Hello, it’s Jen Carver from Banner Events here. I’m excited to share my son’s out-of-this-world space themed birthday party! Get ready for lift-off! We’re blasting off to explore the space party details in all their glory. We’ll be flying through photos by A Fresh Take Photography so be on the lookout for a solar system cake and cookies, rocket favor boxes, and the coolest jet packs and NASA backpacks our astronauts-in-training received.
My son Landon is obsessed with the Solar System, and had the names and order of the planets memorized when he was about 5. As soon as his 9th birthday party was over (dinosaur themed), he told me he wanted a space birthday party when he turned 10. I was happy to oblige. Outer space is absolutely fascinating. I knew it would be easy to put together a kid-approved party based on this theme. The only challenge in planning any of Landon’s parties is the fact that his birthday falls smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, right in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year I decided to host his party almost two weeks ahead of his actual birthday so that the rest of December could be focused on the whole family and Christmas. (This might be the wisest party decision I’ve ever made!)
When it comes to planning a party, I like to start with the invitations and any printable elements I want to incorporate into the party styling. I check out the party collections of my favorite designers and scour the internet until I find something that fits my vision. Often, I have something new created especially for my event. I find it easier to coordinate the rest of the party products and props needed with the graphic designs than the other way around.
For this space party, I found digital clip art online that I really liked and decided to make my own party invitation and coordinating address label. (The rest of the coordinating printable items were purchased online via Etsy.) I always love receiving a great invitation to get me excited about an upcoming celebration, and our party guests do too! We hand-delivered these party invitations, (but you can easily mail them) so our invitees could start counting down until it was time for the birthday party to official blast off! 10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1…!
Next on my party planning to-do list is lining up some specialty desserts for our out-of-this-world dessert table! Popular cookie and cake bakers that specialize in custom, gourmet desserts often book up way in advance, especially near the holidays.
I like to have 2-3 signature desserts on my dessert table to really drive the party theme home and help tie all of the elements of the party together. My sweet friend and talented cake designer, Christina Goff of 4 Kids Cakes, is always the first person I message when it comes time to order a custom cake! (She’s always the first person I refer friends, family, and clients to as well.) Literal works of art, you can count on her cakes to be out-of-this-world every single time. For this party, she designed a cake that gives an obvious nod to the Milky Way galaxy and the Solar System. Aren’t the 3-D fondant planets amazing? And check out that rocket that is almost an exact replica of the rocket pictured on the invitation! (You can see loads of her beautiful cakes on her Instagram page!)
I always love discovering new-to-me local talent. Emily Colby, owner of Last Course Events, is a fabulous self-taught baker who loves whipping up custom confections for events! I am so happy to have met her and can’t say enough about her professionalism, baking talent, and artistry. Emily accommodated my very unique custom requests for galaxy/nebula inspired macarons (as if macarons aren’t already special enough) and made the most gorgeous (and delicious) sugar cookies to coordinate with the designs on the party invitation and printable decorations. They were a hit with our little astronauts who had just as much fun setting up outer space cookie scenes and blasting off their cookie rockets as they did eating them!
After ordering my signature desserts, the next thing on the checklist is figuring out the store bought and homemade items I want to add to the dessert table to round it out. By figuring out the rest of the refreshments, I can more easily hunt down the appropriate serveware and party products I will need to display them. This year I tried to focus on desserts that tied in with the space party celebration. White powdered donuts instantly became Saturn’s rings. We served up Little Debbies Cosmic Brownies, and their popular Star Crunch treat was renamed “Asteroids”. Moon Pies, Orbit Gum, and cupcakes topped with personalized solar system themed printables completed the dessert offerings. (I loved displaying the cupcakes on the solar system cupcake stand from Oriental Trading Company. Isn’t it fun?)
To set the perfect party table, I love mixing and matching linens and putting together bright and colorful place settings that heavily incorporate the party theme. I loved the planet plates, molded moon cups, rocket favor boxes, planet straws, and silver metallic chargers (all available from Oriental Trading Company). I added some customized beverage wraps to bottles of blue Powerade to tie in all the printable elements from the party. Overhead, we strung 3-D planets to create a mobile. It was almost like being in space…almost. To finish off the space party tablescape, I fastened jet packs to each chair. It was a fun touch.
Picking out party favors that will leave guests talking about the party long after it is over is always a challenge we love! I was so excited to find everything I needed on the Oriental Trading Company site! For starters, each guest got to take home their own rocket jet pack. Since we’d be traveling away from the party site for some games of laser tag, I knew party guests would need a place to store their party keepsakes and any other personal items that they didn’t want to take in with them. The NASA backpacks worked perfectly! Plus, they made the party-goers feel like legit astronauts! Additionally, each guest received a rocket favor box stuffed with mini Moon Pies, Starburst, Orbit gum, space suckers, and cookies from the dessert table!
Thank you for joining us on this outer space birthday party adventure! We can’t wait to hear what your favorite detail is from the party!
Want to recreate the look? Check out our party sources below!
Jen Carver, Banner Events: Party Planning, Invitation, & Styling
A Fresh Take Photography: Event Photography
4 Kids Cakes: 2 Tiered Solar System & Galaxy Inspired Cake
Last Course Events: Solar System Cookies & Galaxy Macarons
Oriental Trading Company: Space Party Molded Moon Cups, Space Party Paper Straws, Outer Space Character Lollipops, God’s Galaxy VBS 3-D Hanging Planets, Silver Metallic Chargers, Space Party Favor Boxes, Space Party Dinner Plates, Space Party Dessert Plates, Space Party Rocket Cupcake Stand, Space Party Cupcake Picks, Astronaut Backpacks, Inflatable God’s Galaxy VBS Jet Packs