Mar 29, 2012

Star Wars Birthday Party

My five-year old had a blast at his Star Wars birthday party last weekend.  He had more than a few favorite memories from the party.... attacking the Death Star pinata, eating Wookie cookies, searching for asteroids, stuffing his face with Palpatine pizza and of course all the lightsaber duals!


To plan the birthday party, I searched the web (mostly Pinterest) for Star Wars ideas and came across so many great sources.... there are plenty of creative minds out there!  One site that lists several amazing ideas is Party Ideas by a Pro.  After pinning a few ideas, I created an invite and mailed it to friends.

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Preparing for the party was a lot of fun.  The kids helped during the week and I think it added to their excitement because they had a hand in cooking, making game pieces and setting up everything Star Wars.  One of the things they helped with was hanging the Star Wars banner... it's available to print here, for free!

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We also hung several blue balloons from the ceiling using black yarn and clear tape (a lot cheaper and easier than helium!). 

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We chose to have the party around dinner time so families could come, celebrate and eat!  We setup the food on the dining room table under the mound of balloons and the desserts on the buffet table.  The kids and I sprinkled blue and black circles all over the table.

Star Wars Party Food
The husband and I had fun creating food names, when we were stumped we borrowed other names found around the web.
  • Wookie Cookies:  shortbread cookies cut-out using the Chewbacca cookie cutter
  • Droid Dip:  artichoke dip
  • Sith Sticks:  cracker sticks
  • Vader Veggies:  carrots, peppers & cucumbers
  • Galactic Grapes:  red grapes
  • Obi-Pop Kornobi:  popcorn
  • Palpatine Pizza:  cheese pizza
  • X-Wing Biters:  buffalo wings
  • Clone Cakes:  vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting
  • Darth Chocolate Cake Pops:  dark chocolate cake pops
  • Warrior Water:  water
  • Jedi juice:  apple juice

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I set out bowls of popcorn on a few other tables around the house (that black and white polka dot paper is wrapping paper that used a a table runner- it's taped in place).

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Star Wars Games & Activities
We had a few activities and games to prepare the kids to be Jedi.
  • ID Badge:  when the kids arrived they each received an ID badge.... they colored Yoda, filled in their information, then strung the yarn through the holes and tied it around their neck to wear during the party.

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  • Light Sabers:  all the kids made their own lightsaber out of foam tubing and duct tape.  I wrapped silver duct tape around the top of the foam before everyone arrived, then the kids chose a color for their lightsaber - green, blue or purple (some combined them all) - and parents helped the kids wrap their light sabers.
  • Keep The Balloon In The Air:  once all the kids finished designing their lightsabers, I gave them each a blown-up balloon.  The kids had to keep the balloon in the air using their lightsabers.  We played Star Wars music.... they loved it.

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  • Asteroid Hunt:  before the party, the kids and I rolled aluminum foil into tiny balls (about 1", 12 balls/child attending).  During the party, I recruited two moms to hide the "asteroids" around the yard while I told the kids that asteroids have fallen on our house and their job was to search and collect all of them.  They returned with full bags (and my yard was clean again!).

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  • Hot Death Star:  unfortunately I don't have a picture, but we played a game similar to hot potato.  We used a Death Star (instead of a potato) and played Star Wars music while the kids quickly tossed it around in a circle.  For the Death Star, I wrapped a whiffle ball in aluminum foil and painted it black and gray.
  • Death Star Pinata:  the kids and I worked on the pinata about two weeks before the party so it could dry and harden (glue, flour and candy seems to get my kids excited).  I followed this video to make our pinata, but stop before she cuts feet for her pinata (we didn't make a duck), then paint it to look like a Death Star.  Easy.  We filled our pinata with candy, Star Wars stickers and yo-yos.

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We ate in between all the craziness of lightsabers and Death Stars, but before the kids left we made sure to hand them a thank you gift bag.  The Star Wars gift included a bird feeder in the shape of a fighter plane inside a striped black and white bag sealed with a tag that read "May The Force Be With You".

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I also created a certificate to give to all the little Jedi at the end of the party, but I completely forgot to hand them out.  Oh well, maybe it's an excuse to throw another Star Wars party!

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Are you planning a Star Wars party for your little one?  I created quite a few printables or this party and will be sharing them soon, all for free.  I hope you have a great weekend!

Update: Here are the free Star Wars printables!

35 comments:

  1. I would love it if you posted on how you got your wookie cookies so perfect. We have those cutters and have had no luck!!

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  2. I used the recipe for shortbread cookies found in "The Bride & Grooms First & Forever Cookbook" (my absolute favorite book!). I add extra flour to the dough when I roll it out so it's not as sticky. I also make sure the temperature in my house is less than 72 degrees, kinda weird but I've found that if my house (kitchen) is too warm then the dough sticks to the cookie cutter. Good luck :)

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  3. Leaving you The Versatile Blogger Award!http://thechickncoop.blogspot.com/2012/03/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  4. Kristy, I just love reading your posts and seeing all your creative ideas. Your parties look so fun. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and ideas with the world.

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  5. Dwell - thanks for such a sweet comment :)

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  6. Oh my I love this... My son to be 5 yr old wants this type of party!!! I would love ur print outs ESP the certificate and the badge!!!

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    1. The free printables for the Star Wars food labels, ID badges, gift tags and jedi certificates are here, the birthday banner is here (all pdf format). Have fun planning your son's birthday party :)

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    2. Thank u so much!

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  7. Hi Kristy, Congratulations for the fantastic party, you are start!!! My boy is turning 5 on the 7 of MAy. Y would appreciate if you still have some of your staff for free ?
    Regards,
    Maria
    P>S: My email is xalvarez16@hotmail.com

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    1. Maria - The printables for the Star Wars party are here and here, all free.  Have fun planning the party!

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  8. Best site I've been to so far about star wars birthday party. Thank you for saving me time on planning my 5 year old's party. :)

    One question: how did you make the bird feeder? Just a paper cutout with glued on seeds?

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    1. Bird feeders are so easy to make and the kids always love helping.... we've made a few in different shapes, even one for Easter.  There's several tutorials floating around... I used the bird feeder directions from Hellobee.  Have fun!!!

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  9. Do you have the Jedi Certificates saved that you could send me??
    Thanks!!

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    1. Karen - here's a link to the certificate, along with several of the other printables (all free) I created for the party: http://libbiegrove.blogspot.com/2012/04/free-printable-star-wars-party.html

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  10. I love all these ideas! I am wondering how you printed white/yellow lettering on black card stock for your invite. When I tried mine nothing printed. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  11. I used a black, star-y background (downloaded from istockphoto) and added it to my invite. I then printed them on a heavy white cardstock.  You shouldn't have any trouble seeing a golden yellow or white font color with this background.  Hope that helps a little :)

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  12. Wow! What a great party! Thanks for sharing -- esp since my son has decided he wants a Star Wars party!

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  13. I would LOVE your printouts. Thanks so much and what a lucky child having such a great birthday party!

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    1. All of the free Star Wars printables are available here and here....

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  14. You've just saved me! I have been racking my mind over what to do for my sons birthday. This is all so simple and fun! :)

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  15. Is there anyway that you could email me a template of your invite?

    Thanks,
    Ann

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  16. i was wondering if there was a link to the party invite?? I saw the others but not that. Thanks!!

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  17. The party sounds good. Keep up the good.

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  18. Awesome party ideas! Thanks so much for updating the printable links!

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  19. How did you shape the bird feeders? Do you have a mold or cookie cutter? I love that idea!

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