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How to Throw a Star Wars Party

Host a birthday bash for Jedis in training

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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 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 Panicakes 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.

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