Ziggy Stardust Inspired Space 5th Birthday Party – Part 4

Often my parties have a unique theme which the guests may or may not know about.  I usually try to put info around for guests to find throughout the party.

The only thing O wanted for his party was a bounce house.  But our backyard isn’t big enough for one and so I thought it wasn’t going to work out.  Then our friends, Jimmy and Vanessa, offered their small bounce to use!  O was SO happy.  A HUGE thank you to them!  
Since my son is really in to music and because Ziggy Stardust is a rock star, I decided to set out all the toy musical instruments we had for the kids to play with.

This is sweet K.  If you look behind her you can see my fabric backdrop that I put up for the kids to jam in front of.  You can just barely make out the other feather garland made by Jenny.  How rad are K’s nails? 
photo by me
Here is a picture of Jenny’s garland I took after the party.  How gorgeous and fun are all those feathers?  These garlands must have taken her forever and I am so grateful that she made them for me!!!

I saw these masks in random blog posts around the web after I started planning the party.  I knew I had to have them.  Here is the link.  They print out small, pretty much kid sized, so if you want them for adults you need to blow them up a little. 
I decided that we needed to do another smash cake like the one we did for my other son’s party.  I asked Kristin of Meringue Bake Shop to make it this time because I wanted it to be way cuter than the other. :) It turned out super cute.
So you make a small cake, cut a hole out of the center then fill it with candy.  Then you cover the cake with a dome made of chocolate.  Then you give the kid a hammer and…
And the kids go wild!  I then cut the cake and let the kids go to town.  I don’t provide plates or silverware.  Its a free for all. 
It is one of my favorite party surprises.  This cake was vegan and the candy was friendly to O’s allergies.  
I’m going to wrap up the party tomorrow with a collage that will hopefully share the feeling of the whole party and since I know that some people don’t enjoy such long posts as all of them from this week, then they will have a quick post too.  Probably should have posted that first…whatevs.
All photos by Dez and Tam


Ziggy Stardust Inspired Space 5th Birthday Party – Part 1

Kid's space party inspired by Ziggy Stardust. This invitation is my favorite.
Ok.  This post has been a LONG time coming.  My issue, when posting my parties, is always how do I organize it?  I totally over think it and try to make sure that there aren’t too many photos etc.  I get too wordy and I am burnt out writing the posts before I’ve even started.  So here is how this party is going to go:  I’m posting full photos, not collages.  The photos that Dez and Tam took blew my mind and I want to show you as many of them as I can.  I’ll point out things here and there but for the most part, the photos will do the talking.
To remind you all, this party was a Ziggy Stardust inspired space theme for my son’s 5th birthday party.  While most of the kids and parents wouldn’t know much about the story of Ziggy Stardust, I wanted to do a sort of glam rock inspired space party.  Above is the invitation that we created.  We had our friend Casey add the lightening bolt to O’s face.  It turned out awesome!
Space themed kid's birthday party decor.
DIY snack station for kid's space birthday party. Astronaut Fuel Station.
A DIY snack mix station is the perfect party food for kids.
Push Cakes for kid's birthday party.
Space themed smash cake for kid's birthday party.
The cupcakes, smash cake and Push Cakes (all vegan) were by Meringue Bake Shop and everyone LOVED them.
Smash cake idea for kid's birthday party fun. Bake a small cake, cut out a hole and fill with candy. Create a chocolate dome for over the top. Have the birthday boy break the chocolate and surprise the kid's with all the candy inside!
Smash cake idea for kid's birthday party fun. Bake a small cake, cut out a hole and fill with candy. Create a chocolate dome for over the top. Have the birthday boy break the chocolate and surprise the kid's with all the candy inside!
If you haven’t done one of these smash cakes yet you HAVE to! The kids totally freak out and love every minute of it! They are super messy, but you have to do it at least once!
And for the adults...champagne punch.Kid’s get juice. They like juice. But the adults LOVE champagne punch.
I used a ton of fabric accents throughout to add color.  For these lollies, I just cut small rectangles of fabric, wrapped the sticks and used a Glue Dot to secure them.  Super simple but extra special.
I have tried to group photos together in sections and I will be posting them over the next few days to spread them out.  I hope you all enjoy the party.  It was super fun and the kids and parents really enjoyed themselves.  And how ridiculous are these photos?  I am so beyond thrilled with the shots that Dez and Tam got.  Truly amazing talent and there couldn’t be a sweeter family.  For real!
The photo of the lollipops is by me, all others by Dez and Tam.
Push Cakes and Cupcakes by Meringue Bake Shop
Party Photography by Dez and Tam
Invitation printing by Direct Edge Media
Vegan Caramel Corn made with love by Grandma Marilyn
Wood Cake Rounds made with love by Grandpa John
See the rest of this party here:
Part 2 – Party Activities
Part 3 – Space store for favors
Part 4 – Details

