Star Wars Birthday Party

**Not completely finished. I will be adding a post with templates so you can make your own Star Wars birthday party**

My son officially decided on a Star Wars birthday party back in May (his birthday is in September) and we have been slowly planning the details since then. I don’t do a big birthday party every year so I thought it was a good time and age to do so.

Atfer he decided on a theme, I googled “Star Wars birthday party” to get some ideas and boy are there a lot out there! We decided that we would throw a Star Wars Jedi Training Camp Birthday Party. It looked like so much fun and such a cute idea! My favorite blogs about some other parties are on the links below. I took parts from each of the blogs and also incorporated some of my own.

http://www.makeandtakes.com/star-wars-birthday-party-ideas

http://ramberdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/05/star-wars-birthday-bash-part-1.html

http://www.teachingheart.net/starwars.htm

http://cakepopsgalore.blogspot.com/2010/10/death-star-cake-popsstar-wars-birthday.html

Guest List

To start out with birthday party plans, we made a list of who was invited. I read a thumb rule and I will second it “Invite as many children as the age of your child”. So going on the thumb rule- my son was turning 6 so he should have 6 friends over. This includes other family members children and such.  For the birthday party we invited family with children, a few friends from school, and a few friends of mine with children. With my children that made 9 but I figured since 3 of them were my own it should be fine.

Invitations

I’m a scrapbooker, sometimes card maker- so there was no way I was going to buy some premade Star Wars cards when I could make a much cooler one at home. All you need is Microsfot Word, some graphics, and a printer with card stock.

I took various ideas from an image google search “star wars birthday invitations”. The invitation is 5 x 7 so you may have to get special envelopes. I just handed them out and mailed them in the 7×9 brown envelopes I had at the office. If I didn’t have envelopes that already fit, I would have just made some because there were not that many invitations going out.  Below is a link on how to make an envelope from an 8×11 piece of paper to fit a 5×7 card. I will have a post with attachments to customize yourself and print. It prints out on 8 x 11 paper with 2 invitations on each sheet.

http://www.ehow.com/how_11516_make-envelopes.html

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IN A GALAXY NOT SO FAR AWAY, A BABY WAS BORN. HIS ENERGY DREW THE ATTENTION OF THE JEDI COUNCIL. HE WAS NAMED

CAMERON

IN THE SIX YEARS FOLLOWING HIS BIRTH, YOUNG CAMERON HAS BEEN LEARNING THE POWERS OF THE FORCE.

RECENTLY THE JEDI KNIGHTS HAVE FELT A STRONG DISTRUBANCE IN THE FORCE GENERATED BY THE DARK SIDE. THE JEDI COUNCIL HAS CALLED UPON CAMERON TO SEEK OUT FUTURE JEDI. YOUR YOUNG PADAWAN’S PRESENSE IS REQUESTED TO COMPLETE JEDI TRAINING ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH.

THE TRIALS WILL

BEGIN PROMPTLY AT      2:00 PM

 AND END AT                4:30 PM

AT DOCKING BAY       ADDRESS NUMBER

IN THE SYSTEM         STREET NAME

OF THE GALAXY         CITY NAME 

PLEASE ADVISE THE JEDI COUNCIL BEFORE SEPTEMBER 12TH AT XXX-XXX-XXXX AS TO WHETHER YOUR YOUNG PADAWAN WILL ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE OF THE TRIALS.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

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 Party Favors/Prizes

Jedi Robes:

I sewed together 9 robes- (4) toddler size and (5) child size. I would not recommend making different sizes. We had children 2 and under so I thought we would need a smaller size, but the toddlers ended up not wanting to wear the robes anyways.

I bought the cheapest material at JoAnns that was on sale plus a coupon (good for sale items) made the fabric to be about $1.50/yd. Each child needed about 8 ft (or about 3 yards) of fabric so I ended up buying a whole bolt. If you cannot get enough brown fabric a great alternative is to buy black and white material. Black for kids who want to be on the dark side and white for any girls that may be coming.

