Special Agent Oso Themed Birthday

13 Feb

For Jane’s first birthday last year we had a Hello Kitty themed party, with a cute fondant cake from Sugar Butter Flour.  This year, Jane wanted an “Oso birthday party!”  Here’s how we did it.

The Invitations

We mailed out these homemade invitations – download your free printable!

The Cake

Although my own mother made all of our birthday cakes when we were kids – in addition to all of our elaborate Halloween costumes every year – I rang up the bakery again this year to see if I could get a 3-D cake like this or cupcakes like this made for Jane’s party.  Turns out that this would cost more than both my arms and legs combined, plus a few of my vital organs as well.

So, with great determination, I set out to make a Special Agent Oso birthday cake on my own.

Special Agent Oso up close and personal

First, I bought the Wilton Stand-Up Cuddly Bear Pan Set at Michael’s.  This cake pan requires 2 firm ready-made cake mixes, like pound cake.  I chose one pound cake mix and one yellow cake mix.

Second, I made my first e-Bay purchase:  an edible image of Special Agent Oso with the text, “Happy Birthday Jane” from Cakes for Cures.  The image stores for up to a year and is very simple to peel off and apply to your cake.

Two days before the party, I pre-made the frosting using my favorite buttercream frosting recipe.  I mixed the colors using the Wilton 12 Icing Colors Set, which includes Aqua – the perfect color for Oso’s ears, eyes and paw prints.

Since I wouldn’t be using the frosting right away, I mixed the colors right into tupperware containers so I could pull them straight out of the fridge, re-whip, and use them immediately.  (You can re-whip with a fork instead of the mixer because the quantities are relatively small).  I mixed a generous amount of Yellow, equal amounts of Aqua and Black, a small amount of No-Taste Red and saved a small portion of uncolored frosting.

I also made the fondant cutouts two days in advance.  First I colored three pre-made fondant balls with the Wilton Icing Colors in Aqua, Yellow and pink (using No-Taste Red).   I rolled out the pink ball and used a fondant cutter to make 20 little number “2”s for the sides of the white sheet cake base.  Then I rolled out the yellow and shaped it into the base of the paw print image.  Last, I rolled and flattened smaller balls of the aqua and placed them onto the yellow base for the Oso paw print.

*Tip:  use a little bit of water to adhere the fondant pieces together.  Be careful not to use too much water or the fondant pieces will slide off of each other and the colors will bleed.  Finally, I created a few free form “2”s in green and aqua to use as accents.

A day before the party, I bought a white sheet cake from Costco which would serve as the base for the 3-D cake bear and feature the edible image and other decorative elements.

The evening before the party, I baked and decorated the 3-D bear.  The baking part was a little tricky because you need to pour the cake batter into an upright cake pan, but I enlisted the help of Grandpa to do this.  After letting the cake cool for two hours and with Jane’s figurine as my guide, I decorated Special Agent Oso free hand with the largest closed star decorating tip I had.

*Tip:  The larger the tip, the more time you’ll save because it will cover more surface area with each star.   And, the star tip is great if you’re short for time because you can easily disguise your mistakes and less than perfect handiwork is less noticeable.

After Special Agent Oso was finished, I covered him with plastic wrap and set him aside for the big day.

On the day of the party, I anchored Special Agent Oso to the sheet cake, piping extra frosting around his base to blend him into the cake and secure him well.  I placed the edible image on the remaining surface area of the sheet cake and used the fondant “2”s and multi-colored candy accents to finish the design.

Here’s the final result:

Special Agent Oso Birthday Cake

The Decorations

I love balloons, so any opportunity to go overboard, I take it.  Since Oso’s colors are turquoise and yellow, I ordered about 3 dozen balloons in yellow, blue and turquoise and hung them in two bunched columns.  We also had a giant mylar “2” balloon to mark the occasion.  We followed the same color scheme for the streamers and spread a blue plastic table cloth over our kitchen table for a little punch of color.

As a nod to Special Agent Dotty – the one female special agent – I hung these homemade Martha Stewart pom poms in bright pink and orange tissue from our ceiling.  (I’d love to take credit for putting these together, but actually got them from a friend who had put them together for her party).

Since there are no Special Agent Oso party supplies commercially available, I made do with the printable decorations from the Disney website’s Celebration Center, like this pinwheel.

