Sunday, August 24, 2014

{My Parties} Octonauts Party with Birthday Express

When I was reviewing the newest Birthday Express party lines earlier this year, I knew I wanted to style their Octonauts party immediately!
First, my little guys LOVE Octonauts. Even my 6 year old, who has limited verbal ability, can say "Oh-nauts!" when it comes on Disney Junior. 
And, second, I love the combination of orange and turquoise! 
Octonauts, Let's Do THIS! 

I started out with the backdrop, which I covered in a turquoise fabric and then pinned this tissue festooning in up and down lines to make it seem like algae in the water. 
Birthday Express sent me these awesome vinyl Octonauts characters which I put onto cardboard and cut around. Then, I pinned them into my backdrop. 
So many party planners are snobs about doing character birthday parties, but kids are ALL ABOUT characters. Use the party supplies to inspire you!
I used this adorable party pack to inspire my entire party palette. 

I knew that I wanted to do cake pops in the main character's likenesses. 
So, I contacted Becca at Sweet Whimsy Cake Pops, who just happens to be in Tennessee too!
I saw that she had done some Octonauts characters before, so I knew she would be the perfect person to make these for me. 
She absolutely NAILED IT. 

Can you believe the character perfection? 

I took ridiculous amounts of pictures of them. They were too perfect to eat. 

I displayed them in a long planter that I bought at Michaels' a while ago. I painted it royal blue and filled it with some more of the tissue festooning and some orange and blue glittered vase filler. 

I mean.....

Captain Barnacles



A great tip that I love to give people when they are planning parties is to shop at the grocery store for your dessert table treats! Companies such as Little Debbie often do seasonal treats that could possibly tie right into your party theme!
I found these "Coral Reed Cakes" and "Starfish Cookies" from their summer seasonal lines. And, they are in the perfect colors!
And what kid doesn't love Little Debbie? 

The beautiful glittered toppers were done for me by Kylie at Made By a Princess. 
I LOVE these new sticks she is using that are acrylic! They make it look like they topper is floating!

Whirly pops are always an easy thing to customize for your party. I took some Octonauts stickers from Birthday Express and added them to the front of these whirly pops with some orange and turquoise scrapbook paper. 

I also got these CUTE gummy skewers from Birthday Express. Aren't they adorable? 

I LOVE using Marie at Sweets Indeed for my parties. She always does the most beautiful work. 
She even added these cute Octonauts logos to the skewers. These are my weakness. I will not admit to how many of these I ate. 

It just so happens that my boys already had the Octopod toy at our house (told you they were fans), so I used it as the centerpiece of the table. 

I surrounded it with the drinks.
In this case, I used blue gatorade, which happens to have orange tops! Score!
I taped these straws to them with washi tape and these cute octonauts logos. The logos go with the blow-outs from the collecton, but I just took them off and used them for decor. 

The lovely Candace at LillyPaul designs sent me these ADORABLE orange and turquoise fabric garland for the front of the table. I LOVE that she thought to add these clear Christmas ornaments to look like bubbles. So cute!

On the top of the backdrop, I made these Octonauts catchphrase signs with my Silhouette and glitter cardstock.  
I added some of of the tissue festooning to the tops to make them look like sea anenomes. 

This party collection is just so adorable!

For the favor station, I used some crates from my collection and set up a few different take-homes for the kids. 
My boys have this little table in our kitchen and I use it for parties all the time because it's kid-sized and easy for the little ones to get things from. 
The first favor was these cute crab water squirters. I displayed them in blue iridescent bag fill to make it look like water. 

Tonya at Soiree Event Design did these custom cotton candy favors for me. And of course, it was Captain's Cotton Candy! What child doesn't love cotton candy?
It's my all-time favorite. 

We're done with our mission!
Octonauts and me, until the next adventure!


Fabric Garland: LillyPaul Designs
Cotton Candy: Soiree Event Design
Cake Pops: Sweet Whimsy Cake Pops
Octonauts Candy Skewers: Sweets Indeed
Glitter Toppers: Made By A Princess
Birthday Party Products (plates, napkins, vinyl characters, gummy skewers, balloons) : Birthday Express
All Styling and Photography: GreyGrey Designs


  1. Love love love!! This is the cutest and Nate would totally love this! (still bitter about him changing the theme on me last year) Those cake pops btw are AMAZE-BALLS!

  2. Where did you get your Octonauts sign in front of your cake pops? Love your set up!!!