So my son, Noah turned 3 on June 3 this year. Wow do they grow fast – I don’t know how we already have a 3-year-old! If you know Noah, he is OBSESSED with space. I mean “tell-you-the-names-of-all-the-planets-and-facts-you-didn’t-know-about-all-of-them” obsessed. This kid is so smart and knows all the planets in order. He knows what kind of planet it is and how many moons the planet has. He can tell you that the sun is made up of hydrogen and helium gas. He can recite all of his space books from memory. He loves watching rockets and space shuttles launch on Poppy’s phone (on repeat). He turns every pen, car, crayon, marker, cup, etc. in the house into a fast-flying rocket ship. I’m not kidding when I say he is O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D.
So when I asked him what kind of birthday party he wanted this year (I had honestly been planning a Thomas the Tank Engine party in my head), it shouldn’t have been a shock when he said “SPACE SHUTTLE PARTY.” Well, okay, then! I even asked him what he wanted for his birthday and he told me “a space shuttle is going to fly over my birthday party.” He meant business.
Now with Lucy being 6-months-old and knowing how crazy-stressed I get for his party every year, I was determined to not go overboard. I didn’t too bad. I made most of the decorations with print-outs I found online that I cut out and hung on yarn. I threw black table cloths on the tables and some “planet” and “galaxy” confetti. Voila! (I also was having some issues with my SD card that morning, so I ended up just taking pictures with my iPhone instead of my good camera – so don’t judge me too hard!)
I did want to make a really cool cake that I found online, because I quite enjoy making a cake for his birthday every year – even if it ends up looking a hot mess! I saw this “galaxy cake” and I was determined that even if it ended up looking terrible, it would still pretty much look like a swirly galaxy – so I went for it. I got the confetti cake mix for the base, and then some pre-colored cake mixes for the “planets”. Isn’t it so handy that they have those? I started by using my tiny cupcake tin (though I think a cake-pop tin would’ve made much cleaner round planets) to make the planets. Based on trial and error, I figured out that filling less resulted in much nicer shaped round planets. Once I had a sufficient amount of planets, I covered the bottom of my rectangle cake tin with the base and then threw in some “swirls” of the different colors. Galaxies look swirly, right? I then added planets, and then some more. Then I added another tiny layer of base (I should have gotten more of the base…) and more planets until I had filled up the tin. I baked it with the light on because I was terrified it would over flow (it didn’t). It did kind of fall apart as I took it out, and stick to the bottom a bit – oops! But once I trimmed the top and covered it in icing, you couldn’t tell! I actually think the inside turned out looking so much better than I expected!
I didn’t go too crazy with decorations this year. I printed and cut out and added yarn to create most of the signs and decorations. Table cloths were just plastic black with polka dot and swirl confetti to look like planets and galaxies. (As Noah can tell you, “the Milky Way is a Spiral Galaxy”.) The silver stars are cut out of tin foil. The adorable Rocket Sippy Cup favors were from Birthday Express.
… or Space Grub as we called it. We just had heavy hors d’ouerves:
- Pizza Moon Craters (Bagel Bites)
- Meteor Cheese Puffs
- Rocket Space Pops (Made by my amazing mom!)
- Rocket Hot Dogs (Hot Dogs wrapped in Crescent Rolls with Ketchup/Mustard Fire)
- Fruit Rockets (Made also by my amazing mom!)
- Rocket Fuel Lemonade
- Liquid Hydrogen (Water)
I wanted to have a few fun space-themed activities to help the kids from getting bored. We had our “Moon Jump” (Noah came up with this name himself). “Planet Kick and Toss” was just some balloons that I had blown up and drawn designs on. Noah had fun picking out the different planets and their moons. “Space Dust” was made with 8 cups Flour for every 1 cup Baby Oil. I think I ended up doing about 16 cups of Flour and 2 bottles of Baby Oil. I tried to add food coloring, but it didn’t mix at all, so it was just white with a few blue speckles. But OH SO SOFT! Finally, “Search for Moon Rocks” was a bunch of old Easter Eggs that I filled with space stickers and wrapped in tin foil. We hid them around and some of the kids were very obsessed with collecting them throughout the party. I made sure to leave a little of the egg peeking out so that the little hands could easily unwrap. Overall with the games (and a little pool, a slide, two water tables, and a play house) we had PLENTY for the kids to do. The kids were mostly around 2-3 years old.