I used my 2 year old and 6 year old for a templates on size. Measure from bottom of foot up to shoulder for the height of robe (the material is folded in half so when you cut it make sure it is twice as long as your child is). Measure the length of the child’s finger tip on left hand to finger tip on right hand. For my 6 year old, it ended up being close enough to the width of the cloth anyways, so I did not make an additional cut and left them with a little longer sleeves.

I cut out 8 feet of cloth, folded it in half. I had my son lay down on the cloth and traced (use chalk to trace it comes off easily) under the arms and out by the legs (it will look like a doll dress). I pinned the folded cloth together as straight as possible (this helps it from moving when you cut the shape out) and cut along the traced lines. After the shape is cut pin together where the edges meet so it will stay together when you sew.

Sew the folded cloth together leaving an arm hole and leg area. Trace a straight line down the middle of one side and cut just one side. This will make it a “robe” instead of a dress :) I used a bowl to trace a rounded area on top for the head.

Once you are done with the robe you can decide whether or not a hood is worth the trouble. I found them to be the most difficult part of the robe. Cut out 12″ x 24″ of cloth of the same material you used for the robe. Fold the cloth in half (this should create a square). Pin along one open side of the cloth and sew. The hardest part is attaching the hood to the robe. Turn the hood inside out so the seam is in the inside. Line up the edge of the hood with the top of the robe- pin together. I started at the ends first and made my way to the back. If the the hood or the robe has “extra material” fold it up slightly to create a pleat (but do this in the back). I created usually 2-4 pleats on each robe because the length of both never really matched up and I think it turned out well. Make sure to use a lot of pins to keep the hood and robe together when you sew.

These robes are simplistic but they do take some time so try doing this well over a month out. Also do a test out a couple robes until you get one that works. Once you have a robe that is the size you are looking for use that as a template and make a batch of them at once. What I mean by that is cut the fabric out at that size for all of them, then pin them all up, then sew them all up, then sew the hood on. It seemed more time consuming if I only worked on one at a time.

I will eventually make a post with this tutorial and pictures but until then you can see the post below where I got the idea if you need a visual.

http://www.degraeve.com/jedirobe/ 

Light Sabers:

I purchased lighted swords from a company called ExtremeGlow. See below for a link to their website. The light sabers were about $1.25 each when I bought them because they used to offer a discount for the more you bought. They are now $1.50 no matter the quantity. I would recommend buying 1.5 times # of kids, so with 9 kids I should have 14. Some are going to break with use by the kids. I bought mostly blue and green and a few red. That ended up being a mistake because a lot of kids wanted red. I would say buy equal parts of whatever colors you get. See references in the games section below for other Light Saber ideas. My favorite is the link for a balloon light saber.

http://www.extremeglow.com/Merchant4/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=BD&Category_Code=LEDSWORD

*Note ExtremeGlow also offers glow bracelets at the cheapest price I’ve seen. $8.00 for a pack of 50 various colors. I bought some and forgot about them during the party. I’m sure they would have been a hit since I loved these as a kid. http://www.extremeglow.com/Merchant4/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=XBMP&Category_Code=BRACELET

Flashing Bouncy Balls:

I purchased these from Oriental Trading. Be sure to test out all the balls before the party, I had 3 duds in my box and oriental trading sent me a replacement box. There were duds in that box too but I had enough for everyone. I found a coupon online (and you can usually find some kind of coupon) for free shipping with a purchase of $35 or more.

http://www.orientaltrading.com/bouncing-balls-a2-12_2176-12-1.fltr?Ntt=flashing+balls

Flying Discs: 

I purchases these from Oriental Trading also.

 http://www.orientaltrading.com/ui/search/processRequest.do?Ntt=glow+in+the+dark+flying+discs&requestURI=searchMain&Ntk=all&Ntx=mode%2Bmatchallpartial&N=0

Monster Pop Ups:

I can’t find them on Oriental Trading anymore… so they might be discontinued. Just do a search for “monster pop-ups” on their website to see if they came back. My kids liked them and they looked like space monsters.

