Octo Success

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Yesterday was the twins 5th birthday party, they are not five yet, but we will be away for their actual birthday so wanted the girls to have a party with their mates before we leave on our holiday. Two days before their party hubby and I stayed up late to get all organised and sorted. The day before the party I spent most of it in the kitchen, making fish biscuits otherwise known as sugar cookies, vegan cupcakes for those who cannot eat the cake and then later that night I made the cake. After 1am or later, the cake was finished, I was pleased with it. It looked like Kwazii Cat, so that was an achievement.

Kwazii Cake, made by me.

Kwazii Cake, made by me.

The candle did not stay lit as the wind picked up. This is the only picture I had with the candle lit as it went out soon after.

The candle did not stay lit as the wind picked up. This is the only picture I had with the candle lit as it went out soon after.

A week before the day of the party we checked what the weather was going to be like and it said 90% chance of showers, gosh not good. We are having the party at a park and they don’t have undercover shelter. What would we do if this forecast was correct? Not sure really. However this was not to be, the weather was sunny, hot and just great. The only thing that was a bit of an annoyance was the wind picked up a little bit but it was not gale force winds so cannot complain about it.

We had a great turn out and the kids were super happy to see all their friends and our family and extended family friends that joined us to celebrate the kids turning five.  It was a nice day and fun was had by all. Today it has been overcast, cooler and threatening rain. We were very lucky that we did well with the weather.

I wanted to make sure the kids had fun with the food as it was an Octonauts party, and got some inspiration from another blogger on my post about Octonaut Party Preparation.

Worm Tails

Worm Tails

Crab Shells

Crab Shells

Vegan Cupcakes

Vegan Cupcakes

We changed the name of certain foods for a bit of fun. Jaffas were called crab shells, snakes were called electric eels, other lollies were called worm tails. Apple juice was whale wee, orange juice was octopus ink, and water was called sea water.

Octopus Ink

Octopus Ink

Sea Water

Sea Water

It was very funny when kids were asking for more whale wee and sea water. Hilarious actually! The labels were done by using Avery Labels. It was made even easier by their online template to make sure it prints fine with your images. So easy to use and worked a treat. If you need to do labels, this is ideal.  For the rectangular labels we used L7109 Avery Labels and for the round labels we used L7102. When we printed we used the best photo for the quality and for the paper type we chose glossy photo paper.  They came out brilliantly.

Avery Labels

Avery Labels

I even made Tunip's fish biscuits.

I even made Tunip’s fish biscuits.

One of the mothers that came along did some water bombs with the kids and they were a hit.

Having fun with a water bomb

Having fun with a water bomb

Water fun

Water fun

Kids were exhausted and happy after their day at the park and the party. We came home with some family and had a cuppa tea and kids unwrapped presents. The girls were very surprised as they have finally got the presents they have been asking for.

A successful day. Hubby and I were so tired and collapsed after dinner with a glass of wine. Phew another party done for another year.

Are you planning your child/children’s birthday party? Or is it your partners/wife/hubby’s? It is a big job but pleasing when it all works out well. Send in your comments.

 

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