Planning a Star Wars birthday party for your kid? May the force be with you.
Don’t get me wrong. Star Wars is a fantastic theme for kids’ parties. The challenge is that there are so many characters, so many plotlines … so many ideas that you might not know where to start.
Consider this article your Jedi master. Keep reading for instructions on how to throw a great Star Wars party and click on the links throughout to see some of the ideas in action. Then, at the end, share your own suggestions for the ultimate Star Wars soiree.
Star Wars Party Invitations
Pre-made Star Wars party invitations are readily available in stores (compare prices). If you’d prefer to make them yourself, though, here are some ideas:
- Imitate the opening crawl of the Star Wars movies, where the words disappear into the distance. You could write something like: “12 years ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Mike was born. Today, he would like to invite you to his birthday party, which will be held on June 20. Until then, may the force be with you.”
- The Etsy shop Shindig Parties can make custom invitations like that if you don’t want to do it yourself.
- If you’re sending digital invitations, you can even use a “crawl creator” to make the text, like this crawl creator on the official Star Wars site.
- Send everyone an inexpensive, inflatable lightsaber (compare prices) with the party information printed on a scroll of paper that’s wrapped around the saber. On the invitations, ask the guests to bring the lightsabers to the party.
- Or make your own lightsaber invitations using empty paper-towel rolls, like these Star Wars party invitations from The Blackberry Vine. You can also make lightsabers from the foam insulation sold at home-improvement stores that’s normally used around pipes.
- If you have a photo-editing program (and the skills to go with it), you could take an image of a Star Wars character, like this one, and superimpose a photo of your child’s face on top. Don’t even know where to start with that one? Hire the Etsy shop Invitation Boss to do the work for you.
- Take a photo of your junior Jedi and turn the picture into a postcard (using a service like Café Press or your own computer program), with the party information printed on the back.
Star Wars Party Food
The food you serve at a Star Wars party should match the theme. Consider these ideas:
- The first place you need to look when planning a Star Wars menu is JustJennRecipes, where you’ll find instructions for making everything from Vader Taters to Yoda Soda.
- You’ll also find a multitude of Star Wars menu ideas in the official Star Wars cookbooks (compare prices). Wookiee cookies, anyone?
- Here’s an easy idea from Homemade Mamas: dip pretzel logs into melted candy chips to make them look like lightsabers.
- Keep in mind, you can make almost any food fit a party theme with clever labeling. Serving veggies and dip, for example? Add a sign that calls it Vader Veggies and Droid Dip. Is it a slumber party? Serve Anakin Pancakes for breakfast. Make a Jell-o mold called Jabba the Hut Jell-O. On a dessert table, set out a bowl of Chewbacca Chewing Gum. Or serve a crockpot of hot Chewbacca Chili, and top it with shredded cheese to resemble hair. The possibilities are endless.
Star Wars Cakes and Other Desserts
You can have a lot of fun when it comes time to serve a Star Wars cake or other dessert. Check out these ideas:
- Princess Leia cake (complete with hair buns, of course).
- Darth Vader cake pan (compare prices).
- Go galactic with a starry Star Wars cake (note the lightsaber-topped cupcakes, too).
- This Flickr group is entirely dedicated to Star Wars cakes.
- Chewbacca never looked so sweet.
- Here is an impressive gallery of Star Wars cupcakes from Geekologie.com.
- Cake pops are hot, and its no surprise that someone has already come up with a way to give cake pops a Star Wars twist.
- If you prefer cookies, Williams-Sonoma now sells Star Wars cookie cutters (and pancake molds and cupcake kits …).
Whew! Now, you just need to decide which Star Wars dessert to serve (good luck).
Star Wars Party Decorations
When choosing a color scheme for a Star Wars party, go with black, gray and white and add tan and blue accents. Here are some parties that look great:
Star Wars Party Activities
Here are some easy party games that fit the Star Wars theme:
- This idea comes from our Real Parties section, where we featured an 8-year-old’s Star Wars Party organized by his mom, Jessica, of the blog Balancing Everything. She engaged the kids in some “Jedi training” by handing out lightsabers made from cardboard tubes and balloons (blown up with regular air, not helium), and then instructing them to see how long they could keep the balloons from touching the ground using their sabers. Simple. Easy. Totally fun.
- Organize a “Race through the Galaxy” obstacle course, where the guests must jump through hula hoops (planet rings), crawl under low netting or tables (Jedi training) and find a hidden object that gives the contestants light speed racing power, allowing them to skip a station.
- Play Star Wars bingo, as described on The Tip Junkie.
- If you plan to have a piñata, make one following these basic piñata-making instructions. Decorate it to look like the Death Star, and then use a baseball bat or stick painted to look like a lightsaber to crack it open.
- You could also purchase a Darth Vader piñata (compare prices) and let the kids take a swing the ultimate bad guy.
- What’s a party without pinning a “tail” on something? Pin the buns on Princess Leia’s head … Pin the lightsaber in Hans Solo’s hands … Pin the ears on Yoda. You get the picture.
- The guests might also enjoy making Star Wars crafts. There’s a Star Wars Craft Book (compare prices) with a plethora of ideas.
- Create a Star Wars themed backdrop where the kids can have their photo taken.
- Also check out:
- Star Wars origami
- Free printable Star Wars masks
- How to draw Star Wars characters
- How to make a Chewbacca sock puppet
- How to make a lightsaber pencil case
- And more Star Wars crafts.
Star Wars Party Favors
When it comes time to send everyone home with a token of your appreciation, consider these party favors and goodie bag fillers:
- A package of gum labeled “Chewbacca Chewing Gum”
- Star Wars Pez dispensers
- Inflatable lightsabers
- Lightsabers made from empty wrapping paper tubes or foam pipe insulation
- Star Wars LEGOS
- You’ll get an A+ for effort on this one, but consider sewing the guests Jedi robes as something they can wear during the bash and then take home as a reminder of the good times they had fighting the Dark Side.