April 23, 2024

Backyard Star Gazing Party

It's summer and that means lots of outside play time, warmer weather, and staying up late. To celebrate the start of summer I treated the boys to a Catch a Falling Star Watching Party in the backyard. They are fascinated by the stars, outer space, and all that comes with it. What better way to celebrate their love for Astronomy then to head out to the back yard with some flashlights, popcorn, and lots of goodies!

We wanted the party to be fun and festive so, used lots of glitter and gold and added some blues in there as well. We hand crafted the glitter star banner with twine to add some sparkle to the party. We chose elements, most I already had on hand, that complimented our out of this world star party.

Of course our party ware had to match as well. Using permanent metallic and glittered gold vinyl, we cut out stars and applied to the cups filled with yummy popcorn and dishes holding the chocolate covered raisins and mini star shaped sugar cookies.

No star watching party would be complete without your very own star dust to bring home. What is star dust? Well, have you seen a shooting star? The trail or tail of "dust" following the star, falls down to Earth and we catch it and seal it in a jar. Well, this is according to my boys.

Once the sun went down and the lights went off, the stars came out and were shinning brightly. But, we didn't want the kids to get scared of the dark, so we had some mini flashlights to light way back to the house. Plus, they were able to bring them home for some flashlight fun at home. 

These Constellation Guides from Lulu the Baker was absolutely perfect for our party. They were a great way for the kids to study the constellations and get an idea of what to look for once the sun went down. We paired them with our glittered clipboards which was a fun and simple DIY project.

At the end of the night, our guests were treated to mini muslin bags filled with glow sticks, flashlight, and a mini star cookie as a thank you for coming out to star gaze with us.

I served a blue constellation punch for our party guests in matching blue mason jars with topped with a festive blue striped straw. Each straw was topped with a gold glitter ribbon flag.

Star shaped blue, white, and gold cookies cookies and iced star shaped rice krispie treats were on hand to enjoy as they waited for the sun to set.

The gold coated star topped cupcakes were a hit and a party favorite.

Once the kids were completely stuffed, they relaxed on the blanket and waited for the sun to set.

Here comes the stars! They could not wait to see all the shining stars in the sky. They quickly studied the guide and got to know all the constellations in hopes to find them all.

For some added inspiration, we sneaked in the Starry Night painting by Van Gogh.

It was such a fun and inspirational party for my boys and their friends. They all had a blast and they can not wait do this again soon. 

Vendors and Credits:
Styling and setup - Creative Designs by Toni
Cupcakes, cookies, and treats - Kimberly and Loren's Sweet Treats
Large Constellation Picture - Paper Source
Constellation Guides - Lulu The Baker
Large Blue Sphere - HomeGoods
Patchwork Quilt - Pottery Barn Kids


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