Whether you love astronomy or just want to get together with family and friends to watch this year’s solar eclipse, Aug. 21 is a great time for a party.
There’s an obvious theme for any eclipse party — the solar system — so look to space for your inspiration.
Stars, crescents and circles can be a fun place to start if you want to keep the look simple, but there’s no limit to how far your imagination can go.
Have a projector? Think about projecting an image of the moon on your wall for an unforgettable backdrop.
Globes or glass balls, often sold as garden sculptures, can make great space-themed centerpieces. Glowing balls from the toy aisle can make excellent moons.
For science-fiction lovers, using your favorite spaceships or characters in the decor can provide some inspiration.
And don’t limit your creativity to decorating the room. Fun hats and star-themed hair pins can show your fun-loving side.
Moon Pies: This one may be too easy, but it’s perfect for the occasion. These marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate treats are ideal for any eclipse party, whether store-bought or homemade.
Sun-dried fruits: Raisins, dried apricots and dates can be fun and healthy ways to pay homage to solar energy.
Freeze-dried ice cream: Often thought of as treats that astronauts eat, freeze-dried ice cream pellets such as Dippin’ Dots can be a great way to cool off on a summer day. While this chilled treat was never really used on the space shuttle, it still evokes the idea of space exploration.
Themed treats: Star-shaped cookies and crystal-like sprinkles can lend a celestial look to your baked goods.
For the adults, mixed drinks can be a fun way to celebrate astronomy. Some classic space-related cocktails include:
Black hole: Black samba with ice and club soda.
Big bang: One part vodka, one part sambuca, one part absinthe.
UFO: One part gin, two parts lemon soda.
Bailey’s Comet: One part butterscotch schnapps, one part Bailey’s Irish cream, one part Goldschlager, one part sambuca.
In addition, Blue Moon beer is also a widely available drink, with the perfect name for an astro-themed party.
No party would be complete without an eclipse-themed playlist. Some ideas:
• “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
• “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
• “Eclipse” by Pink Floyd
• “Man on the Moon” by R.E.M.
• “Moon Shadow” by Cat Stevens
• “Space Jam” by Quad City DJs
• “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden
• “Black Star” by Radiohead
• “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
• “Blue Moon” by The Marcels