Confession: I am a total Star Wars nerd. The first movie I ever saw in a theater was Return of the Jedi. I had a crush on Luke Skywalker (but who didn’t?). I watched Episodes 1, 2, and 3 even though they were awful. I love Star Wars. So when my friend asked me to do a Star Wars party for her son’s 5th birthday, it was a dream come true!
Jack’s birthday is in July. And since it’s insanely hot in July in Southern California, we decided to have a morning party and serve breakfast foods. Death Star Donuts, Storm Trooper Head Hard Boiled Eggs, GoGurt Lightsabers, Star Wars cereal (basically Lucky Charms with Star Wars shapes), Obi-Wan Kabobies and Dark Side Coffee were just a few of the fun and wonderful treats we served for breakfast. And since no birthday is completely without cake, Nickel’s Cake Creations served up an amazing cake with a pretty amazing fondant Death Star.
I really loved coming up with the decor for this event! Our budget was pretty small and therefore I was originally planning to keep it rather simple. But the more I planned and thought and researched, the more elaborate it got. I just couldn’t help myself.
The main backdrop was a plastic “galaxy” tablecloth we got on Amazon. Jack was just starting to recognize his name, so it was important to his mom that his name (cut with my Silhouette Cameo from yellow posterboard) be front and center. Originally, I was planning to buy decals of spaceships to put up on the backdrop. But everyone else does that so I decided to make my own decor, which included a giant paper mâché Death Star and a huge Star Destroyer (tutorials coming soon). The adorable pennant banner was a free download from skona hen.
Our little guests sat at a table with silver star plates I found at the Dollar Tree and napkin “lightsabers” I created using a free printable available at Catch My Party (we also used the same printable for the GoGurt sabers). We solicited our friends to use their Star Wars toys and figures to add the final decorative touches.
Each young guest received a Jedi Robe and light saber to assist them in their Jedi training. And even though this was a boy party, Jack has three sisters (and his party planner has 2 daughters), so the girls all received Princess Leia robes and braided buns, which were lovingly DIY’d by the birthday boy’s mom. Finally, each guest went home with a little bag of edible Ewoks (gummy bears). I designed the printable favor tag (which can be downloaded for free below).
Jedi Training Academy was our big activity for this event. Our young Padawans battled a bubble army, jumped through a field of lava, and destroyed the Death Star (and got treats in the process). Their final test was against Darth Vader himself! And in the end, they received a certificate of completion and were able to have a photo op with Chewbacca, BB8 and a Storm Trooper.
This was such a fun party to plan AND to attend. Happy Birthday to our little friend, Jack! And thank you for letting me be a part of your big day! May the force be with you.
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If you’re in SoCal and want this event for yourself, please contact us! We can easily recreate and customize it for you! Most props are available for rent.
To download the Edible Ewoks favor tag, click here.
To download the Force favor tags, click here.
Photography: Cara Cherry Photography | Cake: Nickels Cake Creations
Star Wars Pennant Banner: skona hem | Light Saber GoGurt & Napkin Wraps: Catch My Party
Cardboard Cutouts: WalMart | Storm Trooper Balloon: Amazon | Galaxy Tablecloth Backdrop: Amazon
Yoda Ears Photo Booth Prop: Pottery Barn