Planning a party is one of the parts of a parent’s job description that can be the most daunting. What’s age-appropriate? Where are the best places to consider as party venues in Huntsville and Madison County? How can you throw a good party and stay within your budget? We plan on helping busy parents find the answers to those questions and more in our series, “It’s My Party“, where we invite real, local parents to share their great party planning experiences with other readers.
Big thanks to Elisa G. for sharing her daughter’s birthday party experience with us!
Star-Gazing Birthday Party
Age & gender of child: 9 year-old girl
Party Theme: Stargazing birthday party
Party Location: VBAS Planetarium on Monte Sano Mountain
Facility Rental Costs: $120
Number of Party Guests: 30
Invitations: We sent an Evite with a star theme
Decorations & Food
The Cake: We served cake, pie, cookies, macaroons, truffles, mini cakes, a cold coffee bar, water, and edible arrangement fruits.
Favors & Activities
Games & Activities: We had a wonderful presentation about the solar system by the VBAS Astronomical Society for children. This was followed by a star show inside the dome. We also did some star-gazing outside with a cool real telescope. Everyone enjoyed this!
Favors: We gave each guest National Geographic booklets to find the stars from your back yard, and lanterns covered with red cellophane to see the stars at night.
Planetarium Party Pro-Tips
This is a fantastic party option for summertime birthdays, as the night is cool. Remember to bring your own chairs and decorations for the picnic area. We really loved the VBAS staff.
Photo Credits: VBAS Planetarium
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