[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When nature gives you a solar eclipse, it’s time to host an eclipse party, Snappeners! On August 21, 2017, the moon will completely cover the sun creating a total solar eclipse, one of “nature’s most awe inspiring sights.”

There are so many fun and unique things you can do for an eclipse party. Here are 5 easy steps to get started.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

1. Tackle the Time of Day

[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid element_width=”12″ gap=”3″ item=”3536″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1503188507479-fb50233b-4bf8-2″ include=”30591″][vc_column_text]According to CNN, the solar eclipse is starting around 10:20 a.m. PDT on the West Coast and will be ending around 3:00 p.m. EDT on the East Coast. Find out exactly when it’ll happen in your area by using CNN’s solar eclipse map.

Depending on when the eclipse will hit your path, there are a few things you need to think about:

> Are you taking the morning or afternoon off work or both? Depending on the timing, you might be winding up or winding down the day. Plan your eclipse party accordingly—as we’ll elaborate below.

> The eclipse itself will only be about 2 and a half minutes long. Make sure you have other eclipse party plans and activities on deck while you wait, and immediately following the “big shadow” event.

Timing is important. This is the first step so you can frame your party, good, theme and mobility around this.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

2. Land on a Location

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”30594″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]You have a variety of options on where you’d like to celebrate the eclipse, whether you’d like to celebrate at home, at work or out on the open road.

If you’re planning something at home or at an office, it’s a great opportunity to have fun with themed decorations, drinks, food and games. If you’d like to go somewhere else, you could always attend an eclipse-themed event like the Oregon Eclipse Festival.

Either way, build your theme, supplies and food around your personalized eclipse party game plan.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

3. Think about Themes

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]An eclipse party isn’t complete without a super fun theme! Consider these three (3) themes, complete with several fun ideas for your total eclipse party:[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Sun, Moon and Stars

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”30598″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Amp up your celestial super powers with this classic planetary theme focused on the solar system, orbs and our moon and the almighty sun as they do their dance in the sky this week. This theme makes sourcing decor a little easier because there are plenty of space-related items readily available at local party stores. Space confetti (stars, moons, orbs, etc.) can be a fun addition to your decor as well.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

AM / PM: Light and Darkness

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”30599″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]An AM – PM party gives you the best of both worlds as parties go because it can be as simple as light and dark, black and white, yellow and navy, orange and grey, etc. As long as you have one bright color (representing the sun) in the theme and decor, coupled with a darker color (to represent the afternoon / moon shade), you’re all set. You may even have some leftover items in your party supply bin from a previous bash to whip up in a hurry. Grabbing some bright, colorful flowers from the market and some dark coordinating greenery is also a simple addition to this versatile theme. Just grab a few more coordinating party elements from your local party store and build from this chromatically coordinated base. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Great Open Road

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”30603″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Some road warriors want to be immediately under the path of the eclipse and have treats that travel. Go ahead and work with this theme by adding layers of picnic appeal, simple snacks and some sunny accents like colorful plates and linens, moon pies, etc. Just be prepared to stop where you can get a spot, because roads are expected to be backed up for miles and full of thousands of cars. Don’t forget lots of water for your crew.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

4. Figure out Food and Drink.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]You can’t have an eclipse party without some equally fantastic food and drinks. Here are a few simple ideas that anyone could incorporate into their plans.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”30621″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Morning Eclipse Party

A morning party could be an “AM bright brunch” complete with mimosas, Krispy Kreme eclipse donuts – yes, that’s a thing, Craftsman and Wolves “sun secret muffins” or sunrise lemon muffins.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”30625″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Afternoon Eclipse Party

If you’re hosting a party in the afternoon, consider serving cocktails and having a cookout for a PM “shadow soirée.” Your drinks could also have moon, or shadow themes, or be dual-tone options that represent the sun and moon.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”30630″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Make It Easy

No matter which time of day you’re hosting the event, serve food and drink that is quick, easy and bite-sized. A host of appetizers is a great option, and crescent rolls (“Moon Muffins”) can be used for pizza treats, cinnamon rolls or mini sandwiches for a main course.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”30633″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Eclipse-Themed Shapes

Snag some sun, moon and star-shaped cookie cutters from a local food or craft store if you don’t already have them, and use these to make simple shapes for foods like fruits and veggies, as well as mini rolls and cookies. A fruit kabob or sun-centered (hummus) veggie tray is a nice touch. This setup by The Scribble Studio is mighty cute.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”30635″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Food &  Space Decor

Add paperie and printables that fit your theme around the party. You can find many for free online which can be added to food displays.

