2.07.2010

Astronaut Training Party

OK...the last of the 3 birthdays in a row is done!  Robbie's 5th birthday party was an astronaut space party...so here is your photo journey!

INVITATIONS:


the boys each received a box instead of just a card (boxes courtesy of USPS priority)


Here was the invitation folder...


and invitation. (I used the font "neuropol."  Looked so spacey!)


Under their invitations, they received their official uniform (I told you I was going to love printable iron-ons) 
they also got a little "preflight energy food" (starburst)

DECORATIONS:

Of course I couldnt have had a party without a birthday banner...thanks again cricut!


Chinese Lanterns!  I had to order more after Jane's party.  I kept trying to figure out what would look like planets, and beside paper maiche, silver lanterns were the easy way to go!  So, I kept the red ones up, added a ton of silver ones in different sizes and 5 small blue ones with NASA on them.



This may have messed up the look of the party, but I really wanted cute cookies on a stick.  I will be the first to admit that I am NOT a cookie decorator.  So, these were everywhere...maybe not super professional looking...but YUMMY!!!  Ill post the recipes I used soon.

ACTIVITIES:

LEVEL 0: Shuttle Orientation
As the kids arrived, I had them color space shuttles that had all the parts labeled.
 


LEVEL 1: Rocket Launch

If you have kids, and dont have one of these, I would order one RIGHT NOW!  They are So fun, and work really well.  The boys at the party loved it, and my daughter played with it the whole next day!
(its called the ultra stomp rocket)


LEVEL 2: Shuttle Repair
The boys wore kitchen gloves and had to screw big nuts and bolts together underwater to give them the feel of big gloves in space!


LEVEL 3: Collect Moon Rocks

I scattered moon rocks all around the yard (kind of like an egg hunt) and let them search for them and add them to their official moon rock pouch.
again, loving iron ons and canvas bags from the craft store.
The rocks were quite a process.  We started by spraying them green, but they were too transparent, so then we primed them and then put 2 more coats of green.  In the end, they were EXACTLY what I was going for and the boys LOVED them!
 
LEVEL 4: Tranquilize Aliens
OK, we had to throw this in for the boys.  We put these laminated cutouts of aliens on the wall and let the boys use a variety of nerf shooters to get them.  (aliens thanks to the cricut...again)


LEVEL 5: Antigravity Balance
it wouldnt be a space party without a little balancing (jumping) on an air mattress.  We let them balance a bouncy ball on a plate as they walked across.  And then they basically just played on it!



UNIFORMS:
Rob wore painters coveralls that worked out great...dont try to iron directly on to it, because it melts!  So I ironed the nasa symbol and the "trainer rex" label on to paper and pinned them on.
I think the boys loved their shirts.  I used the nasa symbol and then added the "astronaut training part" to it.
 
the part they loved the best was their names on the back!  Space Ranger ROBBIE!
FOOD:
Well, what can I say...Nasa waters, Mars Mud, Jupiter Jello, and PLANET PIZZA!  I went kind of easy on food!


I couldnt get the idea out of my head...a hanging moon cake!  So, I went to home depot, got some hardware, and then Rob and I worked on it the night before...so here it is!



The boys thought it was pretty cool that the CAKE was hanging over the table! 



We let Robbie blow out the candles while it was still hanging...


and Rob even cut all the pieces for the boys while it was still hanging!

FAVORS:
More iron ons!  I personalized the bags just like their shirts.

They started with Astronaut Ice Cream, Moon Sand, and water...


but by the time the boys left they were stuffed full with moon rock bags, kitchen gloves, nuts and bolts, extra food (for the boys who didnt finish) and of course a space ship cookie.


We also presented them with their Certificates of Completion, that told them thank you for coming and being part of our launch crew!

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86 comments:

Katie and Jeff Wood said...

oh my gosh Chels this is awesome! I am dying... you are so creative. How long did this take you?? I hope he had a good bday! we sure miss you guys- we'll try to call again soon to talk to the bobber xoxo

sue said...

AWESOME!!!!!

Chelsea said...

the details are fantastic on this party! I am forwarding this to all my friends with kids.

The Cairns Family said...

Wow that is an awesome party. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I am dying. What a great party! I love all the special details you put into the party.

Cristina HW said...

Help us all Grigg this is INCREDIBLE! The cake is AWESOME! Reading your blog makes me happy! xo-Juliet

Annilee said...