Temp Tattoos:

I bought some star wars themed tattoos on ebay from the seller below. Just search “star wars tattoos”. They are the cheapest on ebay then anywhere else by far. For $2.50 you get 12 tattoos, no shipping costs since it’s mailed in an envelope. I ordered 2 lots so I received 24 for $5.00

http://stores.ebay.com/Fun-4-Kids-Store 

Silly Banz:

I bought these at Walgreens at 2 for $1.00. I searched through the bins and found space ones. Kids love silly banz. I didn’t give each kid his own package but split them up and put some into little sandwich bags along with the tattoos and stickers.

Cupcake ring toppers: Star Wars Molded Party Rings

I bought these at a local bakery supply store called “Vanilla Bean” but you can also buy them on amazon or ebay. They were only .25 a piece and the store had a big assortment of them. These were a great cheap idea. The boys also had a blast going through all the cake/cupcake toppers at the store while I was getting the cake supplies.

Keychains:

I bought these on ebay from the seller below. They are located in Hong Kong so it takes about 2 weeks for delivery. In this shop just search “star wars keychains”. I got the keychains for $1 and shipping was $8. They are so cute and it came with 8 different guys.

http://stores.ebay.com/hkall4u

Gift Bags:

I bought some on Oriental Trading and you really can’t beat this price!  $4.50 for 50 bags that were the perfect size. I bought black ones and made little customized stickers to put on the bag. Check out the attachment post for a template to make your own customized stickers!  I used Avery mailing labels (you can buy Staples brand too) #5163. They print so easily and looked great!

http://www.orientaltrading.com/black-plastic-bags-a2-70_914-12-1.fltr?Ntt=black+bags

Decorations

Games

Since my son’s birthday is in the fall the weather is completely unpredicable. I decided to make (2) game plans, one if we could go outside and one if we couldn’t. Outdoors is always the best when it comes to a group of boys, at least I think so :)

Schedule

2:00-2:30 Wait for guests to arrive. Color name badges/trial cards and watch an episode of Clone Wars

2:30-3:30 Trials – Obstacle course, asteroid hunt, light saber training, defeat Darth Vader, and of course just running around and having fun

alternative for indoors – pin the light saber on the jedi, jedi bingo, destroy the death star, light saber training, defeat Darth Vader

3:30-4:00 Cake & ice cream, and open presents

4:00-4:30 Down time, kids playing with star wars toys and another episode of Clone Wars playing in the background. Star Wars coloring pages provided.

Game Descriptions

Obstacle Course: Crawl through tunnel, step through tires, walk on balance beam (2×4), hoola hoop, jump rope, slide down slide into pool of balls.

Notes: You can come up with practically anything for an obstacle course. Some good advice was come up with an action and then what they would use for it. Example; jump, walk, run, skip, crawl, etc. I already had a tunnel and didn’t end up finding tires, I used an old 2×6 board as the balance beam, and bought some hoola hoops and jumpings ropes on clearance. The kids went through the obstacle course super fast and if it hadn’t started to sprinkle I would have let them keep playing outside and playing with the different parts.

Asteroid Hunt: Toys/prizes wrapped in aluminum foil. You can either spread them out throughout the yard or come up with a scavenger hunt with clues as to where to find the asteroids.

Notes: I ended up just scattering them everywhere. I thought we could do this after the obstacle course but as soon as the kids saw the asteroids on the ground they starting pick them up. I think it would be best as the first game or to hide them and have them hunt for them.

Light Saber Training: Forms/Positions of holding light saber, Popping bubbles, keep balloons in the air.

Notes: I forgot everything I was going to do with the light saber training except for the balloon one. I would recommend writing a schedule down so you can remember and lay everything out ahead of time :) I used small little water balloons because they were on clearance. Not really a good idea because they were too small to try to keep up in the air. I would recommend using the normal size birthday balloons and make sure you blow up enough for one for each child, plus some. They pop.

Defeat Darth Vader: Option 1 Kids line up with blow up light sabers and defeat a family member dressed as darth vader Option 2 Print picture of darth vader and tape to sockem boppem.