One great idea is to cutout the different characters and paste them on to foam flowers in the Oso colors.  Here’s an example of one taped to our wall above the “Happy Birthday” banner:

I also made Digi-Medals for each of the children by cutting out the printable medals from the Disney website, writing each child’s name in permanent marker on the medals, laminating them, punching a hole in the top, and then attaching the medals to the neon-colored nametag necklaces I found at Diddam’s.

For the finishing touch, I decorated with lime green and yellow flowers in monochromatic bunches.

The Food

I knew I didn’t want to be in the kitchen cooking the entire time the 30 guests were here, so we came up with a simple, finger food menu that would be easy for the kids to eat and quick to prepare:

  • 3 dozen bagels (1/2 mini bagels) + assorted cream cheeses from Posh Bagel
  • frozen mini-quiches
  • cheese slices (cheddar, havarti, swiss, american)
  • crudites and ranch dip (try Costco‘s readymade vegetable platter with organic dip)
  • watermelon (sliced into “smiles” with the rinds on, rather than cubed)
  • coffee (Peet’s has great to-go containers and provides the stir stix, creamer, sugar, paper cups and lids)
  • apple juice and water

The bagels and coffee were the most popular; and next to the cake, the kids loved the watermelon slices the best.

Watermelon smiles

The Entertainment

The Jumpolene Uncle B gave us was the hit of the party!

All in all, a great day.

26 Responses to “Special Agent Oso Themed Birthday”

  1. Wayne O., Studio Manager, Loralee Lewis August 30, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    My favorite part is definitely the watermelon smiles photo! Just looks like a lot of summer fun. Love the pawprints, too, beautiful work.

  2. mj July 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm #

    wow! love your decorations. My son soon turns one yr old and he loves agent oso. Every morning during breakfast he wont open up his mouth bcos of agent oso is showing on tv..he wud clap his hands and say wow! I definitely gonna do the same. I never thought about badges it wud be fun giving every child a badge with their names on it.

    • The Outlaw Mom July 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

      Good luck with your party and thanks for stopping by 🙂 The digi-medals are great fun!

  3. Ri's Mom July 2, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Oso plush toys are now $10 on disneystore.com! 🙂

  4. Youa June 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    Wondering, how did you store the cake? Did you make it overnight and then decorate it the next day? How long can you make/decorate the cake prior to the party?

    • The Outlaw Mom June 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

      I baked the cake during the late afternoon the day before the party, let it cool on the counter and then loosely covered it with cling wrap until later that night when I did the decorating. After decorating the cake, I kept it out on the counter covered with cling wrap until the next morning.

      I would recommend baking the cake no more than 3 days in advance to make sure it doesn’t dry out (1-2 days would be better). If you keep the undecorated cake covered — not too tightly or it will “sweat” — it should stay moist and fresh. The decorated bear could be done 2 days in advance.

      Store the decorated bear in the fridge loosely covered if the party is a ways off or if you live in a hot, humid climate. The undecorated cake can be – but does not need to be – refrigerated.

      Thanks for visiting and good luck! 🙂

      • Youa June 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

        Hello and thank you! My son who will be 3 in October will be thrilled if I made him a Speical Agent Oso cake. Thank you so much for sharing this blog, it was hard to find stuff for this certain themed birthday party. Definitely will let you know how it turns out!

        Thank you!!!


      • Youa June 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

        Thank you for sharing your blog and experience in having a Special Agent Oso themed birthday! My son who will be 3 in October will super thrilled that I made him a very special Oso!! Thanks for all your tips. I will definitely keep you posted once it is all done. Thanks again! You rock!

  5. The Outlaw Mom April 17, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    **UPDATE 4-17-11 Special Alert! Special Alert! The Special Agent Plush Toy is available on Amazon for $26.99 plus $4.49 shipping. Order soon because there are a limited supply! I just did 🙂

    • grace April 22, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

      You can order the plus toy at disneystore.com or buy it at the actual store for much cheaper.

      • The Outlaw Mom April 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

        Thanks for the tip, Grace! 🙂

        I just checked today (4.23.11) and the plush toy is available for $16.50, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling, at the Disney Store. Disney also is offering a 2 for $28 deal now!

        (If the Disney Store sells out, there still seem to be a few merchants offering the stuffed bear on Amazon).

        • grace April 25, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

          Thanks for sharing all the tips. Am a little overwhelmed throwing an OSO party on Saturday for my soon-to-be 3 year old son! Appreciate the info!

          • The Outlaw Mom April 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

            Good luck with your party and let us know how it goes!


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