Evan’s Blastoff to Space Third Birthday Party

Every good and perfect gift is from above,

coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,

who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17

Our children are out biggest gift from God. I can’t believe I’m a mom to two healthy young boys and I am so blessed to share my life with an amazing man and two cute toddlers. The time has come again to celebrate the birthday of our firstborn, Evan. I can’t believe how fast time has flown by and although it sounds cliche it is so very true. I still remember those first few days holding my newborn. I was so scared to even give him a bath that my husband had to take over it for the first few weeks of his life.

Now Evan is young three year old boy and I am so proud of who he is becoming. My baby is becoming a little boy who is not only independent but very kind and caring of his brother and family. As Evan slowly but surely steps out of his baby years I can’t do anything but be grateful for the years that have passed and the years to come. My young boy has taught me so many life lessons and my heart is just bursting with joy whenever I talk about him.

For Evan’s third birthday we decided to throw a Space themed party. Lately, Evan has been obsessed with rocket ships and it just seemed like the perfect theme for a three year old. Ever since we started preparing Joshua’s Nautical Party Evan started asking if the preparations were for his party. I had to keep telling him every few days that we would celebrate Joshua’s birthday, then we would celebrate Christmas and then we would have his “rocketship party”.

I was very lucky to have my sister come visit. She helped me prepare everything for the party and we had a great time making the decor and getting everything ready for the big day. Every time Evan saw us working on something he asked if it was for his rocketship party and he made sure all of his little friends knew he was having a rocketship party soon. I was so excited to see Evan so into party mode since we definitely love throwing parties. I don’t think he was as excited about his first and second birthday party as he was for this one. Surely enough then time came for Evan’s birthday party to finally arrive so we suited up in our Astronaut suits and got ready to blast off into space.

Here are some details of Evan’s Blastoff to Space Third Birthday Party.

Decor

For this party we opted for a blue, red and silver color scheme. A lot of the decorations were home-made including the rocketships for the center pieces. Some of the decor I got from Oriental Trading and the rest we basically re-used or recycled from my ever expanding party supply box. I purchased the printable party set from Printastic Design. Leah is an amazing graphic designer and her space rocket party was perfect for Evan’s birthday!

The Spread (Photo by Kaho)

The Spread (Photo by Kaho)

We had a photobooth with an astronaut on one of the corners. The kids loved taking pictures behind it and it looked really cute.

Photo Booth

Photo Booth

We had an arts and crafts kiddy table and above it we had inflatable rubber planets and an astronaut. Please excuse the order of the planets since I realized I just put them in the wrong order after I got off the ladder. I will have to freshen up on my astronomy lessons before I do this again next time!

Craft Table and Astronaut floating above

Craft Table and Astronaut floating above

For the centerpieces my sister Dany and I made cardboard rocketships and wrapped them in sparkling paper and fabric we got at Pasar Majestic. I was very lucky to have found tons of cute fabric for cheap since I bought several pieces of scrap fabric that could no longer be sold by the meter (score!). We had star balloons filled with helium and different metallic containers filled with Hershey’s kisses.

Center pieces

Center pieces

I reused the fabric banner I had made for Evan’s First Birthday. I really love it and I think I will keep on using it for years to come. My sister brought a Solar System kit that was the perfect centerpiece for the gift and goody bag table although it ended up becoming another toy for the kids by the end of the party.

Gift and Goodie Bag Table

Gift and Goodie Bag Table

The goody bags were very simple fabric bags that I got from OT. They included candy (including some spicy Mexican sweets), stickers, a rocket stamp for the older kids and a rubber ducky for the little ones.

Goodie Bags

Goodie Bags

The highlight of the party was the cardboard rocketship daddy made. He basically recycled the cardboard from the boat at Joshua’s party and re-purposed it to make an awesome rocketship. He was inspired to make this in resemblance to the Star Wars Snow Speeder. I’m not SW savvy but I think he did a great job and the kids loved it!

