Monday, 28 January 2013

Octonauts! To your stations!

Last week my baby turned three! I have no idea where that time has gone but this is not a post about those cliches, this is post about the P.A.R.T.Y.!

Wiss adores the 'Octonauts' and it was the first thing he said/shouted when we asked what he wanted for his birthday. Even though the guest list was very small (4 other children) this was the first year that we had the space to have a party at home and we were keen to have lots of homemade touches. I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and as always, there was tons of inspiration, and we added a few touches of our own.
I wanted to involve Wiss as much as possible and the decorations seemed like a good place to start. We spent one very cold and wet afternoon making Paper Plate Fish, and some underwater scenes with potato prints, sponges and finger painting. He was really proud when we put them up for the party and I definitely want to do more crafting with him in the future.
Wiss loves helping out in the kitchen and these fish biscuits (cheesy pastry) were perfect for a budding toddler chef. The rest of the food was pretty simple - tuna or ham rolls, sausage rolls, carrot sticks (with a nod to Tweak!) and hummus, but we had a trump card to play. I had seen this Shark Fruit Salad on Pinterest and wasn't sure if we'd be able to find a watermelon in January, let alone make it look convincing but I think that the husband did a fantastic job with a scalpel...
I made some card Octonauts hats with logos that could be coloured in and some felt collars with velcro fastenings for all the kids to wear. We planned some simple party games that fitted with the theme - 'Musical Starfish' (basically Musical Statues but you make a frozen star shape instead), magnetic fishing rods, Find the Octonauts (which was the same as this game but with the added extra of having an 'Octo-Alert' to hit when one was found), and 'What's the Time Professor Inkling?'. This re-working of What's the Time Mr Wolf? obviously needed a costume, and so I made this in a hurry using an old shirt collar and some felt! The kids loved it, the husband did not!
The hat was not meant to be part of the costume but  he became rather attached to it!
The party bags were Peso's Medical Bags (see Knitty Mummy for a pdf of the logo) and along with some sea life blowers and stickers, I included some crayons and colouring sheets from the Octonauts CBeebies Page as well as these crocheted beauties from @catgopur...

@catgopur on twitter is making crocheted & knitted toys to raise money for
The National Autistic Society. Contact her if there's anything you'd like yourself.
Can you believe that I forgot to take a picture of the cake? There was cake, honest! A real jam-filled victoria sponge with blue icing, the octonauts logo and neon blue sugar crystals. It was a far cry from the dairy-free, no refined sugar blueberry muffins I made for Wiss to take into nursery...there's just no photographic evidence of it so you'll have to take my word for it!

While I was on Pinterest looking for party ideas I stumbled upon a pattern for a crocheted Captain Barnacles: he looked fantastic, and I thought that he would make a great present for the birthday boy. I commissioned Emma from Lemons for Lemonade to make the Captain as I knew she would do him justice! (Check out her Mr Tickle from last year.)
And talking of birthday presents, we decided to buy Wiss an Octopod from ebay - there are loads on there in perfect condition, with extra figures and vehicles included too; especially at this age, it made good sense. We set it all up for him while he was sleeping and he was so excited when he opened his eyes!

Raoul the Giant Catfish meets the Octonauts!
I think it's safe to say that we all enjoyed the celebrations, some guests were more excitable than others but we all went to bed happy...and exhausted! Happy Birthday little man, we love you!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your octo inspired section to your blog. I have a 9week iold and soon to be 3yearbold who is just as crazy about the octonaughts as Wiss. Some great party ideas here, seriously helped me out. Thanks very much!


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