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Over the weekend, our oldest daughter turned 3 (cue the uncontrollable sobbing) and requested an alien party. At first, I attempted to change her mind... I even brought up the idea of having a princess party! However, I soon realized that we have plenty of princess parties in our future and that it might actually be fun to do something a little more, out of the ordinary; and let me just say, we had a blast (hehe, see what I did there?)!
I thought everything we did to prepare for this alien party was fun and turned out amazing. Here are some pics:
My amazingly talented bestie, Megan, had me back a couple of round cakes and then she came over and did her "magic!" Not only did this cake turn out PERFECT, it was something my daughter could help "decorate" too as there was literally no rhyme or reason to the placement of the "eyeballs."
She is a whiz with making icing but the cake mix we used was just your standard, yet delicious, funfetti box mix that can be found here:
and the eyeballs are just candy eyes that Megan found that can be picked up here:
And then I was worried there may not be enough cake for the 42 guests who RSVP'ed (we LOVE a good shindig and entertaining all of our family at one time at our home is our favorite thing to do!) so Megan, who is an actual genius, said let's go with cupcakes too! I whipped up chocolate cupcakes for those not into the funfetti that I had chosen for the cake, cake mix found here:
and then Megan did her magic! I had originally thought we should just go with purple cupcakes and of course she had other, even more fantastic plans! I seriously could not believe how perfect these turned out!
(For the eyeballs, Megan used the larger size linked above AND the smaller size that can be found here:
To greet our guests, I made this adorable little alien and poked a hole on the side so that he could hold some balloons! Our new house is in a new neighborhood and our address sometimes does not show up SO I thought having a little "friend" outside might help flag some of our guests down. Something that I LOVE having on hand for our parties is a helium tank. I was able to whipe these balloons together in the morning and not worry about running out to pick them up somewhere. Here is the tank I used (super cheap):
And let's not forget the favors! I went with super easy, simple green bags like these:
And I cut the black eyes out of construction paper and just glued them on with one of my kids' glue sticks. The best part was what was inside the favor bags though! I went with some flow stick bracelets found here:
Some Ring-pop suckers:
And (the best part) SLIME!!!:
I also made sure to decorate the tables with both plastic and sticky eyeballs!
Lastly, I had set-up multiple activities. When you are expecting 12 (that's right, TWELVE) small children, most of which are mobile, NO one can get bored. I had a space station set-up with these homemade "rocketships" that my daughter also helped make. These were awesome as they, again, let me recycle a couple more moving boxes.
Other stations that we had included a "Wobbly Worm" station:
A slime station (using the slime that was also found in the party favors) and some sticky eyeballs. This station was a HUGE hit!
AND a parachute station with a parachute similar to this:
It was a gorgeous day so that helped! However, when the little ones got hot and weren't playing "Wobbly Worm," our playroom was also organized so that they could all cram in to there (and they did...lots of little ones following eachother around).
Overall I would say my daughter's alien party was a HUGE success! I was totally unsure how we would pull it off as I thought the theme was a little different but I am SO happy that we gave her the party she wanted. It's her day and I love a good challenge.
What crazy themes have you done for your kiddos' parties?