Spaceship

Spaceship

Another view of the Spaceship

Another view of the Spaceship

Food

The main guests were picky toddlers so we tried to make a very simple menu.

Menu
Mars Surface: Beef Lasagna
Venus Launch Pad: Vegetarian Lasagna
Pizza-Roids: Mini pizzas with sausage
Comets with Space Lava: Vegetable sticks with ranch rip
Moon rocks: Popcorn

Drinks, plates and popcorn

Drinks, plates and popcorn

For drinks we had sangria for the parents and juices and water for the kids. I absolutely fell in love with the Space Tumblers on OT so I bought a few for our guests to take with them.

H2O

H2O

We had a very assorted sweet section which included a chocolate fountain with strawberries and marshmallows, cupcakes and a Candy Bar.

Sweets: Cupcakes and Candy Bar

Sweets: Cupcakes and Candy Bar

Candy Bar

Candy Bar

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Activities

I considered organizing a “space mission” for the kids to follow but at the end we decided against it because I thought that if any of our guests have kids similar to Evan they would have gotten bored or distracted within minutes. So we just let the kids be kids and had enough toys for them to play with. My good friend Nazira let me borrow her ball pit and between that, the tunnel and the spaceship the kids kept themselves entertained for a while.

Spaceship and Ball pit

Spaceship and Ball pit

The Spaceship was very popular

The Spaceship was very popular

We also had an arts and crafts table with cookies with icing to decorate. Even though some of the kids just ate the cookies (or the icing) this was a great activity that both the youngest and oldest of the kids enjoyed. I usually make my own icing but decided against it this time since royal icing can get very messy and I still had some store-bought icing at home.

Space cookies for decorating

Space cookies for decorating

Kids having fun on the craft table

Kids having fun on the craft table

The second activity on the crafting table consisted of build-your-own space shuttle foam gliders and a spaceship to be colored. The gliders were a hit among the boys in particular and a lot of the girls enjoyed coloring their spaceships.

Spaceships

Spaceships

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy in his Space Suit

My friend Kaho's gorgeous daughters

My friend Kaho’s gorgeous daughters

Joshua was having fun, too

Joshua was having fun, too

Happy Birthday My Big Boy!

For the cake I made three very simple rocketships and decorated them with buttercream icing and MnMs. We had tons of candles for Evan because he just loves blowing candles. As we sang Happy Birthday I was just so grateful for this third year with my little boy.

Happy Birthday dear Evan

Happy Birthday dear Evan

We had tons of candles since the boy loves blowing them

We had tons of candles since the boy loves blowing them

Yay!

Yay!

Evan couldn't resist temptation and started opening some presents

Evan couldn’t resist temptation and started opening some presents. I was quite surprised he kept his suit on until the end of the party!

Thanks for joining us and see you next time!

To Infinity and Beyond!

Evan had a blast (Photo by Kaho)

Evan had a blast (Photo by Kaho)

For more detailed photos of the party check out my friend Kaho’s blog. She was very kind to write a wonderful post about the party and took some gorgeous pictures.

9 thoughts on “Evan’s Blastoff to Space Third Birthday Party

  1. Hi Anna.. i learned a lot how to throw DIY kids party by reading this post. It’s amazing how you prepared the whole party on your own. You are just talented and full of energy. I’m sure your son appreciates it – especially when he is older and look at these pictures again someday. I have a 9 months old daughter, and I am already thinking about the theme for her first birthday :-) Thanks for giving me the inspiration.

    • Dear Wanda, thank your for your kind remarks! Evan was really excited about his “rocketship” party and still talks about it. He wants me to make rocketship cakes for him all the time!!! Happy planning for your daughter’s party! Girls’ parties are so cute!!!! Enjoy!

    • Thanks Erica! Evan really enjoyed it and still talks about it constantly. I got my printables from Printastic Design. They are on Etsy. I just bought them via paypal and got the PDFs shortly after. For Joshua’s party I used Totful Memories and I really liked the result, too. I take the PDFs to snappy for printing.

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