Can you believe our little Gray House Studio Intern is turning two? Our son is fascinated by the moon these days so we decided a space themed 2nd birthday party would be the perfect fit for the little astronaut. *This post contains a few affiliate links. We only link to products we have personally used and like. You can read our disclosure policy here.
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Our lumberjack themed 1st birthday party last year was a hard one to top so I had my work cut out for me this year. Since the summer our son has been interested in the moon or as he calls it, “moon rock”. That fascination made it easy to decide on the idea of a space themed 2nd birthday party.
However, I gave myself the challenge of trying to DIY as much of the party decor as possible this year to save money. I started working little by little on pieces for the party for about two months because keeping up with a toddler is no joke. It was a good thing I got an early start because I was still working on things right up until party time. It was hard work but I am ecstatic with how the party decor came together.
The fun part was letting our little guy help make things for his party. He loves to “make” and doesn’t want to be left out of projects. He is a very helpful Gray House Studio intern. We are happy because he had the best time at his party, which is the most important part anyway.
Space Themed 2nd Birthday Party Details
I spent the most time trying to come up with a design for the invitations for our son’s space themed 2nd birthday party. I knew I wanted them to incorporate a moon in a unique way and I ultimately came up with a circle design composed of four different pieces held together by a paper fastener.
I also love designing envelopes. I purchased these 5 x 5 square envelopes in midnight black.
For the front, I designed the address labels, printed them and glued them on the envelopes so they wrapped around the back.
For the back, I purchased this cosmic sky scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby and used it create the envelope liner.
To make the invitations I first cut the pieces out of white card stock paper using my Silhouette America Portrait 2 Vinyl Cutting Machine.
I cut three 4″x4″ circles for each invitation and then a crescent shape for the top piece. Brent bought me the Silhouette portrait for Christmas a few years ago but it wasn’t until this party that I really put it to use. I am now a huge fan. It cut the shapes I needed perfectly. It was also helpful because I could cut the tiny hole for the paper fastener exactly in the same place on every piece.
After I had all my pieces cut out, I taped them to another piece of card stock and ran them through my printer to print my design on the shapes I cut out. The third piece included the party details and the fourth a picture of the birthday boy in his astronaut suit.
THE DESSERT BAR
We once again used our coffee bar to display the dessert and goodies.
I updated the framed chalkboard with a new design for the party and attached mini battery powered string lights around the frame of the chalkboard. I covered the tape with stars that matched the stars I used in the photo booth area.
The coffee bar is too rustic looking for a space themed party so I left the concrete counter top but covered the wood base with a metallic metallic foil fringe silver table skirt. I was going to use a door hanger because the coffee bar is taller than the average table but it was going to take a lot of work to cut it and it still wasn’t wide enough.
At the last minute I order the table skirts and they were the perfect length and height and I got same day delivery. You have to love Amazon! Another plus was it came with a sticky back that held tight (even when a toddler pulled on it) but came off without leaving any tape behind.
I once again left the baking to Brent. He always steps up to the plate and bakes the night away the night before the party. He made the delicious moon pies from scratch using this recipe I found on Pinterest.
To decorate the coffee bar I put these space figures around the plates. To create the “space matter” I cut up an old door hanger I had from a party five years ago.
I also sprinkled this iridescent metallic star confetti that I had left over from a party a few years ago.
We made yummy rice krispie treats using these adorable space cookie cutters.
Brent made this simple but sweet moon cake and we stuck one of the astronaut figures on top. The galvanized metal cake stand from Hobby Lobby was one of my splurge purchases for the party.
Our fireplace is also too rustic for a space themed 2nd birthday party so I used the other metallic metallic foil fringe silver table skirt (it came in a two pack) to hide the wood mantle. It was just a little too long but it worked perfectly because the part I cut off was the exact amount I needed to decorate his high chair.
I purchased the star balloons from Amazon.
The moon was a simple DIY project that my son enjoyed helping me make. It turned out to be a collaborative project. My mom drew the moon and I cut the shape out of a left over cardboard box and then Connor helped paint it white. I later realized I could have saved us a lot of time and just bought white poster board but it gave my son a chance to participate which he loved. He also liked spreading the glitter on it a little too much. We glittered my parents’ entire front porch making this thing.
I always like to incorporate photos to see how he has grown and changed throughout the year. I printed these photos on our home printer and cut the stars out on my Silhouette portrait. I attached the photos and stars onto some really old photo holders I had laying around in our craft closet. I also covered the top of he wood mantle with more of the mini string lights and the same door hanger material I used on the coffee bar.
Guests loved walking by and looking at the display of photos of how he has grown.
I was able to use things we had around the house or borrow things so all I had to buy for the snack/drink table was the $1 table cloth and the moon balloon.
As we were decorating we kept noticing the crackers and cheese stars slowly disappearing off the plates. It turns out our toddler was a little snack theif and kept sneaking them off the table. He thought he was being so sly. It was hard to get mad because it was so funny and cute to watch.
I also purchased these metallic paper straws but I didn’t read how many came in the box. I now have a lot of these straws left over. Oops.
Besides the invitations my most time consuming DIY party project was the photo booth. I spent several weeks slowly putting this part together. All of the stars were cut on my vinyl cutting machine. It cuts them so fast and cut the little hole I could string the fishing line through. I also cut out all the little stars we attached to the black paper. I already had the yellow and silver card stock paper so the only thing I needed to purchase was the roll of black paper.
My favorite part is the Coldplay lyrics on the backdrop. I cut the letters out on my vinyl cutting machine as well.
This rocket ship was a huge labor of love and is beautiful in its own quirky way. My son and I worked on this for several months, you know because working with a two year old on a project is not a fast process. He helped me paint it and tape it together and decorate it. He absolutely loved this thing. Was it stable? Not so much. Was it perfect? Far from it. But a two year old is easily impressed and it made a big statement in the room. I also will forever have the sweet and priceless memories of making this with him.
I am pretty proud of how I was able to pull our son’s space themed 2nd birthday party without a huge budget. It was thanks to shopping the house and several DIY projects.
We had a great party and our son was over the moon the entire day. We love making him feel special on his birthday and seeing his sweet face so excited and overjoyed at even the little details (giant balloons!) is the best feeling.
For your convenience, you can find all the items we purchased for our space themed 2nd birthday party in one place on our Amazon storefront..