Thursday, 12 January 2012

How to hold an Octonauts Birthday Party

My children are both obsessed with Octonauts; it’s very funny to hear a 2 year old say “Octonauts, to your stations”. So when it came round to their joint birthday party (their birthdays are only a few days apart) there was one very obvious theme.

The party was much like any other child’s party, there were balloons, cake and pass-the-parcel. It was just all very underwatery.

Invites

I found a picture of the Octonauts online, then used phrases like “flappity-flippers you are invited to a party” and “shiver-me whiskers its at 3 o’clock” to print out my own invites

Decorations
Octonauts, party decorations

We are very lucky to have a neighbour who has a sister who lives in Sweden, why, well they have an annual crayfish festival, so I was able to borrow lobster shaped fairy lights and paper streamers. Most people won’t have access to such unusual decorations, but it is easy to make crepe paper seaweed and blow up some blue balloons.



Octonauts, party decorations

Craft

To enable the children to have a bit of a time out from all the excitement and running around I set up a craft table. We made Octonaut hats and paper plate fish. The hats were pre-cut; so all they had to do was glue on the logo I’d printed and get a grownup to staple the strap on to make it the right size. To make the fish I bought small paper plates in a variety of colours and cut a wedge out of each. The cut where the wedge was makes the mouth and gluing the wedge to the back makes the tail. I then let them go made with stickers and “scales” cut from metallic wrapping paper and glue.

Octonauts, hat, craft
Octonauts, fish, craft, party

Pass-the-parcel

Rather than putting sweets in every layer before the Octonauts themed prize everyone got a pirate eye-patch, so they could be just like Kwazii. Make sure you’ve got a few spare in case any break.

Food

Peso, medical bag, Octonauts, party
I found I could go to town on fish themed food; there were so many ideas I found on pinterest I couldn’t make them all. I made each child a party box for their food because we didn’t have enough room for them all to sit around the table so we had an indoor picnic. I bought plain white boxes and then made the Octonauts medical logo to stick on each. This gave each child his own version of Peso’s medical bag. If you want a PDF of the logo that I made click here.





Apart from all the usual party food I made “fish biscuits” (just like the vegimals do) by cutting out my Nanna’s cheese straw recipe with a fish shaped cutter. 

Octonauts party, clam biscuits
I also made clam biscuits, an idea I got from greygreydesigns, I put pink icing on one ginger biscuit, placed a mini marshmallow in the middle and another ginger biscuit on top of that, sticking it with the icing. The eyes are Wilton Candy eyeballs, which I bought online as they don’t seem to be widely available in the UK.


fish, jelly, jell-o

It wouldn’t be a children’s party without jelly and this one didn’t escape the fish treatment. I found this idea on the Martha Stewart website. All you do is cut slits into a set jelly and slide the fish inside. I had to buy the blue Jell-O from an importer of American food on EBay because no UK company makes blue jelly. If you can’t get blue then the Martha Stewart website tells you how to make it from gelatin.






Cake

Gup-a, Cake
I went with the GUP-A in the end (after toying very briefly with how I might make an Octopod). I’m only learning how to ice cakes, so the GUP itself is a bit rubbish – but I’m really pleased with the figures. These were moulded from pre-coloured regal icing, and it was a lot like making models from plasticine, only a bit stickier. If you are anti cake making, I would buy a plain cake and then have a go at modelling the characters in icing to go on top, as this bit wasn’t too hard.





Sound the Octoalert - Octonaut mothers – to the kitchen!


UPDATE: Octonaut fans might want to visit this page - my Octonaut Hama Bead designs

READERS PICS

I've had so many people contact me to tell me that they've had an Octonauts Party (I even bumped into someone on holiday who knew who I was because of this post!). I'd like to share some great ideas that others have had.



Louise Bridges came up with this idea for the party bags - the balloons contain sweets and come with the instructions 'pop to eat'.

66 comments:

  1. My Daughter loves Octonauts it loosk really good,

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    1. Glad you like it, we had a marvellous afternoon.

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    2. I had trouble downloading the PDF for the medical bag. Any suggestions.

      Thanks!

