My little boy turned 3, and we threw him a Space Theme Party that he loved! He is absolutely intrigued with all things astronomical: planets, stars, nebulae, astronauts, rocket ships…we have a beautiful “Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide” coffee table book that he asks us to read him constantly, which is actually awesome because we get to learn, too! It was just a small party because we are following all social distancing regulations, but our government has allowed families to join into cohorts so we got to have a pair of grandparents and an aunty in person, plus another pair of grandparents via the iPad! It was the perfect way to celebrate our growing boy and he loved it!
I always tell myself that I’m not going overboard or making too much food or doing too much, and this time was no exception. I baked Galaxy Cookies which tasted great and looked pretty good, but my food coloring made the colours too dark to be as nice as the inspiration photos from One Mama Saving Money. The kids didn’t mind! I also did a fruit tart with the perfect space colours thanks to strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. My four-year-old daughter and I looked on Pinterest for the other space food ideas, which were all really simple and easy: marshmallow strawberry rocket ships, yogurt pretzel aliens, sun shaped fairy bread sandwiches, star shaped cheese and crackers, rocket ship corn dogs, green alien grapes, Saturn’s onion rings, and Man on the Moon pizzas. It was more food than we needed; I guess I’m not used to preparing for small gatherings!
And then there was the cake! This was a great challenge for me, a new recipe for the cake and the icing plus 8 cake pop fondant planets. It was actually really fun to make this, and it tasted great. I switched up the standard vanilla or chocolate cake and did an amazing coconut cake recipe from Anna Olson, it was absolutely delicious. Rather than traditional buttercream, I went with my favourite cream cheese icing but used coconut flavouring instead of vanilla. A great choice from a flavour perspective, but it didn’t harden like buttercream which made my sunshine cake a little…melty! The planets were cake pops made from frozen leftover cake and icing from Baby A’s Palm Beach 1st Birthday Party, with simple microwave fondant to decorate. It was so cute and so delicious and completely perfect! But yes, a lot of work (hahah, worth it!), and now I know to stick with buttercream!
It’s fairly simple to entertain a 4, 3, and 1 year old: toys, music, presents, colouring. I didn’t bother organizing anything more than that, just free play for the kids at Granny’s house, which was perfectly fine with all of us!
It was an extra lovely and special day getting to celebrating Baby K with a few members of our family after all this time staying separated. Our plans for the year ahead have definitely changed, but I’m certain this year will be exciting and full of fun for our little astronaut!
Navy Table Cloth: saved from our wedding!
Blue Metallic Chrome Latex Balloon Arch Kit: Amazon.ca
Learning Resources Giant Magnetic Solar System: Amazon.ca
Everything else was just from around Granny’s house!