An Out of This World Retro Solar System Birthday Party

An Out Of This World Retro Solar System Birthday Party by ThreeLittleMonkeysStudio.com
Sorry for the long radio silence these days (or weeks). Things have been so crazy around here, which seems to be my new normal. But, I’m finally ready {and so excited} to share my daughter’s retro Solar System Birthday Party with you! If you know someone who is wild about astronomy like my sweet girl, hopefully this colorful and different take on the theme will inspire you in making your own unique Solar System Party.

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My daughter is obsessed with the solar system. And I do mean obsessed. She watches documentaries, pours over Hubble photos, and loves going to the observatory with her dad. She can answer just about any astronomy question you can dream up and can tell you how many moons any planet has in a flash. (Did you know Jupiter has 63? Little Miss Smarty Pants told me!) So it came as no surprise to me when she picked the solar system as her theme.

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On her wish list was bright colors, gold stars, a telescope, orange soda, popcorn, and mint cupcakes. I think we can safely say check. Check. Check. And check.

This is definitely one of my more funky tables, but it has so much of my daughter’s personality in it. And after all, that’s who the party is really for. So like usual, we used what we had on hand and incorporated the pieces that are most meaningful to my daughter, like her telescope, the globe and the 5×7″ print that she designed. And if smiles were any indication, mission accomplished! <bah-dum-chhh> Gotta get a pun in now and then.

 DECOR

I designed all of the printables for this theme and was inspired by some solar system prints from the early 60s with their bright colors and funky fonts. Though poor Pluto was ditched in my design per modern convention. Astronomy’s just never been the same for me since Pluto was downgraded. It gives me the sads.

Once I had the designs down, I reached out to some of my favorite party friends for help, and together we were able to pull off a colorful and sparkly solar system party that the birthday girl was ecstatic about.

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Katie of Celebration Lane helped out by sending Honeycomb Tissue Balls in assorted colors. I picked a variety of sizes and colors that complimented the colors in the invitation and represented the planets. The orange one represents Reese’s favorite planet: Jupiter. She also sent a number “9” balloon that I used in the astronaut photo booth (see that in a bit).

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I’m not big on doing elaborate backdrops (call me lazy), but I do like to add some kind of focal point. So I texted my friend Bethany of Sweet Georgia Sweet, and Bethany delivered with this beautiful fabric garland. I added a few gold glitter stars for some extra sparkle, and it draped beautifully above the table. And Reese is pretty stoked that she could use it in her room after the party. It hangs above her dresser now.

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I pulled a lot of vintage crates from around the house (I may have a hoarding problem) and used them to hold things, raise things … you name it. I also used those awesome galvanized cake stands and a platter I picked up from Decor Steals for my son’s Reptiles & Amphibians Party earlier this year. I loved the galvanized metal here, because they reminded me of retro rockets and complimented the rocket party favors so well. I also pulled in a red marquee light (“R” for Reese) and a small globe from my globe collection (another thing I may hoard).

FOOD & DRINK

Originally, we were just going to invite a couple of friends over for a sleepover. But before I knew it, our guest list grew and we ended up having eight girls over for a sleepover. Um, never again on that big sleepover part. But anyway, I had to make sure we had enough yummy treats to keep them going through the night. No worries there with cake, cupcakes, astronaut ice cream, popcorn, moon pies and some soda.

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The kids loved all of the treats, and the adults had to move fast and grab a few treats before they were gone. Seriously, these kids acted like they were famished.

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How pretty is that cake, right? I love doing simple cakes and dressing them up with handmade toppers like the shooting stars I made with my Cricut, gold glitter cardstock, and bamboo skewers. I picked up the cake from our favorite bakery in Kansas City called Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffeehouse. They have the best baked goods. It was a rustic chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream. Yum!

An Out Of This World Retro Solar System Birthday Party by ThreeLittleMonkeysStudio.com
They also made the cupcakes. The birthday girl chose Chocolate Minties—a chocolate cupcake with mint frosting and chocolate drizzle. Also yum!

An Out Of This World Retro Solar System Birthday Party by ThreeLittleMonkeysStudio.com
Sugar cookies are always, without a doubt, my favorite snack at our parties. When I was pregnant with the monkeys, I always had the most intense cravings for sugar cookies. I don’t ever recall loving them that much before motherhood, but they always hold a special place in my heart. Especially when they are as pretty as these cookies from Compassionate Cake. You might remember the amazing cookies she made for my son’s Reptiles & Amphibians Party.

An Out Of This World Retro Solar System Birthday Party by ThreeLittleMonkeysStudio.com
When I reached out to Jessica, I described what I wanted and she ran with it making sure to include a telescope, satellite, and a mix of planets and celestial objects. The details on these guys is amazing, and the sugar edge was such a fun surprise and added so much color, sparkle and a little crunch.

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I could stare at these cookies forever …

An Out Of This World Retro Solar System Birthday Party by ThreeLittleMonkeysStudio.com
… and ever. Jessica is amazing, right?

An Out Of This World Retro Solar System Birthday Party by ThreeLittleMonkeysStudio.com
I am kinda addicted to Skinny Pop popcorn. Have you tried it? So, so good. I figured that with all of the sweets, we need something salty. I placed the popcorn in black and white stripe popcorn boxes I picked up from Party City. I dressed the boxes up with some extra gold stars and flags made with printables from the Solar System collection. Super easy to pull together!

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When we first started thinking about what treats to serve, Moon Pies were a given. These little Mini Vanilla Moon Pies were the perfect size! I have to confess, I’d never had a Moon Pie. And I still haven’t. The kids ate them all before I could even get in there. Another case of the sads.

