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Theme Party Inspiration: Cosmos Premiere Party

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

Mark your cosmic calendars! Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey with host Neil deGrasse Tyson airs next Sunday, March 9 at 9/8c on FOX. Like Carl Sagan’soriginal 1980 television series, Cosmos: a Personal Voyage, the new follow-up series promises to take viewers on an exciting exploration of time, space, and our place within them. With modern special effects, the new Cosmos has potential to make as big of a bang as the original.

We love science as much as we love events, so we’ve been daydreaming about hosting a Cosmos premiere party. These are some of our favorite ideas, but there are billions and billions of other possibilities for a space-themed event.

Describe the Vibe:

Small, intimate, appetizers, and (lots of) pie. A stylish, stellar space theme that isn’t too kitschy or quirky. A galactic gathering that’s out-of-this-world, but not over-the-top.

Decor:

Set the table with this DIY constellation table runner.

DIY Constellation Table Runner via theKitchn

DIY Constellation Table Runner via theKitchn

And set the mood with a starry indoor night light.

Pretty!

Pretty!

We love this giant star chart hanging behind a simple dessert table.

Dessert table design by LouLou Events

Dessert table design by LouLou Events

Mr. Printables has a free constellation map available for download, as well as a map of the moon.

Decorate with this free constellation chart from Mr. Printables

Decorate with this free constellation chart from Mr. Printables

Menu:

Head on over to Yourparenting.co.za for Space Party appetizer ideas.

Stargazer Crackers

Stargazer Crackers

Cheesy Moon Balls

Cheesy Moon Balls

Meteorite Honeycomb

Meteorite Honeycomb

Our very own, multi-talented Miss Hannah Kane made up an award-winning recipe (and story) for Galaxy Pie.

Galaxy Pie

Galaxy Pie

Carl Sagan also liked pie. Or at least he liked to talk about it: ““If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

Apple Pie

Apple Pie

This party needs a cocktail!

The Buzz Aldrin made with vodka and Tang

The Buzz Aldrin made with vodka and Tang

Activities: 

In addition to the obvious (eating, drinking, and watching Cosmos), rent a telescope for your stargazing guests.

Look at the stars, look how they shine for yoooooou

Look at the stars, look how they shine for yoooooou

Attire:

Lucky for you, galaxy print clothes and accessories are everywhere.

Celestial chic

Celestial chic

Pretty sure I don’t need to explain why you need this astronomically awesome t-shirt.

Double Star!

Double Star!

Some Sagan (solar) flare.

Star-studded

Star-studded

What about you? Do you plan on watching Cosmos on Sunday? Will you be alone in the universe, or hosting a big bang of a bash with some of your friends? Whether or not you invite Pluto is entirely up to you (but know that Neil would say no).

Since you’ve got a pretty short event horizon (it’s only 6 days away!), head on over to our Outer Space Theme Party Pinterest board for some last minute Cosmos Premiere Party inspiration!

Oh, and one last thing . . .


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A Space-y Scavenger Hunt

Awhile back, we posted our outer space theme party Pinterest board featuring ideas for an outer space theme party for adults. (We also have a board for a kids’ party.) This week, we’d like to expand on that party concept and share ideas for a space-themed scavenger hunt that could be added on to the theme party. Here’s how we’d do it:

1. Obviously, everyone would have to be dressed like an astronaut during the scavenger hunt. This applies to adults as well as kids.

2. Name your teams after space programs like Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo.

3. The scavenger hunt list would feature everyday objects that have been impacted by or are a direct result of the space program, including:

  • A portable cordless vacuum
  • An ear thermometer
  • Scratch resistant glasses
  • A mattress pad that uses “memory foam”
  • Freeze dried food
  • A joystick
  • A water filter
  • Someone with an artificial limb
  • A building with a solar roof

4. To finish up the day, pick one of the many space exploration projects on spacehack.org. A good scavenger hunt-like activity would be the Galaxy Zoo project where participants get to classify images of galaxies. Your guests can make a valuable contribution to space exploration with nothing but a laptop computer!

What would you add?

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