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Space theme

Space, rocket, astronauts and aliens will always be popular with little men and there is a lot available for this party theme to make it easy for your party planning!

Traditional colours of blue, green, red and yellow feature commonly with this theme along with silver. You could incorporate stars into your decor as well as lanterns for an easy ‘planet’ look .

You may choose to focus on only one area of the “space” theme for the party, such as Rockets if that is what your little one is obsessed with! Or go for a full space scene incorporating aliens and astronauts.

I hope this blog post provides you some ideas and inspiration for this Space theme!

 Invitations/Printables

Space printables - Polkadot Prints

 

 

Rocket collection - Creative Little Stars from Sweet Little Birdy

 

Space rocket printables - Anders Ruff

 

Alien printables - Spaceship & Laser Beams

 

Alien fill in invitations - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations

 

Sambellina Blast Off fill-in invitations - {P} is for Party

 

Space invitation - Invite Me

 

Astronaut Invitation (with matching party items) - The Princess and the Pirate

 

Decorations

Create a space feel with a solar system wall decal pack which can be reused in your little one’s bedroom. Here is one of many which are available:

 

Solar System wall stickers - Tots n Tales

 

Or create a solar system look using lanterns, giant balloons, star decorations and more:

Silver lanterns - The Little Big Company

 

Giant balloons - Sweet Little Birdy

 

Globe balloon - Parties in a Package

 

Space lanterns - It's All About Kids Gifts

 

Star lantern - Saffy & May

 

Hanging silver stars - Blown Away

 

Little white paper star garland - The Party Table

 

Rocket mobile - Tiger Tribe

 

Tableware

Some inspiration for your tableware, whether you wish to incorporate stars into your decor or not:

Fabric party tablecloth - The Petite Party Company

 

Space tablecloth - It's All About Kids Gifts

 

Paper eskimo tablerunner - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations

 

Alien dinner plates - Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations

 

Polkadot lime green plates - {P} is for Party

 

Space Odyssey plates - It's All About Kids Gifts

 

Blue star paper napkins - The Party table

 

Twinkle star paper straws - The Little Big Company

 

Sweet Treats

These silver sixlets would be a great addition on your dessert table for a Space theme:

Silver sixlets (also available in blue and green) - Sweet Style

 

Create easy space theme treats with these items:

Silicone star cupcake mould - The Little Big Company

 

Rocket cookie cutter - {P} is for Party

 

Star cupcake toppers - Le Petit Party

 

 

Red star baking cups - Occasion by Design

 

Space cadets cupcake kit - The Party Table

 

Spaceboy cupcake cases - LarkMade

 

Perfect for space cupcakes is this silver cupcake stand:

Silver cupcake stand - Occasion by Design

 

Astro Adventure Candles - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations

 

Your space cake would look perfect atop a stainless steel stylish cake stand such as this one!

Stainless steel cake stand - Little Sooti

 

Special items

A fun item for a space party is this space tent available for HIRE in Sydney – perfect for a quiet place for the kids to play:

Space tent for hire - Tiny Tots Toy Hire (Sydney)

 

Another option are these cardboard items which can be decorated during the party as a fun activity for the kids and then kept to play in afterwards too:

Starlight cardboard cubby & rocket ship - Creations 4 Kids

 

Dress your little one as an astronaut with this fun helmet – or use it as a decoration item:

Junior Astronaut Helmet - Rocketry

 

It’s easy to find rockets at the shops to use to add as extra props at the party. I love the idea of using classic tin toys for this theme, such as this space rocket:

Mechanical tin space rocket - Vintage Nostalgia

These paper rockets are an easy way to decorate your table:

Space rocket centrepiece - It's All About Kids Gifts

 

Space centrepiece - It's All About Kids Gifts

Cute little handmade space figurines to use on your table, on your cake or as favours:

Handpainted astronaut & alien peg toys - Twinkle Kids

 

Incorporating a space model or mobile into your party area is another way to add a space feel to your party and create something educational for your child for after the party also. It is also something fun to prepare with your child before the party:

Solar System planetarium model - Spacetime

 

Solar System mobile - Entropy

 

A fun game for this theme!

