As always, we can not host a birthday party around here without a specified theme. Diego insisted on a Space theme this year (I wanted Asian/Martial Arts theme but it was not my party as Jose reminded me).
I gave in to the space theme and started getting creative! Look at this cake! The wonderful staff at Splurge Bakery worked with me and created this amazing and delicious chocolate-chocolate space ship cake. The alien cupcakes were a hit with the kids and the pastry chefs didn’t forget to leave one alien without frosting for the birthday boy!
So I first started out by ordering personalized invitations from Tiny Prints. I love them! Diego loved them too. He thought it was awesome to see himself in a space ship.
I went to Party City and found very limited themes for boys at the store. They told me that Space Odyssey theme is only available on line. Perfect! They always have some sort of a coupon on their website anyway!
A couple of other things I ordered: A cardboard spaceship and an inflatable solar system set from Amazon! Our friends have a cardboard house that the kids decorated and it lasts forever. So I thought we could get one, decorate it with Diego as an art project, have it for the kids at the party and now it is a permanent play house/space ship for our playroom! The planets are a great learning tool too. Diego and Jose hung them in the sun room for the party and had a mini lesson on the planets while decorating. We now plan on decorating the playroom with them as well.
We also decided to dress the boys in matching Gap space shuttle hoodies. Jose and I stuck to basic black to match them.
The favor bags were themed as well. Depending on the age of the child, we made sure to pick out age-appropriate favors yet space themed. For the older kids we went with a 100 Piece Travel Pouch Space Jigsaw Puzzle. For the younger kids we purchased Play-Doh Bend and Build Activity Kit (Outer Space). The babies were easy! We loved the Alex Bath Tub Squirters shaped like little aliens, space ships and stars. I put them all in purple gift-bags, decorated them with space stickers, put names on them and decorated my cake table!
We always have a piñata and Party City did have a space ship that took a good beating! The food was easy and set out so that I could enjoy the party, mingle and watch Diego’s eyes light up with every surprise. I set out glassware for the adults (as I previously recommended). Diego had a blast and we did too!
I love, love entertaining. I love our kid’s parties to be memorable. I also love to take pictures of all the hard work AND I don’t hesitate to ask for help as the party is in full swing.
Here are some tips I wished I followed: I wish I had time to label the food. Good idea for your next theme party. Get creative with labeling your food. I once hosted a party that was dinosaur themed and I labeled the vegetarian side of the table “herbivores” and the non-vegetarian side, “carnivores”. I also made sure that a plastic dino representative sat next to the sign on the table. This time I could have done a “rocket salad”, “ufo’s” for the mini-pizzas, and “space rocks” for the chicken nuggets…and so on. A simple white place card with a sticker and your handwriting will do!
Also, even if you are having a party for kids, decorate your table with flowers. I missed that this time too! Balloons make a room festive but flowers make people smile.
We learn! And we get better for the next one! It’s all about having fun and enjoying your friends and family!