Looking for Under the Sea party ideas? Make sure you check out our Octonauts Party Favor Ideas, Octonauts Birthday Party Food Ideas, Octonauts Birthday Party Decoration Ideas, Sea Anemone Pipe Cleaner Craft and Paper Plate Fish Aquarium Craft! This post may contain affiliate links. I received samples from Oriental Trading to facilitate this review. This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the products listed. No other compensation was received.
After the success of Lincoln's firetruck party last year, I turned to Oriental Trading again when I was planning our Octonauts themed party earlier this year. I love decorating for parties, but there are only so many hours to DIY things for my celebrations - so it makes sense to add in some awesome supplies from a reliable company.
Oriental Trading sent me a big box of goodies to use for the party. The Jumbo Realistic Sea Life Cutouts were so helpful for transforming our house into an ocean wonderland! Everyone loved them, and the kids thought it was fantastic to help me hang them on the wall.
The Under the Sea Stamps have been a huge hit, for weeks after the party! I have to pay close attention so my ink pads don't get other colors of ink embedded in them, but I think Lincoln would happily play with stamps for an entire day if he could.
These stamps make for a really simple birthday party craft for preschoolers, as they are both fun and educational and help kids with fine motor skills.
I know we'll get many more uses out of these stamps!
The party guests loved being able to select things to add to their favor bags. We used Squishy Jelly Fish, as well as Mini Light-Up Spiky Balls (as sea urchins).
Other things we included in the favor boxes were Ocean Life stickers and Sea Life Creatures. The stickers were used up by my kids extremely fast, but the sea life creatures have been favorites in our Octonauts play bin for months now!
The Ocean Life Stampers were a lot of fun to give to guests as well. And I have good news to report: they wash off walls easily!
The octopus in the favor photos above is part of the Plush Mini Tropical Toy Assortment. These were perfect for the fishing game that we rigged up in our hallway. The kids loved fishing for treasures and they were all quite pleased to receive the little creatures.
To create the game, I just hot glued a piece of fishing line to a wooden dowel and a clothespin. It was the fastest DIY ever. The "ocean" wall in the hallway was a plastic tablecloth taped to the wall. So easy and cheap!
We also received some Fish Straws (which were of course a big hit) and some paper plates for our guests to use with our oceanic food options! The party was greatly enhanced by Oriental Trading and we can't wait to go shopping again when it's time to plan another party.
Disclosure: I received samples from Oriental Trading to facilitate this review. This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the products listed. No other compensation was received. For more information, you can read my Disclosure Policy.