Outer Space Birthday Party

Have a child who like space?  Here’s what we put together for our oldest son Rylan for his seventh birthday party.  I hope you can find something you can use for your space themed party!

Party Invitation 

I use Photoshop Elements to make my party invitations.  I just make a 4×6 file and save it as a .jpeg file and get them printed off at Wal-Mart for 9 cents a piece.  It’s really simple to do, I have fun making them, and the kids always enjoy seeing how they turn out.  I like to do invites because it sets the tone for the party so guests can anticipate the event.

space themed party invite

Space Birthday Cake or Cookie
astronaut big cookie

Space Themed Activities and Games

outer space birthday party activities

Space Themed Decorations

I try to spend minimal costs on the party.  I found several space themed things on clearance at Orientaltrading.com.  I always get balloons from the Dollar Tree to flank the table and send one home with each family.  The star balloons tied in nicely with the space theme.  We stuck a few things up on the wall and then just color coordinated the dishes for the food on the table.  I also had the kids hunt down all of our space themed toys and we set them up on the table and mantle, as well as out on the coffee table for kids to play with.  It really doesn’t take much at all to pull everything together.  Balloons included, I probably spent $15 on decorations.

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Space Themed Menu

space birthday party food ideas

Space Themed Attire

If possible, I try and match our outfits to the party theme.  All of these shirts I got on sale for $2-$3 so I didn’t mind getting all new ones.  Jeff and I just matched the colors of our kids’ shirts.  I wouldn’t go out and spend a lot of money, especially if they’re not ever going to wear it again.  These shirts are some of the boys’ favorites so they’ve definitely gotten their money back.

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Space Themed Wrapping Paper

I was fortunate enough to find two different space themed wrapping papers.

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What other ideas do you have for a space birthday party?

Here’s some other details for parties we’ve thrown for our kids:

rainbow party

rainbow party planning

monster party

monster cakes

watermelon party

watermelon cake tutorial

monster truck party

how to make a monster truck birthday cake

caterpillar party

caterpillar and bug theme birthday party

Batman party

batman birthday party shirts

 

The Outside Shell is Complete

Even though I haven’t been blogging, luckily, stuff has been happening out at “the land.”  It’s actually starting to look like a home, that is, until you walk inside and see it’s just an empty shell still.  We’re working on that part, well, not us, but someone is.

craftsman house with blue siding and steel roof

It’s pretty cool to see all the different things you picked out come together.  We’re pretty happy with all of our decisions, just may have went with a slightly different shingle that doesn’t blend in so well with the rest of the house.  When we picked the shingle we thought it would be perfect because it was gray and had flecks of blue and brown in it, unfortunately, it has more blue in it than we realized.  It’s so hard to tell on tiny little swatches.

The siding we chose was evening blue hardie board.  Hardie board is a little more expensive than vinyl but is a lot more durable.  To add some interest to the outside, we picked straight shakes for two of the peaks and board and baton on a single peak.

Anyway, we’re really happy with our decision to go with the wider craftsman looking trim around the windows and the galvanized tin on the roof eyebrows.  We think the eyebrows will tie in nicely with the inside of the house that will be an industrial farmhouse feel.

craftsman house with blue siding and steel roof

The eaves brackets turned out great and we’ll have a tutorial on those up hopefully sometime next week.

We plan on making craftsman posts but that probably won’t happen until after we move in.  Otherwise there’s not a whole lot more to do on the outside, well, except for attending to our atrocious yard!  Unfortunately, it’s pointless to do anything until fall, so I just try to put on blinders so I don’t see the chaos.

Want to see how the building process has gone thus far?  Check out these other posts:

First Signs of a Home

Door Decisions

Patience and Progress

Bouquards

GIVE.

Just a reminder that this week is Teacher Appreciation Week so make sure to take the time to do something special for your kiddo’s teachers, big or small, doesn’t matter.  I shared some ideas I am doing this year on Friday and another idea I’ve done is hit Sonic happy hour on the way to pick up Rylan and get some drinks for the teachers.  I used to teach, and I can’t think of a better surprise at the end of a long day!

Another idea is to give your teacher flowers, but if you can’t spend a ton of money on a nice bouquet, maybe a bouquard is the route for you.  It’s as if a bouquet of flowers and a cards got together and had a baby bouquard.  It’s way cheaper than a bouquet of flowers and just a bit more than a card, because let’s face it, cards are expensive these days!

I always have Rylan write out the things he likes about his teacher in a card because teachers need encouragement too!  Plus, it’s always good to give him opportunities to think about others and ways he can build them up with his words.  I’m not going to lie, he tends to grumble about the task, but he just doesn’t get the option not to do it.  I’m praying someday he’ll be creating cards on his own and writing them on his own because he wants to be kind, but for now, I’m content with him doing a good job when I ask him to.