Pin the Martian on the rocket ship game - The Princess & the Pirate

 

This huge inflatable space shuttle would be a great play feature as well as photo prop:

Large Inflatable space shuttle - Australian Geographic

Use small inflatable space shuttles for decoration or favours:

Mini inflatable space shuttle - Party KitnKaboodle

Favours & Packaging

There is a large range of party favours available incorporating planets, rockets, aliens etc! Here are a few I’ve selected:

Food safe space-boy beaker with lid - Invite Me

 

Space pencils - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations

 

Rocket bag tag - Invite Me

 

Alien Paratroopers - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations

 

Temporary alien tattoos - {P} is for Party

 

Outer space mega clips - Le Petit Party

 

Die-cut silver rocket tag - The Party Table

 

Paper Eskimo party bag - Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations

 

Silver party bags - {P} is for Party

 

Space Shuttle Favour Box - It's All About Kids Gifts

 

Real Parties

For some ideas and inspiration from some real space parties, have a look at the following links below:

A Blast Off Rocket party on Kara’s Party Ideas

Bright and colourful Blast Off party on the Hostess with the Mostess blog

Fantastic Blast Off party by Studio Cake featured on the Amy Atlas blog

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I hope this blog post has given you some ideas of what you can do with this theme – as you can see, there is a lot available and a lot of creative ways you can make this party memorable and fun for your little one. Happy planning & celebrating!

 

 

New party finds – Feb 2012

There seems to be a lot of new party items coming up in all the online party stores! Here are a few which have caught my eye which I thought may interest you. I may do “new find” posts more often so feel free to e-mail me if you have a great new party product coming out! I have a feeling there will be lots of new products coming out in the next month or so after all the trade fairs finish up =)

These cake stands (available in pink, blue and white) are great child-proof options for your cake or other desserts and easily stored away too:

Cake stand - {P} is for Party

Also love these child-proof bright cake stands!

Coloured cake stands - coming soon to The Little Big Company

It’s always great to have more lovely disposable tableware options. Here is one new range which would be perfect for a Paris theme, Minnie Mouse theme, a Glam party theme or other girly theme with this colour scheme:

Tableware - Piece of Cake Parties & Celebrations

 

This is such an ultra-sweet party range by Belle and Boo which you could use to create a stylish and cute party without having a specific theme. There is everything from matching party bags to buntings and more!

Belle and Boo Party range - {P} is for Party

 

How gorgeous are these? Perfect for the nursery/bedroom and then can be used for all sorts of pretty party occasions!

Fabric Lanterns - The Little Big Company

 

Continuing the prettiness with this gorgeous teapot!

Rambling rose pink teapot - The Little Big Company

Blackboard signs are great on a party table or to welcome party guests or even to hold up with a message in a photo area!

Wooden blackboard sign - Occasion by Design

Cakes in a jar have become quite popular lately and here are new jars available which are perfect to serve these in:

Ball glass jar and lid - Sweet Style

These boxes are great to use as ‘risers’ to give different heights on your party table. One of the many great party props available from Shoppe with Lily!

Wooden cube boxes, set of 3 - Shoppe with Lily

 

A beautiful way to decorate a cake or cupcake – edible rose petals! Gorgeous!

Edible rose petals - Shoppe with Lily

Another lovely tableware range coming out soon:

New lace tableware range - Invite Me

Love these authentic vintage milk bottles for a different milk bottle look:

Vintage glass milk bottles - Leo & Bella

An alternative to party printables are ‘ready to go’ party packs and a new range has been introduced by Saffy & May with a range of items included. Here is one of the themes available:

New stationary range - Saffy & May

Love the idea of a chandelier decoration at a party – this cardboard one can be painted to look so pretty and obviously a lot more affordable option than a genuine chandelier!

Cardboard chandelier - Little Sooti

So they are a few of the recent party items I’ve spotted. Have you spotted anything new for parties which has stood out for you? Please share if you have!

 

 

2012 brings another little celebration…

Happy (belated) New Year to you all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and break (or are continuing to enjoy your break!)

I took a break over Christmas/New Year and I know I have been a bit slow in my blog posts since the end of last year and I can finally tell you why!

We are expecting baby number #2 in July…another “little celebration”!

