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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!livingtheswelllifeblog040913-13
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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!!

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DSC_0154Instead 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!

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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!

22 thoughts on “outerspace birthday party

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  3. Laura

    This is so fantastic! I love all the details, your hard work totally paid off. My 4 year old is obsessed with space so I’m using this as inspiration! Can I ask where you found the awesome invites please? Thank for sharing!

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  4. Julie

    Awesome party! I am planning the same theme for my son’s 3rd birthday this month. I was wondering where you found the silver gift bags? I would love to do that craft and can’t seem to find the bags anywhere.

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    1. Jessica Post author

      Hi Julie! Thanks for your kind words. I picked them up at Party City. That was 6 months ago so I can’t promise that they’d still have them…Good luck! Otherwise try searching for them on Amazon??

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  5. Lauren

    So cute… I am going to do a rocket theme for my son’s 5th b-day and you’ve given me some good ideas. Wondering where you got that cute shirt that your son is wearing?

    I only have a week and a half to plan. Oops. Any tips on building a cardboard rocket?

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  6. Alyson

    I LOVE your plates and napkins and can’t find anything similar! DO you remember where you got those? Any help would be appreciated!!

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    1. Jessica Post author

      Hi Alyson! I think I found them at Michael’s craft store. It was a year ago, so I’m not sure they’d still stock them…Good luck my dear!

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