These DIY sunburst pop pom’s from U Create are a beautiful addition.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”30626″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]

Eclipse Party Snacks

Stick with your theme by providing themed snacks. Try sun-dried tomato foods and spreads or sunflower oatmeal cookies for sun-themed treats. Try moon pieces or pizza moons for moon-inspired snacks.

Also, check out this great list of DIY eclipse-themed recipes for some inspiration.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Eclipse Party Drinks

Drinks that amp up the theme such as the famous “Tequila sunrise” or Blue Moon beer could be great eclipse-theme drinks to serve. Also consider adding a champagne toast after the eclipse to celebrate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Eclipse Party Desserts

Rocket pops, blackout cake or galaxy sundaes would make perfect desserts for your eclipse party. Galaxy sundaes are a great idea for kids. Just find or make blue moon ice cream as the base, and add colorful toppings to represent planets and sun. Top it off with star-shaped sprinkles.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Eclipse Path Foods

You can also opt to serve food that matches the delicacy of the locations the eclipse passes. For example, you can serve Tennessee-style barbeque or loaded Idaho baked potatoes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

5. Master you Music & Activities

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]You can’t have an eclipse party without some equally fantastic food and drinks. Here are a few simple ideas that anyone could incorporate into their plans.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Playlist Ideas

Download NASA’s list of eclipse-themed songs for your playlist for the party.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Eclipse Equipment

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”30605″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Instead of using eclipse glasses (if you were not able to get any), you can opt to use a pinhole camera or make one yourself with only a few materials.

Making a larger pinhole camera display with this box method would allow you to make a safe display for an entire room of people to view the eclipse at one time.

Another idea is to head outside and find the simple shadow of a tree. You heard us right. Any tree casting any shadows will make dozens of tiny “mini-eclipse” images that an entire group of people can enjoy – including kids.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
How to Safely Watch A Solar Eclipse by PopSci[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Camera Ideas

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”30614″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Use your real camera with a wide angle or telephoto lens to capture the total solar eclipse. Don’t forget to get something in the foreground if you are able, and do not spend time looking directly through the viewfinder to get the shot.

Your camera will require a solar filter to view the eclipse, but if you have a movable viewing screen, this gives you a safe way to watch the screen, while the camera watches the sun. Make sure you take extreme precautions to protect your eyes and your camera during the eclipse.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Map Pin Game

Get a copy of the NASA eclipse map. Have party-goers pin the places they’ve been in or around the eclipse path.You can make this educational game and point of discussion for both kids and adults alike.[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid element_width=”12″ gap=”3″ item=”3536″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1503188507525-8efc24fe-dd6d-1″ include=”30615″][vc_column_text]

“Famous From” Trivia Game

Make your own form of eclipse party trivial pursuit with a “Famous From” game. Referencing the NASA map again, find fun facts from these ten (10) eclipse path states and formulate fun trivia questions around the states themselves, and their famous politicians, celebrities, sports heroes and other cultural icons:

> Oregon
> Idaho
> Wyoming
> Kansas
> Missouri
> Illinois
> Kentucky
> Tennessee
> Georgia
> South Carolina[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Record 2024 Eclipse Predictions

The next solar eclipse isn’t expected until the year 2024—seven years from now. Have your party guests make video predictions about what life will be like in the year 2024 when the eclipse comes again. Save these predictions for your next eclipse party or play them for everyone after the eclipse this year![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]As a natural phenomenon that only happens a couple times every hundred years in the United states, celebrating a total solar eclipse with an eclipse party is the perfect way to memorialize this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Use these simple tips and steps to help you throw one in style.

Want to go all out for your next eclipse celebration or event? Check out Snappening’s robust event venue search tools for a long list of fun party location ideas.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]