I never fully appreciated the scope of a child’s full-blown obsession until my daughter met the Octonauts. After an 18-month obsession, my daughter finally had the Octonauts birthday party of her dreams. Complete with a homemade Octonauts crew hat, a creature report and plenty of ocean-themed food, the party was a blast and Captain Barnacles would have been proud.
My daughter’s obsession with the Octonauts is so great that an episode of the Octonauts is a unit of time measurement. How long until we get there? Four Octonauts (which is approximately one hour). For the record, our party was approximately eight Octonauts, and it was perfect.
Of course, it all starts with an invitation (which I designed).
When I started planning the party months ago, I decided that I wanted to turn the kitchen into the Octopod – I wanted partygoers to feel like they were onboard the Octopod.
Those who have seen the Octonauts know that the Creature Report is the coolest part of the show. So the first thing I needed to achieve that was the set of computer screens used to display the Creature Report each episode. The screens made the perfect party background, and I loved the way they turned out. Plus K got a kick out of a Creature Report all about the birthday girl.
Under Water Balloon Canopy
The next most striking thing I did to emphasize the Octopod feel was to create a balloon canopy over the kitchen. The canopy of blue balloons gave the feeling of looking up at the ocean.
It was simple to create, but my husband thought I was nuts when I told him I wanted to hang balloons from our 14-foot ceiling. In the end, even he admitted that it looked really cool. And it really is a cool effect.
We used 29 balloons to create the canopy (one in the package was busted).
DIY Bling Candle
One of my favorite details was the candle for K’s cupcake. I looked everywhere for a pretty number candle for her cupcake, but was sad to find that all of the number candles are just plain ugly. Well, not ugly – but boring and with little options to match a theme. I ended up with one with red, yellow and blue stars all over it.
Then I got an idea – decorate it! So I found self-adhesive blue crystals at JoAnn’s for $1 (and I had a 40% coupon!), and I made some magic. I already had the big clear crystal in my stash, so it was just a matter of a little craft glue and ugly candle be gone. Seriously, I am going to be doing this from now on. For less than $2, K had a beautiful blinged out candle for her cupcake.
Playing with the Octonauts colors of blue and orange and emphasizing the ocean feel, I used accents of blue and with white polka dots as the basis for all of the coordinating printables I created. I made coordinating table tents for food labels and several items for the goodie bags.
Free Octonauts Party Printables coming soon.
All of the party food was ocean themed. I served:
- Captain’s Chow
- Coral Reef Salad
- Shark’s Teeth
- Seaweed dip
- Pirate’s Booty
- Buncha Muncha Crunchy Carrots
- Fish Biscuits
- Giant Clam Cookies
- Octopus Puffs
Peso’s Medical Goodie Bags
When searching for ideas for an Octonauts birthday party, I fell in love with the idea of using Peso’s Medical Bag as the goodie bag / treat box. Careful thought went into these goodie bags which contained gifts from each of the eight crew members and an Official Octonauts certificate.
More details about the contents of the goodie bags, and free printables coming soon.
To keep the party running smoothly with a gaggle of Kindergarteners in my house, we played three Octo-themed games: Octonaut Bingo, Pin the Mouth on the Octoalert and an Octopod pinata.
I designed the Bingo and Octoalert games myself, and I plan to make them available as a free printable soon.
***Update*** My free Octonaut BINGO is now available.
Octonauts on DVD
Of course, not everyone at the party was as Octonauts savvy as K. So to help “educate” them on all things Octonauts, we also had the new Octonauts: To the Gup-X DVD playing in the background. Featuring some of K’s favorite episodes, it was a great birthday gift for K that was also very useful at the party!
Octonauts Birthday Party Supplies:
- Octonauts Shirt from Etsy
- Octonauts Hair Clip
- The Octonauts: Meet the Octonauts!
- Octonauts: To the Gup-X
- Octonauts Stickers (I used as game prizes)
- Octonauts Tattoos
- Octonauts Octopod Pinata
- Octonauts Party Supplies