Rocket ship Party – James turned 3!

Rocket ship Party – James turned 3!

So this year the little man picked his own party theme!  I showed him images of different parties themes on the internet and he seemed to love… Rockets!  Immediately my brain was buzzing with all the ideas :)  I couldn’t wait to get started.  But hang on.  Before I start rambling on about unnecessary stuff, check it out for yourselves…

Seeing that I had my mom’s 60th birthday celebration and a friend’s baby shower I had to plan, just a little more than a month before James’ birthday, I had to make the invites basic and quick.  (would’ve loved to make the rocket 3D…)

Rocket ship Invitation
Rocket ship Invitation

Once that was done, organization could commence of all the exciting ideas I had, that was starting to look like Cloud Cuckoo land, in my head.  I saw these jet packs on Pinterest that you make out of empty soda bottles, so I started on them.  Quite simple, really.  But with my tendency to have everything super perfect, it took quite some time to finish them.  I must just mention that Fuse Ice Tea bottles really worked well.  It’s a much sturdier bottle than the normal Coca-Cola or Cream Soda bottle.  So after a lot of spray-painting, hot glue and streamers, this is what I got:

Jetpacks!
Jetpacks!

Just another note on the jet packs.  On most blogs they use duck-tape to hold the two bottles together, but this is quite difficult to achieve if you only have 2 hands and you don’t want any creases in your tape.  So I glued the two bottles together with a hot glue gun and then used insulation tape to round it off.  It’s not as strong as the duck-tape though, but much easier to work with.

Also on Pinterest I saw these rockets made from empty toilet paper rolls.  Again, quite simple to make.  I’ll put up a post soon on how I made these ;)

Toilet paper roll Rockets
Toilet paper roll Rockets

I used Chinese lanterns in different sizes as planets and added cardboard stars, that I found at Merrypak, to hang above the snacks table.  (Our pendant lights above the kitchen counter came in handy to hang the stars from)

Planets and Stars
Planets and Stars

As I mentioned, I sommer used our kitchen counter for the snack table.  We wanted to keep it as healthy as possible with as little sugar as possible.  We ended up with mini blueberry muffins, “Kern Monsters” – tomato, ham and cheese cocktail sticks, “Vrugte Vuurpyle” – strawberry, mango, kiwi and pineapple sticks, “Son Strale” – yellow and red peppers and carrot sticks with a creamy dip, “Ruimte Wesens” – jello with custard, and breakfast cereal that I called “Ringe van Saturnus” and “Sataliet Sonpanele”.  We also had marshmallows and pretzel sticks that was suppose to make constellations, but the marshmallows were too small. …oi!  Unexpectedly the cereal was a great hit!  As was the “Kern Monsters”.  We had very little to clean up at the end :)

Rocket Party Snack Table
Rocket Party Snack Table
Rocket Party Snacks
Rocket Party Snacks

Then of course the cake!  What party would be complete without a cake?  The guys at Frostings did an amazing job!!!  They copied the image from the invite exactly!  Liesl, you are truly amazing! :)

Rocket Ship Cake
Rocket Ship Cake

The marshmallow popcorn balls were also from Frostings.  We called them “Planete” or planets.  To make the drinking cups a bit more interesting I clued on a googly eye.  It instantly gave each cup some personality.

The kiddies tables
The kiddies tables

These two fellows were made from large pom-poms, pipe cleaners and googly eyes.  I had so much fun making them, but didn’t know where I was going to use them, so they ended up as the “table centerpieces”.

Aliens
Aliens

To keep the kids entertained we let them search the garden for “Ruimte Rotse” or space rocks.  We also had a couple of rocket launchers which they could play with and a bunch of balls and balloons to kick and throw around (unfortunately I didn’t get photo’s of these).

Finding Space Rocks
Finding Space Rocks
Party Helium Balloons
Party Balloons

Because there was already so much going on, I decided on having only one craft, for those who wanted to play inside.  Making Straw Rockets:

Make your own Straw Rocket
Make your own Straw Rocket

We even had fireworks and sparkles!

Fireworks!!!
Fireworks!!!
Little Marichelle also dressed up
Little Marichelle also dressed up

These two girls, Danelle and Anneli, wore space suits that their mom made.  So super-cool, don’t you think!?

How awesome do these girls look in their space suits!?
How awesome do these girls look in their space suits!?
Too cute!
Too cute!
Little Chrissie
Little Chrissie
James found all this very serious business
James found all this very serious business

Happy 3rd birthday my little astronaut!