Love You to the Moon and Back: A Monochrome Space Theme
How do you throw a monochrome space theme? You planet of course! (haha, thanks to my very punny sister)
This monochrome space party was so much fun to create, and the details ended up being out of this world! From black and white desserts, to a tablescape emulating a launch pad, the guests were guaranteed to have a good time.
A monochrome theme had been swirling in my mind for some time, and with Charles’ new love for rockets, the two ideas became one! The Love you to the Moon and Back party styling began, and now you to can style your next monochrome space party! Let’s blast off!
Space Theme Party Styling: A First Look
Invitations! It’s one of my favorite details when party styling, as it sets the theme and mood for the event. I had so much fun designing and creating this monochrome space stationary. I kept the invitations modern and clean, and added silver leaf to the moon for that special pop. The envelopes were adorned with vintage space stamps. The hologram ones were out of this world! (Tip: make sure you purchase the correct country of origin for your stamps. ex: Canadian vintage stamps for Canada. Also, make sure to have the correct amount of postage!) Hologram washi tape and personalized calligraphy finished off the look.
The Love You to the Moon and Back space theme was clear and easy to pick up on.
After designing the monochrome space invitations, the next party styling detail I like to nail down is the dessert table. It tends to be the focus of the party, and why not, it’s where the most important part of the birthday happens! Everyone gathers around to sing Happy Birthday- the birthday boy’s/girl’s dreams and wishes lighting up their face before the candles are blown out. Sweet Memories.
For the background, I decided to do a custom banner. I wanted the monochrome space theme’s slogan to be somewhere in the party decor, and this ended up being the perfect spot. To give dimension to the backdrop, metallic balloons floated on either side, and a silver crescent moon paired well next to the writing. Lastly, monochrome space desserts and a black sequin tablecloth blanketed the area to keep to the monochrome party theme.
The monochrome space desserts were something I had a lot of fun coming up with! The spread was created by a combination of local shops and myself.
These rainbow sprinkles added the perfect and sole pop of color to the party! (Tip: I took two store bought cakes from Save-on, put them on top of each other and did another layer of icing. Then added a few star picks and Charles’ mini space toys. Quick and Easy!)
City Macaron, made delicious macaroons that resembled the galaxy. And I’m not kidding when I say delicious! I had them for breakfast the next morning. We choose the blueberry and coconut flavors for this event. MMM! And fluffy clouds of goodness where created by Fluff Gourmet Marshmallows. A fun treat, perfect for little hands!
Out of This World Cupcakes & Cookies
These cupcakes were SO much fun to make! I think the artist really came out in me with these as I used different icing colors, piping tools and candies to decorate them. ( I think they might need to make an appearance at every party!)
These cookies were made with my No Fail Sugar Cookie recipe found here and Dainty Sprinkles Co.’s Night Out mix. They ended up being a very easy space theme DIY with the use of star and moon cookie cutters.
These chocolate covered Rocket Strawberries are something I’m super proud of! An original party styling idea that I was able to bring to fruition. Although, I did run into issues of them sweating and parts coming off- If you have any tips on how to avoid this, leave them in the comments, it would be greatly appreciated!
The food was kept really simple, as the party was held in between lunch and dinner. (a great party styling budget saver!) I used a star cookie cutter for the sandwiches of course to take advantage of the space theme. Another space theme recipe that was not only easy, but healthy, were the moon cakes. So you and your little ones can enjoy this healthy snack at home, I’ve included the recipe below.
rice cake ( flavor of your choosing, I used multigrain)
1 tbl of peanut butter
a few slices of banana
a few Cherrios to finish it off
Pin these images for quick space theme food references!
Monochrome Space Theme: The Tablescape
This was fun! And a bit time consuming, but, I really think it WOWED the guests!
Do you see the adorable rocket ships used as decor and party favors? Well, they originally had red tops and wings. And because I’m insane and a party styling detail freak, I painted them all black to match the monochrome party decor. Was it worth it? I’ll let you decide, but the pictures are pretty awesome! Oreo astroid popcorn balls, metallic almond candy, black licorice, Oreos, Hersey’s’ kisses, meringues and the Night Out sprinkle mix covered the table. And I mean covered! It was truly a kids dream and a parents nightmare.
Marbled gift wrap was used to ground the monochrome party decor, and the Noir line from Harlow and Grey added the perfect modern touch. You can find this line, as well as their other beautiful products at Joonie and Joe. (don’t worry all links are included at the bottom)
The rocket party boxes were filled with Rockets (or Smarties for the US readers) candies and Starburst. How perfect!
(Tip: I used the left over marble plates from my husband’s thirtieth. I always love to save money where I can! For more budget friendly party tips read My Sweet Valentine Social: Part II)
The Perfect Love You to the Moon and Back Gift
A special gift for Charles, and a useful piece of party styling decor that would later be used in his room, was created by the talented Three Corners Artisan. It was such a fun collaboration, and something that I think he will come to cherish when he is older. Whether it’s a birthday or Christmas, I always try to find something that can be cherished for a long time. (rather than a toy resembling the obsession of the hour)
Known for her crisp white porcelain and 18 k gold details, Aleena’s design really was stellar! The moon and stars are so delicate, and the inclusion of Charles’s gemini sign really gives it that personal touch. Thank you so much Aleena, your work is so treasured!
Pin these images for quick space theme party styling reference!
Space Theme Activity Stations
Rocket Launchers + Alien Polymer Clay Paintings
What’s a party without some fun kid’s crafts?! The kids loved making their own Polymer Clay Aliens and Rocket Launchers. Download the free printable and start crafting these fun Rocket Launchers today! These were very easy to make, and the guests had fun shooting them high in the air.
A pop up rocket, and astronaut costume provided a picturesque place for guests to snap a pic. And a modern and easy backdrop provided by Posie and Pine Rentals, finished off the space theme look.
Pin these images for quick space theme activity references!
Final Space Theme Details and Touches on Love you to the Moon and Back
Another one of my favorite details, was the balloon menagerie behind the couch. It drew your eye to the other side of the room, and provided space theme decor that didn’t have to be hung on the walls. This would be a great idea if you had an area that you wanted covered up.
Moon artwork was created by a local Vancouver artist, Matt Osborn. I found these prints and other space theme memorabilia at Spruce Collective and The Market by Spruce Collective. (Tip: use greeting cards for a cheap decor option you can frame)
Pin these images for quick space theme party styling reference!
Party Styling: Birthday Traditions
Charles’s bear bank collected toonies from guests. Another party we attended recently used this idea, and we agreed it would be a great way to cut down on the emphasis of gifts. We ended up using his birthday money for a zoo pass!
The last party styling detail is probably our family’s favorite, as it has become a tradition. Every year I put together a slideshow. It’s a great way to see how they’ve grown in a year’s time, but beware it’s guaranteed to pull at the heartstrings!
Looking back on this party, I’m reminded of all the crazy effort I put into each party styling detail. By no means do you ever have to put this much detail into a child’s party! (especially when they are three!) However, it’s something that I thoroughly enjoy doing, and it challenges me to come up with new and exciting party styling ideas. I found with this theme, this was especially true. There aren’t very many monochrome space parties to draw ideas from, so this space theme end up stretching my creative muscles a bit more than usual. And it felt great! It was a party styling theme that proved to have endless options.
So thanks for reading! I can’t wait to see what you all take from this party in creating your next special event! And hopefully see it floating around on Pinterest one day!
Happy Third Birthday Charles! We Love You to the Moon and Back!