Goody Bags & Moon Cake
Use a darning needle to poke constellation-like holes in small black bags. Put a small flashlight, some space-age sweets (small candy bars with planetary names or packets of colorful fizzing candies), plus a small plastic robot, space-ball shooter, moon ball, or lunar crystals. Tell the kids to shine the flashlights inside the bags to see the portable night sky.
Bake a two-layer cake. Tint vanilla cream or cream cheese frosting a bright yellow-green and fill and cover the cake. Let the frosting harden for just a few minutes, then gently press the outside of a melon baller into the surface of the cake to create crater holes. Add a plastic figure of an astronaut or spaceship, and an American flag pick.
Adapted from The Parents Party Book: Fun and Fabulous Theme Birthday Parties for Children 2 to 8 Years Old by the Editors of Parents Magazine. Golden Books, New York.