You are too creative, Cannon spent the whole evening telling his grandmas about the party. Thanks for inviting him even though I know he is younger than the other boys...

kelly said...

that is the cutest party ever! wish my son was still little to do that for! very creative! you need to explain how the cake is hanging from the ceiling without falling apart!

Chelsea Anne Lorimer said...

wow that was really inspiring! i love all your ideas, keep them coming! ps I was friends with miranda a long time ago, and im friends with your sis n law Katie

Sarah said...

this party is over the top amazing! you are seriously the best party planner. i read your blog solely to read about your parties! amazing. thanks for sharing.

Lisa said...

seriously amazing! I'm sure they all had such a fun time! wish I was as creative as you!

Kerstin said...

That is unbelievable! What a great party!

Lisa said...

I ventured over here through OWOH and had to read this post -- you are AMAZING! I can't believe all of the details!

And how funny - my kids got the stomp rocket as a gift and LOVED it. (We have to figure out how to order more of the rockets as all of ours are either destroyed or lost in trees somewhere.)

I can't wait to look more through your blog!

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing all your awesome ideas. I'm filing this away for future reference.

Kari Dawn Edmunds said...

SO FUN!! Smith loved it! And I am bookmarking this post to be inspired someday when one of my boys ask for an out of this world party! You are so creative!!

Katie said...

You are amazing! That looks like the funnest party for a little boy. I love all of your fun ideas!!

shirley elizabeth said...

This makes me want to have a son.

Jessica Petersen said...

Unbelievable!!! You never cease to AMAZE me. Chelsea you are so incredibly talented and creative.

susanna said...

Okay, now that is so frickin' cool! You must be the coolest mom on the block after making a flying cake! I've never even heard of that before. And the nerf-the-aliens game has me grinning. Looks like you all had fun that day. Way to go mom!

Betty Boogie said...

Hands down the COOLEST boys birthday party I have EVER seen!!!!!!!

Jake, Teylor and Walker said...

seriously...you are amazing. I can't get over all the details. how long did this take you? you really have the best ideas!

Jer + Lu said...

Your parties absolutely kill me! Thanks for the fabulous ideas!!

Robin said...

Amazing!!!!

My House of Giggles said...

Oh wow! You are a party genius!! Thanks so so much for the great ideas! My little Toby is turning 3 in a month, and is obsessed with rockets and wants a "rocket party". Funny you had the stomp rocket because I've got one stashed away in the closet, ready for the party :) So glad to hear it was a hit!!
I love all your details! Aren't kids' parties just the most fun?

Tracey

kristen said...

this is amazing!!! you are so creative! i love it!!

Bill Tanna Ava Fox said...

How in the heck do you have time to be the most spectacular mom, juggle 3 kids, cook, party, be a total hottie mom and blog it all! You must sleep like 3 hours a night! I love and miss your guts like crazy! When u coming to visit? Ps I got my Mia bossi and love it

Leigha said...

Must be the cutest party I have ever seen! Do you mind sharing where you got the great "Space Mission" invitations from? I love the format! Thanks so much!

Alexis said...

Amazing party! I can't wait to see what you do next...

DGBofTTFT said...

I'm a "little late to the party" ... as I just discovered this party on your blog today, but I have to say that this has to be one of the most inventive, yet totally do-able little boy parties I've seen! You did a fantastic job! Thank you so much for sharing this great party!!!

Chris said...

Hi- I was looking around online for different food ideas for an Astronaut party for my son and came across your blog. I already had the party planned in my head, but I love your ideas so much I might be changing some of our details. =) I am not adventurous enough to hang a cake, but I MUST KNOW how you managed that! You did an awesome job on all of it!

Megan said...

Im in the midst of planning a Buzz Lightyear party for my soon-to-be 5 year old. I cam across your blog and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the astronaut party!!! you did an AMAZING job :) and thank you for the ideas you have given me!

Mrs. M said...

This is amazing!

Tiff @ SuperMama101 said...

I found your blog from seaching for a space party. I'm throwing one for my 11 year old - and she saw the hanging cake and wants one. Is there any way you could e-mail me the details?

tkeetch at gmail.com

Super creative work!

Stephanie said...

Super Duper creative! I'm totally stealing this for one of my three boys!

Kamal said...

You are amazing,. It is one thing to come up with ideas but to implement them is another. I love all the birthday parties your come up wiht. i just had a space birthday party for my son and I wish I had seen your blog before. Where can I find the training certificate you gave the kids at the end? kamalmisc@hotmail.com

Kamal said...

