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When I was planning Lincoln's Octonauts birthday party, I ran into some challenges when it came to Octonauts birthday party food ideas. Lincoln is on a special diet due to some recently discovered food sensitivities, so he can't have dairy, gluten, wheat, oats, or eggs. Making a birthday party food plan with those specifications felt impossible, but really, it turned out just fine. Lincoln loved just about everything, and if our guests thought the cake tasted weird, they didn't say anything.
For the party table, I just did a blue tablecloth, representative of the ocean. We attached small sparkly fish and sea creatures (cut with my Silhouette Portrait) to balloon strings and let those dangle above and behind the table. It gave a good impression of an underwater world.
We found pictures of the characters online to use for the food signs. You can find my free printable of these signs here.
Our menu included:
-Peso's Sticky Starfish (similar to Rice Krispies treats, but made with vegan rice cereal, shortening, and gluten-free marshmallows, cut into star shapes).
-Shellington's Jumping Jellyfish Jello
-Gup of Fruit (cut from a canteloupe to resemble the Gup A)
-Seaweed Chips (homemade kale chips)
-Tweak's Buncha Muncha Crunchy Carrots
-Professor Inkling's Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Hummus
-Tunip's Fish Biscuits (cupcakes made with this vegan recipe)
-Barnacle Kabobs (grape skewers)
-Kwazii's Shark Teeth (vegan "cheese")
-Coral Chunks (dried pineapple)
-Jellyfish Juice (orange juice)
-Fresh, salt-free ocean water (bottles)
We also served sweet tea, but it was added at the last minute and didn't get a clever tag. Ha!
It really turned out cute - and everything was healthy! Definitely a win.
The Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Hummus included a bell pepper cut to resemble an octopus. Andrew drew on eyes and a monocle with a Sharpie. I wish bell peppers came in pink!
The Fruit Gup A was probably the cutest thing on the table. I meant to put some characters in it and forgot, but I thought that would have been a nice touch. (tutorial on how I made it coming soon)
My kids were probably responsible for clearing out the strawberries, watermelon, canteloupe, and blueberries used in this fruit assortment all on their own.
The Buncha Muncha Crunchy Carrots were definitely the easiest thing to make.
The Sticky Starfish did not retain their sticky awesomeness very well. Within about an hour, they were pretty crunchy and hard to eat. I may need to create a better recipe.
The kids loved the jello, too. It wasn't Jello brand - I found it in the health food section at my grocery store. It's not free of sugar, but it does not have artificial color.
I'm surprised how much we loved these cupcakes (link above). They're vegan. It's the best no-egg baked goods recipe I've discovered yet.
For the frosting, we made easy coconut whipped cream.
Sea Cucumbers were really easy, too - just slice 'em up!
Seaweed chips were made using a kale chips recipe we found on Google or Pinterest. I honestly don't remember which one, but most of them are pretty similar. They turned out great. They were actually one of my favorite things on the table.
There was actually some real cheese offered in the Shark Teeth option, but my kids just ate the vegan option. I didn't think I should force our guests to put aside all normal things in one shot.
I didn't have a way to prop up the Fresh Salt-Free Ocean sign, so I used a little bowl of beans. But then I think everyone thought they were supposed to eat the beans. So it was a bit confusing.
I had every intention of cutting up some Larabars (my kids' favorite snack lately) to be "Kelp Cakes," but ran out of time.
Addie, ever the food thief, was happy to sneak in a rice chip before the party officially started.
Lincoln was perfectly thrilled with his birthday cupcake, the food assortment, and all the other party activities! And that, friends, is why I plan parties - the sheer joy on my kid's face.
I hope you enjoyed these Octonauts birthday party food ideas! Let me know in a comment below if you use them for your own party!