The kids sure know how to pick a fun theme for their birthday parties. For Preston’s 5th Birthday this year he decided to have a Star Wars Theme. Since we are all pretty Star Wars mad in our house this was going to be super fun to set up and be a part of.

Let’s talk party ideas! from the start I knew that I wanted to do something extra special for the kids to take home from the party that was related to the theme and particularly because it was a small party with just a few friends. That’s when I came up with the idea to make all of the kids a jedi tunic! Because I sew I thought it wouldn’t be such a big deal and I knew that I could make them rather cheaply from Cotton Poplin for only a few dollars a metre. I also got lucky when shopping and found this brilliant studded ribbon that i could sew on to make the belt ties. The idea for the tunic was so it would be basic to make and pretty much be a one size fits all. The birthday boy and his big brother were dressing up in their Star Wars costumes so it only made sense that the rest of the kids had something to wear too. Plus while I was at it I thought I may as well make myself a Rey costume to wear and make Daddy a tunic too. The kids also were given bubble wands (light sabres, with may the force be with you tags), Star Wars masks, colouring in sheets and party blowers. Every child at the party was given “Jedi Knight Training Academy” certificates once they completed their Jedi Training (playing all the games at the party).

The party games were all themed around their jedi training and included – A Jedi Must Fight Well (Light Sabre Training – foam light sabres and a balance beam, if they step off the beam they lose), A Jedi Must Be Strong (Death Star Pinata – rather simple to make – you can buy perfectly round balloons for the over all shape and then you simply fill the hole you leave with a paper bowl to make the crater), A Jedi Must Be Precise (Storm Trooper Shooting Practice – shoot the storm trooper water bottles with nerf guns), A Jedi Must Have Focus (Storm Trooper Egg & Spoon Race), A Jedi Must Be Quick (Defuse the Thermal Detonator – popping balloons to find the winning balloon), A Jedi Must Play Fair (Death Star Pass the Parcel), A Jedi Must Be Agile (Musical Jedi Statues) and Jedi Wars! (Musical Cushions/Chairs – we did cushions due to space).

For the decorations we stuck with a very space look, plenty of black, white and silver. I was able to hang silver stars and had silver paper lantern planets. I was lucky that it is quite easy to find Star Wars themed table cloths, posters and banners. For the back drop of the party food table I used a plain black table cloth attached to the wall and printed out large letters in the Star Wars font to make Preston’s name, I love adding those personal touches to the decorations. We also had a light up letter P as a decoration on the table. We already owned quite a few star wars toys which made decorating the table very easy. We had lots of Star Wars Mr Potato Heads. We hung storm trooper balloons and black marbled balloons.

Keeping with the theme all of the food was Star Wars related, and probably one of the most fun parts for me. The cake was a light sabre which was extremely simple as i used sponge rolls for the cake and simply had to decorate them. I made Death Stars which were caramel cake balls dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with silver edible glitter. Wookie Cookies, which are basically chocolate flavoured gingerbread men decorated using a fork to make the furry look and chocolate and sprinkles to create his armour strap, eyes and mouth. Obi-Wan Kabab-ies, mini fruit kebabs with strawberries, grapes and watermelon – you could use any fruit you like. Thermal Detonators – Cheeto balls. C-3 PO Pcorn – yummy flavoured popcorn. And to finish of the food table decorations, personalised water bottles with my personal favourite, the back of the label saying “Luke I Am Your Water” and a place for the kids to write their name. On the table for the adults I served sushi, a dipping platter and spring roll Lightsabers.

In our home theatre we had one of the most recent star wars movies playing too for the adults or kids to have a chill out and watch. We also had a craft available for people to do while we waited for the guests to arrive.; there were Princess Leia Buns or Yoda Ear head bands to make. Over all it was a fun day for everyone involved and quite a simple party to throw considering this was only one week after Addison’s Mario Birthday Party. I tried to keep all the food super simple, buy would I could and make things in advance. The kids all enjoyed a pizza lunch and lots of yummy star wars food. If you would like to know anything about the party feel free to comment below.

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