I found out 1 week before my daughters 1st birthday party. After about 2 weeks total exhaustion set in….I am sure you all know what that first trimester exhaustion is like (particularly for pregnancies after your first when you have other kids to look after!). So hence my blog posting did quieten down! I am just going into my 2nd trimester now and the energy levels are still a bit low so please bear with me! =)

In the midst of this we decided to sell our place and we are now in the midst of packing and will need to be out by the end of January….so it is a big month!

So please accept my apologies if my blog posting is a bit slow this month also (even though I’d much rather be blogging than packing!!!).

I just really wanted to explain my quietness to all of you lovely blog readers =) Thanks for understanding and watch out for more inspiration in 2012 =)

 

 

Christmas Wishes!

I had planned to have a new party theme blog post for you before Christmas – one based around a Mermaid theme after so many facebook pages shared the Mermaid party theme shoot that I was involved with for Tickle the Imagination magazine =)

However my plans to complete this post tonight got delayed due to computer issues AND a feverish teething bub so this post so it is going to have to wait until the new year!

So I wanted to take this opportunity now to wish all of my blog readers and supporters a beautiful Christmas filled with the true joy of the Christmas season! I hope you have a lovely time celebrating it with your family and friends and remembering the very first Christmas was celebrated in a Stable, so even if your Christmas lunch/party isn’t amazingly styled or perfect it’s all about celebrating Christmas with all you who love¬† and teaching our little ones about this wonderful time of the year =)

 

I will not be blogging until the 10th January as I’ll be enjoying some time with visiting relatives over the Christmas and New Year period.

This blog journey which I started in June this year has been a joyful one only because of each of YOU coming along, sharing positive feedback and encouragement and reading this blog! I have delighted in that community and thank you for your support !

I thank all those businesses who have partnered with me with giveaways and been so generous, as well as those businesses who have joined our Party Directory!

I also send a huge thanks to my blog sponsers: Sweet Little Birdy, Saffy & May and Tiny Tots Toy Hire as well as my blog advertiser Decor for Kids!

I look forward to joining you all again in 2012!

 

Shark & Scuba Theme

With summer upon us, this theme is fantastic for any kids who love the beach or ocean and especially great for a pool party where you want more of a theme besides just a pool party!

You could base this party around blues and greens, along with another colour such as grey or something bright to go with a tropical feel such as red or yellow.

I have kept this post to mainly shark/scuba ideas although if you look into “Under the sea” parties online there are many more ideas out there which I’ll have to keep for another blog post!

Invitations/Printables

There are some great options available for this theme:

Under the Sea Jennifer Birkhead Designs invitation - Little Sooti

 

Shark printable birthday range - Frog Prince Paperie

 

Shark and Scuba printable range - Paper and Cake

 

Shark attack printable range - Slindb

 

Decorations

Being an ocean inspired theme there are many ways you could decorate for this party.

A ribbon backdrop would work well for a dessert table to give an ocean/seaweed feel in shades of blue/green ribbons. Or you could use streamers to create a seaweed effect as well. Include fish cut outs and other ocean inspired shapes hanging from the ceiling (jellyfish, seahorses etc)create the underwater feel.

 

Tropical fish cut outs - Lombard

 

Printable DIY fish paper garland - Happy Paper Hearts

A backdrop such as this one could also be used for the table or other area in the party:

 

Under the sea backdrop - Happy Time

 

The soft floaty look of pom poms would also work well into the decor for this theme:

Grass green Ah-Tissue pom poms - Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations

 

Aqua Ah-Tissue pom poms - Piece of Cake Parties and Celebrations

These garlands remind me of an underwater world…

Tissue garlands - Inviteme

For something a little different (and lovely to hang up after the party) these shell swags look great and could be something you could make yourself:

Shell swag - Island Collections

 

Or use wall decals to set the scene and then easily transfer them to your child’s room after the party:

Scuba diving wall decal - Hakuna Matata Decor

 

Tableware

Love the colour of this tablerunner for an crystal clear water look:

Tiffany blue table runner - {P} is for Party

Or if you want to create the feel of a sandy ocean floor then you could use this Hessian tablecloth:

Dyed hessian cloth tablecloth - Occasion by Design

 

These paper eskimo plates come in the perfect colours for this theme:

Paper eskimo plates - Occasion by Design

 

Paper Eskimo apple green plates - Occasion by Design

A mix of aqua blue and green stripes make these straws perfect for an ocean inspired theme!

