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.
For crafts, the kids painted the stars on small canvases.
We headed in for some astronomy inspired history and food. We had Kepler Kebabs, Fizeau Fries, Newton Nuggets, and Copernicus Cheese-n- Macs.
Some Hubble Ham and Galileo Granary Bread...
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.
It was apparently a pretty funny afternoon!
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.
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!