I used Word for Windows 'wingdings' script to write the invitation in 'Alien' language and then wrote the translation in 'Earth English' down the bottom. This was received well by all the guests when B1 handed the invitations out at school. I still haven't told him how I did it - well a Mum's got to have a few tricks up her sleeve hasn't she?
B1 chose the Space Rocket cake from the Women's Weekly Children's cake cookbook. I can highly recommend this cake as it was VERY quick to do, with very little stress. I did alter the design a little to suit the sweets and decorations I had to hand.
I also made 'alien' cupcakes using little frog icing cake toppers I bought in Waitrose when we went to Manchester. OOHHH I love English supermarkets, compared to Guernsey the choices are seemingly endless.
We played five space games; they scored points for each game and the person at the end of the party with the most point got to choose first from the prize box, then the person who came second, and so on, so everyone received a prize. I made sure that there were a few more prizes than players so that the person who came last did not feel like they received the leftovers and were able to still choose a prize for themselves.
'Find the Moonrocks' is a version of the Australian party game, the 'Minty Hunt', where sweets are hidden around the garden and the children have to find them. To make the sweets into moonrocks we simply wrapped them in aluminum foil, B1 enjoyed helping with this. The children received one point per sweet they found.
'Space Quiz' was a quiz of twenty questions relating to our Solar System (which B1's class are learning about at the moment), Dr Who and Star Wars. They received a point for each correct answer.
'The Great Space Race' was a game where they had to run to our garden wall, touch the wall, run back, eat three dry biscuits, run and touch the wall (once all the biscuits were in their mouth, though not actually swallowed), run back, blow up a balloon (the boys loved this as all the biscuits not yet swallowed were blown into the balloon which resulted in lots of screaming about how fabulously gross it was ;p), run with their balloon, touch the wall, run back and drink a glass of orange juice but the problem was I had filled the bottom half of the glass with orange jelly! It was great to see the total confusion in their faces when they couldn't pour out the last of the orange juice :) Lots more screaming about the grossness of eating jelly with your fingers! The winner received nine point and each player received point in descending order until the person who came last received one point (I hope that explanation makes sense but I want to tell you about the games so you can use them at your own space parties if you need a few ideas).
'Space Food' the kids had to kneel with their hands behind their backs and eat a gravity defying donut (which was tied to our clothes line). I took a lot of very funny photos here I can tell you!
Last but not least, 'The Alien Body Parts Game'. I had placed four cardboard boxes over four bowls of Alien body parts. The box had a small hole cut in the top so the players could put their hands in to feel which body part was inside the box. I had placed a tea towel over the top of each box so no-one could sneak a peak and also so they could wipe their hands to get the alien goo off after they had felt the body part. There were quite a few nervous nellies waiting for their turn. More absolutely priceless photos, lots of screaming, laughing and being totally grossed out. The body parts were 1. a tin of lychees in juice for the bowl of eyeballs, 2. cooked spaghetti coated liberally in oil to make slippery intestines, 3. a lump of tofu carved into the rough shape of an alien brain, 4. a tin of creamy tapioca for the foulest possible alien poo! I highly recommend this game - after they were all feeling a little queasy I fed them lunch :)
We lit up the rocket's boosters and blasted off. Unfortunately the table cloth and the table will never be the same again; you can just see the burn holes under the sparklers.
B1's rating of his party - 'This was the best day of my life Mum!'
I can't really ask for better than that!