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What 5-year-old boy isn’t fascinated with Star Wars? My son lives and breathes anything Star Wars. So there was no question what theme we would style for his birthday party. I do have to admit that this was rather challenging for me considering I am not Star Wars savvy. It has been many years since watching the movie. I was very fortunate that my friend Kerry and our husbands came up with fantastic ideas to help me pull it all off. For the invitations, I found an old Star Wars movie poster on line and photo shopped my son’s head over Luke’s and then fashioned the invite’s wording to imitate the classic disappearing text from the opening of the Star Wars movies. As the children arrived we gave them Star Wars coloring sheets to keep them occupied until all the guests showed up. Each child was given a mission to complete six training levels in order to be knighted Jedi at the final ceremony. The first mission was “Build an R2D2 Unit”. I used my paper cutter and Cricut to cut out various shapes to match R2D2. The kids assembled R2D2 with glue sticks. For mission two they earned their Jedi uniform. I made the Jedi uniforms with a painter’s drop cloth. I measured my son and cut the drop cloth to the appropriate size for each child. Next I measured around my son’s head and cut out a hole in the center of my fabric to allow for the kids head to fit through. To personalize each Jedi robe, I used the freezer paper stencil technique. We cut out each child’s name on freezer paper with our Cricut. Next we ironed the freezer paper onto the fabric. Then used fabric paint and a foam brush to create their names on the robe. For the belt I cut nylon rope to tie around their waists. After the children got dressed up in their uniform, they got to move on to level three. For level three each Jedi was presented with a (pool noodle) light saber. Then my husband demonstrated the fine art of wielding a light saber. Next we set up an obstacle course for level 4, “Endurance”. The Jedi’s had to jump off a step, army crawl around the room and under a table, do a summersault, 5 jumping jacks, zig-zag down the hallway and battle storm trooper balloons. My husband drew on balloons with a sharpie to represent storm troopers. At the end of the course my husband was dressed as Darth Vader and the Jedi’s got to battle him with their light saber. Level six was “Battle the Death Star”. I purchased a soccer ball piñata, spray painted it black and grey to achieve the look of the death star. After our Jedi’s completed the 5 level’s in training they all moved on to level six, “Graduation”. Each Jedi was knighted at the ceremony and received their medal of honor. The Sweetharts Shoppe custom-made bottle cap necklaces that matched our party printables; which we used as their medals. There are so many fun colors you can use to create the perfect party scene depending on which Episode of Star Wars you choose to go with. I decided to use midnight blue, sky blue, black and silver. I purchased classic movie posters from Wal-Mart and bought poster frames from Michael’s to place them in. I hung black fabric for my backdrop. Then I hung up movie posters and light sabers to set the scene for the dessert table. We named all the dessert and food with fun star wars names. Space Cakes: My talented friend from Steph’s Confections, made the space cake. It tasted incredibly delicious! She did an excellent job matching the color and theme. The amazingly detailed Star Wars fondant toppers were from Cakes, Cupcakes & Cookies… Oh My! Everyone was in complete awe over her attention to detail and creativity. Wookie Cookies: My favorite cookie gal Linda from Frog Prince Creative Cakes and Cookies made the cookies to match our custom party printables and theme. She definitely captured the characters and images perfectly. Frog Prince cookies are like no other decorated cookie you have ever tasted. Each bite is soft, chewy and absolutely scrumptious. Yummy! Light Sabers: I made light sabers by using pretzel rods, candy melts and tin foil. Death Stars: For the death stars I made cake pops and used silver luster to make it look like the death star. Each guest took home their Jedi robe, light saber, bottle cap necklace and a goodie bag filled with a Storm Trooper blaster, Star Wars Silly Bandz, Star Wars pencils and magnets, giant moon bounce ball and color explosions. (I shop the Target sales)
What People Ate
For snacks we served- “Darth Cheddar” – Cheese it’s, “Princess Lays” – Lays Chips, and “Obi-Wan Kabob-ie” – Fruit Kabobs.
What People Drank
For the drinks we served “Dagobah Swamp Water” – Bottle water and “Yoda Soda”, which was a huge hit! I mixed 7-up and Lime Sherbert together.
Sweet Craft Cakes
Lisa Fitzsimons Photography
Frog Prince Creative Cakes & Cookies
Cake, Cupcakes and Cookies... Oh My!