Space Party – Blast Off Into Space!

Yes, a Blast it was.  Unlike the kids, Mommy crashed afterwards.  BUT…it was all worth it.

Those who have been reading my blog longer may wonder if my kids indeed have a birthday twice a year.  No, they don’t.  They were born on February 1 and February 5, so one of the few advantages I could think off when I found out my due date with Ryder: joint birthday parties.  However, when as a 4-year old you have friends from “babyhood”, school, and soccer and those friends have siblings and Mommy and Daddy have some friends they want to invite, a modest ranch-style house in the San Fernando Valley is not large enough to provide shelter in the event of the massive rain storm that February sometimes dumps upon us.  So, this Super-Mommy came up with the idea to celebrate the actual day with some cupcakes at home, but have the partay in August.  When it’s sunny.  For sure.

When it was decided that this year’s party was going to be a Space Party, the first thing I did, was send out the space themed Evites.  Living in SoCal (or maybe it is because I’m a skeptic), I never expect everyone who I invite to attend.  Surprise!  Only 3 didn’t make it, and my guest list added up to 54 guests – young and old included.

Moving on to decorating and food.

I started researching and brainstorming.  I got some inspiration from several sites, including the Half Baked, and got to making notes.  Then, it came to me: the space party’s color theme would be dark grey with bright/electric orange, blue and green.  How awesome would it be to serve foods in that color theme?  The amount of electric blue foods that I would actually want to serve is limited, so I stuck to orange and green.  And this is what I came up with:

Rocket Party Food

Rocket Ship Party FoodPhotos by: David Beeler

Rocket Dogs

 

Rocket Hot Dogs

Take a hot dog, wrap it with Pillsbury Bread Stick Dough and bake it according to the instructions on the package.  Push a skewer through the hot dogs when done and top with a triangle of cheese.

 

Meteoroids

 

Space Party Snack

Simple pretzels, topped with orange candy melts.  Pop in a 350 degree oven for 2 minutes until the candy melts start to melt.  Remove them from the oven and place silver sixlets on top.  Let them cool in a cool spot or in the fridge, then store in an airtight container until ready to use.

 

Planet Pops

 

Cake Pops

Make cake pops from Devil’s Food Cake and chocolate frosting.  Cover them in melted orange candy melts and sprinkle with white and blue nonpareils.  I used florist foam wrapped in aluminum foil to create a fun display to stick the pops in.

 

Protons

 

Chocolate dipped Pretzel Rods

Chocolate and salt go so well together.  Brush pretzel rods with melted white chocolate, sprinkle with orange nonpareils and you’re set.  Serve them in a tall glass, or use a low vase (which is what I did).

 

Space Rocks

 

Orange and Green Fruit Salad

Cantaloupe and Honeydew melon, scooped out with a melon scoop.  Mix it with grapes and you have yourself a delicious fruit salad.

 

Space Crunch

 

I filled a green pepper with ranch dip and an orange pepper with Green Goddess Dip.  Serve it with green and orange veggies (tomatoes, green & orange peppers, mini carrots, cucumbers & celery) and you have some crunchy nibbles.

The decorations were all in the grey and electric orange, green & blue as well.  Streamers in the door were a great idea to allow the doors to be open, while keeping the flies out, but unfortunately that was just in theory.  (Oh, how I hate flies.)  I had created rocket ship cutouts that led the way from the street to the front door (to prevent people from getting lost in the 10 yards between the sidewalk and the entrance)

and little green, blue and orange paper fans hung in the windows and from the ceiling.

The bounce house was a Space Ship, the piñata was a rocket and mama was seeing stars after 2 days of baking, chopping, mixing and other forms of preparing.

But…everyone had fun and that’s what counts.

The kids bounced (a lot)

They hung out and reminisced about the good old times of when they were babies

and then there was cake.

Kai preempted the Happy Birthday song and blew the candle out before we had a chance to start singing, but Ryder patiently sat out the song before carefully extinguishing the fire that was about to destroy this sweet treat from heaven.

Everyone dug into their cupcakes, and enjoyed them in their own individual way.  Just a bit more sugar to top off the excitement.

A good time was had by all.

Kids happy.  Mommy tired.  Will I do it again next year?  David will try to convince me I shouldn’t, given the amount of work that it was.  My mind will probably try to convince me I shouldn’t, ’cause it will remember the amount of work it was.  My heart will tell me “yes, do it!”  ’cause it likes to make this day special for my children.

On a side note: one afternoon, Kai came out of his quiet time and caught me assembling the rocket ship cutouts.  He came over, gave me a big hug, topped it off with a kiss and said: “Thank you Mommy, for making my party so special for me.”  That, to me is all that counts.  My children loved it, I will recover.  Sometime.

 

Until next time,

Savor food, savor family, savor life.
- Marieke, aka HRH Mommy

 

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8 Responses to Space Party – Blast Off Into Space!

  1. Rachelle says:

    That was a super fun party! I was so impressed by all your food and the cute signs! Best bounce house ever. Molly didn’t stop jumping the entire time!

    • Marieke says:

      Rachelle, I am so happy that you guys had a fun time and that Molly enjoyed herself so much. It was a fun day, for sure. Recovering so we can do something again next year ;-)

  2. Marlene says:

    I too am having a space party for my son and live in LA. I got the same bouncer reserved (SCORE). Was wondering where you got your rocket ship piñata? Thanks for the food ideas, BTW.

  3. Marlene says:

    Ok, one more question…I’m shopping for the final items on my party list and I’m having a heck of a time finding the thick wooden skewers you used to make the rocket dogs. Checked Smart n Final and Party City. No luck. Only Amazon turned up something, but it’s for 100. Don’t need that many. Just wondering if you were able to find them locally. Thanks again…can’t wait for this party! So much fun to plan!

    • Marieke says:

      Marlene,
      We got them at a discount store (Dollar Store / 99c Store). They are the regular skewers, likely to be also available at your regular grocery store. They do come in large quantities, but what’s left over, you can use over the summer to make fruit skewers, or simply make kabobs to throw on the grill. I use them to test the center of cakes for done-ness as well. Many uses.

  4. Joanna says:

    I love your party ideas. I am also in the valley and was wondering what party rental company you used for the jumper.

    Thank you.

    • Marieke says:

      Joanna,
      Thank you for reaching out! I usually use Magic Jump Rental. This bounce house came from them. It’s called the “Spaceship”. Hope this helps. Happy planning :-)

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