Birthdays at our house are treated better than holidays. It is a special day for each of our kids. My oldest, Remington, has gotten used to my birthday party shenanigans and now starts planning with me months in advance. We have done monkeys, Thomas the Train, superheroes, pirates, and this year astronaut space training. Before I got started on this year’s theme I (of course!) looked to see what Stampin’ Up! had to offer that coordinated. The Blast Off Digital Ensemble (AU/NZ)was the perfect fit.
For the invites, I used the template that came in the kit, added in the party information, and then printed from home. (That’s right I printed from home and you can too.) I attached the invite to Real Red Cardstock. To enclose the invite I took an envelope, sealed it, and then cut off one third of it to make a pocket. I then used the Houndstooth Textured Impression Embossing Folder (AU/NZ) to add texture.
THE PARTY (Astronaut Training)
At the party, we took the kids on an astronaut training adventure that included the following courses:
Space Shuttle Orientation
- For orientation, an astronaut (my husband) met the junior astronauts and gave them t-shirts. I also added each child’s name to the back of the shirts and then printed them on iron-on transfer paper. Don’t forget to reverse your image prior to printing. I made this rookie mistake myself.
- The adult astronaut suit is made from a paint suit (cost me less than $15). The rocket pack is made from recycled two-liter bottle that are spray painted and of course you need a few flames, so I twisted some Stampin’ Up! cardstock.
- The kids then went down to my craft room where we had space music playing and the kids got to color images of space shuttles.
- I always love adding an aspect to a party that doubles as a gift for the birthday boy or girl, so I purchased a shuttle launcher. The kids took turns launching the shuttle into the sky.
- I purchased large nuts and bolts from a local hardware store and placed them in a bathtub filled with water. The kids took turns putting on kitchen gloves and trying to unscrew the nut from the bolt.
- In the Blast Off ensemble there is a martian image in the stamp set that I enlarged, colored Lucky Limeade, and then printed it out. I put the martian images on my wall and then kids took turns shooting a nerf gun at the martians.
- I have a trampoline inside my house, so it was the perfect addition to the party. The kids took turns jumping on the trampoline to simulate walking on the moon.
- YouTube is a wonderful resource and we utilized it to stream a shuttle landing on our TV. The kids piled on our couches and my husband pretended to “buckle” them in the shuttle and then they traveled thousands of miles back to Earth.
- After completion of the training, we gave each kid a certification of completion and a package of homemade moon sand. (You can find recipes on Pinterest.)
- We also took pictures of each child in the space shuttle photo booth that I created out of an old box.
- For food I kept it simple pizza and cake and a few treats! I found solar system lollipops on Etsy which turned out to be a super cute addition to the table décor. Because my son has food allergies I even made the cake too!
One of my favorite things about MDS is that after throwing this party I can preserve the memories with a photobook. I used the boardbook template that comes in the Blast Off Ensemble and it was a quick and simple way for the birthday boy to remember his party for years to come.
What types of parties have you thrown using My Digital Studio?
Elizabeth G, My Digital Studio User
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