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We opted for the DIY version and cut it out ourselves.  You’ll notice in the bottom picture I forgot to use the fancy paper that adds a 3D effect.  Darn!  Rylan colored in the spine to give the back of the card some color but it looks pretty just left alone black and white.  If you want to check out the options, visit www.bouquards.com.

These would also be great for Mother’s Day that is this Sunday!

 

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

GIVE.

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week and I always try and do a little something for Rylan’s teachers.  I don’t go overboard or spend a lot of money, but I do try and make them feel appreciated.

For his main teacher, I usually send a little something every day of the week.  Not knowing when all the other students will bring their gifts, she’s at least guaranteed to get at least one gift each day.

For his specials teachers, I have him take a gift the day he has the special and it is always something little, but a kind gesture.

All year, I keep an eye out for deals on items that I could use for Teacher Appreciation Week.  However, with moving for just a short bit of time and lots of things boxed up, I wasn’t able to find many of those items so I had to go with plan B.  
gift ideas for teachers

After Halloween, I stock up on candy that I use for birthday parties, Easter, and other random things because they usually don’t expire for a year and a half!  Who knew?  So far, the candy has never went bad on us.

I still had some unopened bags, so I went searching for some cute sayings to put with them and this is what we ended up with this year for teacher appreciation week.  It only took about 20 minutes to complete which includes search time for logos and sayings and the time it took me to create them on Photoshop.

STARBUSTSTo the world you may be just a teacher, but to your students you’re a star 

gift ideas for teachers

WHOPPERS- Thanks for being a Whopper of a good teacher!

gift ideas for teachers

REESE’S- There are a ton of Reese’s why you’re a great teacher!
gift ideas for teachers

 

HIGHLIGHTERS- You’ve been the highlight of my year!

gift ideas for teachers

I was able to locate my package of highlighters I found on sale for $1!

If you’re good at math, you’ll notice I only shared with you four little teacher gifts, which means there’s one more that you’ll have to check back next week to see!

What are you doing this year for teacher appreciation week or what are some you’ve done in that past that were a big hit?

Patience & Progress

Framing is a fun, but long stage in the building process.

The fun part is seeing your home take shape and actually being able to walk through different rooms.

The hard part, at least for us, is waiting.  The weather has to cooperate during this stage and when you’re building during spring in Missouri, the weather often doesn’t cooperate.  We’ve been pretty lucky and this past week has been completely dry so they’ve been able to get a lot done.

Also, we’re not involved at all in this stage so we’re completely dependent on other people to show up and do the work.  Which is hard for us, because we framed our basement at our old house so we know the basics of framing but felt no where near capable of framing an entire home.  Plus, it’s not all that enjoyable, especially in such a large amount!  All in all, the process has been pretty painless and has only required a bit of patience at times.

The news for today is that roofing could go on tomorrow which would be really sweet!  I’ll try and post about it if that happens!

framing for new house

framing for new house

framing for new house

framing for new house

framing for new house

The back of the house

framing for new house

The front porch just poured

framing for new house

While the framers have been busy with building the walls and roof, we’ve been busy building corbels for the exterior.  We hope to get those finished up so you can look forward to a blog post on that relatively soon!

 

Want to follow along with the building process?  Here are some posts you may have missed:

Door Decisions

deciding on a front door

House Plans

one floor plan

The First Signs of a Home

gravel driveway

 

Door Decisions

This week has been an exciting, yet exhausting week with all of the little decisions about the little and big details of the home.  Jeff and I have the same style when it comes to homes so we thought this home building would be a bit of a breeze.  However, through this building process we’ve realized we’re not good decision makers.

For example, we knew right away we wanted a craftsman door with straight panels and a small window at the top.  Come to find out, there are lots of those and that’s where we struggle, determining what we like best and sticking to that decision.  We’ve probably debated about a front door for a month now and have changed it weekly.  What color?  First we wanted dark wood, then changed to light wood, and finally decided on medium wood.

deciding on a front door

This is what I started out with and narrowed it down to a light, medium and dark for us to choose from.

deciding on a front door

The light color option

deciding on a front door

The medium option

deciding on a front door

The dark option

 

We both like the look of a dark door the best, however, thought a lighter door would look better with the whole house because it would be more of a contrast.  Then we took into account the white molding and weren’t sure the light wood would look good against that.  So, that’s how we ended up deciding on the medium wood.  I’d ask you what color you would go with but I’m not sure I want to know because I would probably agree with you and want to switch again!  And this is just the first detail of choosing a front door.

