James’ Space Party was really fun for me to put together. As always, I try to settle on a theme a few months in advance, and then I hunt through every discount party magazine and website to get the best deals possible. Planning ahead is not normally my strong suit, but it has definitely saved me a ton of money in the long run.

To establish the space theme, I got a bunch of solar system decorations, along with aliens and rocket ships. This wall decal and inflatable aliens greeted everyone when they walked in (James was also obsessed with the aliens):

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We hung up inflatable planets in our hallway to the backyard:

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I had a couple inflatable space shuttles that we placed strategically as well:

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The food was fun to figure out. We had a taco cart for the main meal, but there was space-themed snacks for everyone to enjoy:

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We had Moon Pies, Milky Ways, Starbursts, Reese’s Pieces, Pop Rocks, cosmic candies (made with molds and candy melts), and constellation cookies from my Aunt Lynn. I also made up “Martian Margaritas” and “Saturn’s Sangria.”

The glow-in-the-dark room was the biggest hit. We hung up black plastic sheeting to black out all of the windows (thanks, Dad!) and replaced all of the lightbulbs with black lights. We then hung glow-in-the-dark stars on the walls and ceiling, and put light-up balloons on the floor. It looked so cool. Photos really don’t do it justice!

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Outer space room

In “outer space” I had music playing that was spacey, but in the house I had a Space Party Playlist. On the TVs, I set up a slide show of James’ second year (I streamed it from Flickr via AppleTV). I liked being able to take a moment to look at how much the little guy has grown this year.

It’s nice to be able to hire someone to entertain the kids – it makes things a lot easier when I don’t have to figure out how to entertain them all! Plus, if the kids are busy, then then adults can enjoy themselves, too.

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Our piñata was from Amazon, and I made their candy bags out of space material I’d bought during a big sale at my fabric store.

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I manage these parties by spacing out all of the planning and prep. That also helps me stick to my budget! We hung up the plastic sheeting up the weekend prior to the party, I made the bags and jet packs over the course of several days, etc. It’s funny how relaxing crafting and sewing have become for me (something I NEVER would have predicted a few years ago). But really, it’s just so much fun for me to plan these things. I fully acknowledge my crazy and embrace it, hahaha. I’ll keep planning these crazy parties for as long as they make my kids happy.

happy little james