Star Wars Party for the Whole Family
Planning a Star Wars party is almost as fun as the party itself. The opportunities seem endless, with six episodes to choose from and countless characters to include.I was about ten years old when a friend and her dad took me to see the very first Star Wars movie, you know, the one that is referred to as Episode Four these days. As a child, I had an irrational fear of robotic things (seeing the Terminator a few years later didn't help!) and my seven year old son laughed at me as I recently told him how I lost it in the theater and my friend's dad had to sit with me in the lobby during almost the whole movie. The reason I told him this is because at his Star Wars Party, he has his little heart set on getting a Darth Vadar voice-changer mask. I can see it now, he will stand over me in the morning as I sleep and wake me in Darth Vadar's evil voice with "Luke, I am your father!" (which is a running joke here these days).
It is very interesting to me to see how the Star Wars saga has spanned almost thirty years (yes I am telling my age here!). It's cool for me to see how it feeds on everyone - the good vs. evil theme is universal, the characters are both nostalgic for those of us who were there "in the beginning" and are also embraced by our kids' generation.
So, I was not the least bit surprised when my son announced that he wanted a Star Wars party for his birthday this year. It actually sounds like a lot of fun for both him and his friends and also their parents and some of our friends too.
I'm sure my son is not the only one who wants a Star Wars party, so I decided to write this article with tips and ideas for planning one.
Because our Star Wars party is in the summer, it will primarily be outside. However, we will decorate our living room too. Also, if appropriate, have the party at night to take advantage of glow in the dark decorations.
You can get some cool invitations with one of the Shindigz "Kit and Kaboodle" kits, or you can make your own using some phrases like "On (Party Date), in a galaxy far, far away, (Birthday Child's name) was born. Little did he/she know he/she was the Chosen One. Now you have been chosen to come train to become a Jedi May the Force Be With You" or "It Is Your Destiny ... to Come to This Party!"
Since the tableware
is all taken care of, here are some other decorating ideas:
Part of the Star Wars party decorations can be yourselves and your guests. You can mention on the invitations that people can come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character. You can also make really easy Jedi costumes (especially for the kids) with a piece of cloth that has a slit cut halfway down the middle; drape it over the child with the two sides meeting in the front and tie it on with another piece of cloth. Princess Leia can be a wig, belt and white bathrode. Han Solo just needs jeans, open shirt and vest. Darth Vadar can be just a flowing black cape and mask (and black clothing). BuyCostumes has some great Star Wars costumes, as do CostumeMan.
Well, for the Star Wars party I was planning, I wanted to have "Light Saber" hot dogs and other barbeque/picnic type foods, but my son wants pizza. Since it's his party, he'll get what he wants. Here are some other ideas. In one of the movies, a blue drink is served, so we'll have some blue Kool-Aid or Gatorade punch. And a lot of the snack foods served will be in the form of sticks, like light sabers - carrot and celery sticks (with ranch dip), maybe some fruit kabobs or watermelon cut into sticks, long pretzels, Twizzlers
Local bakeries and grocery stores can make a nice Star Wars party cake for you, but if you want to do your own, here are a few ideas I came across online: (1) a light saber cake - very simple, just bake a sheet cake and cut and arrange to be really long and then ice it whatever color saber your child wants, with the "handle" iced gray or black. (2) More complicated but really neat is to make an R2D2 cake - round cakes and another layer baked in a bowl to make his head. Ice white and decorate with candies to make him look like R2D2. (3) A sheet cake with inexpensive action heroes on top - it could be made into a scene or they figures could be arranged as though they are posing for a photo.
I couldn't believe all the awesome ideas I found when I was researching the Star Wars party. Here are some of them:
-> For younger
kids, a moon bounce is a great idea!
When my son first
said he wanted a Star Wars party, I was thinking we'd keep it simple,
a few decorations, a couple hours, cake and ice cream. But now that I've
researched and found so many great ideas, as always, the party will be
much more elaborate than I first envisioned and I can't wait!
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