shuttle invitations. You can find a space shuttle picture
online. Now trace the image to your paper - or even print
many copies of the shuttle and use them as the "cover"
of your invitation. For the inside, your presence is requested
to launch (kid's name) OUT OF THIS WORLD birthday party!!!
Launch Date: (date), Launching site: (address), Lift-off time
(time) and return to Earth (ending time - if there is one).
RSVP to mother ship (phone #). It'll be a BLAST!!"
light - glow in the dark items will show very well if you
can light the room with a black light bulb. Use special glow
in the dark paints - not "neon color" paint, it
won't work in the black light. You can paint rocks, Styrofoam
balls, or a poster. Flourescent colored poster board will
show up well in the light as well. If you can only use one
light, have it directed at your main decoration to get the
most "bang." Home Depot, Wal Mart and other home
stores have black light bulbs that you can replace in your
standard lights for the event. Halloween is probably the easiest
time to find standard-type black light bulbs.
THROW AWAY THE PARTY DECORATIONS! - Save money and do something
your guests will LOVE! GIVE AWAY your party decorations! Use
space posters (see below for inexpensive resources) to hang
around your party area. Allow the winners of different games
to choose which poster they'll get to walk away with at the
conclusion to the party! Combine decorations with party prizes!
planets - blow up round balloons and hang them with ribbon
or thread from the ceiling. You can draw on the balloons to
make them look more like planets. Or, you can cover styrofoam
posters are easy decorations. They cover up lots of wall space,
and they are good party favors after the party. Or, if your
guest of honor REALLY likes the movies you have selected,
give them to him or her after the event. Online stores have
movie posters, there are poster stores in many shopping centers,
you can check out their clearance section for the best deals.
Again, check with your local video store and see if they have
extra posters available. They often sell posters, too, but
free is always better.
Movie soundtrack background. Gather soundtracks from different
space themed movies and play them during your event. Even
if the music isn't very loud, it will still influence the
feel of the party. You can collect and burn your own CD to
play, or check out various soundtracks at the library and
just play them regularly. Consider setting up a stereo near
the entry way for the first 15 minutes of the party to add
a dynamic welcome to your event! Movies to consider: Star
Wars, Star Trek, Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey
check composers like John Williams (he wrote most of the Star
Wars theme music) and even classical music - Holst's The Planets
are pieces written specifically to represent the planets in
our solar system.
Aliens. Provide toilet paper tubes, pipe cleaners, glue, tape,
construction paper, beads or jewels
anything you have
around the house that is safe. Let the kids' imagination go
wild and put together anything they want. Then have everyone
explain what their alien can do - maybe it has eight legs
so it can swim fast.
your child make aliens on different colored paper, then cut
and paste them to the front of a standard invitation.
impressions mean a lot - and a great entryway to your party
with lots of decorations, music, lights or whatever else you
come up with, will set the mood for your entire event. You
can even keep the decorations lighter around the party when
you have a great, dynamic entryway.
all five senses- sight, sound, touch, taste and smell - and
you'll create the most "realistic" space party feeling
for your guests. They may not realize why they are so impressed,
but you'll know why!
Think of an overall theme for your event - perhaps you have
to train astronauts, or search for a missing space shuttle,
battle aliens, or have a countdown to a shuttle liftoff. Invite
your guests to a "real" event and it will feel more
Costume contest! If your party has a specific theme, ask your
guests to dress for the occasion - Buzz Lightyear, Star Wars,
alien landing, astronaut launch. Some great ideas for astronaut
costumes are at this website. http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/space-costumes.html.
Have contests for most creative, best overall, most colorful,
whatever you prefer.
Get your hand on as many different TV sets that you can and
place them around your party/facility/event. On each of the
sets, play a different space genre movie (i.e. Star Wars,
Star Trek, etc.) For extra fun, you might even check your
local video store for some old 'B' space movies. These can
be a lot of fun for a 30+ aged crowd. It can be a lot of fun
to see what producers thought the world might look like nowadays!
To keep conversations flowing, you can even mute the televisions
- the images may be enough as decorations for your event.