Sunday, December 14, 2008

4...3...2...1 Blast Off!

Andrew celebrated his 4th Birthday a couple of weeks early with an Outer Space Party yesterday. Amazingly, every single child he invited was able to be there! (Which is shocking since it was the middle of December on a Saturday). I had such a fun time planning his party and I think he had a good time, too! A special thanks to the grandparents, aunts, and uncle who were able to help out! I could not have pulled off a party for 12 little ones without you! (The pictures in the basement are a little dark, sorry).


We started out making Solar System pictures with foam stickers in the kitchen as our friends arrived.




Once everyone was there we headed to the basement where the kids all put on jet packs (thank you for the many hours you spent on these, Chad) and prepared for Space Camp.




We played Astronaut Says (like Simon Says). "Astronaut says shake a friend's hand."


Next up was Musical Planets (like musical chairs, except when the music stops, everyone finds a planet to share instead of being out if you are the last one there. We played until we were all sharing the same planet).




We tried out an "Astronaut" Parachute game together after that. (sorry, no pictures of that one).


The children played "Land the Rocket Back on Earth." They got to take a spin in a swivel chair while everyone else counted down, and then they stuck their rockets on Earth.






We played "Astronaut, Astronaut, Spaceship." (Like Duck, Duck, Goose)


We ended Space Camp with a Pull String Pinata.



Then blasted off back upstairs for cake and ice cream.






When treats were done, we all headed outside to hunt for Moon Rocks. (Lollipops wrapped in aluminum foil). We played outside until all the parents came to pick up the little astronauts and bring them home with their crafts, goody bags, jet packs, star balloons, and inflatable space shuttles.

9 comments:

Basil Family said...

Brilliant! You come up with some wonderful ideas. You know, Callan's birthday is coming up in a few weeks.....

Rebekah said...

What a fun idea! I may be "borrowing" it in the future!
Did you make the cake? It looks great!

Wendy said...

How cute! I love the jet packs and cake.

kruegfam said...

We had a wonderful time. It was out of this world!

Kim said...

I know Rebekah had a BLAST! She told her whole family about it, and her older siblings were quite jealous. Thanks you and Happy Birthday to Andrew.

Shelley said...

love the rocket packs the best. fun party. good job! you should post it on amazingmoms.com. that's where i got all my ideas for shaelyn's curious george party she had this weekend (same problem - parties in december on a weekend. unfortunately 3 of her little friends couldn't make it...). other moms need to benefit from your genius!

Gina said...

You are amazing, my dear cousin!

Dawn said...

Wow! You are very creative! I did something similar to your astronaut theme party for my nephew once but did a Firemen theme instead. It was a lot of work but so worth it in the end! Thanks for sharing Danielle.

CR said...

You really are incredible! A little person over here is still playing with all of her goodies and said her favorite part was "looking for moon rocks and playing games and all of them" (meaning everything else that they did). She said the cake was so great, that it was even "fine without ice cream". But she said she ate peanut-butter and strawberry ice cream. Sounds interesting? She also did NOT want to leave. Thanks for hosting a party she will never forget!