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This summer we have so many activities planned and we don’t have many free weekends to host a party. Both of the boys love anything space related. My little guy’s favorite toy is a red rocket ship and the older one loves playing with a Nasa Astronaut play set. So we decided to try hosting a party for both boys together. We talked it over with the older one since the little one is too young to understand and he seemed ok with the idea.
What People Ate
I created food table tent cards but unfortunately did not manage to get any photos. The titles included: - Star Sandwiches - Hubble Hotdogs - Meteor Munchies - Cosmic Cookies - Venus Veggies - Fireball Fruit - Celestial Cupcakes
What People Drank
For the water bottles, I created rocket ship bases and then added tops for the straws to stick through. I created drink table tent cards but unfortunately did not manage to get any photos. - Jupiter Juice
I decided to go with a NASA party and designed an invitation to look like an official NASA Memo (not that I have any idea what an official NASA memo looks like). I bought orange folder envelopes at the Dollar store and printed “TOP SECRET” on the front.
This time I decided to organize a demo table before the party. Once I was happy with all of the details I used the layout to decorate around the house. The rocket ships were created on a rainy day with the boys using cardboard, cut up images from the web and colored cardstock. The kids had fun working on this easy project. I created a centrepiece using the some of the same circles from the cupcake toppers and placed them into a cup filled with colored paper.
I designed 6 different cupcake toppers in blue, red and grey. I ordered the cake from our local grocery store and added 2 space shuttles to the top.
Activities / Games
Astronaut Obstacle Training: I created 7 Activity Signs: Level 1: Mission Control Headquarters Level 2: Navigation (the Black Hole) Level 3: The International Space Station -Our Play Structure Level 4: Slide Down the Milky Way Level 5: Antigravity (Walking on Mars) – Air Mattress Level 6: Rocket Launch Level 7: Welcome Home – Finish Line Alien Invasion Game: Defeat the Alien by throwing water balloons until he disappears. Blast Off Piñata: I made this Space Shuttle piñata out of a cardboard box and added white and black tissue in layers. For the blasters I used small paper cups, painted them black and then added red and orange tissue paper. The helmet was a favorite for the kids but it was a disaster for me. I started by paper macheing a rubber ball and letting it sit to dry. While I was adding the second layer we had an earthquake, something that doesn’t happen very often. The ball ended up rolling all over and the form got destroyed. We decided to just finish it off and use it anyway. They didn’t seem to mind. We added pipe foam around the neck and added some down the chest to make it easier for the kids to wear. The kids had to wear the helmet while hitting the piñata. It was funny watching them!
When the guests arrived we welcomed them and gave them each a NASA t-shirt. I made an Orientation Manual (coloring/activity book) and a certificate of completion for favors and added an Astronaut puzzle, laser finger lights, crayons and Smarties. A NASA logo with a simple favor tag was attached to the bag with ribbon.