciting…and extremely cold.  Punxsutawney is the most lively, fun town around this time of year – they dedicate their whole town to the Groundhog and the celebrating!  It’s actually an entire long weekend celebration and the schools even close for two days because they use all of the buses to transport people to Gobbler’s Knob for the ceremony.  If you ever get a chance to do this (or have a desire to in the first place), go up a few days beforehand and join in the festivities.  Be prepared to freeze your butts off, but it’s totally worth it.

Here are the chocolate Oreo cupcakes and the peanut butter “cheese” ball I made with cute little Groundhog faces on them:

Groundhog Day Cupcakes I made with Oreos and M&M's for my party.

Peanut butter pie cheese ball for Groundhog day.

In order to spread the Groundhog love and bring awareness to the holiday, last year I threw my first Groundhog Day party and invited every one of my friends that I thought would have fun with it, not judge me, and still be my friends afterward.  Thankfully, I have cool friends who are like me and think any reason is a good reason for a fun get-together with good food and they were all troopers and showed up to their very first Groundhog Day party.  I had the best time ever making groundhog-themed snacks and desserts (I really had to do some digging on the internet and into my brain as, believe it or not, there are not many people who celebrate this day with a big party) and creating signs on my computer to hang obnoxiously all over the house.  We even had a photo booth!  Mr. Wishes printed out an enormous photo backdrop of what it really looks like in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania at Gobbler’s Knob.

Photo Booth Groundhog Day Photo

Groundhog Day Party Photo Booth Picture

 I even had the guests take a bet on whether or not Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow for Groundhog Day (which was the next day, in this case).  It was honestly the most fun party I have ever thrown and though this year I will be out of town for Groundhog Day weekend, this party won’t be the last one I throw.  Be ready for many more, my friends!  What a great excuse for a party, right?  I hope you enjoyed the photos and that they give you some fun ideas – even if you aren’t going to ever throw a Groundhog day party (you’re missing out!), these creative food ideas would be fun for school teachers to do with their students in their classrooms or parents to make at home with their kids to celebrate.  Enjoy and Happy Groundhog Day next week!

Punxsutawney Phil napkins for the Groundhog Day party.

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37 Responses to “How to Throw a Groundhog Day Party”

  1. January 26, 2015 at 9:18 AM #

    This is so darn cute, Ashley! Love a good theme party and a fun one like this is the best! Love the adorable food – I just want to grab that cupcake!!

  2. January 26, 2015 at 9:44 AM #

    What a fun idea! Nobody around here throws Groundhog Day parties. Maybe I should be the first. 🙂

  3. January 26, 2015 at 10:46 AM #

    Punxsutawney sounds like such a fun town indeed! Specially round Groundhog day! Love all these treats Ashley – now, I have an excuse to bake some of my own on Feb 2nd 😉

  4. January 26, 2015 at 10:50 AM #

    Oh my gosh, those cupcakes are SO cute!!

  5. January 26, 2015 at 11:40 AM #

    This is super cute!

  6. January 26, 2015 at 12:50 PM #

    I love your Groundhog Day obsession, it always makes me smile. 🙂 Simple, just-for-fun parties are the best kind!

  7. January 26, 2015 at 1:57 PM #

    This is just so freakin’ cute!!!

  8. January 26, 2015 at 4:40 PM #

    What fun idea! I’ve never heard of a groundhog day party, but these treats look so incredible, I want to throw one now!

  9. January 26, 2015 at 5:21 PM #

    I love that you get into groundhog day! it’s such a great excuse to celebrate in the midst of ucky winter!

  10. January 26, 2015 at 6:17 PM #

    Such a fun idea for a party!! Love this!

  11. January 26, 2015 at 6:33 PM #

    Adorable!! Cutest party and snacks ever!

  12. January 26, 2015 at 7:51 PM #

    oh my gawsh, how cute is all that.

  13. January 26, 2015 at 7:53 PM #

    This s so fun! I have never seen such adorable Groundhog Day treats!

  14. January 26, 2015 at 8:09 PM #

    Oh my gosh I love this! Such a fun idea! And those napkins!!

  15. January 26, 2015 at 10:20 PM #

    How fun that you went to the Punxsutawney celebration! And what a cute idea for a party.