Chelsea can you send me the intructions on how you made the completion certificate.
Thanks

kamal
kamalmisc@hotmail.com

Debbie said...

This party is absolutely amazing. I love it. I an astronaut party in two days and was wondering if you would share your awesome hanging cake instructions with me. debbmoddy@cox.net Thanks!

Melissa said...

I have been searching for cute astronaut themed party ideas and when I came across your blog I knew I had found what I was looking for! The cookies were a great addition! I thought they were professionally made until I read that you had done them! I didn't see the recipe and would like to get it from you if possible. I would also like to know which cricut cartridge you used to make the alien cutouts and the space shapes for the banner. If you don't mind would you please email me with the info?
melissa.howell80@gmail.com
Thanks!
Melissa Johnson

Melissa said...

This is just what I was looking for! Thanks for all the great ideas! I was wondering if you could email me the recipe you used for the cookies and also which cricut cartridge you used for the aliens and planet cutouts.
melissa.howell80@gmail.com
Thanks,
Melissa Johnson

Kate Maver said...

So how DID you hang that cake from the ceiling?

Deen said...

Wow, coolest birthday ever. Amazing.

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Seek Geo said...

Wow... just wow. The most beautiful, creativity, impressive party ever... for a birthday. Good job!! :-D

Randy said...

The paper lanterns were not hung to simulate the planets of the solar system. Other than that, cool party.
Like.

Trevor said...

That's a great thing you did for the kids. I am 23 now, and I still recount the birthday activities my mom set up for my friends and I when I was a young child. Honestly, they will really appreciate it when they get older and understand the effort and time you put in to making them happy, I know I do.

Kudos for being a great parent!

Trevor

justjenn said...

This is a fantastic party! Job well done!

ARock said...

Totally awesome! And love the hanging moon cake. Please to an Instructable about it - the folks on that site would LOVE to see what you used to back a spherical cake, and how you hung it.

Here's a link to the Cake Decorating section: http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-food/channel-cake-decorating/

Amelia said...

I'm stealing this idea for when I have kids.

Kelly said...

I'm a mom of two boys and this party ROCKS! Thanks for sharing all the little details, esp your GAMES. They are so cute and clever!!

The Ace Face said...

OMG all I need now is a son to throw this party for. What a great mom you are!

Janine Nigh said...

I love this idea, I have never been so inspired to up the antee for birthday parties as I am now. I have a 6 year old nephew who is going to freak out when his mom and I pull this off. Thanks for all the details. I especially love the hanging moon cake!!!

Firenze said...

WOW - absolutely mind-blowingly brilliant!
Helen -- Firenze Cards

Genevieve said...

I am in awe of your talents! The kids must have been over the moon :) How did you make a spherical cake (which looks moist and tasty), get it to stay hung up, and even get it to stay in place while it was being cut apart?

Hammond Bay PAC said...

I am going to attempt to do a similar type party for my son. Is there anyway you could email your templates for the invites and certificate?

Cheers,
Christine
vanislandchic at gmail.com
(no spaces)

productivelylazy said...

Awesome job!

Bonnie said...

Excellent idea for a party. And to the commenters who insist on this being a great idea for "little boys". Ahem. There are female astronauts too. You could do this party for little girls and they would love it too. Welcome to the 21st century.

sciencebasedsex said...

Absolutely the coolest birthday party I've ever seen. Thanks for sharing!

Roger Balettie said...

While my kids are too old now, I'm absolutely saving this for grandkids one day. I worked at NASA for 12 years, and I know tons of my friends there who still may want to do this!

Great job!

Pup Fan said...

What an amazing party!

Michael D Smith said...

Looks fantastic!

Harry said...

Ran across this from the Bad Astronomer's blog - you have a very lucky son indeed.

Bravo on everything, especially that wonderful planet-cake - brilliant idea!

Ren said...

"Excellent idea for a party. And to the commenters who insist on this being a great idea for "little boys". Ahem. There are female astronauts too. You could do this party for little girls and they would love it too. Welcome to the 21st century." YES. THAT. EXACLTY.

Thank you, Bonnie.

lee_howells said...

absolutely fantastic, that's one outta this world party!

Sebastian said...

This has to be the best birthday party ever O_o

Absolutely insane.

pupsinmelb said...

I'd love to attend a party like this as an adult! The activities, food and decorations are so well thought out. I can't even imagine how difficult it would be to make a hanging cake without it collapsing beforehand. Any kid would be lucky to have such a party :)

amyfaye said...

