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This Party Calls For A Theme: Octopus Garden Party

‘O is for Octopus’ by Leah Palmer Preiss

To us, there is nothing better than a theme party.  A get together with friends is always a good time.  But a theme party takes that fun to the next level.  It can add some whimsy and distinction to your parties and have them stand out in years to come as something to be remembered.  (A fellow theme party advocate that you should make sure to check out is Dogs, Dishes, and Decor who just got done throwing a Peter Pan themed party for her birthday!)

Another great thing about themes is it can give the host structure and perimeters when planning.  Creativity can become focused when then determining decor, food, beverages, party favors, etc.

Starting this week, I’m going to be covering a different party theme each week — either one we’ve done, or one that we have in the works to do down the road.  As much fun as it is to come up with a theme, it is even more fun to share that theme with others and see what kind of spin others can put on it!

Octopus Garden Party

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m a big Beatles fan.  There are many ways that this love can be incorporated into a party theme.  I think one of the most fun ways is an Octopus Garden Party, which combines The Beatles with a water themed event.  The party is primary an adult focused party (but with kids welcome) and would be mainly set outside in the gardens.  Water games and fun are a big focus.  It gets so hot here in Texas that the water will help cool everyone off and even though many of the activities (see below) are typically targeted at children, there is no reason for the adults not to enjoy them as well!


  • Blue tablecloths with yellow and green napkins, plates, and cups
  • Hang blue and green streamers in the doorways to give a feel of walking into the sea.
  • Utilize new sand buckets, shovels, and toys as serving dishes!  These are really affordable and add a nice touch.  Fish and underwater themed dishes work great too!.
  • Inflatable octopus to act as the guest of honor



I had a hard time finding what I wanted for invitations for this theme…. at least ones that were in my price range!  So, my idea is to take colored blank note cards and envelopes from Target and then print off large labels with a black and white image of an octopus garden to put on the cards.



  • Slip and Slide — for adults 🙂
  • Water balloons and squirt guns
  • Kiddie pools filled with water
  • Beatles music playing throughout and acting as soundtrack for the party
  • Beatles trivia game with prizes such as these Yellow Submarine Playing Cards that you can get on Amazon


The favors would be given out at the start of the party and would be supplies that would add to our guests enjoyment of the party.  The favor would be a new sand bucket filled with the following:

  • Travel size sun screen
  • Bubbles
  • Mini Water Gun
  • Beatles CD mix (that we would create out of our playlist for the party)


The idea is to have this  party done as a potluck.  Guests are to bring a dish but there is a catch!  The dish needs to be inspired by a Beatles song.  We think this will make for some great creativity and conversation.  Blank cards will be available for guests to label their dish with its name.  And hopefully we will end up not having a bunch of mustard dishes (see “Mean Mr. Mustard”).  I do know that as hosts we will be providing this great dish that I found on Pintrest.

It’s a dish of hummus with a pepper cut to look like an octopus!!

10 comments on “This Party Calls For A Theme: Octopus Garden Party

  1. Cloches & Lavender
    August 15, 2012

    Sounds great and it is very clever!


  2. Dogs, Dishes, and Decor
    August 15, 2012

    Thank you for the shout out!!! I’m putting together a Winnie the Pooh Party for my friend’s sons’ first birthday so I’m planing to post about that soon.The Beatles-inspired theme is great idea for a party! I adore the hummus octopus and might have to steal that for a pirate party myself. If you need more octopus ideas, my pirate board has a few more. 🙂

    • Beyond The Green Door
      August 16, 2012

      Hey no prob 🙂
      Glad you like the theme! And I love the idea of you using the octopus hummus for a pirate party. Now of course if I think of pirates, and then I think of an octopus, I then think of that cut scene from The Goonies!

  3. veryhungrypiglet
    August 16, 2012

    Very the hummus!

  4. Alicia Jaybird
    August 16, 2012

    That pepper hummus is so funny! As I read your post, the rain is just gushing down around me as it has been on and off for a couple days. It doesn’t feel much like garden party weather anymore, but I’m going to bookmark this idea for the next time the sun peeks through.

    • Beyond The Green Door
      August 16, 2012

      Yeah, I thought it was really cute! And I am quite jealous of your rain 🙂 (Texas is very dry right now)

  5. Home Seasons
    August 14, 2013

    Love that octopus pepper! That WOULD go perfect next to the octopus pot pie! 😀

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