  16. January 26, 2015 at 11:02 PM #

    Love it – such a great idea to throw a Groundhog Day Party 🙂

  17. January 27, 2015 at 12:58 AM #

    What a fun party. You did a great job. The food is pretty inviting too!

  18. Lora @cakeduchess
    January 27, 2015 at 6:35 AM #

    How cute to have a Groundhog Day Party! I always wonder each year when winter will end and I think this party is so much fun!!

  19. January 27, 2015 at 7:36 AM #

    Definitely a great looking Groundhog Day party!

  20. January 27, 2015 at 7:51 AM #

    Oh my gosh – this is so much fun! I’d attend that party in a heartbeat. And that picture of the three of you is so stinkin’ adorable.

  21. January 27, 2015 at 9:20 AM #

    OK, this is just WAY too much fun!! Great theme and one you can repeat, and repeat, and repeat and never get bored. LOL

  22. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblingse
    January 27, 2015 at 9:22 AM #

    What an absolutely adorable party- looks like you had a blast!

  23. January 27, 2015 at 10:21 AM #

    This looks like such a great time! I love to have fun parties that aren’t stressful. All the treats are super cute.

  24. January 27, 2015 at 10:38 AM #

    hahaha Such a cute party! I love the cupcakes!

  25. January 27, 2015 at 2:47 PM #

    Oh, this is so fun! Totally worthy of Bill Murray!

  26. January 27, 2015 at 7:09 PM #

    I love, love, LOVE this idea! I also grew up with the movie and it’s still one of my favorites. A quick look at the calendar confirms Groundhog Day is on a Monday this year (ugh) so I don’t rate my chances to get many people excited about a party but still, I think I may have snacks and drink at my house anyway!

    Until further notice, celebrate everything 😉

  27. January 27, 2015 at 10:03 PM #

    I totally stayed the night at bed and breakfast in Punxsutawney…haha. This party looks like a blast!

  28. January 27, 2015 at 10:31 PM #

    Never thought of a Groundhog Day party – and yours is adorable!

  29. January 28, 2015 at 9:53 AM #

    Those cupcakes are super cute!

  30. January 28, 2015 at 11:38 AM #

    This is so fun! Really terrific stuff here. Never thought of throwing a Groundhog Day Party — but now I can’t get the idea out of my head. 🙂

  31. January 29, 2015 at 4:15 AM #

    I love your groundhog day party! Everything looks amazing and sounds like so much fun!

  32. February 1, 2015 at 1:52 PM #

    How cute is this! I wish Ground Hog’s day was a bigger deal in my neck of the woods!

  33. Jennifer
    January 10, 2016 at 10:49 AM #

    I missed getting a few neighbor gifts and Christmas cards sent this year. I was going to send out Happy New Year cards instead, but then I thought, “Hey, I’ll give myself even more time and send out Happy Groundhog Day cards!” A bit silly, but its fun to see other people do stuff for that day. Any excuse for a holiday, right! Now we have family pictures and cards to send out, and its not even Feb. I have no other (other than all the regular ones) added stresses like I do at Christmas time. I think it will be our new family tradition. Put off the extra Christmas stress and do Groundhog Day cards instead!

    • January 11, 2016 at 10:11 PM #

      I love this!!! Thanks so much for commenting! Happy Groundhog day (hahaha) 🙂

  34. Jaimee Buckley
    February 16, 2016 at 12:36 PM #


    I LOVE your Groundhog Day party ideas!! My sisters and I have been celebrating Groundhog Day for the past 10 years and have so much fun with our families!

    Well, I wanted to ask a favor…
    I love your sign “Keep Calm and Trust Phil” and I’m wondering if you could email it to me so I could print it off and frame it? Maybe without the year date? Hey, beggars can’t be choosers so I’ll take anything you are willing to share but I’d really love to add this to our celebration decorations.

    Thanks for your time!

    • February 16, 2016 at 5:14 PM #

      I will try to find it! I think I just printed it off the internet though (or Pinterest) -Ashley

  35. February 24, 2017 at 1:34 PM #

    Ashley, great ideas. We may steal a few. We have a large groundhog party every year. It is always fun (and cheesy) and everyone wants to come. For your readers, throw a party and I guarantee it will become a fun tradition that your friends will ask about months before Groundhog Day. LOVEgroundhogs,com

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