Thanks so much for sharing this! I am a practicum teacher planning a prob box about night time and I am turning the dramatic play are into an observatory and this gave me some great ideas!

Greatfang the Rex said...

Oooh, very, very nice.

I suggest using Backpacker's Pantry freeze-dried camping food for his tenth birthday (in trays of some sort) and possibly introducing them to stuff from the Estes model rocket catalog.

Richard said...

You made your kid's birthday party only 2hrs long?

Do you have no soul?

mrsmouthy said...

I'm just one of the hundreds here wanting to know how on earth you made that hanging cake so I can give it a go for my own son's bday party. Please let me know! rachelabeto@hotmail.com

Snobahr said...

Jumping cheese and beans, that's freakin' AMAZING! I'm going to have to steal that for my son's 8th birthday! Thank you so much for posting about it!

Michael & Debra Porter said...

I love your creativity, its so great, and refreshing!! I am using some of your ideas for my son's upcoming 8th space party. I was trying to recreate the Nasa logo with Astronaut Training, but could not figure our how to round the "Astronaut Training" part like you did. Would you mind sharing, or sending your logo? I would really and sincerely appreciate it! debraaporter@gmail.com
PS Your ideas as so inspiring!!

Me! said...

THIS IS SOOO AWESOME!! I am planning a summer camp with a space theme, and I have a ton of ideas, thanks so much!!

Heather said...

Rock Star MOM! Your kids are so lucky to have such a creative mom...so much thought went into this- talk about superb execution...you own the saying 'presentation is EVERYTHING'. We are going to Space Center Houston this weekend to get ready for the party and I can't wait to incorporate your ideas into our party. You are totally bookmarked! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!

kannamma said...

OMG! This is fantabulous! The details! OMG...I am planning my son's first birthday and we are going with an alien theme. I hope you wont mind if I get inspired by your details and add them on to the party that I am going to host....OMG! your creativity is simply amazing...i am empty...please keep pouring :)

Sarah said...

Fantastic Ideas! My nephew is having an outer space party and he'd really like this cake but I'm stumped on how to make it? Any chance you could share your instructions with me?
madeyoulook_@hotmail.com
Thanks
Sarah - Australia

shantelle said...

Wow. This party truly is out of this world. I was wondering if you could tell me how you mounted the cake? It looks quite a feat. thanks
shantelle (UK)

Carl&JulieFamilySite said...

Yes, please share how you made and hung the cake! I'm guessing that only the top 1/2 of the sphere was cake (a dome cake, baked in a bowl?) and sitting on a circular wood platform and on the bottom half was possibly a fake Styrofoam 1/2 sphere on the bottom half, but the whole thing was frosted?

Do tell!! =)

Michael Koska Photography said...

Love, love, love! Planning a space party for my daughter next month and this has so many great ideas. Where did you get the NASA printable iron-ons? Can you email me at mk33sc@aol.com. Thanks so much!

Beth Stephens Beck said...

All I can say is OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! (And I wish more girls were at the party...)

:-D

Beth Stephens Beck said...

All I can say is: OUT of the WORLD!!! (Need more NASA girls, though...)

:-D

wdfree5 said...

Omgosh. How neat. It makes me wish I had little ones again so I could throw a NASA themed party.

Craig said...

This is awesome! It's parents like you who create memories that inspire children for the rest of their lives. This party also wins the award for Most Obsessive Use of Iron-Ons, and Coolest Anti-Gravity Baked Goods. :)

Mediocre Renaissance Man said...

Very cool, but... That moon sand is the worst stuff ever! My son got that for his birthday once, and it was bad news.

Kelly said...

LOVE this! Can you send me the details on how you hung the cake from the ceiling? kellyjean1217@yahoo.com

kysonandrhys'mom said...

So awesome! I'm throwing a space theme party in a couple of weeks for my son and I have the helmets and jetpacks ready, but I LOVE the tshirts that you made. Do you have a template you can share?

Shannon said...

Speechless!! Such creative ideas and amazing execution. If you are inclined to email me separately with the answer that everyone wants to know -- would love to learn how you prepared that cake and managed to hang it! My son is currently obsessed with "earth" and, with his solar-system birthday party coming up, I would love to try and replicate your idea by creating a hanging earth cake...

Thanks for sharing your talents!
Shannon

Shannon said...

oopsie -- it's shannon again. i posted a comment a moment ago asking about the hanging cake ... i'm not sure if you can see my email address! it's smartincroft@gmail.com

thanks again!