Leeland’s Space Party

In this post: An out of this world space party! Yummy space themed food, crafts, games, and centers! 
Hello, dear ones! How are you? So, I threw this party for Leeland’s second birthday back in April. It was also close to Michael’s 11th birthday, but we didn’t  have a big party for him this time. Around the time, Leeland was obsessed with all things “space” and “Little Einsteins”! His favorite word was “rocket”. Everyone had a blast at the party but honestly, I believe Leeland had the best time of all. He enjoyed the space themed play areas well into the next week!

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Well, let us start at the beginning…

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  • The Set- I bought the star balloons at Dollar Tree. I ordered the inflatable astronaut here, along with a space shuttle. I ordered these cups, plates, and napkins. I made the birthday cake holder out of a box and tinfoil. Michael helped me turn it into a space port.

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Star Tunnel & Space Center- I used tarps, silver plastic table cloths, cardboard, Christmas lights, and star stickers to make the star tunnel that led into the space center.

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The party was during the day but Leeland enjoyed the tunnel that night.

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It was super simple but felt very magical.

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The tunnel led into the space center which I set up in the school house. I hung up black table cloths which I flicked with glow in the dark paint. I hung it on a PVC pipe frame Chris made awhile back.  I hung paper planets, astronauts, and rockets with string. I used a black light to keep everything glowing.

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Cardboard, glow sticks, tinfoil, and various odds and ends made a perfect command center. Here’s Leeland playing with the Lite Brite.

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Michael and I made a space video using footage from his Little Big Planet world, and space music. We had a countdown and the sack person went to the moon and Mars. The video was on a loop. I introduced it by saying “Welcome Space Cadets to Leeland’s 2nd Birthday Party!” or something like that. Leeland was thrilled!

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Here’s everything glowing in the dark.

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Ignore the creepy paper statue in the corner. It was a leftover from our study of Rome.

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Space Gadgets- I found this Fisher Price toy at Goodwill. I glued space art over the pictures. Voila, rocket control!

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  • Astronaut Costume- I used a Sharpie to make Leeland’s white onesie into a space suit…

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Chris and I made the helmet out of insulation and a cheeseball dish. I was inspired by this lovely blog.

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My costume- I like to be crazy when it comes to my kids. So I became an astronaut too. I used a Sharpie to draw on a cheap painters suit from Walmart. The box helmet belonged to a toy of Michael’s. White and blue garden gloves added the finishing touch.

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Inflatable Planets- I bought these from Lifeway. Thankfully the newest VBS was space themed. I also used some of their music. I added Leeland’s face to a paper astronaut and I hung it with the planets under the gazebo above the Moon Rock Collection Center.

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Moon Rock Collection Center- I hung up space posters in Leeland’s play house. I added fun props like a telescope with pictures of the planets in it. Also on the side http://www.giftofcuriosity.com/diy-astronaut-glove-box/ .

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I put space themed activity sheets and constellation threading cards.

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  • Glow in the Dark “Rocket” Little Tikes Car (makeover)

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Leeland loved his new “rocket”. Here’s how I did it…

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The painting of the Rocket- I found this Little Tykes car at Goodwill for an awesome price.

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I covered it in blue spray paint.

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Then I decorated it with glow in the dark paint (requires a black light).

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  • Activities

Paperbag Helmets- inspired by https://www.pinterest.com/pin/82824080628738424/

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In the works- Michael helped me cut and paint the helmets. You can also see the space port and  the photo booth.

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Here are some friends decorating their helmets with star stickers and glitter.

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Cookie Cutter Star Paintings- Inspired by http://www.mrsplemonskindergarten.com/2017/02/tot-school-space.html

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Astronaut Photo Booth- Cardboard and paint…

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Rocket Rides- The big kids took the littles on Rocket rides using the wagon and the swing.

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The tinfoil covered box made a nice looking rocket on top of the wagon…alas, it wasn’t to last.

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Moon Jump- Our cardboard Roman columns became rockets for the trampoline.

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Space Play- I threw in homemade astronaut peg dolls with other space toys.

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Activities- These are the coloring pages from the Moon Rock Collection Center.

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Not pictured: A Moon Rock Hunt using Easter eggs covered in tin foil.

Homemade Rocket Pinata- Directions found at  http://sodapopave.com/soda-pop-ave/2013/8/8/rocketship-pinata-diy

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This pinata did not want to die! So the kids took their frustrations out on it! Ha!

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Storytime with Chakotay (the alien)- Aside from the Moon Jump, I think the kids enjoyed meeting our Bearded Dragon the most. He was a great alien. I read a Dr. Seuss Space book.

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Then the kids got to pet Chakotay. By the way, Chakotay is named after a character on Star Trek Voyager.

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I had hand sanitizer waiting.

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  • Food

Rocket Cake- Inspiration from here. I used fruit roll ups, chocolate box cake, and rainbow chip frosting.

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Rocket Fuel (Punch) and Blazing Suns (Cheese Balls)

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Treat Bags- Moon pies, Starbursts, Star Wars planes, kaleidoscopes, rubber balls with stars in them, and Galactic Starveyor bookmarks.

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Presents & Fun

Michael showing Leeland the card he made for him.

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Oh, and we had the bubble machine going.

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More Birthday Fun

Michael showing off his blue tooth boombox. He’s growing up so fast! My preteen…

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Leeland’s cupcake on his actual birthday.

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We took the kids to the Space Center the weekend before.

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Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed! I’ll put links for more ideas at the end.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Space posts:

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Birthday posts:

http://amberdover.com/category/creativity/parties/birthday-parties/

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