Everyone in your family is a Star Wars fan—but none is as big a fan as your soon-to-be birthday kid. Your child’s room is decorated in a Star Wars theme and most of their shirts have something to do with the movies or a favorite character. Why not give your young padawan a birthday celebration of their dreams? But the numerous possibilities for this theme are mind-boggling! Not to worry, you won’t need the help of a Jedi—we’ve got some awesome ideas for you!
Maybe you’re looking for something completely different in an invitation. Have a DVD “movie” created! Someone can act out a Star Wars villain and the movie short can show Luke (or Leia) getting captured. At the end, tell the children their mission is to attend your padawan’s party and give all pertinent info.
Create a “wow” factor with a 3D invitation using starry night paper with all the party details printed on it—the paper color can be dark blue or black—then tie this invitation to a mini light saber. Hand-deliver them to all the party guests and let them know they should bring the light saber to the party so they can partake in the activities. If you want to go with an eye-popping printed invitation, have the envelopes printed with “Padawan” before the child’s name; “Padawan Seth Jones”, for instance. That would be a very cool feature on the invitations, don’t you think?
Powerful Decorations and Tableware
It’s very easy to go overboard with the Star Wars décor but nothing’s too good for your birthday padawan. For starters, a gateway of glow-in-the-dark planets and stars can overhang the driveway or walkway welcoming the children to your front door.
Once the young padawans are inside they can be greeted to an entryway of blue, white, black, tan and silver balloons and streamers. You can even continue the stars and planets on the ceiling if you like.
A fog machine could come in handy and create an awesome feature. The padawans might love seeing an area of a room allocated to fog around a swamp—much like the swamp where Yoda lived.
To make things interesting, the birthday bash can be divided up into two rooms: the “Dark” side and “Light” side. The “Dark” side should be decorated with black, red, midnight blue and other dark colors. Place character cardboard cutouts around the room of Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma and Stormtroopers. For the “Light” side use white, tan, light blue and other festive colors to decorate the room and scatter cardboard cutouts of Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Yoda, Han Solo and Rey around the party room. You can accomplish the same look with one huge room and put the party table in the middle of the room to divide the “Light” and “Dark” sides. Custom-made signs with quotes from the movies hung on the walls are also a neat idea. The youngsters will definitely be able to see which side they want to be on!
Speaking of the party table, you’ll want to keep with the theme and use the Star Wars colors. One option is to cover it with a black linen tablecloth and use round or square gold-colored plates, cups and cutlery; or perhaps a white linen tablecloth with black plates, cups and blue cutlery. There are many alternatives for centerpieces as well. You can go with something simple like Yoda and Darth Vader chips/snack bowls and fill them with Ewok food; or choose something elaborate like an LED light saber or death star centerpiece which the kids will love.
Galactic Food and Cake
Just about any type of food kids like will work for your padawan’s party. Just have some creative food signs produced to prop up in front of the bowls or serving dishes. Here are some awesome suggestions for food you can serve:
- Han Burgers
- Jar Jar Links
- Light Saber Sticks
- Vader Tater Tots
- Death Star Pizza Pockets
- Yoda Soda
- Bantha (Blue) Milk
The birthday cake, of course, is the main attraction! There are some magnificent masterpieces on Pinterest that your baker would love to create for your padawan.
Regal Party Favors
Now the celebration’s over and the kids are ready to head home. It’s always good etiquette to send them home with a medium-sized goodie bag. Purchase some Star Wars gift bags or black gift bags with silver stars on them and line each bag with gold or silver paper. What should go in the gift bags? Here are some neat ideas:
- Jedi robes
- Star Wars music CD
- Personalized gold medallions with “Jedi” before their name
- Star Wars LEGOS
- Chewbacca chewing gum
- Customized Star Wars puzzle
- Star Wars cookies
If you want to keep with the theme, before the party hide the favor bags in a room that the children haven’t been in yet. At the end of the bash, tell the padawans they must go on one final mission—to search for their own goodie bags!
Don’t forget to have your little Jedi send out thank you cards a few days after the party. To make it more personal, each card can be created with a picture that was taken during the party of the guest in their costume with your padawan. Everyone is sure to remember this party fondly for years to come even if they move far, far away.