      Susan smaronfrey@yahoo.com

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    3. Hello - fab idea's by the way! I too am having real trouble downloading the pdf to make peso's medical box my son's party is on Sunday can anyone e-mail me the template?
      Many thanks
      louise.bridges@hotmail.co.uk

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  2. Lots of good ideas here!
    Thanks for sharing!
    We are going to have Octonauts Party in three weeks time :)

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    1. I'm sure your kids will have a whale (!) of a time. Mine did.

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  3. Hi
    I love your ideas! I would especially like to make the gorgeous Peso Medic bags. Would you have a template or suggestions for making the Mecial logos that you would mind sharing? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, I've added a link to a PDF of the template near the picture of the bags. I hope you have a wonderful Octonauts party.

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    2. Ah...you are sooo awesome!! Saved me so much time!!! THANK YOU!!!:)

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    3. I should be thanking you - I didn't know how to embed a PDF on my blog, so you made me go and find out! Now I can do it again and again

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    4. :)
      Glad to "help" ;)

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    5. Thanks also for the PDF for the medical bag... This is an awesome idea to include in our upcoming octonauts party - THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
      Belinda

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  4. My daughter wants an Octonauts party and I live in the US (so we have NO Octonauts stuff available). Thanks SO much for sharing the free download of Peso's bag logo!!

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    1. Really! No Octonauts stuff in the US? That's mad seeing as they were invented in Canada.I do think that Octonauts merchandising is lacking, they are really missing a trick.

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    2. Glad it's not just me struggling to put together an Octonaurs party in the US. They have NOTHING available for us!!

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    3. The merchandising in the UK was slow off the mark (comparing it to other [inferior] children's programmes) but it is ridiculous how little you can get in the States

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    4. Octonauts party supplies are now available on www.FunPartySupplies.co.uk - and there is free shipping at the moment! they also do the white food boxes so I think I'll be stealing your medic bag ideas - great blog :)

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    5. I'm having an Octonauts party for my sons in October, and everything we have ordered came from the UK (I'm in the US)
      Thanks for the awesome ideas.

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    6. Angela, where did you find the party supplies? Did you use funpartysupplies.co.uk? I found that the shipping itself was 40 punds to the US! Thanks!!

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  5. This is ace! Well done on all the creativity! :-) Caroline

    http://mummymay-hem.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks, I popped over to your blog too, loving the knitting. How you are knitting with snowflake whilst suffering baby brain is beyond me. I had to put my snowflake knitting down until I was getting a good night sleep.

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  6. Wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing! My son loves the Octonauts so I thought it'd be a great bday theme. It's a very cute show and educational too. Just like a previous comment, I live in the US and can't find any Octonauts merchandise, and you're completely right, they are missing the boat here in the US! Thanks again!

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  7. Do you have the pattern/instructions for the sailor hat? I love it and will be doing these for my daughter's 2nd birthday party! You did a great job!

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    1. I'm afraid I can't put the design for the hat cut-out on as it was slightly larger than A4 so you wouldn't be able to print it out. To make a template fold a piece of paper in half and draw then cut a curved line higher in the middle than the edges, that way it will be even on both sides when you unfold it. I then provided long strips of card so that each hat could be made to fit each child on the day. You could use the middle of the peso medical bag logo PDF to make the logos for the hat. I hope your daughter has a wonderful party. All the best. Kath

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    2. Your party looked like a complete success! Great job. I was wondering, where did you find the white lunch boxes?
      Thanks in advance!
      Stefanie

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    3. Hi, I got the boxes from a seller of party supplies on ebay.

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    4. How big were your medic boxes? The only ones I could find on ebay were very, very small. Which seller did you buy yours from?
      Mitzi

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    5. Hi, I'm afraid I don't remember who the seller was, but they were about the size of a happy meal box

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    6. solutions is a store that sells these types of boxes

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas! We are also in the US, and there is just nothing here for Octonauts parties (in fact we've had to order toys from the UK- thank goodness for the intenet! I contacted Fisher Price and they told me no Octonauts toys in the US until summer 2013!) We'll be making the medical bags too- what a fantastic idea!

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    1. I really do not understand the marketing of Octonaut toys. I thought they were slow off the mark in the UK, but 2013 is silly. They are missing out on some kids desperate to get their hands on Octonauts.

