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In the last year my son has been interested in everything Star Wars and Lego so it didn’t surprise me that this year he wanted a Star Wars Lego Party.
I had not paid that much attention whenever he watched The Clone Wars on television or seen the movies in sometime, so I had to immerse myself into the world of Star Wars to find some inspiration. The kids and I made some popcorn and sat in-front of the television in order to watch old episodes of the Clone Wars. My son was certain that he wanted the focus to be on the Clone Wars rather than the Star Wars movies. What made things even more difficult was that he is a bit of a perfectionist (I wonder where he gets that from) so the details mattered. His favorite characters included OB Wan Kenobi, Rex, and Cody. He loved Lego and was constantly pretending to be a young Jedi.
I was really happy that everything came together so well because I had never been a Star Wars enthusiast.
Days and Days I tell ya!
But, oh soooo worth it to see the look on my son’s face that day as he ran around and had a great time with his friends and family.
All he could say when the party was over was:
“This was the best party ever!”
What People Ate
I love hosting kids parties but the challenge is always "What to feed them?". We stuck with all the favorites; hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken and fruit and veggie kabobs. I found inspiration from many sources on the internet and came up with a few fun food and drink names of my own. I added small little Lego characters to the cards; they are all featured in the Clone Wars. Food Labels Included: Chewbacca Chicken, Hutt Dogs, Bobba Burgers and Kenobi Kabobs.
What People Drank
Drink labels included: Jedi Juice, Yoda Soda, Dooku drinks and Windu Water.
I created a Jedi Training Academy Logo which ended up becoming the focus of all the other decorations. I scoured the internet to get the right wording and was happy with what I managed to put together. Although I didn’t include anything Lego related other than the yellow writing for his name most of his friends knew he was a Star Wars Lego fan. We did include Lego into the party as you will see further.
Once the Jedi Training Academy logo was completed for the invitation I decided to keep going and include it in the party banner and door sign. The challenge now, was to incorporate the characters he wanted (OB Wan, Rex and Cody). Anyone who has attended our parties knows there is always an element of cardboard involved. We decided to create 3D characters in front of the house out of recycled cardboard boxes. Even the arms and legs were designed so that we could change their position depending on how we would use them. I’d love to say that this is an easy DIY project but the honest truth is it took us a month to complete all of the characters.
The cake was by far my favorite part. When I visited our local grocery store I discovered that they could scan any photo, add text, and somehow make an edible picture to be placed on the top of any size cake. I don’t bake and no other cake offered the Clone Wars theme with Lego. A specialty cake was out of our budget so this option worked was great. My son and all of his friends loved it!
Activities / Games
Light Saber Training: All of the kids were given a water stick toy I found at the Dollar Store and asked to try and keep a balloon in the air. Jedi Training course: The kids had to run through a tunnel, manoeuvre through an obstacle of strings, climb a play structure, slide down the slide, jump, flip or whatever over an air mattress (some got pretty creative), and run to the end where a Clone War water sprinkler sprayed you. Defeat Count Dooku: Each child took turns throwing water balloons at a chalk drawing of Count Dooku drawn on the driveway until it disappeared. Race your fellow Jedi: Sack races are always fun for kids! Defeat Cad Bane: I was so happy with this piñata. I had made a few before this one but it lasted longer than the others. The problem was that all of these 7-9 yr olds were strong and I wanted to make sure everyone had a turn. In fact my 9 yr old nephew warned me that this time he was going to destroy it! So this time I took out some string and actually threaded the head, arms and legs to the body. Everyone managed to get a turn and even he didn't completely break it apart. As the kids hit it, all the pieces loosened up and it looked like Cad Bane was dancing around. So funny!
This was the first time I found it difficult to find something on the internet. While there are lots of images of Lego characters, I couldn't find the look I wanted. I spent hours designing and drawing out each character. The originals were meant to be cut out in pieces using a Silhouette cutter and pieced together to form an image but after a rain storm flooded our office (we left the window open) I decided to just print them out and add them to the bag. I added favor tags with a little thank you message, a Jedi Training Certificate, a coloring book that I bought at Michaels, a Clone War writing pad I found at the Dollar Store, pencils erasers and crayons.