Stargazing Party Ideas

stargazing party

I love the night sky! I love to find the constellations, watch meteor showers, and learn mind-blowing things about space. Last Friday was Space Exploration day and this Friday there will be a lunar eclipse. What better way to celebrate than by hosting a stargazing party?

I hope to pass my love of space to my son, so we started our star gazing with a little preliminary education for little and big minds alike. For budding astronomers, the ABCs of Space is a great book with progressive learning stages. My latest find is The Universe in Bite-Sized Chunks which is perfect for my busy schedule right now.

space books

We set up a comfy space to watch the stars and enjoy food and drinks.

stargazing party ideas

constellation stemware

For soft lighting in our stargazing set up, I made a constellation paper lantern with a metallic sharpie.

stargazing lantern

moon stars inspiration

We used the guide and star maps mentioned below and were able to see lots of wonders in the night sky as we sprawled out on our stargazing pillow fort.

Here’s some tips on how you can host a stargazing party this summer.

1. Location, Location

There are many ways to host a stargazing party, but when it comes time to watch the night sky, the most important thing to do is pick the right location. Choose a spot that is as free from light pollution and obstruction as possible. If you are in a highly urbanized area, you can always plan a get together out of the city, close to water, or perhaps even a rooftop.

2. Be prepared

Provide your guests with star maps and try to find as many stars as you can in plain sight before using binoculars or telescopes. Spotting satellites and planets, and finding constellations together is fun for everyone.

When you are ready to use a telescope, this is a great beginner set that is easy to transport and comes with an attachment that allows you to take photos and videos with your cell phone.

beginner telescope stargazing party

3. Start with the Big 3

In the summer, there are three bright stars that almost everyone can spot on a clear night. Finding these helps get everyone oriented and is the perfect starting point. Mr. Printables has a FREE star gazing guide and summer constellation map.

summer star map

Here are some other ideas for a space exploration or stargazing party that I am over the moon for!

If you’re looking for stargazing party foods, try making some sparkly space cupcakes. I made simple star-shaped sugar cookies, but if you’re a craftier baker than I, you could attempt this adorable black velvet nebula cake from SprinkleBakes.com or these galaxy star cookies from Blyss Cookies.

 

For space themed parties, this beautiful lantern looks like a little bit of galaxy.

galaxy lantern

This table runner from Design Sponge that is embroidered with constellations and these plates from West Elm would make for a beautiful dinner party before stargazing.

And the full moon martini from jojotastic.com is pure genius!

full moon martini

For party favors, you could make this quick constellation gift bags that I made.

stargazing gift bags

Or send your guests home with these galaxy lollipops!

galaxy lollipops

Happy stargazing everyone! Please share your stargazing party pictures and experiences with me. Be sure to check out my Pinterest boards for more ideas too!

Sarah

 

Delicious Summer Drinks

Looking for a healthy alternative to all those sugary drinks this summer? These refreshing summer beverages are packed with flavor without all the empty calories and unnecessary additives.

1. Limoonada

If you’re planning on hosting any event this summer, try the following recipe and I promise you will wow your guests. It doesn’t look that fancy, but it sure tastes amazing!

Limoonada recipe

Limoonada is a version of lemonade from the Middle East. The notable differences are that it is refreshingly less sweet and includes the seductive addition of orange blossom water. (Shhh…this is your secret ingredient!)

Middle East lemonade

I’ve posted the full recipe here.

2. Cucumber-Mint Infused Water

Naturally flavored water is one of my favorite beverages. The combinations are endless and the results are both healthy and packed with flavor.

Cucumber and mint make a crisp water that is thirst-quenching and cooling. It is especially great to pair with spicy grilled dishes.

Add fresh mint and cucumber slices to water and refrigerate for at least an hour.

cucumber mint water

3. Iced Tea with Fruit

Instead of adding a bunch of sugar to your chilled teas, try adding sliced organic fruit and let it sit for at least four hours. You can sweeten with just a little bit of honey if you prefer, but quality tea and organic fruit make ALL the difference.

best iced tea

I’m in love with all the Harney & Sons teas. I made this iced tea with their Blood Orange tea and sweetened it with strawberries and oranges. Get yours here!

delicious iced tea

4. Pineapple-Jalapeno Fizz

Want something a little bubbly and maybe even spicy? Are you doing Taco Tuesday (or in my case, Taco EVERYDAY)?

pineapple fizz

Infuse water with fresh pineapple and jalapeno. I like to add just a touch of rich dark honey to mine and refrigerate it overnight. When you are ready to serve, mix it with sparkling water. It is a perfect non-alcoholic beverage for the summer.

I hope you enjoy! Please share your feedback with me. I love to hear from you!

Sarah

summer drink recipes and ideas

Incredibly Easy DIY Unicorn Lanterns

I started feeling a little crafty while working on my latest Tuesday Trends article (spoiler alert: it’s unicorns lol). I love good dollar store hacks and these paper lanterns are just that. Not only are they inexpensive, but they only took minutes to make!

All you need is:

  • White or pale colored paper lantern
  • Markers
  • Craft paper
  • Assorted fake flowers

Unicorn party supplies

First, draw some simple lashes on your unicorn.

