So…I wrote this yesterday, and then it turned out that the internet was down and I couldn’t post it! So here it is — a day late. Turns out the world wasn’t ending. Who knew?
Well today is a first for me.
My kids are unable to get to school because of RAIN. Yes, you read that correctly. In the desert of Arizona, my children will be staying home from school today because it is a RAIN DAY.
Ty couldn’t get to work today due to road closures, so he’s currently working across the dining room table from me – another first.
This is right by our house. Can you see the top of the basketball hoop?
Time to get right with Jesus, y’all.
Well since today is probably the end of the world, I thought that I should do this post about Aidan’s birthday party from a month ago because it might be my last chance!
Aidan turned 4 in July, and we threw an Octonauts party!
If you have never seen the Octonauts, you should. My kids have learned so much about sea creatures and adventure from this show!
Aidan regularly discusses kelp, coral reefs, humpback whales, jellyfish, and even has told me all about a fish called the humuhumunukunukuapua’a.
It’s a reef triggerfish.
Here was the problem, though: Even though it’s a show on Disney Jr., it apparently originated in Great Britain, which means there are no pre-made plates, decorations, etc.
Now, usually I use a good mix of pre-made stuff and homemade stuff for my parties. This time, though, it was pretty much mostly making it all on my own. I used some printables from online that I found on Pinterest, but for the most part, I made my own stuff this time. So this was a much more labor-intensive party than I usually throw.
But this time I had extra help, too!
My wonderful friend, Brittany, was visiting during the week leading up to the party, and it was so helpful! She was my original crazy crafting/systems/organization sidekick growing up, so she just jumped in with both feet pretty much the second she got out of the car.
It was the week of our wedding anniversary, and Noah started kindergarten, too, so she dealt with a lot of emotion that week.
That’s a good friend.
My mom and sister, Carlie, came the night before the party to help decorate, too!
So…without further ado…here are some of the things that we did for the party!
Please note that I scoured Pinterest, and pretty much compiled so many different ideas from different parties I found. I’m so grateful for those other moms who had great ideas for me to use!
As always, I used the island in the kitchen for food.
These are the names of what we made:
Tunip’s Kelp Cakes (applesauces)
Gup “A” Fruit Salad (made by my mother-in-law. Isn’t it so cute?!)
Professor Inkling’s Legs and Shells (pasta salad)
Dashi’s Ocean Water (water and blue punch)
Shellington’s Sand Dollars (tortilla rolls)
Kwazii’s Shark Teeth (cheese triangles and triangle Triscuit crackers)
Peso’s Pulled Pork and BBQ Chicken
Tweak’s Tools (forks, napkins, etc.)
Many of those names were from various sources on Pinterest that had the same problem I did finding different ideas.
The cake was AMAZING, and was made by my go-to cake woman.
For the rest of the house, I bought cheap plastic tablecloths and we taped them over the windows to give the house a blue tint inside. We just threw on some paper fish and other various ocean animals that my mother-in-law had from previous parties.
The next big element was a whole bunch of jellyfish! Like…50.
My mom, Brittany, and I made them out of plain white styrofoam bowls that we painted green and orange. If I was going to do this again, I would have used paper plates, knowing what I know now. What I know now is that the paint didn’t stick to the bowls very well.
After we painted them, we used 8 strands of green or orange curling ribbon for the tentacles of the jellyfish. We poked a hole in the bowl and stuck the ribbon through. We hung the fish from the ceiling or the wall with just white thread.
I tried to hang them in kind of breezy areas like by the vents in the ceiling, in well-used walkways, etc. so that the tentacles would flutter like jellyfish in the ocean. It worked really well!
Brittany and Carlie put kelp up all over the house using green streamers. It was quite the project and they took it very seriously. The whole house was covered in kelp. It was so cute!
I also put a tablecloth on an old coffee table to have a spot to put the gifts. I put the table in the corner and then we hung a decorative net, some extra kelp, and some extra jellyfish.
See those favor boxes? They were so cute! I used plain white favor boxes from Oriental Trading and printed Peso’s medical bag logo on sticker paper. We cut them out and stuck them to the boxes to make them look like they were Peso’s medical bag.
Inside were bubbles, crayons, and coloring pages of each character’s information. I got the images straight from the Disney Jr. website, and I printed them four to a page so they were more like trading card sizes.
I also had little cups of chocolate covered raisins and yogurt covered peanuts. I put labels on them that said “Captain Barnacle’s Beans”. They were the perfect height for the box to close.
I hate when my kids eat so much sugar at parties and then get sent home with so much sugar, and I admit that I’ve been guilty of doing that to other parents, too. It’s so hard to think of fun things that kids will like when you know candy will be a hit! These were a slightly better, albeit still sugary, treat at least.
The last part was a particularly awesome element.
Mary Jean, my mother-in-law, had these signs printed at Staples for the front of the house and for the door on their way out.
Seriously, so wonderful! I now have the sign from the back of the door waiting to be hung on the back of the door in their ocean-themed bathroom.
The best moment in the whole day was when Aidan walked in the front door and stopped dead in his tracks and whispered, “It looks like we’re in the ocean!”
But, as is always the most important part of any party, the fact that all of our friends and family came to celebrate with us was so special. They are so dear to us, and we are so grateful for so many people who just love our kids to pieces.
It was a great day, and I think fun was had by all!
I still can’t believe my baby boy is 4!!!