We had wanted a dental shelf from the get go and then the last day I realized I wouldn’t be able to hang wreaths on the door, and well, if you’ve been following my blog you’re well aware I have a lot of wreaths I’ve made that need a home!  So, no shelf anymore.

deciding on a front door

Here’s an example with a dental shelf, definitely don’t like the window detail, at least that’s one thing we know!

Side lights were a given until we realized they added $2000 to the cost and we had to let those go.

Lastly, the window.  Gridlines or none?  Vertical and horizontal?  Just vertical?  We went with two vertical grid lines that will create three vertical rectangles.

deciding on a front door

Here’s our door without the shelf, but it will be a darker wood and will have two vertical grid lines in the window.

You see why we’re exhausted.  All of this for one door.  One door, out of a large house, so you do the math and you’ll see why we have become horrible decision makers.  It’s depressing to think about how much brain power we’ve wasted on deciding a front door, which has no eternal significance whatsoever.

Instead of feeling guilty and depressed though, we reminded ourselves that God’s still working on us.   We’re determined to get better at making decisions and moving on so we can find some balance and not be consumed by the things of this world!

What decisions do you struggle with?

Space Birthday Menu

CELEBRATE.

Planning a space themed birthday party?  If so, why not have your snacks and party food match the theme!  Here’s what we decided on doing:

Pizza- Rockets

Funyuns- Saturn’s Rings

Cookie Crisp- Asteroids

Green Grapes- Alien Eyes

Milky Way Bars- The Milky Way

Cheese Puff Balls- Meteors

Green Licorice- Alien Antennas

Berries Cereal- Space Rocks

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After you get the food figured out for the outer space birthday party, you might want to check out the outer space games we played at the party.

Space Birthday Party Activities

CELEBRATE.

Now that Rylan’s seven, he’s very into activities to do at his party, so we had to make sure to have plenty for him and his friends to do.  He is pretty crafty and artistic like both of his parents, so naturally, several of the activities fell into that category.

SPACE COLORING

We started the party off with space coloring pages and mazes for the kids to do while we waited on everyone to show up.  This activity helps everyone warm up to each other too.

outer space birthday party activities

outer space birthday party activities

FOAM ROCKETS

Next the kids made rockets using foam stickers.  I had gotten these for next to nothing one year after summer at Hobby Lobby because I figured at some point, one of the boys would have a space themed birthday party.

outer space birthday party activities

outer space birthday party activities

outer space birthday party activities

outer space birthday party activities

MOON ROCK HUNT

To let the kids burn off some energy, we had a moon rock hunt.  The moon rocks were easter eggs covered in tin foil.  They actually looked more like baked potatoes than moon rocks but the kids didn’t seem to mind.

outer space birthday party activities

outer space birthday party activities

outer space birthday party activities

outer space birthday party activities

 

GALAXY PLAYDOUGH

I found this recipe for galaxy play dough and made some up ahead of time.  I went ahead and put different colored glitter in it too so there wouldn’t be a huge mess at the party.  My kids helped me mix the glitter in with the play dough.  At the party, we passed out baggies with the galaxy play dough in it and then each kid could make a galaxy picking out different gems (planets) to put in their play dough.  They seemed to have a good time!

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If you want to check out some other parties of mine, here you go:

Rainbow Birthday Party

rainbow party planning

Watermelon Birthday Party

birthday party ideas watermelon

Batman Birthday Party

batman birthday party shirts

Monster Birthday Party

monster cakes

Monster Truck Birthday Party

how to make a monster truck birthday cake

Caterpillar Birthday Party

caterpillar and bug theme birthday party

 

Rocket Big Cookie

CELEBRATE.
rocket big cookie space party

I have a lot of parties to catch up on and I’m working backwards on them, so next up is Rylan’s space themed birthday.  For his seventh birthday, he asked for a big cookie instead of a cake so we decided on a rocket because we thought it would be fairly easy and what boy doesn’t like a rocket?

Now, the M&Ms were a last minute thing.  We wanted the design to be a surprise, so when Rylan went down for rest time, we got to work.  I was planning on just making the rocket out of icing, but when I went to grab the icing, I noticed the large jar of M&Ms out of the corner of my eye and it was like they were speaking to me… within seconds an idea was born and the plan was changed.

Game Plan:

1. Make a batch of your favorite cookie dough.

2.  Spread the dough out onto a circular stone.

We’ve only used stones to cook our big cookies because they’re supposed to cook more evenly, but I’m sure a regular cookie sheet would work, just might be harder to get the center cooked without the edges getting really done.

