Last week, I shared the games we played for my son’s space-themed birthday party. Today, I’m going to share the space-themed birthday party food.
Planets and Space Sugar Cookies
I’m always looking for an excuse to make sugar cookies and practice my cookie decorating techniques (which still needs a LOT of practice!). When I started planning the party, I was looking for space cookie cutters, and came across the Patchwork Cutters Space Set (affiliate link).
It’s a cake decorating/fondant cutter set, rather than cookie cutters, but it inspired me to give fondant-covered cookies a go. This technique was covered in the cookie-decorating Craftsy class I did a while ago, and I thought it might be less taxing on my limited artistic skills than piping royal icing.
I loved how the cookies turned out, but I don’t think it was any quicker than piping royal icing. Maybe because it was a hot day and the fondant was a bit sticky, maybe because I should start with something simpler than those fiddly cutters when learning a new technique!
With my son’s guidance on the colours, we made the sun and the rest of the planets in the solar system (including the asteroid belt – or maybe that’s just stars!).
I love the details of Earth, but man it was fiddly getting the fondant in place. There was lots of balling it up and starting again before I got the hang of it! I then experimented with the space station, astronaut and rocket cutters.
I used rice malt syrup as the glue, since I didn’t have piping gel. It seemed to work well enough to keep the fondant attached.
I used white Satin Ice fondant, that I coloured with Wilton Gel Colouring (I wasn’t ready to buy a full collection of fondant colours!). The black was Fondarific buttercream fondant. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to tint the white fondant, and it came in a small tub at my local kitchenware store.
Fruit skewer rockets
I like to include fruit at a kid’s birthday party. Especially with my son having a summer birthday, fruit can be refreshing and balances out the treat food. For the space theme, I made fruit skewer rockets, from rockmelon, watermelon and apples.
I noticed most kids put one on their plate, and they all got eaten!
Honey Joy Meteorites
Honey joys are a classic party food, so I decided they could be meteorites. I’m not sure the kids realised (and I didn’t get around to labelling the food with cute names), but well, it worked for me!
I used the recipe from the Kellogg’s website (and from the Cornflakes pack) – sticking with a tried-and-true recipe!
You can’t go wrong with Cheezels at a birthday party. Every kid has to put one on each finger, and eat them off. It’s just a way of life! In my mind, they were Saturn’s Rings, but once again, no labels, so no one else probably realised!
Finally, no birthday party is complete without sausage rolls. I asked on Facebook what cute space name I should give them, but since I didn’t end up making labels, I never picked a name!
Here’s how it all looked together. The party was for afternoon tea, so we didn’t have a huge amount of food.
Lastly, we had the Moon Birthday Cake, but I’ll share all the details of that in my next blog post…