Space Party Photo Booth

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Space themed party photo booth

Welcome to part two of Ro’s second birthday party, the photo booth!  I love photo booths.  Call them cliche, call them basic, I don’t care because they are so much fun.  Whether they’re full of props or just a place to document who was there, I think a photo booth is a always great idea.

The hardest part of all of this was definitely getting the little ones to cooperate.  But you do the best you can with what you’ve got which is why the picture of both my boys is Gav with a helmet on from bike riding and Ro trying desperately to get the sunglasses to go on his face.  For my props, I found a few things round the house (i.e. the gold frame and left over party favor glasses).

Space themed party photo booth

To make the back drop, I took two black tri-fold presentation boards, wrote on the top, and splattered both with white paint. I stuck them to our car port wall with some command picture hanging strips and they held up for the entire party.

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Space themed party photo boothOne of my props was a chalkboard that brave guests could fill in with how many times they’ve been around the sun.  Go figure, two of our oldest guests were more than happy to share!   For the most part though, guests really just had fun taking pictures with their loved ones.  ENJOY!

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Roman’s 2nd Trip Around The Sun (Part One)

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Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

It’s almost surreal to think that just a little over 2 years ago I was sharing my pregnancy journey with little Ro.  Now he’s a big boy two year old.  And I do mean big!  We just had his check up and we’re up there in the percentiles.

We had so much fun celebrating him this past Saturday with a sun, moon, and stars themed party.  I especially loved planning this one because black and gold are two of my favorite colors and this party had a ton of both!  Be sure to scroll to the bottom for details on where you can find some of the decorations.  ENJOY!

THE FOOD

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a sucker for a good themed party.  This one was no different and I had fun coming up with names for the food.  We kept it very simple, mainly foods that toddlers would enjoy with one or two added for the grown ups.

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A quick side note on the pasta salad: I had originally wanted THESE NOODLES but the store I’ve bought them at before no longer carries them.  Needless to say, I was devastated (first world problems, I know) but improvised with some shells as moon craters.

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

Hubby recently got a new grill as a present so he was more than happy to take care of the hot dogs.  Definitely way better than boiling or nuking them!

 

THE CAKE

THE ACTIVITIES We had special sprinkles and icing for the kiddos to decorate cookies.  Turns out this only works for onlder kids, but they had fun! Spaceship decorate it was a big hit!  I took a large shipping box and cut here and there to create the body of the rocket.  Washable makers and paint for decorating and let the kiddos go crazy!  My boys love playing in it even after the party. THE ACTIVITIES We had special sprinkles and icing for the kiddos to decorate cookies.  Turns out this only works for onlder kids, but they had fun! Spaceship decorate it was a big hit!  I took a large shipping box and cut here and there to create the body of the rocket.  Washable makers and paint for decorating and let the kiddos go crazy!  My boys love playing in it even after the party.

In keeping with the times, I call this one my eclipse cake.  It’s alternating layers of chocolate and yellow cake (from a box cuz this mama didn’t quite feel up to making it from scratch) and regular white icing.  To get the pearlescent/metallic look, I used shimmer spray (can be bought at Walmart in the baking section).  Crumbled rock candy and Milky Way bars made for great, not to mention delicious, garnish.

THE ACTIVITIES

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

COOKIE DECORATING

We had special sprinkles and icing for the kiddos to decorate cookies.  Turns out this is best suited for older kids, but they had fun!

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Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

This was a big hit!  I took a large shipping box and cut here and there to create the body of the rocket.  Washable makers and paint for decorating and let the kiddos go crazy!

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My boys love playing in it even after the party.

 

THE FAVORS

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I did some traditional bags with sunglasses, glow bracelets, and on-theme treats (moon pies, star crunches, and Milky Ways).  Then I found these fun moon rocks on Pinterest.  All you have to do is wrap trinkets and candy into layers of aluminum foil.

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The SunThe kids loved unwrapping them and finding little surprises as they went.  Since we had a much younger crowd, I kept them in a container but I had originally thought it would be fun to do a moon rock hunt!  With older party guests, that would definitely be a highlight.

Want to throw your our spacey party?  Here are some details:

Balloon Tassels, Star Danglers, Tassel Garland – Walmart

Black and Silver Balloons – Walmart

Gold Confetti Balloons – Pretty Cute Cuts

Name and “2” cake toppers – Gav and Ro

Ro’s Shirt – Made by your’s truly

Stay tuned for part II, the photo booth!

 

 

 

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Free “I Love You…” Printable

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Y’all….I’m back!  After being in full on panic mode that my site was suddenly inaccessible on any server, I’m back!  A call to tech support and an agonizing 20 minute wait (yes, agonizing) for everything to fix itself, and we’re back in business.

Free I Love You Printable

To celebrate, I thought I’d post a freebie!  I posted that picture on Instagram yesterday and I got such a great response on the quote.  I decided to turn it into a print that you can download and print for your own gallery wall!  They are available to print as 8×10, 5×7, and 4×6 with a white or black background.  Just click the picture below to take you to the download. Free I Love You Printable

 

 

 

ENJOY!

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Gav + Ro - Brother Sunflower Session

Two years ago, about this time, I shared our amazing maternity session at a local sunflower farm.  I knew that I wanted to go back and when I saw that the farm was about to open for this year I knew I had to take the boys.  You have to be quick out it too because they are only open for two weeks.  Sunflowers don’t last very long.  Then I found out that this was it’s last season as they have sold the land to someone else.  Devastation!  Ok, I’m being dramatic, but still, I was bummed.  So off to the sunflowers we went to capture some sweet brother pictures.  It was so funny to me to see that Ro was a little afraid of the giants blooms, just like Gav was two years ago.  I guess flowers as big as your head can be pretty intimidating.  Enjoy!

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10 Things Your Dance Teacher Wants You To Know

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FO·MO –ˈfōmō/ noun
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