3.  Using different colored M&Ms, outline the shapes first and then fill in with remaining M&Ms.

rocket big cookie space party

rocket big cookie space party

rocket big cookie space party

rocket big cookie space party

4.  Cooking time is obviously longer for a big cookie, somewhere probably between 20-35 minutes.  We just kept checking on it every five minutes.

5.  After the cookie cools, use icing to write out a message or add any details to the rocket.

Halfway through cooking, Jeff thought of putting yellow M&Ms around the rocket to represent stars, so we yanked the cookie out and pushed them in!  What a great idea!

rocket big cookie space party

Rylan was so surprised with his rocket.  He loved the M&Ms and I thought it was perfect because it gave it more of a metal look.  It was also way easier than using icing to make the rocket!  We might just use this technique again!

astronaut big cookie

 

Here are some other posts of mine on cakes:

Layered Rainbow Cake

layered rainbow cake

Watermelon Cake

watermelon cake tutorial

Batman Cake

batman birthday cake

Monster Cakes

monster cakes

Minnie Mouse Cake

minnie mouse purple fondant cake

Vintage Fondant Cake

classic bridal shower cake

Sprinkle & Skittle Cake

one year old birthday cake

Caterpillar Cake

caterpillar and bug theme birthday party

Polka Dot Fondant Cake

instructions for making a polka dot fondant cake

Ice Cream Cake Roll

recipe for ice cream cake roll

Monogrammed Bridal Shower Cake

making a fondant cake for a bridal shower

Monster Truck Cake

how to make a monster truck birthday cake

Rainbow Birthday Party

CELEBRATE.

In case you’re wanting to throw a rainbow party, here’s some of the things we did to put together a fun rainbow party for Emden’s third birthday.

 

Rainbow Invitation

I made this invitation using Photoshop and then saved it as a 4×6 .jpeg file and had it printed off as a picture for 9 cents at Walmart.

rainbow birthday party invite

Rainbow Decorations

Balloons are always a must at our parties, and luckily, the balloon fairy always brings balloons for the party the night before.  Somehow, she always knows the colors of the party too!

rainbow party planning

Rylan loves to decorate for the party, so he went the extra mile and drew some rainbows on balloons!

rainbow party planning

Again, it’s always great when you’re able to let the kids help.  Rylan made a LEGO rainbow so we put it on the table and he was so proud!

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Rainbow Party Favors

I found these rainbow bags at a garage sale for fifty cents.  They worked perfectly for holding a rainbow of goodies for the kids including: Starbursts, Skittles, rainbow stickers, glow sticks, and fun dip.

rainbow party planning

Rainbow Themed Food

rainbow party planning

Use a color assortment of fruits and veggies to create a rainbow and clouds

rainbow party planning

We brought out the gumball machine for the party because kids have so much fun with it. Rainbow goldfish are a perfect salty snack for a rainbow party.

rainbow party planning

Rainbow Twizzlers, Veggie Straws, Rainbow Marshmallows, Skittles, and Fruity Pebbles mixed into Rice Krispie Treats helped continue the rainbow theme

rainbow party planning

Assorted fruit slices were another rainbow candy treat we added to the spread

rainbow party planning

Rainbow cupcakes were pretty easy to make and just looked adorable. I would have went with a blue icing to represent the sky, but I had a raspberry white chocolate mix I wanted to use up.

rainbow party planning

This is how the cupcakes looked on the inside with different colors of cake batter

 

Rainbow Cake

easy to make rainbow cake

layered rainbow cake

Rainbow Activities

rainbow birthday party activity ideas

 

Rainbow Tattoos

My kids are usually tatted up throughout the year, so when a special occasion comes around, we definitely go all out.  Emden loved sporting all her new rainbow tattoos.  We tat our kids up before the party and save some to put on the other kids during the party.

rainbow party planning

Rainbow Wrapping Paper

Carry the rainbow theme into the presents by finding rainbow wrapping paper or just brightly colored wrapping paper and gift bags.  It makes for more festive pictures!

rainbow party planning

 

Rainbow Colored Dress

I always try to match our clothes to the color scheme of the party.  I don’t tend to buy anything unless it’s only a couple of dollars.  Emden already had a rainbow shirt, which is how I decided her party theme and the rest of us just wore bright colors.  I found my shirt for just $5 and knew I would wear it afterwards since I love color!  Oh, and the headband for Emden I made!

rainbow party planning

What other rainbow party ideas do you have that I missed?

 

Here are some other parties of mine you might want to check out:

monster party

monster cakes

watermelon party

watermelon cake tutorial

monster truck party

how to make a monster truck birthday cake

caterpillar party

caterpillar and bug theme birthday party

Batman party

batman birthday party shirts