The force is strong with this one....
Guests were greeted by some familiar faces—R2D2 and C-3PO. Kids put on their “Luke” or “Leia” Jedi robes made from felt & the requisite Leia hair bands, and picked up their pool noodle light sabers before heading to Planet Much for a fun activity filled afternoon. They could indulge their creative sides by designing their own R2D2-inspired droids, coloring in “Star Wars” coloring book pages or decorating their own “rebel spaceship” made from a cardboard box. For those that like more action, we had a “Destroy the Death Star” cornhole game and a bouncy house. They were also able to take off in a Luke’s landspeeder or Han’s Millenium Falcon, both made from cardboard boxes. A Jedi even stopped by to teach the kids on how to use the force. They used that new knowledge to break open the Death Star piñata. It was more like a Death egg. #pinterestfail.
We kept the kids hydrated with “Yodapple Jedi Juice” and “Jawa Wawa” served in “Star Wars” themed reusable milk bottles. Each had a chalkboard label so they could write their names to keep track. Straws had little “G” flags. The Jedi’s parents went to the dark side with “Vaderitas” (ginger beer margaritas) in mason jars. Inside, heavy finger food could be lunch or snack and included “Jar Jar Links” (mini corn dogs”), “Fin Solo Sticks” (fish sticks), etc. Guests were encouraged to use the light saber napkins and eco-friendly bamboo forks, hand-stamped with silver chevron pattern and blue stars. The dessert table was the real show stopper. R2D2’s Smore Push-pops were a crowd-pleaser, as were the Death Star cake pops. The Wookie’s Cookies were adorned with the faces of C-3PO, Chewbacca, Yoda and Darth Vader, all made from molding chocolate using cookie cutters. Serving cake to younger kids can take forever, so I always go with cupcakes- they only eat the frosting anyway! They were wrapped with “star” cupcake wrappers and decorated with character inspired cupcake toppers. Guests saved them and took them home! The salted caramel chocolate cake was devoured by the adults.
I tried to keep the décor “Star Wars” inspired rather than being too on the nose. I went with a blue, white, gray and black color scheme. Tissue paper tassel garland hung from the front porch, while crepe streamer was used to create the tassel table skirts. A “Star Wars” curtain made for a great backdrop for the food, and black felt with white glitter stars was the backdrop for the dessert table. I painted MDF “GREYSON” letters with silver glitter paint and “underlined” them with tissue paper light sabers. The adult table centerpieces were futuristic looking flowers in Death Star inspired vases, and mini concrete Death Stars, made using silicon molds, were on the kids tables. Almost all of the décor was repurposed and used to redecorate Greyson’s room. Reduce, recycle, reuse!
Before leaving the party, guests got their photos taken, which were printed and mailed with thank you notes. Favors were set below a Yoda saying and included a light saber bubble wand and “Chewy Treat” (cocoa krispie treats).
Having seen the original movie in the theater in the 70s (ACK!), I was only too happy to indulge my son when he said he wanted his 5th birthday party to be “Star Wars” themed. Since we only do birthday parties on odd years, it was go big or go home.
I like to keep the parties about the guest of honor, rather than focusing too much on the theme. Greyson took center stage, with Star Wars being the décor inspiration. I kept it clean using just 4 colors (white, blue, black and silver), while using some modern design elements like stripes and chevron. And stars of course!
Event Design/Custom Printables/Cake Pops/Cookies: Sweet Pea Parties (www.sweetpeapartiesla.com)
Cake: Platine Bakery (www.platinecookies.com)
Jedi Entertainment: Papillons Entertainment (www.papillonsentertainment.com)
I have so many favorites items... The milk bottles with the "G" flags turned out super cute, the character cupcake toppers-though a lot of work- were well worth it, the R2D2 push pops were delicious, and the Death Star vases are just screaming to be used again.
If you intend to do a lot if details yourself, start planning early!!! This took me months and I'm a professional party planner. Not to mention, with Star Wars being so popular right now, getting party entertainment could be a challenge.