The long version:
This year we decided that we should really get out of the habit of having two birthday parties for each kid every year (one for family and one for friends). So we let Alexander choose a theme, and we geared his one party more towards the kids and invited just his cousins, family friends, and two of his best pals. So as not to exclude the grown-ups that love him, we had a nice dinner afterwards with the grandparents, Aunt Eileen, and Uncle Tim.
Alexander chose an outer space theme, so we had a hanging solar system model, plenty of stars and balloons for decoration.
The cupcakes were rockets, stars, and astronauts.
Each child got an astronaut helmet and I made each child a personalized rocket booster to wear on their back.
While our little astronauts decorated their collection bags, Justin and Mike quickly transformed the living room into the moon with blue lights, space music, and moon rocks!
Prepared with their astronaut gear, the kids blasted off to the "moon" for our moon rock hunt. They were to collect "samples" of moon rocks to take home to their "home labs" to inspect! (The moon rocks were really silver painted Easter eggs with Milky Way bars, Starbursts, and space-themed trinkets inside.) I wasn't able to get any pictures of the kids in their gear or the "moon," unfortunately, but if someone else did, please share them with me!
I really think Alexander had an awesome time and that this was his most fun birthday party so far. Thanks so much to everyone who came and helped make it such a fun time. :)