Is your little astronaut-to-be dreaming of the cosmos? Do they gaze at the stars in wonder, imagining what lies beyond our planet? If so, it's time to make their interstellar dreams come true by planning a space-themed birthday party that's truly out of this world!
Space Themed Birthday Party
I LOVE a fun themed party. I threw my 5 year old a Bluey themed party this past summer and he loved it. So when my older son asked me to throw him a SPACE themed party for his 7th birthday, I was all in!
I immediately jumped on Amazon to order whatever I could. I didn't have time to go out shopping so I knew I wanted to make it as easy as possible!
I incorporated space decor, space activities/games, and galaxy cupcakes. Everyone had an absolute BLAST! (pun intended!)
If your child is younger, check out these ideas for a toddler birthday party!
Fun Space Activities
Space Foil Art
We had the birthday party at our house and invited 20 kids so I knew I had to think of SOMETHING for the kids to do!
So I purchased a bunch of space arts and crafts off of Amazon and they loved it all.
The one below is called Foil Fun. It was such a fun and mess-free way to let the kids create their own space scenes. Just press and peel for a shiny colorful piece of art the kiddos can take home with them!
Paint A Planet
I thought it would be a fun activity for the kids to create their own planets! They were the first thing the kids did. Set out some paper plates to set the paint and wet planets on when finished.
Also, make sure the kiddos have a place to wash their hands! I did not think of this but their hands got very messy. This activity is probably not best for kids under the age of four.
Styrofoam balls (2 pack of 4 & 6")
Astronaut Name Game
This game is simple and easy for the kiddos to do on their own (if they an read!). Have them fill out their card and share their astrunaut name with their friends! It's guaranteed to result in some giggles.
Outdoor Space Decorations
This rocket ship tent was a popup one that the little kids loved sitting in! Plus it added to the decor so it was a dual pupose purchase.
I used these space tablecovers on all my tables. They are super cheap and match the theme very well!
On the dessert table, I added a few tiered serving platters, some balloons, planet table toppers, a space book my son had and the desserts!
I made cupcakes to keep things easy. I used a store-bought vanilla cake mix for the batter and bought store-bought frosting that I dyed dark blue, pink, gray and purple to resemble the solar system and our galaxy.
Then I topped the icing with space sprinkles!
I also made rice crispy treats and used a star cookie cutter to cut out star shaped rice crispies. I topped with more sprinkle!
Space Food Table
My go-to birthday party food that always works is the following:
- Pizza (which I ask to be cut into "party slices" and pick it up an hour before the party)
- Hot dogs (I use this Nostalgia hot dog machine which cooks the hotdogs right inside while warming the buns!)
- Mac n' Cheese (which I buy and toss in the crockpot!)
- Chicken Ceasar Salad (This is for the adults. It is ALWAYS the topic of conversation at parties because of the dressing & croutons.)
- Cheese balls (aka meteors)
- Starburst (for obvious reasons)
- Milky Ways (again for obvious reasons)
- Kids Charcuterie Board
Other space themed food ideas are:
- Rocket Dogs
- Alien Popcorn
- Galaxy Donuts
- Moon Pies
- Space Cupcakes
- Alien Jell-O
- Cosmic Fruit Skewers
- Astronaut Ice Cream
- Planet Pizza
- Meteor Meatballs
- Alien Punch
- UFO Sandwiches
- Planet Cake
- Fruit rockets
- Moon rocks
- Star cheese
- Atmosphere Dip -Use my 7 layer taco dip!
There are many other space decorations we used for the party.
These space balloons are awesome and come 23 in a pack. Very inexpensive too! I had them blown up at our local Publix. (See if your grocery store has a helium tank and you can squash two birds at the same time.) I placed three large bunches around the house and they looked awesome!
These hanging swirl streamers were a cheap and fun way to add some decor outside. I used putty to stick them to the ceiling and they stayed up.
I love chalkboard signs. This one was fun to do and doesn't require an artist to replicate. I placed it on the table by the food to add a fun touch.
What's a birthday party without a party favor or goodie bag to hand out? I found these little tchotchkes from Amazon and put them inside these cute space bags which matched the theme.
Inside are space straws, space coloring book, snap bracelets, stamps, tattoos, light up keychains and a mini foam space shuttle glider which they loved gliding around!
More Space Birthday Party Ideas
Use Space Themed Balloons: Use metallic silver and dark blue balloons to mimic the night sky. You can also find balloons shaped like planets, stars, or rockets.
Hang Celestial Cutouts: Hang up cardboard cutouts of planets, stars, and rockets on the walls to create a spacey backdrop.
Add Glow-in-the-Dark Stars: Stick glow-in-the-dark star decals on the walls and ceiling to give the illusion of a starry night.
Hang Planet Banners: Hang banners featuring images of the planets in our solar system along the party area.
Hang Foil Curtains: Silver or metallic foil curtains can add a futuristic touch to the entrance or as a backdrop for photos.
Hang Rockets: Hang paper or inflatable rocket ships from the ceiling for a fun, spacey effect.
Use Astronaut Cutouts: Place life-sized astronaut cutouts around the party area for a realistic space touch.
Hang Space Posters: Decorate the walls with posters of galaxies, nebulas, and space exploration.
Set Out Space Tableware: Use space-themed plates, cups, and napkins featuring rockets, stars, and planets.
Add Space-themed Centerpieces: Create centerpieces using toy spaceships, astronaut figurines, or space-themed items in clear vases or jars.
Use Fairy Lights: String up white or blue fairy lights to mimic stars and add a magical feel to the atmosphere.
Incorporate Rocket and UFO Props: Place rocket and UFO props around the party area to enhance the space theme.
Add Astronomy Maps: Hang up large posters or prints of star charts and constellations.
Use Space-themed Tablecloths: Use tablecloths with space-themed patterns like stars, planets, or galaxies.
Set Out Astronaut Helmets: Use astronaut helmets as both decorations and props for the kids to wear.
Use Rocket Streamers: Hang rocket-shaped streamers from the ceiling for a playful touch.
Have Space Shuttle Pinatas: Consider a space shuttle or rocket ship pinata as a fun activity and decoration in one.
Hang Solar System Mobiles: Hang a solar system mobile from the ceiling to showcase the planets in orbit.
Do DIY Spaceships: Encourage guests to make their own paper or cardboard spaceships to add to the decor.
- Set Up A Photo Booth: Have an outerspace backdrop set up with props like helmets, space suits, rocket ships, aliens, meteors, etc.
Final Space Party Tips
Space balloons are an inexpensive way to add flair to a themed party. Consider purchasing your own helium tank if you have a lot of balloons. Get creative with foods! Using cheeseballs as meteors is an example.
With these stellar ideas, your Space-Themed Birthday Party is sure to be an out-of-this-world experience that will leave everyone counting down the days until the next cosmic celebration!