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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

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

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

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

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.

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!

Dawn - February 10, 2018 - 8:55 am


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.

Cowboys, Football, and a Solar Eclipse (Catching Up on Birthday Parties!)

Welcome back friends!  I hope you are having a good week.  We have been busy busy here!!  The other night I was looking back through all my photo files and found sooooo many things that I did not get to share with you while I was taking a break to help with working on our house.  So for the next few posts, I just want to play catch up with you.  🙂

One of the main things I missed sharing was all the birthday parties from last spring and fall.  So let’s start by looking at one we had for my dad. 🙂

If I were to say my dad loves westerns, that would be a major understatement.  I think he has watched every single episode of Gunsmoke 5 or 6 times each…along with Rifleman, Rawhide, Have Gun Will Travel, Bonanza, and any other western themed show that has ever been made in the history of television! 🙂

And of course he has watched many a cowboy movie at the theater and read all the Zane Grey books that have ever been published.

So it just made perfect sense to do a small cowboy themed birthday party for him last year.

The miniature hay bales and plastic horses from Hobby Lobby made great decorations, and I loved those little bandana printed buckets (from a local party store) that we used as vases to hold fresh daisies.

Those big jars from Target and Walmart come in handy for every kind of celebration around here you know. 🙂

I asked everyone to wear a white shirt and jeans and provided them all with red bandanas and cowboy hats (also from the party store) so we could dress up for the dinner. 🙂  While we were eating, I played a CD of music themes from assorted western movies and television shows.  We had to guess which show each song was from.  Lots of fun!  (And some good music too.)

We topped the table with a few bandanas, used gingham napkins, and served an easy meal of grilled burgers with all the toppings, potato chips, cole slaw, and baked beans.

Bottled old fashioned sodas and a plain homemade pound cake finished out our menu. The take home treat bags (from the photo at the top of the post) held Cowtail candy and hay bales (aka Rice Krispie treats.) I think my dad, the cowboy, enjoyed the party tailor made just for him. 🙂

So that was one birthday celebration we hosted last spring.  Another one I haven’t shared with you is one we did for my daughter’s fiance.  He loves football (especially the Miami Dolphins!) so a football themed party seemed like a good choice for his birthday.

We served a veggie tray with ranch dip, strawberries with Nutella dip, hot wings, a baked potato bar, and assorted cookies.  (He requires gluten free food, and I found all those delicious gluten free cookies at Home Goods!)

All the green football themed paper goods came from Hobby Lobby.  Instead of a cake (which isn’t my favorite thing to make gluten free 🙁  ) we came up with a pecan pie using a gluten free crust, and it was delicious!

And finally one for our middle child. He was working in Denver at the time of his actual birthday, but he was home a week later…which happened to be when we had the BIG solar eclipse.

So we kind of “killed two birds with one stone” in this one.  We celebrated the eclipse AND we had an “un-birthday” party to belatedly celebrate his day.  (Strangest theme I have ever done!)

This was not a meal…just snacks.  Eclipse themed items:  Moonshine Sweet Tea (no alcohol in it despite the name 🙂 ) Star Crunch Little Debbie snacks, Milky Way bars, and Starburst candy. (These would all work for any space themed party I think.)

And instead of a traditional birthday cake, we had strawberry shortcake – our son’s favorite. 🙂

Okay, I feel a little more caught up now..but there’s still a long way to go!  Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you found an idea or two that you can use for a future birthday party in your home. 🙂  And please come back again next time for a really fun party we did for our daughter.  She said it’s her favorite party we have hosted for her – EVER! 🙂  That’s a pretty big compliment I think!

Until next time…

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Kristy - February 12, 2018 - 3:13 pm

I enjoy ALL your parties. And occasionally look back for ideas. My mom will be 90 in a few weeks and we had planned a big to-doo – but my sister was in a car accident a few weeks ago, and we will have to subdue our celebrations for the time being…although I do hope to be able to have a more elaborate celebration maybe after Easter.

Cindy in NC - February 9, 2018 - 10:52 am

Thanks for sharing missed parties…So thoughtful having a chosen theme for that certain person.
Can’t wait to see the best birthday party ever for your daughter.
You are still my favorite, everything you do is from the heart.

kathy - February 9, 2018 - 8:47 am

Your parents are precious! I agree with DiAnne, anything in those jars looks special! I love the dress code for your dad’s party! (I actually love clothing to match the theme.) The red and white gingham and the bandanas look great together! And, WHO matches their curtains to their party themes! You are quite the over-achiever, gf! The party favors are also so creative! All of your parties are fabulous!

