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One More Birthday Party – Guardians of the Galaxy Style

Okay friends, this is not exactly a…um….Talk of the House type party.  And no, it isn’t as pretty or “photogenic” as other parties we’ve hosted around here, but it was a very fun one.  So just bear with me as I share this one with you.  And I will start by asking you if you have seen the Guardians of the Galaxy movies? Our entire family just LOVES them. 🙂

Marvel Double Feature – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2 Two-Movie Cinematic Universe 2-DVD Super Hero Bundle

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So when it came time to come up with ideas for our daughter’s birthday last year, I knew a Guardians of the Galaxy party would be fun and one we would all enjoy – especially our daughter.  (And of course I kept it a secret until the last minute. 🙂 ) I started with a color scheme of bright blue, white, and black.

If you aren’t familiar with them, the movies are space adventures set in the future with a big dose of humor, and we love all the retro music that plays throughout them.  Music is an important part of any party to me.  It really sets the mood, so of course I bought the sound tracks as soon as I decided on the party theme. 🙂

Vol. 2 Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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A special cassette tape plays an important role in the movie for the lead character.  I pulled out a number of old ones here and piled them in a jar on the mantel for a bit of party decor in the family room.

As I was researching items to use for the party, I came across a “mix tape” box printable here that I knew would be perfect for the party favors.  I printed them out on cardstock, filled them with Starburst candies (get the space reference there? 🙂 ) and put them in a jar in the foyer as I often do for our party favors.

I picked up a few Guardians of the Galaxy toys that I found at Target and used them as part of the decor.

One of the most beloved characters in the movies is a talking tree named Groot.  His constant line throughout the movies is “I am Groot.”  It was a must-do to find a way to work that into the party decorations. 🙂

One other jar was filled with old VHS tapes as another retro touch for the party.

And luckily, I was able to find a Guardians of the Galaxy Monopoly game to use on the game table in the family room.

USAopoly Children’s Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 Monopoly Game

To reference the movie’s Infinity stones (an important part of the plot) I used rock candy from Cracker Barrel.

Here’s another look at the party table from the photo at the top of the post.  Those blue plastic dishes were very inexpensive at Target last summer, and the black and white checked napkins were old ones that I purchased from…Sur la Table….I think.  And the black handled flatware (from Walmart) was what I used for our daughter’s graduation party (see here   – a MUCH prettier party than this one I think. 🙂 )

The Dancing Groot toy was a hilarious addition to the table. 🙂

Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Dancing Groot Figure
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I located a few Guardians of the Galaxy trading cards and buttons at Books-a-Million and toy figures at Toys R Us, and I scattered them around the table.  Once again we had hamburgers for the party along with baked beans (which were missing from the black holder in the photo above.)  The birthday cake was a caramel cake from a local bakery (topped with a tiny baby Groot. 🙂 )  And birthday girl had to have her Cheerwine!

She absolutely loved the party and has repeatedly said it was her all-time favorite party we have done.  (I think it was the music that really made the celebration!)

And now we are finally caught up on all of last year’s birthday parties. My husband’s birthday is next week, so I need to get to work on plans for that!

Until next time…

 

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Mechelle - February 12, 2018 - 12:29 pm

Cheerwine in the bottle, the only way to go!!

Karen B. - February 11, 2018 - 4:16 pm

Kelly,
What a great party. You always find such great props for parties. Happy birthday to your daughter!
Karen

Marianne in Mo. - February 11, 2018 - 4:08 pm

I love that you embraced this project, even if it didn’t mesh with your usual visions of parties! That shows that you truly care most about the recipient! I can’t imagine how your daughters’ wedding will be, but I know you are working hard to make it special just for them. Being a Mom of two daughters, I went to great lengths to make their weddings as close to their visions as I could. And in the meantime, you have celebrations on a smaller scale to dream up – so fun!

Frances in England - February 11, 2018 - 6:22 am

Well, it has your creativity and style, not to mention the obvious love that has gone into it, so I would say it definitely is a ‘Talk of the House’ party, albeit maybe not a traditional one :-D. I too enjoyed ‘Guardians’ – and this looks fun!

Gracia @ Gracious Offering - February 10, 2018 - 7:29 pm

Kelly,
I enjoyed your post on the Guardians of the Galaxy birthday party…full of fun ideas! Just a fun fact…Chris Pratt is comes from Lake Stevens, WA, my town! He is a local guy who has given back to our community in many ways. Last year he helped fund a huge building addition to our Boys and Girls Club by offering a raffle to spend a day with him on the set of the latest Guardians movie. His raffle raised over $700,000! Thanks again for the fun party ideas!

Patty of Michigan - February 10, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Kelly, you are the queen of themed parties!! You could write a book. This one is great along with the others from your previous post. Very creative!!

DiAnne - February 10, 2018 - 11:51 am

Kelly,
I like the way you can take a theme and run with it. Again, this post proves those glass jars are a must in any household. Love your party de or ore and even though you said it wouldn’t look like your usual parties, I can still see your stamp on it.
Your daughter is so pretty and is going to be a beautiful bride.
DiAnne

Brenda - February 10, 2018 - 11:48 am

Our family loves the Guardians of the Galaxy movies too! My son turns 16 in June, I may have to borrow some of your ideas! Even though this wasn’t a “pretty” party, it sure looks like a fun one!!

Louvina - February 10, 2018 - 9:37 am

Now I am glad my daughter “dragged” me to see one of the movies! ( She got tickets early and her hubby got sick / thus my invite!) Lol! We went to Downtown Disney where you dine and watch a movie. I needed a flashlight- couldn’t see what I was eating!! I loved your daughter’s fun themed bd party and my favorite character was Groot!! And the raccoon! The party colors and favors were perfect! Thank you for sharing!!

kathy - February 10, 2018 - 9:20 am

Your daughter is gorgeous! I love that she loved the party so much! I had been thinking I needed to get rid of those old video tapes and cassette tapes but now I guess I will have to keep them. Anything is those jars looks fun! Your parties are always so fabulous! I am looking forward to seeing your husband’s party.

Debbie Brown - February 10, 2018 - 9:18 am

Very Cute!!! We love the Guardians of the Galaxy movies too!

Calypso in the Country - February 10, 2018 - 9:08 am

Cute ideas – and I can’t get over how much I love that mixtape project! Enjoy your weekend!
Shelley

Dawn - February 10, 2018 - 8:55 am

Kelly,

I love this party idea! My 27 year old sister would adore this. We like The Guardians of the Galaxy movies also. Thanks for sharing.
Dawn

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