Oliver's Rocket Birthday Party.


Oliver recently turned four and in keeping with his current obsession requested a rocket party to celebrate. This was his first birthday party with friends (the children have "friend" parties every other year starting at the age of 4) so I wanted it to be memorable. That being said, I also knew that I wouldn't have a lot of time or energy to put into it. Hello, brand new baby! One way I cut down on party prep was to limit the guest list. I also hired a friend to bake the cupcakes and didn't do much decorating other than the simple rocket banner.

I made the rocket ship invites out of gray card stock. I cut yellow and red party streamers  into thin strips and attached them to the back with tape to look like fire. Ollie hand delivered the finished product to his friends along with a silver balloon. 

The one thing Oliver asked to have at his party was a real rocket ship. Yeah... so obviously that wasn't going to happen but Ryan came through with this *almost* real version made of plywood, spray paint and duct tape.

When Oliver's friends arrived we took a picture of them inside the rocket using my instax camera. I then ran inside and attached each picture to a muslin bag filled with toy rocket blasters from the dollar store. Ollie gave each boy their bag at the end of the party as a favor. (The rocket blasters were awesome, the kids loved them!)


To spruce up the cupcakes I stuck little paper rockets that were modeled after the invites into each one.

In the end Oliver had a happy afternoon celebrating with his friends. They enjoyed his new Stomp Rocket, played a game of Alien, Alien, Astronaut (think duck, duck, goose...) and ended on a sugar high of chocolate cupcakes.

Four year olds are my favorite.

18 comments:

  1. You throw such great parties. Equally simple but with great attention to details.

    Oliver looks like he loved his rocket party!

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  2. Adorable. You are the queen of making birthdays memorable without going over the top.

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  3. Perfect as always, I especially love the favors. And how nice to have a handy dad who can make a real rocket ship.

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  4. a) Oliver is utterly adorable! the comb over? Magnifies his cuteness ten fold! And that frosting covered face is perfect
    b) way to keep it realistically simple but fun and memorable, you are so wise in your methods!
    c) your birthday celebrations with friends/family is such a a smart idea that i'm in love with. did you follow that game plan with your first one (or two) during their first few years growing up too or start it once there were lots of littles everywhere?

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    1. Thanks, Kimber! Yes, our birthday party routine is something I started with our first. It has worked out really well for our family.

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  5. What a sweet party! Love the invitations! So, when they don't have a friend party, is it just a family celebration? I like that idea!

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    1. Thank you , Casey! Yes, on the kids' odd number birthdays we celebrate as a family. We still do streamers, balloons and cake and make it a special day. :)

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  6. Two things: When did that little baby suddenly become a 4 year-old??? And you do the best kids' birthday parties! I love every single thoughtful detail!

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  7. You guys sure know how to party! I love everything about this party. Can you please share your recipe for the chocolate cupcakes? Thanks.

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    1. Oh you're so kind, Nani. I wish I could share the recipe but I didn't bake the cupcakes, I purchased them from a friend.

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  8. oh my goodness gracious. you have once again outdone yourself and made me wish that our four year olds were neighbors and the best of friends. you are truly amazing and your ideas are the greatest!

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  9. So, here's the thing. I kind of just want to follow you around and hope that some of your brilliance rubs off on me. Because, this party....right? Yet again such beauty in the simplicity! You always find such a perfect balance.

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  10. What a perfect party! So cute! My kiddos love the rocket blasters from the dollar store too. Loads of fun.

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  11. Such a great party. I love the rocket photo prop and that you took photos of all the kids to go on their goodie bags. I've thought of doing that with the goodie bags before but have never gotten around to actually printing anything in time so the photos have ended up going in thank you letters later. I need to get my hands on one of those Instax camera. That would certainly make things easier :) Thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. So cute! Lucky guy has such an awesome party-planner for a mom!

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  13. Wow! What dollar store did you find the rocket blasters?

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  14. that is such a cute party idea. i love it. you are the party master, it seems!! :)

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