Debra Brown - February 8, 2018 - 10:13 pm

Loved all your party ideas! Such great pictures too!

Linda Ishmael - February 8, 2018 - 8:18 pm

OMG Kelly!!!! You had Ale 8 at your cowboy party!!!! That’s a Kentucky soft drink bottled about 40 miles from my home. It use to be only sold locally but I heard it was being sold in other places now. Where did you find it??? Most Kentuckians will tell you that the best lunch is a bologna sandwich with Grippo BBQ chips and a super cold Ale 8 to wash it down!!!! I’m wondering if any of your party goers liked it?? Many say it’s an acquired taste. We love it but it’s ours so we may be partial. Loved all your parties. Thanks for the catch up post.

Marlene - February 8, 2018 - 7:48 pm

Kelly, You are so talented and loved all your party ideas. I especially loved what you did for your father. I’m sure he was so thrilled to see what his daughter had done to make his birthday so special. Hat’s off to you for a wonderful post.

Rae - February 8, 2018 - 6:50 pm

I enjoy your website so much. The trip posts are so interesting especially last years Christmas trip. I am going to make a couple of the desserts that were in that post for the birthday party.
First timed for posting. Just wanted to let you know how much I have been enjoying your site

Judy - February 8, 2018 - 5:58 pm

I love the cowboy party theme….perfect for my husband. He watches all those shows your dad watches. Whenever I come home and if he’s either home or has been home, the channel is either on ME TV or the financial channel!

You are a party planner extraordinaire! You need to go into party planning….you enjoy it so much and have such great ideas!

Have a wonderful weekend Kelly! I’ll be kicking up my heels in Mexico!

Leslie Anne Tarabella - February 8, 2018 - 5:11 pm

I may just have to schedule my birthday with a visit to your area! . . . hmmm. Honestly, I know your party honorees feel adored and so special with all the thoughtful details you add!

DiAnne - February 8, 2018 - 5:00 pm

I love your parties! I think you can put anything in those glass jars and make it look good–hay bails and horses, how cute!
One of my favorite meals is hamburgers with all the fixings.
I can’t wait to see your daughter’s favorite party.

Dawn - February 8, 2018 - 3:16 pm


You throw the best parties! i love how you run with a theme but I know each person feels so special because of your details! Thanks for sharing. Take care.


Gina - February 8, 2018 - 3:14 pm

I always love your party themes!! So many great ideas. 🙂

Debbie - February 8, 2018 - 3:12 pm

Thanks for sharing your great ideas for themed parties! I also have to eat gluten free (I have celiac) so I appreciate the effort you went to to accommodate your future son in law. Always good to see your posts in my inbox!!

Sherry Myers - February 8, 2018 - 2:50 pm

What great parties, Kelly! My dad would have loved the cowboy party too. Your ingenuity is always impressive. How could anyone not have fun at the parties you throw?! Now I can hardly wait to see Hayley’s party. Whomever you throw a party for must feel the same way…the thrill in the suspense of what theme they will be greeted with, when they step through your doorway. Thanks for sharing the ideas and the FUN!

Dee - February 8, 2018 - 2:50 pm

You just shared my kind of parties. Such heartfelt details went into each one for that someone special. I love your ideas and am so glad you are back. And yes, our household have seen all of those westerns too. Good ole days! Thank you so much for sharing. I am sure I will be borrowing some of your ideas.

Jo Anne Hayon - February 8, 2018 - 2:11 pm

I just love your blog! Many wonderful ideas-I have 3 grandsons and any new idea is great. 2 are fall babies so the hay bales and bandannas are a nice idea. Stay warm and hope for Spring.

Louvina - February 8, 2018 - 1:26 pm

What a fun uplifting post! Love looking at everything upclose by zooming in—and the menus are so great!! The themes are very creative and since we like to do theme parties—fantastic ideas! Looks like we are going to have to be very creative since we STILL have not had Xmas and it’s a bust for my BD due to flu throughout our family!! We have now set our date to catch up — maybe Easter! So needless to say I truly enjoyed your family celebrations this past year! 🤗💕🎉

Reba Summers - February 8, 2018 - 12:59 pm

Kelly, thank you so much for sharing! I too always party with a theme and I love all of your ideas! Please continue to share…you are so talented in a very good way. Your ideas are reachable!!!! I feel like we are kindred spirits when it comes to our decorating tastes. You ROCK!

Sunny - February 8, 2018 - 12:59 pm

Will you please adopt me? You give the BEST parties!!

Sandy - February 8, 2018 - 12:30 pm

All of the parties are great. The western one would have been a hit here as well.

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