An Out Of This World Retro Solar System Birthday Party by ThreeLittleMonkeysStudio.com
Astronaut ice cream … did you know it was a thing? And not only is it a thing, but it also comes in ice cream sandwich form.

An Out Of This World Retro Solar System Birthday Party by ThreeLittleMonkeysStudio.com
It’s freeze dried, and the kids couldn’t really wrap their minds around that concept at first. Apparently you have to take a bite and let it melt in your mouth.

An Out Of This World Retro Solar System Birthday Party by ThreeLittleMonkeysStudio.com
We shared Zevia soda with our friends because it is the favorite beverage in this house. Though on party day we throw caution to the wind and gorge on sweets, every other day we limit our intake of sugar and Zevia hits the spot for us. Plus, the cans are so pretty, making it easy to coordinate the various flavors with any theme. Reese chose orange soda to serve her friends, because the orange, red and yellow colors on the can reminded her of her favorite planet Jupiter.

TABLE SETTINGS

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Our astronomers needed a place to sit, so I covered a table in kraft paper and gold stars, and then I made some place settings. I crafted some utensil sacks using a glassine bag, a napkin ring from the collection, and those gold cardstock stars, and then I stuffed them with a napkin, utensils, and a paper straw decorated with a straw flag from the collection.

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I picked up the Planetary Plates from ThinkGeek. Each plate is a different planet. The colors were so bright and the detail is great. And since these aren’t paper, we can reuse them any time we like.

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The kids had fun talking about which planet they were eating on, and if they weren’t sure which one it was, Miss Smarty Pants was happy to correct them.

ACTIVITIES

To keep the kiddos entertained, I set out a few solar system games and activities randomly on the table. I probably should have made some centerpieces, but I figured the kids wouldn’t really care and I wanted to keep it simple. I mean sleep.

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This Linkology Solar System Card Game was so much fun! If you can get your hands on one, definitely do. It’s kind of like Uno with pictures and solar system phrases to match instead of colors and numbers. You just keep matching until someone runs out of cards and is the winner. And since the party, we purchased another game called Night Sky Finder, which is a celestial version of Go Fish. They are both so much fun to play at parties and our family game night.

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This photographic card deck was also really interesting for the kids and they learned quite a bit from it. Now I can say our party was educational. <wink-wink>

Another awesome thing about covering a table in kraft paper, besides easier clean up, is that the kids can draw right on it! Once we cleared the table off, I set out some markers and crayons, and later in the evening the girls covered the table in doodles once it was too dark to play outside. It kept them busy for hours.

PARTY FAVORS

Fun party favors are a must! So I reached out to the amazing duo at Piggy Bank Parties for help building something out of this world! <ba-dum-chhh>

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These retro rockets could not be any cuter! The amazing Do added a text box so we could name our rocket “Reese IX” in a similar style to NASA rockets. She also made a window that was exactly 3/4″ so I could add a pic of Reese wearing an astronaut’s helmet and waving from the window using my 3/4″ punch. Super cute, right? We stuffed the rockets with Milky Way bars, planet bouncy balls, and space stickers. The kids couldn’t wait to grab one.

CUSTOM SHIRT

Reese asked for a custom shirt, so I reached out to Brenda of Great Stitch to make her planetary dreams come true.

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I had never worked with Brenda before, but the whole process was so easy I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. She sent several email mock ups until we got it just right, and then she embroidered celestial objects, her name, etc. using colors that complimented our theme on a shimmery piece of fabric that resembles the moon’s surface. It’s a one-of-a-kind shirt (just like my girl!), and Reese couldn’t have been more excited about it.

PHOTO BOOTH

I couldn’t resist making a photo booth to capture some memories!

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I grabbed a Gold Fringe Curtain from Oriental Trading and hung it on an empty wall. Then I added a fun banner so we wouldn’t forget whose big day it was and a number “9” balloon. Some awesome Astronaut Helmets made the booth complete.

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My son could not wait to be our guinea pig and test out the photo booth and helmet. He’s such a ham!

The photo booth was so much fun for the kids, and now Reese has some great photos to remember her friends and her very special Solar System Birthday!

RETRO SOLAR SYSTEM BIRTHDAY PARTY VENDOR CREDITS

Invitation and Party Printables | Three Little Monkeys Studio
Cookies | Compassionate Cake
Cake & Cupcakes | Mud Pie Vegan Bakery & Coffeehouse
Orange Soda | Zevia
Utensils | Daily deals from Pick Your Plum
Galvanized Metal Cake Stands and Platter | Daily deals from Decor Steals
Favor Bags, Linkology Solar System Game, Paper Straws, Paper Cups, Astronaut Ice Cream and Moon Pies | Amazon.com
Black & White Stripe Treat Boxes | Party City
Fabric Garland | Sweet Georgia Sweet
Custom Tshirt | Great Stitch
Retro Rocket Party Favors | Piggy Bank Parties
Honeycomb Tissue Balls and Number “9” Balloon | Celebration Lane
Planetary Plates | ThinkGeek
Gold Fringe Curtain, Astronaut Hats, Planet Bouncy Balls and Space Stickers | Oriental Trading

THOUGH THREE LITTLE MONKEYS STUDIO MAY HAVE RECEIVED PAYMENT AND/OR PRODUCTS FOR INCLUSION IN THIS POST, ALL OPINIONS ARE 100% MY OWN. I ONLY PROMOTE BRANDS I LOVE!

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