Star Wars Party
Jake recently turned 8 and seeing as he has never had a Birthday Party since he started school 3 years ago, we thought we would throw him one. We discussed themes, and he finally settled on “Star Wars” – so I set to it!
I booked a local Village Hall, and then headed over to my new BFF, Pinterest for inspiration. I also checked out Etsy for Star Wars Themed print outs that I could use.
Being a bit of a list freak, it was the first thing I created. I wrote down all the names of people who were to be invited, along with an RSVP column, Attending and a comments box.
Using my newly purchased PDF print out file, I created all the invitations ready to be given out at school.
Seeing as it was a Jedi Training Academy party, every Jedi should have a Padwan costume, a light saber, and a name tag.
The Padwan costumes were easy to make. I bought some velvet material from the haberdashery. It was 150cm in width which was plenty to be the length of the costume. I cut the material across 40cm, folded in half and cut a little semi-circle out for the head to go through, and we just used string to tie them with around their waists. The material was great that it didn’t fray and therefore no sewing was required – which is great as I cannot sew! I made a few smaller costumes for the little ones.
The Lightsabers were pool noodles! Each 1.5m noodle made 3 lightsabers. We cut them down, and using grey and black tape we created handles.
The name tag was one that came with the PDF pack that I bought. I simply printed out, laminated it and attached a piece of string so they can wear it.
We wanted to keep the theme running throughout the party – so we themed all the food! We had things like:
Starfighter Sandwiches, Carbonite Jelly, Padme Popcorn, Obi-Wan Kabobies, Leia’s Spiral Bun, Dooku Doritos, Space Balls, Nerf Sausages and Saber Sticks. For drinks we called squash, Vader-ade and Yoda Soda and the bottles of water were Hoth H20 and Warrior Water.
We decided against hiring an entertainer as it was just ridiculous money, so we did it ourselves. We hired a Darth Vader costume, and Paul dressed up as Darth Vader.
We created some games for the kids, like a relay race around cones with their lightsabers and balloons. They actually spent most of the party hitting balloons around.
We also ha a “Death Star” Pinata. It was actually a soccer ball pinata that I painted with a slate grey coloured paint.
We also did a “Photo Shoot” with the kids and Darth Vader. This went down like a treat! They all queued up straight away to get their pics taken with him. I will print them off and they will go home with their Thank You cards.
I also attempted to make the birthday cake! It is the scene from Episode III when Anakin and Obi Wan are on the lava fighting. What do you think??
We did give the kids a little party bag to take home – along with their Lightsaber and Padwan outfit. All I did was get paper coloured bags (we had Black, Blue and Green). They each got a Yoda colouring sheet, a Star Wars word search, some Ewok Gummies (gummy bears) and some colouring pencils. I didn’t want to give them too much as I know how overwhelming party bags can be, and because they were taking home their lightsabers – but kids kinda expect a little goody bag.
It was a really hectic but fun 2 hours. The kids had so much fun just being kids and running around, hitting balloons and doing different versions of games. They had a blast – we were knackered t the end of it though!