Star Wars Birthday Party

by Wendy on October 3, 2011

Wyatt turned seven years old yesterday and we had a Star Wars birthday party for him on Saturday to celebrate. This was the first time he’s had a “friends” party at our house and it went really well. I think the kids (and I!) all had a really good time! Here are some of the details:

Invitations

Party Invitation

I made the invitations myself and I was super happy with how they turned out. In fact, this might have been my favorite thing I made for the party. The Clone Trooper was from an official Clone Wars desktop wallpaper that I downloaded (unfortunately, I can’t find the original source, but I’m pretty sure it was from lucasarts.com). I cut him out, flipped him and resized him to fit the card. I used a free font called Star Jedi for the Star Wars-y looking headers.

I’d love to make this available as a download, but because I used a copyrighted character, I’m pretty sure it’s not legal to do so. From what I’ve been able to gather, it’s OK to do something like this for personal use, but not OK to distribute it.

Activities

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I planned three main activities for the party. The first was a craft project where the boys assembled paper Star Wars characters. I printed and cut the figures out before the party to save time and then coached the boys through the process of folding and taping the figures. It was a little tricky for some of them but we managed to make it work. The figures we used can be found here:

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The highlight of the party for the boys were these homemade light sabers. I saw a lot of suggestions online to use pool noodles but they are almost impossible to find in late September so I had to search out a substitute. I finally found the brilliant suggestion to use pipe insulation on the fowlerfam blog. I bought six 6-foot tubes at Home Depot for about a dollar a piece and cut them down to a manageable length. Then I decorated the ends with duct tape and colored electrical tape.

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I had planned to bring these out in the last hour or so of the party but Wyatt announced that we had light sabers in the first five minutes so I handed them out right at the beginning. The boys loved them and immediately started wailing on each other. In fact, they were hitting each other so hard that I felt like I needed to double-check that the light sabers weren’t hurting the kids. They assured me that they didn’t hurt at all though so I let them carry on.

I had also planned to have the kids play a couple games of tag but they were having so much fun with the light sabers that I couldn’t tear them away. The first tag game I had planned was Star Wars Tag, a variation on TV tag where you can prevent the person who is It from tagging you by yelling out the name of a Star Wars character and touching the ground. The other game was Dark Side Tag. In this game, one person is selected to be Darth Vadar. When Darth tags someone, that person has to “join the Dark Side” by linking arms with the person who tagged him. As more people are tagged, the blob of kids who are It gets bigger and bigger. I thought they would be fun, but alas! — it wasn’t meant to be.

Cake

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The idea for Wyatt’s light saber cake came from Make and Takes. I baked a batch of cupcakes, then frosted some with grey frosting and others with green frosting and arranged them in a line.

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Wyatt wanted red velvet cupcakes, so I baked up a batch with Martha’s recipe. While I was putting them together, he asked if I could make them green instead, so I swapped in green food coloring for the red called for in the recipe.

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They stayed really green even after baking, which looked pretty cool. The boys labeled them “Yoda cupcakes” and made a number of jokes about Yoda’s butt being an ingredient. Not to surprising coming from a group of 7 and 8 year olds.

We also served “Milenneum Falcon” pizzas (just regular pizzas with a silly name) and “Yoda Sodas”. The Yoda Sodas were lime sherbet and Sprite floats. The kids were doubtful at first but once they tasted them, they were won over.

My big takeaways from this party:

  1. Star Wars parties are really easy to put together because there are so many fantastic ideas out there on the internet already. The hardest part is picking your favorites.
  2. If you give 10 little boys foam light sabers they will whack each other with them for 2 hours straight and will only stop to eat if you make them.

How about you? Have your thrown a Star Wars party? What fun stuff did you do for it?

 

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  • Lane

    “The boys labeled them “Yoda cupcakes” and made a number of jokes about Yoda’s butt being an ingredient.” 

    Awesome. Having a 9yr old, myself, I can truly appreciate the moment, lol! The party sounds great! I LOVE the homemade light sabers. Do you mind sharing how much they ended up costing, including the different kinds of electrical tape? I know electrical tape can be pretty expensive.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V7OCG36XH6MSYVXHZUIBROQD7I Judi

    Wow!  My daughter is obsessed with Star Wars.  I just may do this for her party next year.  I love it all!

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  • http://zcopley.myopenid.com/ Zach

    Here’s the light saber battle in action: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/zcopley/6202158442/ I was sliced to pieces!

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    I spent about $6 on the foam tubes + $4 for a 5 pack of colored electrical tape + $1 for a roll of cheap black electrical tape. We already had duct tape, so the grand total was $11 for 12 light sabers. We have a TON of tape left over and I could have easily made do with just the black tape.

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley
  • theresa

    I love takeaway #2!
    Presently procrastinating party planning for my nearly 5 and nearly 2 year old….their birthdays are later this month.
    —this is completely unrelated to this post, but would you mind sharing what kind of rechargeable batteries you use?  I need to replace our stash of AA’s and don’t know which brand/type to buy.  Thanks very much.

  • Bubu

    This is great! Will keep this in mind when my oldest turns 8 next year, this would be right up his alley (he’s already asking about a rebel base cake… ???)  But if you have ideas for a 4-year-old Knight’s party, please share!  I’m thinking a castle cake (found neat examples online with ice cream cones for towers and turrets) and a knighting ceremony… but trying to be realistic about a) holding the attention of 4 year olds and b) not having mass injury with sword play.

  • Grammy

    A friend had a Star Wars party for her older son a couple of years ago, attended by extended family and close friends, so there were a number of children of far different ages from the birthday boy and his pals (he was 6 or 7).  To make the light sabers safe for even the littlest children, she just blew up those long, long balloons that are often used to make balloon animals.  Many, many balloons were provided, stacked high in the party room corner, and they were clearly the favorite part of the party for all the children. 
    While adults kept an eye on things from the adjacent room, all the kids whacked away at each other with the harmless balloons, with the children naturally pairing off according to size.  So the very littlest guys bonked each other kind of gently and the bigger boys went to town on everyone’s heads without anyone in danger of injury.  I love your light sabers for Wyatt and his friends, but the balloons might be a substitute for those moms looking for a Star Wars solution for littler kids.  As always, keep an eye out for popped balloon pieces if there are children who might conceivably put that in their mouths.

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  • Regina

    Do you still have the birthday invitation file? My son is liking yours the best and I’m not very computer savvy.

  • Monica

    Do you still have the files for the craft project? the link above seems to be broken. My kid’s party in next Friday, and I would love to do this craft project. Thanks

  • Ellie Mutz

    Hi can you send me the link for the craft as the one on your blog is no longer working. Thank you Ellie

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