Aqua and green stripe straws - Sharnel Dollar Designs

 

The little ones will love to drink anything which have these shark fins floating in them!

Shark fin ice tray - Vivid Room

 

Sweet Treats

Shark fins are an easy shape to add onto any treats on your table – whether it be as cupcake toppers, or food flags. Here are some other items you could use for this theme:

Shark cookie cutter - The Spotted Apron

 

Sherbert blue baking cup - Sharnel Dollar designs

Shark cupcake toppers and wave wrappers - Giggle Bees

 

Shark Cupcake Toppers - Little Betsy Baker

Little blue jelly cups would work really well on your dessert table and I love these mousse pots to serve the jelly in which can be reused for many parties:

Mousse pots/jelly pots - Tracey Lau Art & Soul

A gorgeous teal colour cake stand (which comes in different sizes) is perfect for this theme!

Tall teal cake stand - Emerald and Ella

Themed items

Let the kids have some fun in a photo corner using a prop board such as this – perfect for a shark and scuba theme!

 

Shark prop photo board - Happy Time

 

Instead of party hats, these Shark hats would be fun to have all the little ones running around in!

Shark Hat - Echidnas on the Loose

Some ocean inspired/theme inspired toys are fantastic to keep the kids entertained. If you’re in Sydney these toys (and more ocean themed toys) are available to hire form Tiny Tots Toy Hire:

Octupus merry go round - Tiny Tots Toy Hire

 

Angel fish rocker - Tiny Tots Toy Hire

 

Or outside of Sydney you can buy some of these items which would be fun for any summer party in future anyway!

Great white shark rider blow up toy - Swim In

 

Dash n Splash shark bite ride - Mr Toys

 

Create the look of the ocean floor for all the little divers with shells, corals, sea urchins, star fish and more!

Baby sea urchins set - Boho beach

Or simple ocean bath toys could be used for fun kid friendly decorations (or party favours)

Sassy snap and squirt sea creatures - Baby Village

Use these shell placecard holders to hold your food labels! You can’t even tell they are placecard holders so you could display them in a nice vase after the party too:

Sea shell placecard holder - Pink Frosting

 

Use props around the party which double as birthday gifts for the shark and scuba loving birthday boy or girl. Using 2 water bottles you could create a scuba tank prop as well.

Kids falcon snorkelling fins - Swimwear Shack

 

Large shark plush - Teddy Treasures

 

 

 

Hang a sign such as this (which you could also make yourself) around the party area:

Shark sign - Australiana Online

 

Another item which could help work with an underwater theme such as this, is a Bubble Machine. This one is available for hire in Sydney from Tiny Tots Toy Hire, or outside of Sydney you can find them online and in most department stores:

Bubble machine for hire - Tiny Tots Toy Hire

 

Favours

A few cute favour ideas for this party:

Schleich scuba smurf - Playdex

 

These snorkel kits are quite affordable and could be given to the kids to use if you were having a pool party as part of this theme, to use during the party as well:

Kids swim mask and snorkel set - Epools

 

Or perhaps some swimming goggles which they can reuse many times:

Zoggs junior swin goggles - Rebel Sport

 

Grey shark bath gel - Parties and Gifts

 

Set of 4 fishy soaps - Bubble Lane

 

Shark plastic toys - Australian National Maritime Museum

For packaging I love the wave effect on these lovely scallop boxes:

Scallop boxes - Sweet Little Birdy

For a beach/sandy feel these 2 options would work well filled with something delicious:

Cloth bags - The Party Studio

 

Corked bottle - The Party Studio

 

Real Parties

Lots of fantastic ideas in this Shark and Scuba party featured on Hostess with the Mostess

This Shark party is filled with DIY ideas, featured on the Celebrations at Home blog

Lots of under the sea ideas in this party and the backdrop demonstrates a great way of creating an ocean feel. Featured on the Celebrations at Home blog

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I hope that has given you ideas if you are planning a party for this theme, or generally a pool party or ocean inspired party! There is so many things you can do and I am sure all the little ones will love feeling like they are under the ocean at this party!