Ziggy Stardust inspired Space Party

I’m gearing up for a very busy few months.  You may remember this party that I am currently working on.  I should say, about to start working on.  And here is another one that I am starting to work on.  My oldest is about to turn 5!  Can you believe it?!  I certainly can’t.  He’s requested a space party.  But it has to be fun for me too, that is how I roll.  I’ve been listening to ‘Ziggy Stardust’ by David Bowie lately and it dawned on me that that was the feel I wanted for his party.  ‘Space Oddity’ is a bit too melancholy for a 5 year old.  And while I don’t plan on emphasizing the cross-dressing or other inappropriate themes from the song, we can certainly put together a sort of rock and roll space theme.  Here is the song in case you don’t know it.  

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And this is how the party looks in my head.  The bottom left of the board is one of the main fabrics that I will be using along with purple, teal, lime and more.  

striped fabric . paper doll . pinata . fringe necklace

I am having so much fun with this party!  I am just praying I can get some great pictures of all the stuff I am planning to do!


A delightful discovery

My four year old son, Oliver,  is kind of amazing.  He is totally smarter than a 5th grader, he’s loves music and comes up with amazing party ideas all the time.  Take, for instance, his brother’s 2nd birthday party.  It was Oliver’s idea to do a juice bar.  I was floored.  What a brilliant idea.  And I did it too.  I will be showing photos soon.  And it was his discovery this evening that I just had to share with the rest of you.  My son used to have an iphone – don’t get all judgey, it was mine but then I got a new one.  He’d play games and listen to music and one day it died.  A moment of silence please.  No really, that is all I get now that he doesn’t have it to play with.  So now, from time to time, I let him play with my ipod that I have in the kitchen which provides our soundtrack to dinner.  Tonight, he was in the other room and came running excitedly in the kitchen with the ipod and his paper amp.  You know, the ones that go with those weird flat guitars that were all the rage this Christmas?  He says, “Mom!  The music totally comes out of the amp!”  And he was right.  And it kinda sounded pretty good!  Why hadn’t I known this two weeks ago for his brother’s bday?  It would have worked way better than the tiny speaker we had.  So I wanted to share with all you party mom’s.  Go steal your kid’s amp!  And the funniest part is that it is small and nondescript and could easily fit in to a party scene without someone asking you what the heck you are thinking.  Crazier still?  They cost between $8-$15 depending on where you purchase.  Party on, dudes.

Please notice the oversized cowboy boots on my younger son in the photo.  Although he has some in his own size, he much prefers his older bro’s.  Do not think your screen is distorting it, I know it sort of look like his legs are on wrong.

Sneak Peek – Art Gallery Opening Reception 4th Bday

A few weeks ago, we held my son’s 4th birthday party. I like to be really creative with my parties, as my son is really creative, and this year we decided to go with an art party. But not a traditional kid’s art party. After attending several art gallery openings or parties recently, I decided to give O his own art show. The invitation above features his own artwork and sets the tone for the party. It was totally kid friendly but arty and cool. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the party.

Use the links below to see the rest of the party posts:

Art Gallery

Kid’s Art Project/Activity


This Mama rocks and produces rock royalty

I met Laurie a few months ago via the interweb. We connected over my son’s Rock Star birthday party from last year as she was in the midst of planning a rocking good time for one of her own sons. The party was held recently and you have to check out her pics. What a great party she created. I love to see how people add their own special touches to a fairly common theme. She was super creative and the party is a great mix of kid friendly and adult tolerable. :) I’m in love with her “drink specials” where she put bottled rootbeer in a tub like you might find at a concert venue (in a dive bar, certainly not a large amphitheater where they charge you $12 for a shot of beer). Check out the rest of the party over at her blog, This Mama Rocks.

photos via This Mama Rocks.