Notes: I got so excited about finding cheap light sabers that actually light up that I went that route. After receiving them I wish I would have realized kids want to hit things/people as hard as they can with swords! I bought extra and it was a good thing because quite a few broke. A better route would be to buy these inflatable light sabers from ebayhttp://www.ebay.com/itm/12-Inflatable-Light-Saber-Swords-Party-Favors-/140612727860?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20bd2bf434 (or search on ebay “inflatable swords”, they come in a lot of 12 at only $10.99, that’s less then a $1 a piece) or making these balloon light sabers http://zakkalife.blogspot.com/2009/07/how-to-make-lightsaber.html. We had a friend dress up as darth vader and come in at the end but they fought a blow up boppem sockem because I didn’t want anyone to get hurt. It was a good thing because boy did they hit that Darth Vader hard.

Pin the Light Saber on the Jedi: Kids try to put mini sticky light sabers on a jedi.

Notes: I made a poster with a picture I googled online and printed it on 11×13 paper (my work’s printer) and made the light sabers out of post it page markers (in neon colors). I coloring the bottom part of the page marker black and cut it in half to make two. I rounded the top a little bit just to make them look nicer.

Jedi Bingo: Bingo with star wars characters

Notes: I made this in excel (since they already have boxes) but you could also make in a word table. I collected pictures off a google search for different characters. I decided to go with lego star wars since my son is crazy about the lego figures right now. It would be cute to make little light sabers to put on the space when used but I just bought little plastic coins at the dollar store. We didn’t end up playing but I think it would have turned out really well.

Destroy the Death Star: Toss bean bags on a bean bag toss game with picture of the death star taped on.

Notes: This looked really nice and the whole was where you could get it destroyed. I just ended up throwing it outside as part of the obstacle course but this would work great inside too.

Other ideas: Musical chairs with masks, run around cones (or obstacle course) with yoda on back,

Cake

My son wanted a chocolae cake with blue frosting. That was as specific as he got. So I googled some ideas and decided to make a 2 layer boxed chocolate cake. I baked the cake on Thursday, leveled it as soon as I got it out of the oven, cooled it over night and in the morning placed a towel over each layer so they wouldn’t dry out. On Friday evening I made the frosting and frosted the cake. I let that dry and decorated the cake on Saturday morning but you could also do that on Friday night.

I made buttercream frosting and used blue gel coloring. See this blog for directions on how to make a smooth cake without fondant and just frosting! http://www.giverslog.com/?p=1502 My cake didn’t end up being as smooth as that blog but after decorating you couldn’t tell.

I made white candy stars to place all over the cake with some candy chips at the bakery store and a plastic mold. They ended up being so easy! Just melt, pour into the mold, and freeze for a few minutes. I bought (2) molds so while one was freezing I could pour more in the otherand just kept alternating. A small bag of chips is all you need and I ended up with a lot extra stars. Remember to tap the bottom of the mold a few times to get all the bubble to come up before freezing. I made these the weekend before the party.

To put the star wars logo on the top of the cake I printed out a Star Wars logo on card stock in a fairly large size (the bigger the better) and using an exacto knife cut out the letters (you could even cut out the little box around it too if you wanted to). After the cake frosting has dried put the template very softy (do not push) on the cake and pipe frosting in the cut out letters. Carefully pull up. Mine didn’t look perfect but it said star wars and my son loved it! See this blog for a better description on writing Star Wars on a cake http://justjennrecipes.com/stencil-lettering-for-cakes-how-to/2010/01/18/ 

To decorate the rest of the cake I bought Star Wars lego figures from amazon (for a very specific request of Obi Wan Kenobi) and bought  (2) cheap $10 lego sets with all the storm/clone troopers. I cleaned them before hand and lined the guys up on the bottom except for one trooper and Obi Wan, which I placed on the top.  

I bought little white chocolate balls/sixlets to decorate the bottom of the cake. I placed about (4) between each lego guy. We didn’t have a local candy store that sold them but I found them on amazon.com with free prime shipping. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VL1PQM $7.62 Again more than enough so I hope I have to decorate another cake some time.

Here is a gallery of pictures of cakes I got ideas from