My neighbor Hiedi and I put together this star mobile. Even though the party is over, I don't want to take it down. When the air comes on in the house, the mobile spins and flutters and twirls. The kids and I all get a big kick out of it. Our friend Amanda helped me make the constellation sign in the back. The lights are actually in constellation form although you may not be able to tell. Again, I don't want to take it down either. It's fun watching TV at night by "star"light.
Inspired by Miniature Rhino, I made gift bags for all of the kids and embroidered the constellations on the front. We had Orion, Taurus, Andromeda, Perseus, Cygnus, Canis Major, Ursa Major, Hercules, and Pegasus. I found some vintage constellation illustrations from the book "Urania's Mirror" and attached those to the drawstring. We placed a personalized stargazing chart inside each bag along with some hot cocoa and marshmallows to keep them warm while they're checking out the heavens. I found some giant roasting marshmallows and my friend Courtney used a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut a star out of the center of each. My kids had fun with this as they kept sneaking the star leftovers.
Each of the wee ones also received another little gift in their bag; glittered star bobby pins for the girls...
I made a little picture for the front door using wood, chalkboard paint, wooden stars, and craft rings.
I had planned to make t-shirts for everyone and had put together two designs: an Earth for the boys and a star for the girls. Unfortunately, my printer couldn't get them done and so at the last minute (literally at 3:30, the party started at 4:00) I printed out two pictures of Einstein and stitched them to Jacob's and Lauren's shirts. Definitely not the best sewing job ever but I was standing up to do it as my chair was already downstairs at the craft table! Hahaha. Do you see the gash on Jake's nose? The day before we were almost positive he had broken his nose. He was spinning in the living room and fell into the ledge around the fireplace. It began to bleed and immediately bruised and swelled up, puffier on the left. The next morning we woke up and he looked like this. Babies are amazingly resilient! I'm so happy he's okay!
Miss Caroline was shimmering in her dress. She told her mom she needed to wear stars to the party. So cute!
Lauren and her best buddy, Maycee.
Some Hubble Ham and Galileo Granary Bread...
A little Albert's Apple Juice to wash things down...
I never knew you could fit so many kids around one table. The table is made for four but we managed to squeeze in ten!
These guys were cracking me....and themselves up. Jacob may have been the baby of the group but he did or tried to do everything they did.
Jacob was chowing on the fruit skewers. I was surprised at how well the kids ate them!
I was just waiting for the juice to come out of their noses.
And this one....don't get me started on this little star. I just want to run away with him. Hiedi's legs are longer than mine though and I don't think I could get very far before she caught me.
It was finally cake time. This one was chocolate with a raspberry filling. I made the toppers with wooden stars, skewers and sequins on a string.
After the cake we headed outside to do a little stargazing. The weather had been a little foggy lately so I was surprised that we managed to see at least one star. In case of fog, I had ordered some sky lanterns so we would be assured of some twinkling night lights.
Happy, Happy Birthday to our two little ones! (These were the pictures on the invitations.)
I just have to say how much I appreciate my husband and dear friends. Doug has told me I have a tendency to pull everyone around me into my party mania. He may be right. I'm so thankful to be surrounded by so many wonderful people; people who string 1,000s of lights in the trees out back, people who come over and help me make and hang a mobile while 6 kids run screaming through the house; people who help me make a constellation sign; people who hang the sign and help me replace strands of lights, people who help make the food; people who organize craft tables, set up food and create terrariums. Thank you, sweet friends and amazing husband. I love you, guys. To me, you are the true stars!
UPDATE: Goodness! My little star mobile has been pinned several times and I know some of you are wondering just how it was made. I used a star punch and scrapbook paper to make the stars. Then I used my sewing machine and just sewed the stars together in strings and tied them onto metal craft rings, like this one here: Metal craft ring. I purchased my rings at Jo-Ann's. I don't remember the exact sizes but one was larger than the other. It was super easy! Here is a different shot of the mobile so you can see the top. I used fishing line on the top ring and then attached it to the ceiling with small white nails. Hope this helps!