Lou’s Tom turned 9 and he had initially requested quite a laidback affair. As our kiddos like to do, Tom changed his mind and announced he had his heart set on a Kraken sea monster themed party…less than ONE week before party day!
Cath and Lou, sprang into action and pulled together a ‘kraken’ good party that certainly transported us to a world of sea monsters, treasure and pirates!
Despite the time crunch to make it all happen, Lou and Cath both agree it was a very simple party to set up in the end. The secret to creating that “wow” effect was the easy to use kraken party printables that really packed a punch when it came to setting the scene.
With a mom in the party biz, Tom has always been quite specific when it comes to bringing his imagination to life on his party invitations. But even he was blown away by the super cool sea monster invitation Cath pulled out the bag! The invitations feature a realistic-looking red and orange Kraken wrapping it’s giant tentacles around a pirate ship, set against a moody sky. https://bit.ly/3FklpMl
We are SO glad we ended up adding this printable Kraken backdrop in, it really made a huge impact on the party décor! We got it printed out on regular quality paper but if your son wants to use it in his bedroom afterwards it may be worth printing it out on to a thicker paper, vinyl or canvas.
Next was the birthday cake, which chocolate cake loving Tom takes very seriously. So we transformed the birthday cake into the Kraken by adding our printable tentacle and eye Kraken cake toppers ( https://bit.ly/3cgI53S )and finishing it off with our cake wrap that resembles stormy seas. We recommend printing these out on sturdy board to avoid them going soggy in the frosting.
We also created circular printable cupcake toppers, some featuring editable text and others just focusing in on the Kraken. The Kraken sea monster cupcake topper set includes the various toppers, printable tentacles and blue striped cupcake wrappers. Edit, print, cut out and secure onto paper straws or wood skewers. We’d once again recommend printing these out on carboard rather than normal paper as it can warp and be too flimsy. https://bit.ly/3DnFzV9
We always have a lot of fun when it comes to quirky food labels and Tom’s party was no different. We used liquorice, chocolate coins and other sweet treats to sub in as ‘kelp,’ ‘crab legs,’ and ‘sunken treasure.’ Use your imagination and have fun coming up with funny names that will have the kids throwing out lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘ewws!’ https://bit.ly/3HqxHF2
It’s always fun to watch the kids reactions when they take a tentative sip of the “ocean water” only to realise it’s just good old-fashioned juice! Trick ‘em with fun printable Kraken drinks label. https://bit.ly/3wSLO12
We love sending kids home with a token of thanks for joining in the birthday celebrations. For Tom’s birthday we sent each child home with a big bottle of bubbles you can find at the dollar store, complete with a punny editable favour tag. Other favor ideas for this theme include water guns, beach balls or cookies iced with the Kraken. https://bit.ly/3nhEatQ
As you can gather, we didn’t go out and buy anything special to bring the Kraken theme to life! We used what we had, threw together a tasty treat table and of course, pulled it all together with our handy Kraken-themed printables. (https://bit.ly/3HqP60b) The printables ensure you’ll put on a party that won’t soon be forgotten even with a tight deadline or budget.
Tom had the best sea creature birthday and is already thinking how to challenge us for next year! x
What People Ate
Savory snacks and sea monster treats
What People Drank
Ocean water (aka - blue gatorade)
Chocolate Kraken Birthday Cake
Activities / Games