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How To: Solar System Birthday

Today’s post is a little more mom and a little less food blogger. As you know, Logan turned 5 last week. We had our Solar System birthday party on Saturday and I have to share pictures and details.

We were all so happy how it turned out, especially birthday boy. And the nice thing too is Logan and his friends are all at that age where they just play, instead of all the moms telling all the kids what they should be doing. Everyone was just so excited about everything. Definitely a fun party!

The weather really cleared up in the afternoon and the kids were able to play in the backyard for quite a while with the sun shining. A few moms were there with the kids while others dropped the kids off. It was the perfect balance of having a little extra adult help without feeling over crowded.


Solar System Party Snacks:

  • Alien Heads = Grapes
  • Saturn’s Rings = Lifesavers
  • Shooting Stars = Star shaped cheese (sliced cheese cup with cookie cutters)
  • Flying Saucers = Round Crackers
  • Asteroids = Popcorn
  • Crescent Moons = Apple Wedges
  • Astronaut Water = Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters
  • Planet Cupcakes = Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes with Vanilla Almond Frosting

I kept the snacks simple and inexpensive, because I didn’t want to go totally crazy with preparations or spend a ton of money. They’re just 5 year olds. The kids were CRACKING UP LAUGHING at all the funny names I had given the food, like it was the most hilarious thing they had ever heard.


Solar System Party Favors:

  • Orbit Gum (get it??? Like a planet’s orbit. TOO PERFECT. I couldn’t pass it up when I saw it in the candy isle.)
  • Bouncy balls with silver glitter inside (pretend the silver glitter pieces are stars)
  • Glow in the dark foam star stickers
  • The Planets, by Holst
  • A solar system booklet I put together and got printed on card stock at Kinko’s. They ended up being too thick to staple, so I put them together with rings instead. That also gives the flexibility to add more pages if you want to.

Again on keeping it simple. I bought the gum in multi-packs so it cost less, balls and stickers were inexpensive. The biggest cost was the booklet, at about $1.66 each. I made the cover to match his invites and had pages on each of the planets with a little fact. I printed only the cover in color (cost less) and kept the inside coloring book style.

I had really wanted to let Logan decorate the brown sacks with space stickers, but I couldn’t find any! Everything is characterized these days, so we printed NASA’s logo and he taped them on.

For our decorations I put a disposable black tablecloth with glow in the dark stars all over on our kitchen table. We hung blue and black balloons on each chair at the table and then big clusters behind the table around our windows.


Logan loved all this presents and has been having so much fun this weekend playing with them. We went to the park this afternoon and flew his new kite and built a lego car this morning (his first set of big boy legos). I really love this book he got. Isn’t it perfect??

I really owe a big thanks to all my friends on Twitter. You guys were invaluable sources of ideas and creativity for this party when my brain was too tired to think. We had a very busy week with lots of appointments that weren’t near our house.

I had so much to do and wasn’t sleeping well and was so worried about how the party would turn out. In the end I pulled it together. And it was worth it! And now Logan can’t stop being so amazed at the cool party and the fact that he’s now FIVE years old. I can hardly believe it myself!

Solar System Birthday Party Cupcakes
Solar System Chocolate Cupcakes
Flaky Cheddar and Ham Biscuits
Flaky Biscuits with Cheddar and Ham

Rachelle Romberg

Friday 21st of November 2014

I love these cheese stars! I would like to use them in an upcoming blog post for I will provide a link back to your site and give you credit!

Katie Goodman

Saturday 13th of December 2014



Sunday 19th of February 2012

I came across this when looking for party favors for my son's upcoming 4th birthday party. You did such an amazing job! Where did you find the bouncy balls? I've been looking for something similar, but can't seem to find the right thing. Thanks!


Monday 20th of February 2012

Pretty sure I got the balls at either Walmart or Party City. Good luck!


Saturday 26th of November 2011

What a fabulous idea! My son is also obsessed with planets and I was looking for a cute party idea. i loved how you incorporated such fun ideas, but still managed to keep it simple and affordable. I was actually searching the internet to try and find a planet/solar system cake idea....but instead of messing with fondant and stuff-- I love your cupcakes!


Friday 22nd of April 2011

I was wondering where you found the images of the planets? Those are perfect!


Friday 22nd of April 2011

Most off of NASA's website. I don't have the exact links. I also searched Google Images and picked what I liked best.


Saturday 2nd of October 2010

Great Party! I am planning one as well. Where did you get the Solar System Booklet? Thanks!


Wednesday 20th of June 2012

Thank you so much for sharing your booklet! My boyfriend's son is loving the solar system these days. We are going to have a solar system b-day party for him next week - he's going to be so excited about everything...thanks for the ideas!


Sunday 29th of May 2011

Hi Katie,

I'm going to be doing a party this weekend and wondering if you could share the booklet with me as well! THANKS!


Sunday 3rd of October 2010

That would be awesome thanks! my email is

My son is obsessed with the solar system so that is what we chose for his party theme. Your ideas were great - we are stealing a few ;) Thanks again!


Saturday 2nd of October 2010

Hi Tara - I put the booklet together myself. I'd be happy to email you a copy of the files if you are interested.