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  9. I thought it was about time I came and saw this post. Have just referred RainyMum over here too :O)

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    1. The world loves Octonauts, this post currently has over 4000 viewings!

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    2. Wow - what is it up to now? Can't believe it's that long since I even made the original comment!

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    3. Just shy of 27,000!!!!

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  10. Thank you for the wonderful ideas! My daughter has been asking for an Octonauts birthday party ever since the show started airing in the US. And thank you for the medical bag PDF, it's very helpful.

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    1. I hope your daughter has a wonderful birthday

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  11. Hi, thanks this is an amazing post. My son LOVES Octonauts! we live in the US and i'm desperatley trying to pull together an octonauts party for his 3rd birthday. Can you tell me, is the baindaid on the gable boxes a sticker, or did you have custome boxes printed? in you picture it looks like it's printed on vs a sticker. I downloaded the pdf, thank you for posting! I just don't know what to do next.
    Teresa

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    1. Hi

      All I did was cut out the pdf and glue it on with a glue stick. I'm glad you think they look professional enough to be custom printed but they are a very easy DIY job.

      Hope your son has an amazing 3rd birthday.

      Kath

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  12. Has anyone in the US found a place to buy reasonably priced Octonauts toys? I can only find them on Amazon, and they seem to cost twice what they should. I'm so jealous of UK folks! Please email me if you know of any place! This party is so cute but I'm not crafty so I just have to buy stuff.;) thanks!! Mindykae2@hotmail.com

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    1. We got ours on ebay. I usually do Amazon, but ebay was way cheaper.

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    2. We got ours in Toys R Us. Very reasonable. The figure sets were like $4.99 each.

      I need to find a good PDF of the hats for my sons 4th bday party. Any ideas?

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  13. i love the peso medic bag/box idea. could anyone please tell me where you can purchase the white boxes you used?

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    1. Thanks, I found the white boxes from a party supplier on ebay. Just search for "party boxes".

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  14. I do love the medic bags, though I never thought jello was right for a 2year old party but I'm new to this. I just learned that a company called Argos from the UK has plenty of Octonaut toys, and their ads are on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfKistIhwh4&feature=related

    Even prouder to be a Canadian now!

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  15. OMG! My son is obsessed with the Octonauts and his birthday is coming next month I need to get on this ASAP. Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful ideas! Sincerely,

    Johanna Wylde

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    1. So glad to be able to help. I hope your son has a wonderful party

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  16. where did you purchase the boxes for the medical bags?

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  17. where did you purchase the boxes for the medical bags?

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    1. Hi, I got them on ebay, but I have since seen them in a party shop

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  18. Looks like lots of fun! I love the crafts!
    My kids love the Octonauts... but there isn't much here in the US for them yet.

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    1. I've heard that there isn't much in the US, seems mad, there seems to be such a big audience for it.

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  19. You can get all the Octonauts party stuff at www.partystuff4u.co.uk and they will ship to Canada and the US at cost.

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    1. and you can use their white party boxes as the basis for Peso's medical bag!

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    2. White party boxes are available here:
      http://www.partystuff4u.co.uk/products/white-party-lunch-boxes-pkt-8

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  20. Love those party boxes - I did octonauts cupcakes last year- such fun x

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    1. Did you do their faces? I've thought about doing that (another potential blog post!)

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  21. Everything looks amazing, love the party boxes!

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    1. They are one of my proudest achievements!

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  22. Anyone know where I can get a PDF for the Octonaut hat? Or where I can buy them in the US?
    Thanks,
    Susan
    smaronfrey@yahoo.com

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  23. Fantastic - may need to come back here if my son still likes Octonauts for his next birthday!

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  24. Thank you for sharing your work!

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  25. SPECTACULAR STUFF!! Am currently planning 4th birthday party for my son in a couple of weeks. Love the clam biscuits (think I might use the idea to make sandwiches as I have lots of cookie cutters in crab/fish/octopus shapes). The hats look great too! Think I'm almost more excited than my son is :-D

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    1. Thanks, I hope you (and your son) enjoy the party!

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  27. Thank You for posting the Peso Medical Bag file! You are a big help!

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