Unicorn party crafts

Make some unicorn ears and a horn out of craft paper.

unicorn horn

Attach those with a hot glue gun. I glued the horn to the opening of the lantern and made two little folded tabs on the back of the ears to help keep them in place.

Once those are done, add your flowers. Voila!

Unicorn lantern

Simple. Cheap. Quick.

I hope you enjoy your unicorn lanterns!

Love + Whimsy,

Sarah

DIY Unicorn Party Lantern

3 Easy & Refreshing Summer Salads

easy unique summer salad

I love summertime foods; all the fresh produce, vibrant colors, and juicy flavors. When it’s hot outside, I like to keep our midday meals light and easy. Here are some of my favorite unique summer salads. They are easy to prepare and very refreshing. Enjoy!

1. Twisted Greek

Take the cucumbers, black olives, and feta of a greek salad and add red peppers and krab. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic, and oregano. I could literally eat this every day.

Krab and feta greek salad

2. Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad with Roasted Peas

Skip the croutons and add roasted peas for some crunch in this salad. The tartness of the strawberries complements the goat cheese and keeps it tasting like summer!

strawberry goat cheese salad

3. Watermelon, Cucumber & Mint Salad

Now you may think watermelon is a strange addition to this salad, but I promise you this is an amazingly refreshing flavor combination. This salad is perfect as a standalone meal or with grilled meats.

watermelon cucumber mint salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 small seedless watermelon
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 t. minced garlic
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c chopped fresh mint
  • 1/3 c crumbled feta
  • salt & pepper

Cut the cucumber and watermelon into chunks (should be approx. 50/50 mixture). Gently toss with remaining ingredients. Served best at room temperature.

I hope you enjoy these recipes!

Sarah

On Trend – Donuts

One of the more playful themes that is trending in parties and decor right now is donuts. Donuts are colorful, fun, and (of course) delicious! This theme can be used for all ages; baby showers, children’s parties, weddings, and more.

Let the donut puns begin, cause donuts are a ‘hole’ lotta fun.

Pastel donut wall

Donut wall

Donut walls and bars are popular right now, especially at weddings. This monochrome donut display from Inspired By This is an elegant take on the trend. They can be incorporated into wedding cakes and other dessert tables too.

Tiered Donut Cake

Donut cake

Tiered donuts

The use of pastel colors and floral accents gives donuts a more “grown-up”, bohemian feel, but it’s easy to add sophistication to even children’s parties.

Donut invitation

Milk and donuts

For a birthday party I would LOVE to attempt this giant donut cake from The Cake Blog. How cute is that?!

Donut cake

As always, I’d love to see your party pics and donut themes. Please connect with me on social media and share with me!

Love + sprinkles,

Sarah

How to Make Blessing Stones for Party Favors

Blessingstones

For the Dream Big party I crafted lots of musical toys and dancing ribbons for the little ones to take home, but I wanted a gift to give our adult guests too. I wanted to make something meaningful that fit with the theme. I’ve been seeing communities participating in finding and hiding painted rocks around town and I have always loved the idea.

Of course, this was another one of my dollar store DIY projects. I found smooth rocks in the floral section and painted them with white spray paint.

Blessingstonesupplies

After the rocks were painted I wrote inspirational dream-related sayings and doodled on them before sealing them with Mod Podge sealer. I absolutely loved making these and they turned out beautifully.

Blessing stones

Party favors

Dream Big Party

For my son’s first birthday I wanted a unique theme that I could really great creative with. Because he is a Gemini, I started thinking about air, movement, and all things “flowy”.

Clouds, dreams, and feathers came to mind and I settled on the theme “Dream Big, Little Man”. See how I made the dreamcatchers here and the blessing stones here. I’d love to see your take on this theme. Please share your photos with me 🙂

Feather cookies

Hand-painted feather cookies

Hand crafted toys

Music makers, dancing ribbons, and bubbles for play

Dreamcatcher decor

Huge dreamcatcher

Dreamy tent

A shady play area by the pool

Blessing stones

Blessing stones for party favors

Comfy seating

Low table surrounded by pillows made it easy for parents and little ones to eat

Dream-themed foods

Gold-dipped shortbread, chocolate sugar cookies, and cupcakes

Floating cloud balloons

Helium filled balloon clusters to resemble “clouds”

Cloud balloons

Floating clouds

Dreamcatcher smash cake

Dreamcatcher smash cake

Dream party food table

A delicious assortment of foods that both the parents and kids loved!

Charcuterie

Charcuterie with dried fruits and dark chocolate

Charcuterie board

Charcuterie and cheese board

Let's eat!

Let’s eat!

Hand-painted party favors

Hand-painted party favors

Party favors

Thank you to our guests

Let's play!

Music makers, dancing ribbons, and bubbles for play

Handcrafted dancing ribbons

Crafted toys for the kids to play with

Dreamcatcher beads

Dreamcatcher beads

Feather-shaped cookies

Delicious feather-shaped cookies

Dancing ribbons and musical toys

More crafty play things

Poolside play area

Inside the play area

Dream party food spread

Yum!

Salad and nibbles

Strawberry and goat cheese salad with roasted peas

Dream Big invitations