Sunday, April 1, 2012

Outer Space Party

This outer space party was for my oldest son's 6th birthday. The party was a bit smaller than I normally do, but it was still really fun. There were 21 people in attendance.

WELCOME:
The day before the party, my boys and I had fun drawing with sidewalk chalk in our driveway. Several kids mentioned how cool it was when they arrived at the party.

My oldest son helped with the sun, moon, and stars:

Not to be outdone, my youngest (2 years old) added his drawings also:

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
I set up the party so there were 9 different stations, a Starlab Theater (slideshow presentation about the universe), dinner, and pinata. I made these schedule of events fliers using Neuropol X Free font.

STATION #1 SPACE SHUTTLE DEVELOPMENT:
The kids made paper space shuttles by coloring the front and back of the shuttle and gluing 1/2 a toilet paper roll inside to help the shuttle stand. I got the template here. They did this activity first because it needed to dry so they could use it later in station #9.

GIFT BAGS:
These bags are made out of the large plastic cups, cardstock for the top, label, and fins, and ribbon for the handle. I punched a hole in each side of the cup and top for the ribbon. The lid doesn't come off, but will lift up to allow things to be put inside. I got the idea from Family Fun Magazine.

ROCKET BEAN BAGS:
Each of the gift bags started with a bean bag rocket that I made for each of the kids. They got to take these rockets home as their party favors and used them for two of the stations. The rockets are about 4" x 2" and are filled with rice. I used the pattern from The Long Thread and sized it down 50%. They turned out really cute and the kids loved them!

STATION #2 ROCKET LAUNCH:
The kids launched the rockets in the air using stomp rockets. This was by far their favorite station and they had a blast for at least 30 minutes taking turns stomping the rockets into the air.


STATION #3 ORBITAL TRAJECTORY STATION:
I got these blow up planets from Oriental Trading Company. The kids tried to throw their bean bag rockets into the buckets without hitting any of the planets.

STATION #4 CRASH INTO ASTEROIDS:
My son begged me to add a station where the kids would try to knock over cans. It didn't really fit the theme, but I accommodated him and glued lids back onto empty cans. The kids threw their bean bag rockets at the cans and tried to knock them over.

STATION #5 MOON WALK:
I had some plastic duck feet laying around and decided to cover them with foil so the kids could try to "walk on the moon."



STATION #6 ANTIGRAVITY ATMOSPHERE:
Great way to add the trampoline to the events.

STATION #7 COLLECT MOON ROCKS:
I ordered some cool looking bounce balls that looked like moon rocks from Oriental Trading Company and hid them in the sand for the kids to find. Each child got to find and keep 2 balls.


STATION #8 TRANQUILIZE THE ALIENS:
I covered a cardboard box (about 3' x 3') with foil and used hot glue to add the felt aliens and ufo. The ufo is a bowl and plate covered with a blue treat bag. The kids used dart guns to tranquilize the aliens.



STAR LAB THEATER:
I used our projector and made up a slide show about our planet, the solar system, sun, moon, milky way galaxy, and a few specific constellations. It was nice to add an educational component to the party and the older kids loved it.

STATION #9 ROCKET BALLOON LAUNCH:
We used the dried rocket crafts from Station #1. I cut straws in half and taped one to each rocket. We aired up rocket balloons and attached one to each straw/rocket with tape and launched them on a string. It worked pretty good.

DINNER:
We had a buffet style sit-down dinner outside. For the food area, I used a navy twin sheet for the background and drew the moon and stars with chalk. The dangly planets are from Oriental Trading Company.

The dinner menu was spaghetti, Fettuccine Alfredo, garlic bread, basil buttered french bread, salad, and a veggie tray. I turned my 3 tiered tower into a rocket tower using a paper towel roll, foil, and cardstock for the fins and cone.

ROCKET TENT:
To the right of the food table was a rocket tent that I made. It turned out amazing!!! The portholes and fins are removable to make it into a regular tent. I found the template to make the tent from 2 Little Hooligans.



EATING AREA:
I used 3 folding tables, 21 chairs, and chair sashes from tableclothfactory.com. I wrapped a fork and spoon in green and blue napkins and tied with a ribbon. I printed name labels for each cup using Neuropol X Free font. The centerpieces are stars, moons, suns, and rockets cut from cardstock and glued onto bamboo skewers.



CAKE:
My friend, Cathi, made this icecream cake and it was YUMMY!!! It used 3 cartons of ice cream and a lego alien set for the topper.


PINATA:
I couldn't find an alien pinata to buy, so my boys and I made this pinata. My friend, Cathi, helped with the face. I love how it turned out.

Unfortunately I didn't reinforce the top enough and the head fell down after only a few hits... but the rest of the pinata was sound, so the kids got to beat on it on the ground several times each.


PARTY FAVORS:
The kids each went home with their rocket bags, bean bag rockets, 2 moon rocks, a glow stick, their rocket craft, and 2 rocket balloons.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS:
Playing in the rocket

Supervising the stomp rockets

Hanging out watching the stomp rockets