It is impossible to believe that 4 years ago today, we met this sweet baby boy of ours who instantly colored our world and eventually colored our walls. He is such a joy on every level! I debated back and forth about having a big birthday bash for him this year (4 is a little young still), but the minute we told him about building a rocket ship and taking it to the moon with all of his friends, his eyes lit up and I knew it would be so fun to bless him with a crazy kid party. (: The day before, G was super helpful with all of the preparations. He chose the color scheme and helped us paint the entire cardboard rocket ship–inside (with green glow-in-the-dark paint) and out! I think the consensus was that the rocket ship was the most fun part of the afternoon–if only we had time to make 3 more…
We hosted the party at our converted warehouse studio, because it has great light and tons of room for kids to run around. As I planned this party and hunted for outer space ideas, I came across a lot of birthday parties that had super scientific NASA themes. I elected to keep the overall vibe simple and imaginative–the way a 4-year-old might interpret a trip to outer space. Plus I have neither the time nor talent to create chalk art of real, intricate constellations! The astronauts’ agenda included: Craft a space suit. Blast off to the moon. Outer space dance party / Bubble wrap stomp (Cheap thrills!!). Moon Rock scavenger hunt. Eat treats!
As his friends arrived, the first activity was to decorate an astronaut suit. I cut out circles on silver gift bags and let them decorate their costume with glitter paint, glow-in-the-dark stars, pipe cleaners, jewels, and more! Originally I intended for the kids to wear their suits when they played on the moon, but the glitter glue needed time to set and dry. My only regret from this party is not getting a group photo of everyone lined up in their astronaut apparel–but trust me, they turned out awesome!!
The party menu included: Sparkling blueberry-pomegranate juice disguised as rocket fuel, Outerspace cake pops, a Moon cake with Oreo craters, Astronaut Applesauce (it’s easy to find food in a tube these days!), Space Strawberries, and of course POP ROCKS!!
Instead of passing out traditional party favors, we made MOON ROCKS and created a scavenger hunt for the kiddos to hunt down their goodies. I wrapped a ton of fun trinkets in aluminum foil and we hid them throughout the hallway. We then passed out little boxes for our little cadets to go crazy and collect. It was so fun to watch them unwrap their rocks!
Happy Birthday to my little space boy!! We are so grateful to all of our friends for helping us celebrate 4 fabulous years on planet earth. (:
A super special thanks to my sweet friend Amanda for helping dream this up, and for making the best cake pops in the universe! If you’re in the Twin Cities area and are interested in a similar creative kid party, please check out more info HERE!