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Space Odyssey Birthday Party

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 13 2004

Mission: Birthday
Objective: To send a manned party to the backyard to explore space-themed contests and treats.
Schedule: Engage in training camp, play games, and devour a cosmic cake.
Extra data: Mission support props can be found in the house and garage.
Conclusion: A galactic birthday is out-of-this-world fun.

Space Suits
To make suits, buy disposable coveralls in the smallest size available. Cut arms and legs to shorten. Roll up excess; use duct tape to hold in place. (Duct tape can also be used to make a belt.) Add details such as shoulder stripes and kids' names with stickers and colored electrical tape.

Glue silver or striped paper to red paper; cut a 6 1/2-inch circle. Cut a triangle from the circle and shape it into a cone; tape. Punch holes in the sides of the cup and bottom of the cone. Thread string through the cup and cone; knot. Glue triangular red tabs to the cup for fins. Add flag stickers and names with stickers.

Planet Game How-To
Stencil planet names and point values onto paper bands. The farther away a planet is from the sun, the more points it should have (it'll be harder to throw a rocket into it). Tape the bands onto buckets. Place the buckets on rope rings. To make the sun, glue a round piece of yellow paper to cardboard.

Yes and No Plates
These plates will make a space quiz lots of fun. Write "yes" and "no" (and, if you'd like, "commander!") on the front of paper plates; each kid gets a pair. For handles, affix duct tape to back of plates. Cut a piece of tape and attach to the handle's underside to keep hands from getting sticky.

Gather space trinkets, such as toy astronauts, badges, and globe erasers; sweet treats such as rock candy (ice), red hots (Mars balls), and spotted gum balls (planets); as well as glow-in-the-dark stickers. Put goodies inside paper-cup rocket favors.

Glue an 8 1/2-inch-by-5 1/2-inch sheet of blue construction paper to silver paper. Fold long ends to middle. Trace the template below on folded paper; cut out. Add flag sticker; seal flaps with sticker of child's age.

Rocket Ship Cake

Comments (5)

  • Elizabeth Hafer 20 Jun, 2012

    I can't get the rocket invitation template to open! Help!

  • sftwinsingermany 10 Feb, 2010

    Hi! Can anyone tell me which issue this party was in? I have been making myself crazy looking for it. I know it had more pictures than this article. THANKS!

  • Palmfrond 8 Jan, 2009

    For the party bags, I used a similar idea to the above, but instead of cups, I used empty Pringles tins. I added a photo of the child saying CREW. I had lots of sample cups (like medicine measures) which I put on the bottom (x3) for engines and a cone on top. contents: Mars, Milky Ways, Starburst along with luminous stars and moons

  • Palmfrond 8 Jan, 2009

    I made a pinata for my son's spaceman party recently. I used a blow up beach ball to make the planet shape. I was concerned it wasn't strong enough so added a ring of cardboard over the top to make it look like Saturn. This stopped the hits breaking it on first attempt. My son and I painted it together in his favourite colour, blue
    I don't like the pinatas which look like people (cowboys/pirates). There is something wrong in encouraging small children to hit effigies!

  • hamaddyr 27 May, 2008

    We just did this for my son's 6th birthday and it was a blast!!! We varied the activities a bit-- played alien, alien, astronaut (duck, duck, goose), played with foam rockets they could shoot at each other and made rockets they could shoot off with rubber bands. Denny's has cute rocket cups we used as the goody bag-- filled with glow in the dark stars, rubber rockets and milky way minis. The pictures were a BIG hit for thank you cards!!